Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:27 AM
kpete (46,676 posts)
Voters Have Two Candidates, No Choice - by Robert Scheer
Voters Have Two Candidates, No Choice
I can't wait for the moment in a presidential debate when Romney talks about the need for even more advanced U.S. weaponry to counter the emerging military threat from Communist China and Obama ever so coolly points out that Bain Capital, the company that Romney co-founded, has been supplying those Red tyrants with surveillance equipment to better monitor their citizenry.
With Ron Paul's fortunes as a presidential candidate declining, there is no pressure on GOP leaders to link a withdrawal from the imperial adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan with a reduced federal handout to the military-industrial complex. Nor will the Republican leadership confront the party's responsibility for the nation's economic collapse, the subsequent loss in tax revenues, and the Fed and Treasury policies that bailed out the Wall Street charlatans who invented this meltdown.
Instead of reigning in Wall Street greed, the GOP is demanding a reversal of even the tepid efforts of the Obama administration to hold the financial industry accountable to honest business practices. And, at a time when the largest multinational companies have shifted jobs and profits abroad, the GOP stands for rewarding that betrayal of American workers by eliminating all taxes on overseas corporate profits.
The pity in all this is that a legitimate critique of the Obama record -- present to some degree in the Paul dissection of the president's war policy and his continuation of the Bush Wall Street bailout strategy -- will not be heard in the general election debate. Instead, on the one hand, we will have Obama offering clever-sounding arguments for establishment policies that fail to deal with high unemployment, a brutal level of housing foreclosures and sharpening income inequality. And on the other hand there will be a Republican Party so steeped in the ethos of greed, racism and war-mongering that it would leave even Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, were they alive, with no choice but to vote for Obama as the lesser evil.
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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:36 AM
zipplewrath (10,079 posts)
1. Batshit crazy GOP
As long as we have a batshit crazy GOP, anyone rational is basically in the democratic party. So we don't get to have these debates because it constitutes "arguing with ourselves". We need the Rockefeller republicans to take back the GOP and bring them back to sanity. Then they can get out of the democratic party and we can have a rational debate again.