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Krugman: Yes, Republicans Are Perfectly Willing To Betray This Country.

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It is difficult to say which is more appalling--the thoroughly bizarre, flailing behavior of the current Occupant of the White House in attempting to justify this week's shocking actions, or the stone-cold silence of the political Party that is backing him.Paul Krugman in today's New York Times has some choice words about the Republican members of the Congress and Senate who have chosen to stand mute while an unbalanced, self-styled tyrant attempts to tear down our country's institutions with his agitated Twitter fingers. Krugman specifically singles out Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both of whom actually rose to defend Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey to thwart the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia, a collusion that may have determined the outcome of last year's Presidential election:

Everyone understands that Mr. Comey was fired not because of his misdeeds during the campaign -- misdeeds that helped put Trump in the White House -- but because his probe of Russian connections with the Trump campaign was accelerating and, presumably, getting too close to home. So this looks very much like the use of presidential power to cover up possible foreign subversion of the U.S. government.

Krugman believes that the Republican leadership's willingness to turn a blind eye to possible treason reflects that Party's transformation in recent decades into an organization solely dedicated to the lowering of taxes for its multi-millionaire donor base. Trump's attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") simply provided an irresistible opportunity for the Party to fulfill that prime function. Everything else--including the risk of undermining the integrity of our Constitutional government--suddenly became secondary to that overriding imperative:

[T]he two leading Republicans in Congress are apparently O.K. with that cover-up, because the Trump ascendancy is giving them the chance to do what they always wanted, namely, take health insurance away from millions of Americans while slashing taxes on the wealthy.

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