Yesterday, I recommended that you read a Paul Krugman column. Today, I am going to present for your consideration another New York Times columnist, Bob Herbert. I’ve linked to several of his columns in the past, but this one is especially timely…
The Same Old Song
What’s up with the Republicans? Have they no sense that their policies have sent the country hurtling down the road to ruin? Are they so divorced from reality that in their delusionary state they honestly believe we need more of their tax cuts for the rich and their other forms of plutocratic irresponsibility, the very things that got us to this deplorable state?
The G.O.P.’s latest campaign is aimed at undermining President Obama’s effort to cope with the national economic emergency by attacking the spending in his stimulus package and repeating ad nauseam the Republican mantra for ever more tax cuts.
When the G.O.P. talks, nobody should listen. Republicans have argued, with the collaboration of much of the media, that they could radically cut taxes while simultaneously balancing the federal budget, when, in fact, big income-tax cuts inevitably lead to big budget deficits. We listened to the G.O.P. and what do we have now? A trillion-dollar-plus deficit and an economy in shambles.
This is the party that preached fiscal discipline and then cut taxes in time of war. This is the party that still wants to put the torch to Social Security and Medicare. This is a party that, given a choice between Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, would choose Ronald Reagan in a heartbeat.
Why is anyone still listening?
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Why indeed? President Obama is up on The Hill today trying to reason with the Republicans. Though his desire to include them in the rebuilding of our country is admirable, nothing will come of it. No offense to two-year-old kids, but the Republicans are like two-year-old kids. You give them a piece of candy and they will just scream at the top of their lungs until they get more. Everything has to be done their way or no way at all. Their little minds are made up and that is all there is to it.
There is a reason the Republicans lost so badly this past November. The problem is, they still do not comprehend or understand that reason. They are not going to change.
It is time for America to move on without them. We are now at a point where we can no longer humor their tantrums. It is time to put them in “time out” and get on with the work of cleaning up the horrendous messes they created.
Why is anybody still listening to Republicans?
See also: “The Republican Hissy Fit Exception.”