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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 02:26 AM

Paul Krugman - "The G.O.P.’s Existential Crisis" - Nails It!

Once again, it is refreshing not to have someone in the media who is pushing either the false equivalency narrative or, worse, buying into the Republican/Fox News narrative that President Obama must show "leadership" by offering spending cuts until Republicans deem themselves satisfied.

(T)hese aren’t normal negotiations in which each side presents specific proposals, and horse-trading proceeds until the two sides converge. By all accounts, Republicans have, so far, offered almost no specifics. They claim that they’re willing to raise $800 billion in revenue by closing loopholes, but they refuse to specify which loopholes they would close; they are demanding large cuts in spending, but the specific cuts they have been willing to lay out wouldn’t come close to delivering the savings they demand.

It’s a very peculiar situation. In effect, Republicans are saying to President Obama, “Come up with something that will make us happy.” He is, understandably, not willing to play that game. And so the talks are stuck.

Why won’t the Republicans get specific? Because they don’t know how. The truth is that, when it comes to spending, they’ve been faking it all along — not just in this election, but for decades. Which brings me to the nature of the current G.O.P. crisis.

Since the 1970s, the Republican Party has fallen increasingly under the influence of radical ideologues, whose goal is nothing less than the elimination of the welfare state — that is, the whole legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society. From the beginning, however, these ideologues have had a big problem: The programs they want to kill are very popular. Americans may nod their heads when you attack big government in the abstract, but they strongly support Social Security, Medicare, and even Medicaid. So what’s a radical to do?

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 02:57 AM

1. How did the states cut? Probably across the board rather than targeted.

 

That was how the sequester works.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 03:11 AM

2. k&r nt

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:48 AM

3. We are having a discussion on how to implement Austerity in the US.

Most states have gutted anything resembling a functional government. They have slashed schools, services, repair work, benefits to retirees including pensions, supplemental health care, food and housing for the poor. Now the RepubliCONS want to do the same thing at the federal level. Already Obama has cut spending for programs and federal pay. Obama agrees with the RepubliCONS that the federal government should impose Austerity. They are just arguing over the details.

All because the banks want the federal government to prove they can pay back the money the federal government has given to the banks to loan back to them. Of course what the FED is funneling to the banks has NOT been cut. They are still getting .25% loans from the FED and the banks are loaning it back to the US at about 3%.

The banks love it but it is NOT helping anyone else.

Now you see their priorities.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 07:34 AM

4. Please add your link, Tom. Thanks! n/t

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Response to chimpymustgo (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 07:46 AM

5. Money quote (and link):

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Just eight years ago, Grover Norquist, the antitax activist, looked forward cheerfully to the days when Democrats would be politically neutered: “Any farmer will tell you that certain animals run around and are unpleasant, but when they’ve been fixed, then they are happy and sedate.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/14/opinion/krugman-the-gops-existential-crisis.html?hp


Those SOB's thought they had us.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 08:31 AM

6. He absolutely nails it!

What an extraordinary piece of insight. That is one of the best political columns I've read in a long, long time.
I can see GOP heads exploding as they read this and understand that their empty souls have been exposed for the world to see.

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