From the NYT conservative columnist David Brooks, The Mother of All No-Brainers
A normal Republican Party would seize the opportunity to put a long-term limit on the growth of government. It would seize the opportunity to put the country on a sound fiscal footing. It would seize the opportunity to do these things without putting any real crimp in economic growth.
The party is not being asked to raise marginal tax rates in a way that might pervert incentives. On the contrary, Republicans are merely being asked to close loopholes and eliminate tax expenditures that are themselves distortionary.
This, as I say, is the mother of all no-brainers.
But we can have no confidence that the Republicans will seize this opportunity. That’s because the Republican Party may no longer be a normal party. Over the past few years, it has been infected by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a practical, governing alternative. (emphasis mine)
Liberals, progressives and that last tribe of moderate Republicans whose last reported sighting at a river camp somewhere in Maine could do a little pee pee dance in celebration. A celebration over a conservative with a huge soapbox at possibly America’s most read newspaper calling John Boehner(R-OH) and Mitch McConnell(R-KY) along with Michelle Bachmann(R-MN), Paul Ryan(R-WI), Rand Paul(R-KY) and Jim Demint(R-SC) are not normal. Something we already know. Or pause that celebration for just a minute. The fact is that letting tax rates return to what they were during the boom years of the Clinton administration would take care of most of the deficit. That seems like a “no-brainer”. Conservatives are convinced that tax cuts create jobs. That is so obviously not true one has to be blinded by ideological zeal not to see it. The Bush 43 years did have relatively low unemployment before the housing bubble of 2007, but he had a dismal net job creation record. We literally have to go back to Herbert Hoover to find worse. To say that the sane or moderate or reasonable choice is between small cuts to Medicare and a host of other cuts adding up to $4 trillion dollars. In exchange they’re asking for the closure of some small tax loopholes around the edges. Republicans walked out of that discussion ( though two Republicans have said they are open to that compromise. Two whole Republicans) In other words Democrats have agreed to austerity measures that surpass anything Ronald Reagan asked for ( he raised taxes twice and Bush 41 raised them once). Obama and current Democratic tax policies are to the right of Reagan. Current Republican tax and revenue policies are out on the far far Right. Celebrate Brooks when he moves the goal post to claim that a far Right position on taxes is a “no-brainer” because the conservative position is far to the right of Obama’s far right position. This is the Village mentality rum amock. The only fight here is not between liberal and conservative or liberal versus moderate, the fight is between degrees of crazy. President Obama’s plan is less crazy than the foaming at the mouth the rich are not making enough money crazy of conservatives. The two( there may be more and I just have not read any news about them) Republicans who are open to the Obama compromise would be well within the perimeters of the new crazy as well. Brook does get one thing clear as glass,
If the debt ceiling talks fail, independents voters will see that Democrats were willing to compromise but Republicans were not. If responsible Republicans don’t take control, independents will conclude that Republican fanaticism caused this default. They will conclude that Republicans are not fit to govern.
And they will be right.
It’s on the net, Fox News, the lamestream media and in everyday conversation: the government has been on a spending frenzy since President Obama took office. Not even close to true. CHART OF THE DAY: ‘Out Of Control Spending’ Not Really Out Of Control At All. And more here, current spending is well within the percent of GDP of the last couple of decades. It would have been nice if Republicans and Bush had paid for two wars and their Medicare part D expenditures, but as most of us know by now only reasonable adults pay their bills and Republicans are not reasonable adults.
Tea bagger favorites Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin do like American history. Maybe its just not exciting enough. In many instances these tricornered tea bags see that U.S. history tends to favor liberals and the liberalism on which the nation was founded – Conservative Republicans Are Steeped in History. History They made Up as Though It’s a Fairy Tale Where Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story
Uncle Karl Rove was right, the American public has a two week long memory. The deeply sad irony is that they keep paying the price for that lapse, Corporate Cash Con
Watching the evolution of economic discussion in Washington over the past couple of years has been a disheartening experience. Month by month, the discourse has gotten more primitive; with stunning speed, the lessons of the 2008 financial crisis have been forgotten, and the very ideas that got us into the crisis — regulation is always bad, what’s good for the bankers is good for America, tax cuts are the universal elixir — have regained their hold.
And now trickle-down economics — specifically, the idea that anything that increases corporate profits is good for the economy — is making a comeback.
On the face of it, this seems bizarre. Over the last two years profits have soared while unemployment has remained disastrously high. Why should anyone believe that handing even more money to corporations, no strings attached, would lead to faster job creation?
Nonetheless, trickle-down is clearly on the ascendant — and even some Democrats are buying into it.
That’s the thing about zombies they only need a few humans(Democrats) to side with them to completely distort where the middle ground is.
Amanda Kimbrough is one of the women who have been ensnared as a result of the law being applied in a wholly different way. During her pregnancy her fetus was diagnosed with possible Down’s syndrome and doctors suggested she consider a termination, which Kimbrough declined as she is not in favour of abortion.
The baby was delivered by caesarean section prematurely in April 2008 and died 19 minutes after birth.
Six months later Kimbrough was arrested at home and charged with “chemical endangerment” of her unborn child on the grounds that she had taken drugs during the pregnancy – a claim she has denied.
[ ]…”If it’s not a crime for a mother to intentionally end her pregnancy, how can it be a crime for her to do it unintentionally, whether by taking drugs or smoking or whatever it is,” Robert McDuff, a civil rights lawyer asked the state supreme court.
Conservatives are leading the charge to privatize all prisons. While they are also using some convoluted legal tactics to put women in prison. What’s that called when two perverse goals compliment each other. Republicans used the bully pulpit of big government to get hundreds of thousands killed all nonexistent WMD. Republicans governors, newly elected in 2010 are using big government to steal basic rights from American workers. Now, among other things, conservatives are using big government to harass grieving women. That Republicans are the party of small government is one of several big lies that has spanned three generations. Orwell would be horrified, but impressed as well.