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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-03-11 08:45 AM
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Steve Benen: The Wake-Up Call
Emphasis mine
June 03, 2011

The wake-up call
By Steve Benen

As Republicans dominate the agenda, and Congress tackles abortion bills and austerity measures, the economy is faltering badly.

Indeed, were already seeing the results of austerity state and local governments are being forces to cut spending, and as a result, tens of thousands of public-sector workers are being forced from their jobs. This, in a nutshell, is the agenda Republicans are desperate to bring to the federal level.

In other words, the GOP has a plan to make matters much worse.

As awful as this mornings jobs report was, it should, in theory, have one important upside: policymakers who were content to ignore job creation and focus on the deficit just got a startling reminder that those priorities are backwards. The stimulus made the jobs landscape better, and now that the Recovery Act has largely run its course, the job market is deteriorating.

The dominant theory on Capitol Hill is that everything will get magically better just as soon as we take money out of the economy, scrap public investments, focus on inflation that doesnt exist, and prioritize the debt over the economy.

It didnt work for Hoover, but congressional Republicans are slow learners.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_...
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FormerDittoHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-03-11 08:54 AM
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1. I don't understand. No white house, no senate, no veto proof majority - but they control everything
This is pretty much where I though WE were going to be in January 2009, only we had the White House, Senate and the House.

Damn, I thought this was going to be where we'd be after *2006*, until we were told that nothing could be done until 2008, so until then, we'd have to do everything Bush wanted....

Funny how I don't see the Republicans making excuses for impotence to THEIR base.

They fucking get stuff done. It's the WRONG stuff, but not for their fantasy-world voters and supporters.

I don't fucking care what any of you say, MAYBE there *are* some things we could learn from them.
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-03-11 09:03 AM
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2. Repubs ought to adopt the Obama strategy and keep quiet lol nt
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-03-11 09:39 AM
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3. Robert Reich's response to May jobs report
Reich's suggestions are good, but all of them will be blocked by the Republican led House and a cowardly Democratic led Senate.
Back Toward Double Dip
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

The question is whether all this will wake up Washington, and stop the monumental distraction of the games being played over the debt ceiling and long-term budget deficit. The Republican lie that the nations long-term budget deficit is responsible for high unemployment would be laughable if it werent so tragically irrelevant to the current situation.

The President cannot be reelected if the economy tanks. He may not even be reelected on an anemic recovery in which unemployment remains nearly this high. But all incumbents are endangered. Republican House members from swing districts are toast if they dont show voters theyre actively working on the twin problems of jobs and wages.

Several steps need to be taken right away. Exempt the first $20,000 of income from payroll taxes for two years. Lend money to cash-starved state and local governments. Initiate a new WPA for the long-term unemployed. Amend bankruptcy laws to allow homeowners to include their prime residencies in personal bankruptcy (giving them more bargaining leverage with their lenders to renegotiate mortgage loans).

Above all: Washington needs to show Americans its taking seriously the ferocious problem of jobs and wages, and the trend back toward a double dip.

http://robertreich.org/post/6141004385
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-03-11 10:08 AM
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4. Slow learner Boehner just responded on MSNBC that it's time to 'get serious by cutting spending.'
This Republican response tells us all we need to know. That is, Republicans are obviously willing to make things worse--if it will help them to regain control of Congress and the White House--because there's just not enough money at the top!

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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-03-11 12:09 PM
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5. Well, Sir, 'People Who Ignore History Are entitled To Repeat It....'
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-03-11 12:18 PM
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6. a wake-up call to the GOP is pointless
wouldn't it make more sense to wake up the democrats, who unlike the GOP could conceivably hear this message?
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