By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
It's like watching someone being sucked down into quicksand. I'm referring to the sad, desperate struggle of the Republican Party to try to resurrect its electoral fortunes by championing the exact same policies that took them to embarrassing defeat in the Obama/Democratic landslide. By their actions, it's plain they got nuthin'.
Nothin' except to flail about in self-destructive obstructionism, basically in temper-tantrum mode. If we can't be victorious, they seem to be telling the Democrats (and, by extension, the country), we'll make sure you go down with us. This kind of schoolboy behavior is rolled out at a time in American history when the country's financial and governmental institutions are close to free-fall catastrophe unless some drastic corrective action is taken.
But, even when considering the necessity for an immediate and massive economic -stimulus package, they can't seem to help themselves from playing their failing hand of old-style political gamesmanship.
The Senate's "compromise" economic-recovery bill that is likely to pass is about 50% tax cuts, which do little to create jobs in the near-future. The Republicans forced drastic cuts of all-important stimulus funds for cash-strapped state and city governments to start shovel-ready infrastructure projects -- ones that would quickly put spendable cash into the hands of poor and urban middle-class citizens. Meanwhile, they made sure to insert even more funds and tax breaks for the better-off elements of society.
Again, the Republicans aren't trying to hide where their priorities are: with the very wealthy and large banks and corporations; the rest of the population will just have to muddle through on their own.
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