Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, October 10, 2010 12:57 pm

It’s how they roll; or, Through the economic looking-glass

Filed under: I want my money back.,We're so screwed,Weird — Lex @ 12:57 pm

Steve Benen on GOP economics:

Putting aside everything we know about the status quo, consider exactly what Republicans think we should be doing right now: keep Bush-era tax rates; slash public-sector employment; stop infrastructure investments; let the private sector grow without any additional economic stimulus.

Then consider the status quo: we have Bush-era tax rates in place (in addition to middle-class and small-business tax cuts Dems passed over GOP opposition); the public sector is shedding jobs by tens of thousands of people per month; infrastructure investments are being blocked (see here and here); and the private sector is trying to grow without any additional economic stimulus.

In other words, the GOP is getting its way and it’s complaining about the results.

I have my own serious problems with Washington Democrats, not the least of which is that the top one is trying to assassinate American citizens unconstitutionally and wiretap every last one of us, either of which is an impeachable offense in its own right.

But where the economy is concerned, here’s where we are: Many, many things are wrong. Pretty much every one of them is probably going to get dramatically worse if Republicans take control of Congress. And Americans, unable or unwilling to ascertain who is to blame, may well let them do it anyway.

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve been telling friends that the supposed intelligentsia of the GOP must stand ready after the elections to guide newly elected officials in the minutae of governance. I contend that light W. before them, the Tea Party victors will quickly shed their Godbags and supp heavily at the lobby trough like their predecessors. Still, I contend their is an opp, if only a small one, for legit compassionate conservatism to hold sway. Otherwise, I’m afraid it’s the torches and pitchforks of free markets and austerity.

    Comment by Fec — Sunday, October 10, 2010 7:54 pm @ 7:54 pm

  2. There is absolutely no “opp” that the Teabaggers would do anything other than follow the prime directive of politics: Stay in office. All other considerations will take a back seat to hanging on to power, and to that end, the lobby trough is too enticing. I’m with Lex: If the GOP/Teabaggers take over, we’re going to find out how much worse bad can get.

    Comment by Blair — Monday, October 11, 2010 1:46 am @ 1:46 am

  3. Reality based what ?

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Saturday, October 16, 2010 5:29 pm @ 5:29 pm

  4. Fred: Yup. I’ve made some of the same points.

    Comment by Lex — Saturday, October 16, 2010 6:06 pm @ 6:06 pm


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