GOP Wants What They Think Is Best For Them, Not For The Country
It becomes more obvious every day that Republicans care not about what is best for America, but rather about what is going to obstruct progress, impede Democrats, and hurt the White House. Paul Krugman chronicles a series of such indicators, beginning with the debt commission’s Alan Simpson.
“I can’t wait for the blood bath in April. … When debt limit time comes, they’re going to look around and say, ‘What in the hell do we do now? We’ve got guys who will not approve the debt limit extension unless we give ’em a piece of meat, real meat,’ ” meaning spending cuts. “And boy, the blood bath will be extraordinary,” [said Simpson].
The GOP wants America to be ungovernable, says Krugman, unless they’re doing the governing.
On one side, Republicans oppose just about everything that might reduce structural deficits: they demand that the Bush tax cuts be made permanent while demagoguing efforts to limit the rise in Medicare costs, which are essential to any attempts to get the budget under control. On the other, the G.O.P. opposes anything that might help sustain demand in a depressed economy — even aid to small businesses, which the party claims to love.
In addition, Republicans don’t want to extend unemployment benefits, which reduces purchasing power and causes immense hardships. They are blocking the START treaty because they care more about stopping Obama and the Democrats than about national security. They want blood, and may well get it.Click here for reuse options!
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