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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:04 PM

"When Republicans Deliberately Sowed a Financial Crisis"

When Republicans Deliberately Sowed a Financial Crisis

By Heather Cox Richardson at Bloomberg News

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-09/when-republicans-deliberately-sowed-a-financial-crisis.html

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This week, President Barack Obama won re-election in a victory that so surprised many of his ideological opponents that they have spent the hours since wailing that the country is going to wrack and ruin.

With a divided and polarized government, and a battle looming over a “fiscal cliff” of more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts scheduled for next year, Obama faces a rocky term ahead -- even assuming his Republican opponents negotiate in good faith.

But good faith fiscal negotiation isn’t something a president can always count on. In 1892, a dramatic Democratic victory prompted Republicans to sabotage the economy in order to ruin the incoming administration.

Then, as now, Republican insiders couldn’t believe that misguided voters had bucked the wise business leaders who backed the Republican incumbent. At the annual meeting of the New York Chamber of Commerce, held at the fancy Delmonico’s restaurant shortly after the election, members commiserated over vintage wine and an expensive dinner. Republican railroad baron Chauncey Depew snarled to his comrades about the Democrats who had just taken over Congress and the White House for the first time since the Civil War. “Business interests” were dangerous, he warned, and the Democrats had better be careful.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:22 PM

1. Thanks. Posted at FB for my 'friends' who may (or may not) read what I have to say.



'While big-business Republicans had managed to scuttle the Democrats and regain control of the government, their victory was short lived. Within a decade, younger members of their own party, led by Theodore Roosevelt, would challenge the Old Guard’s determination to promote business at the expense of workers and farmers. Unlike the Democrats, they would succeed.'

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:23 PM

2. Great idea.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:48 PM

3. You mean Republican capitalists were greedy scumbags even back in 1892?

Last edited Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:58 AM - Edit history (1)

oh wait. Of course they were. I believe that is why workers needed to rise up
and fight tooth and nail for a livable wage, in the first place.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:55 PM

4. You mean 1892, not 1982.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:59 AM

5. Duly noted, and changed accordingly. thanks for heads up. nt

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