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WillyT (72,631 posts)
Why GOP Extremists Are A Danger To The Country - TheNewYorker
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WHY G.O.P. EXTREMISTS ARE A DANGER TO THE COUNTRY
Posted by John Cassidy - TheNewYorker
December 21, 2012
You think that your job and your workmates can be annoying? Put yourself in the socks of John Boehner, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Last night, according to an account at Politico, the G.O.P. leader was reduced to standing in front of the House Republican Conference, the members of which had just torpedoed his “Plan B” tax plan, and reciting a prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Give that man another box of Camels. As Boehner faced the press this morning, and declared his willingness to keep on working for an agreement with President Obama, there were calls on the right for him to resign. For the second time in eighteen months, his colleagues have publicly humiliated him. Back in the summer of 2011, during the dispute about raising the debt ceiling, they rejected the “grand bargain” he was trying to make with President Obama and the Democrats. This time around, the G.O.P. ultras didn’t even wait until Boehner had finished negotiating with the White House to rub his face in the Capitol Hill dirt. They rejected a bill that was largely meant as a bargaining ploy. And why? Because it violated the sacred principle that under no circumstances whatsoever should tax rates go up, and it also didn’t address the issue of spending cuts.
The fact that under Plan B the increase in tax rates would have been confined to the top 0.3 per cent of tax filers counted as nothing to the G.O.P. zealots. Neither did the fact that Grover Norquist, the high priest and keeper of the pledge for the anti-tax movement, had signed off on Boehner’s proposal. And nor did the fact if the talks between the Speaker and President Obama fail, then on January 1st virtually all Americans will face a tax increase, not just those earning more than a million dollars a year. In the ideologically-driven Republican Party of today, many congressmen won’t let the family dog drown to save their wives and children. If that means that the entire family perishes, so be it. The principle is what counts.
To say that this doesn’t augur well for the prospects of bipartisan agreements on issues such as gun control, immigration, and tax reform is to lapse into understatement. Many of the congressmen involved in the effort to embarrass Boehner—such as Jim Jordan, the current head of the Republican Study Group, which represents over half of the G.O.P., and Steve Scalise, his successor in the new Congress—see themselves as on a mission. To heck with President Obama’s victory in November. In their minds, their reëlection to Congress gave them a mandate to uphold ultra-conservative positions, especially on those issues that bind together the conservative movement: guns, God, and taxes. Refusing to vote for a tax-raising bill, even one that would have come with many, many goodies attached for the rich, was the first step in carrying out this mission.
During the past month and a half, I and many others have been thoroughly enjoying the sight of the Republican Party wriggling like an earthworm with a pin through its middle. But let’s not kid ourselves. The G.O.P. rabble in the House isn’t just a threat to Boehner, or whichever unfortunate soul might eventually succeed him as Speaker. It’s a danger to the country.
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Why GOP Extremists Are A Danger To The Country - TheNewYorker (Original post)
Response to WillyT (Original post)
Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:44 PM
Berlum (7,044 posts)
1. Yup. Republicans have been crapping on America, and screwing America
for about 30 years. But now they are ready to eviscerate America in favor of the Corporate Totalitarian Thug State they laughably call "the Homeland." Well screw their plug-ugly, dodge responsibility Republican Homeland. Just screw it. Like the vast majority of Americans, I choose America.
Response to WillyT (Original post)
Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:07 PM
Zoeisright (8,339 posts)
2. They are a threat to the entire world.
They are stupid, smug, self-involved, selfish, greedy, deliberately ignorant, and out for one thing: power. And they don't care who has to die for them to get it.