Republicans Act Out of Conscious Venality and Delusions Most of The Time

Among others I’ve mentioned how successful conservatives, with the usual complacency of the inside the Beltway media have managed to make our current economic issues all about deficits rather than the real problem, lack of revenue. The White House has even bought into this framing to some degree. The White House knows better. There are probably a few neurons in the Averages conservatives brain which know better as well. Those few brain cell are no match for what seems to be driving the Republican allegiance to tax cuts even if it means they are acting like the party of death panels. Make no mistake, as shrill as might seem to point out the real consequences of Republican economic policies: Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Planned Parenthood, education, nutrition programs and food safety will have will real consequences ranging from poor health to death. The choices could not be more clear. The Bush tax cuts could be ended and taxes on the wealthiest could be increased, we could lower corporate taxes a little and close the loopholes so there is a minimum corporate tax on profits and increase the capital gains tax. Most of those changes would simply bring us back to the tax rates of the Clinton years. Conservatives have dug in. They have declared their loyalty of the elite. The truly elite richer 5% of Americans. Planned Parenthood not there to catch your cancer early and you suffer the devastating consequences. Tough luck. Republican have to look out for corporations who are paying more in bonuses than they are in taxes – Some corporations spending more on executive pay than income taxes. It is supposed to be a given that Republican love America and act in America’s interest. A battered child would easily recognize the cognitive dissonance between Republicans saying they love America and the abusive actions they take. So there is another element to how the deficit and the economy are being framed. The only people who think conservatives are being rational are other conservatives who confirm the echo inside the bubble. A huge part of what we’re dealing with here is not politics in the text-book sense of public policy and governance. No, this is more about taxes as dogma. Republicans believe in their crazy economic polices in the way religious zealots believe in something  – say like the earth is the center of the universe. You can show such fundamentalists all the charts, satellite photos and calculus you like. There is no amount of evidence you could produce to convince them otherwise.Its birtherism on steroids. That rational thoughtful people find conservatives frustrating is a bonus for conservatives. Conservatives have always enjoyed needling the opposition. It pays well, just ask those who have become millionaires doing it – Limbaugh, Hannity, Palin, O’Reilly, Beck.It pays conservative politicians as well. Mitch McConnell(R-KY) wouldn’t last a week in a real job where he had to produce real products and services. He has become quite wealthy being a puppet for the Coors family, the Koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry. To his credit he doesn’t even try very hard to hand the strings when he talks.  Jonathan Chait is a generally good pundit. I  think he is right about how difficult it is proving maliciousness on the part of your opponent, but is mistaken that you cannot prove it. Given enough circumstantial evidence. The Complex Psychology Of Economic Sabotage

Republican opposition to a temporary payroll tax cut is spurring Democrats to accuse them of economic sabotage:

Would Republicans really oppose a tax cut for business that created jobs? This is sort of beyond the pale. So if they’d oppose even something so suited to their tastes ideologically, it shows that they’re just opposing anything that would help create jobs. It almost makes you wonder if they aren’t trying to slow down the economic recovery for political gain.

I’m generally uncomfortable with attacks on motive. For one thing, motive is hard to prove. For another, human psychology is such that people rarely act out of conscious venality. Instead they simply convince themselves that what they perceive to be in their best interest is also the right thing to do.

First of all it is not a matter of just choosing between maliciousness and sincere but wrong. Republican can hold both propositions in their shriveled up little hearts all the time. Bush and Republicans such as McConnell(R-KY) and John Boehner(R-OH) did not create the least deficit in U.S. history over night. They saw it grow every quarter. They could have done something and didn’t. They could do something now, but are worried about yacht sales. Looking back republicans do not think they have done anything wrong because things are very much going to plan. They hate Medicare, Social Security, public education, the environment, unions, workers rights of any kind, women, children, and the voting power of the average American. And if a Republican is willing to admit they support or oppose wars depending on who is in the White House, certainly lying about the economy is no biggie, McConnell: GOP Outspoken On Libya Because There’s A Democrat In The White House

McConnell admitted that his party is divided over President Obama’s military action in Libya, but that you’re only hearing about it because Obama’s a Democrat. Many of these same divisions, he said, existed under President Bush, but party loyalty “muted” the dissent.

“I’m not sure that these kinds of differences might not have been there in a more latent form when you had a Republican president,” McConnell admitted. “But I do think there’s more of a tendency to pull together when the guy in the White House is on your side.”

McConnell said some in his conference oppose the Libya action on the grounds that it costs too much, others on the grounds that the military’s stretched too thin, and yet more on the grounds that it’s an inappropriate use of the military.

“I think some of these views were probably held by some of my members even in the previous administration but party loyalty tends to kind of mute them,” he said. “A lot of our members, not having a Republican in the White House, feel more free to kind of express their reservations which might have been somewhat muted during the previous administration.”

We all know this happens. And McConnell’s likely trying to send a signal to dissident members to simmer down. But it’s rare to see a sitting party leader admit to this sort of thing.

Republicans lied, people died, but hey that’s what we do in the game of politics. If that is not acting out of conscious venality than what is. Some more circumstantial evidence that conservatives couldn’t give a rat’s ass what happens to the country because the worse they can make things the better it makes them look. They not voting for things now they previously supported, Senate Democrats Pivot Back to Jobs, Demand Stimulus in Debt Limit Deal

There’s a sense that this is mainly rhetorical. Democrats have seen Republicans obstruct even the most piddling of jobs bills in the Senate. Yesterday the reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration, an old Great Society program, failed to break a filibuster. The reauthorization gave just a few hundred million more to the program, and was more than offset by the successful passage of the elimination of ethanol subsidies. Republicans still didn’t vote for it. Sen. Reid said yesterday, “I don’t like to question my colleagues’ motives, but whether they work with us to pass these policies, or continue opposing ideas they once supported, will tell us a lot.”

It’s a simple multiple choice test. So simple even a conservative would understand the implications. Choose box A and help America. Choose Box B to make Obama look bad and make the economy worse. The vile and vindictive loons have consistently picked box B. Since Reagan certainly and most of the time since Nixon conservatives have had to choose between loving America or advancing their right-wing agenda. They rarely put America first.


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