I love it how Krugman deigns to speak for all Republicans.
For the record, this Republican cares about the deficit because of the waste and mismanagement that it represents. And as far as the social insurance system is concerned, most intelligent Republicans since Dwight D. Eisenhower recognize the need for a social safety net. Only the far-right reactionary wingnuts are talking about dismantling that net. The rest of us are exploring ways to make it work better.
Careful with your tar and feathers, Mr. Krugman. You’re starting to sound less like an economist and a lot more like a partisan demagogue.
He certainly speaks for 95% of the actual elected ones, judging by their proposals and legislation.
It’s easy to say he’s wrong, but if GOP voters actually disagreed with their congressmen, at some point years ago they would have started voting differently.
If the people the republicans elected into office don’t represent the MAJORITY of their “intentions”, don’t vote for them again - that includes primaries. Republicans have crawled out to the tip of the limb; no one needs to saw it off behind it because it will snap under the weight of its own foolishness.
GOP gripped by paralysis, madness, incompetent leadership.
Forget the Republican Party’s need to rebrand itself. Forget party elders’ promises that they will start reaching out to minorities. And forget the supposed soul-searching that is meant to sweep over the GOP as it undergoes a serious reexamination of its future.
Right now, Republicans are having trouble even getting out of their own way.
Conservative groups are splintering. The Romney campaign has dissolved into backbiting and billing disputes. A “plan B” to avert the fiscal cliff proved to be a colossal embarrassment. A teetotaling Idaho senator has been charged with drunk driving. But the most striking symptom of the GOP’s horrible moment is the party’s inability to get done what virtually everyone here knows is in its political best interest: A hasty surrender.
So far, not anything too earthshattering, right? Post-election “GOP in civil war!” stories are a dime a dozen.
But then things get interesting:
It’s difficult to find a Republican operative who is willing to say on the record that going over the fiscal cliff next Tuesday is a good idea. Provoking a crisis is bad politics: Republicans are resigned to taking the blame. And it’s bad for their policy agenda: They will likely be cornered into a broader tax hike than the best deal they could get from President Barack Obama today, and with none of the spending cuts that might now be on the table.
And yet, the dominant emotion among most Republicans here is one of sheer resignation.
“It’s a shit show,” one prominent Republican told BuzzFeed of the GOP’s messaging position. “Tax rates are going to go up on everyone, and we’re going to get the blame.”
Everyone agrees that going over the fiscal cliff would be a political disaster for the marty, yet no one seems to be able to steer their boat around and away from the falls. That would take some sort of leadership and McConnell and Boehner — especially Boehner — don’t lead. They march out in front of their crazy-pants caucuses and pretend they’re leading. They’re actually following from the front.
As a result, the party’s a runaway train, headed for disaster. Remember this when the smoke clears — Republicans knew they’d get the blame, yet they went ahead and crashed anyway. This will all be their fault and they’ve admitted as much.
- fighting tooth and nail against universal health care, women’s rights, immigration reform and LGBTQ rights,
- protecting rapists of Native women,
- demanding severe cuts to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare,
- categorically denying science (particularly in the case of global warming, our planet’s most extreme and comprehensive problem),
- demanding that the rich pay less in taxes at any cost to the poor, the elderly, the economy, or middle class families,
- supporting the deregulation of wall street,
- causing the 2008 economic crash,
- starting two wars for no reason and not paying for them,
- providing a safe haven for racists and sexists from the voting booth to the White House,
- refusing to support tax breaks for companies creating jobs in the U.S.,
- forcing raped women to carry the seed of their rapists,
- trying to do away with planned parenthood,
- trying to get evolution education and sex education banned from schools,
- lying to voters in every election,
- threatening to default on U.S. loans for the first time in history in 2011, damaging the economy and international faith in our nation,
- fucking up this fiscal cliff deal with historic levels of awfulness,
- holding up Ronald Reagan, a man who ignored the Aids crisis for 8 years, and was responsible for the murder of thousands of innocents in Central and South America, as an idol,
- tanking the Veterans Jobs Bill,
- holding the economy hostage every six months for the past 4 years,
- FIERCELY OPPOSING ANY AND ALL GUN CONTROL LAWS,
- and committing voter fraud while suppressing the vote of minorities and youths in the 2012 election, among a host of other absolutely horrible things,
it has become clear to me that every facet of Right Wing ideology and practice is irrevocably flawed, and, given the damage it has done to our country in the last ten years alone, the party itself must be dissolved, and it’s members “serving” the public as of now must be disavowed by the American electorate if we are to have any hope of functioning properly as a country.
At this point, the notion that there is a single American citizen not deeply ashamed to call themselves Republican is beyond my comprehension. In any case, I will never apply that name to myself, and I am hopeful that one day we will live in a country where that word represents the horror and disgust it has instilled in me to the vast majority of American citizens.
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A full one-fourth of this country’s Republicans wished they lived in another country.
According to a new Public Policy Poll, 25% of GOPers support secession following President Obama’s re-election. Another 19% of self-identified Republicans said they were unsure.
That’s okay. Give them Arizona and let Jan Brewer be the queen of their inbred hive.
American Crossroads is yet to account for $23.8 million in spending. This cycle, American Crossroads spent $104.7 million to sway the electorate. Unfortunately for them, only 1.29% of the money went toward the results American Crossroads wanted.Post-election campaign finance disclosures: What we are watching - Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group (via diegueno)
Restore Our Future, the super PAC that supported Mitt Romney spent $10.9 million more than it accounted for in donations. The group spent $142.6 million promoting the unsuccessful Republican presidential campaign during the election.
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg started Independence USA PAC in October; the group only started spending Oct. 22, dodging the pre-election filing requirements by waiting to the last minute. While it’s expected that Bloomberg has provided most or all of the money, the filings should answer this question.
Of Now or Never PAC’s $7.7 million in spending, $5 million has not been accounted for in donations. (And with a 14.3% rate of return, on the group’s spending, maybe the final answer is “never.”)
Freedomworks for America got large donations last year ,from its sister political non-profit Freedomworks. The super PAC still needs to account for $3.8 million in donations.
House Majority PAC spent $30.7 million in the election, $3 million has yet to be accounted for this cycle.
All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.
Recently re-elected Congressman Paul Broun (R-Ga.), who sits on the House Science, Space and Techonology committee (via maxistentialist)
Paul Broun engages in scientific persecution.
Still wondering what all that voter suppression was all about? There you go. Romney landslide.