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.
And so the current Republican demand, as I understand it, is that Dems must agree to Social Security cuts and a higher income threshold for the lower tax rates (either $400,000 or $500,000, depending on the source), in exchange for an extension of middle class tax cuts (which Republicans also want) and an extension of unemployment benefits. If Dems don’t give up those things, while allowing Republicans to retain their debt ceiling leverage, taxes go up on everybody and unemployment benefits expire for over two million Americans.
Why would Democrats agree to Social Security cuts and lower tax rates on many wealthy households even as Republicans hold on to their leverage to extract still more in spending cuts later? No wonder a Dem aide described this as a “serious setback.
When will the goddamn Democrats learn that the GOP is not now and has not been negotiating in good faith?
The American People overwhelmingly support the White House position in polling now (and at the polls last month). At this point, the Democrats and the White House should tell the GOP to go fuck themselves, dare them to vote no on an extension of unemployment and lower tax rates for people earning less than $250,000 a year, and then use the new senate and house that we elected in response to years of GOP obstructionism to get something new done on or about January 3.
There isn’t going to be a Grand Bargain. There never was going to be a Grand Bargain. These people are nihilists, Donnie.
Wil puts it better here than I did in my previous post.
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.