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July 4 infamy: Republicans try to destroy the American economy

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Ron Paul would defeat the debt-ceiling increase and cause a global crash. Paul Ryan would destroy Medicare and impose huge punishment on seniors. Mitch McConnell has said his No. 1 goal is to destroy President Obama, not improve our economy, and has abused the rules of the Senate to obstruct every major jobs program for more than two years. Eric Cantor walks out of the debt-ceiling talks and the big question is whether Cantor's dagger is aimed at the back of President Obama, Speaker Boehner or both. (I vote for both.)

On this July 4, the Republican Party is divided between the Hope America Fails Republicans, who appear to actively want joblessness to rise to seek political gain, and the radical Republicans who adore Ayn Rand, like Paul and Ryan, who favor extremist economic policies that would make America fail (as Republican economic policies often do).

The Hope America Fails Republicans are a disgrace, with their disgrace made more dramatic as the rest of us celebrate the Fourth of July. It is incredible, amazing and unprecedented that any leader of a major party in Congress could publicly state that his major goal is not to improve the economic lives of Americans, but to destroy a political opponent, while opposing programs to create jobs that Americans desperately want and need.

There is something strange, sick and weird about certain Republicans who express joy, glee and happiness with every new jobless worker while they brag about their success in destroying policies that would create new jobs.

Is there any better reason for large donors to give big money to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Majority PAC?

The radical Ayn Rand Republicans sincerely believe in their reactionary support for unlimited greed and their destructive opposition to any programs that would create jobs.

Is there any better reason for large donors to give big money to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC?

My guess is that the Hope America Fails Republicans and the radical Ayn Rand Republicans may well bring Democrats back to power in the House, and preserve Democratic control of the Senate. Americans do not like partisan politicians who hope America fails, or ideological radicals who would make America fail with an extremism that is hostile to the heartland of the nation.

This is why so many Republican governors are collapsing in the polls and a growing number of Democratic recall battles have a good chance of prevailing, beginning with Wisconsin.

There is a large truth involved here.

The real Boston Tea Party that helped to create this country is most represented by names like Kerry and Kennedy.

The spirit of the Declaration of Independence is best carried by the great liberals of today, and in many ways, mocked by those who wear the Tea Party costumes of the faux Tea Party today, but are really the partisan and ideological ancestors of the British Crown and the oligarchs who backed them, and tried to destroy the colonists, in 1776.

Yes indeed, both the Hope America Fails Republicans, who seem to take joy when the jobless rolls rise, and the radical Ayn Rand Republicans, whose extremism would ensure that the jobless rolls keep rising, are not the heirs to the colonists of 1776. No, they champion the cause once championed by the royalists and their oligarch benefactors Americans defeated in our magnificent war for independence!
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Brent Budowsky is a regular columnist on He served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served (more...)

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