We live in a world where Rupert Murdoch’s Terrorist Network, Faux News, runs a 24/7 protection racket for transnational corporations, and willfully ignorant “average Joes” sit silently glued waiting for their cue to rally for their own demise.
Still, the word is getting out. Republicans are wholly-owned subsidiaries of said transnational corporations, and, with no loyalty to country or community, have never done a single thing to benefit the working people of this nation.
Republicans are inept by design, offering the same old failed policies again and again and again.
Bob Hertbert of the New York Times noted,
“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 truth, of course, is that the country is hemorrhaging jobs and Americans are heading to the poorhouse by the millions. The stock markets and the value of the family home have collapsed, and there is virtual across-the-board agreement that the country is caught up in the worst economic disaster since at least World War II.
The Republican answer to this turmoil?
They need to go into rehab.
The question that I would like answered is why anyone listens to this crowd anymore. G.O.P. policies have been an absolute backbreaker for the middle class. (Forget the poor. Nobody talks about them anymore, not even the Democrats.) The G.O.P. has successfully engineered a wholesale redistribution of wealth to those already at the top of the income ladder and then, in a remarkable display of chutzpah, dared anyone to talk about class warfare.”
Read the rest of that article here.
Republicans have no solutions because they created the problem.
The latest Republican failure is the Paul Ryan budget plan, which kills Medicare and gives American seniors a coupon to purchase health insurance on the private market.
In addition, Ryan’s budget is a concoction of fantasy and outright fiction. As Slate reported, “…economists from across the spectrum gave the accounting the smell test and called it spoiled.” Read the breakdown of Ryan’s fuzzy math here.
Of course, normal people (non-Republicans) were not surprised that the Ryan plot to usher in Republican neo-Feudalism was merely just ANOTHER ideologically-based Republican failure waiting to get its claws around the neck of a nation made weary by 30 years of other] ideologically-based Republican failures.
Watch Anthony Weiner speak to the fact that Republicans have ALWAYS opposed the social safety net that Democrats created:
In the lead up to the 2010 midterms, Chris Matthews pressed Republican strategist Todd Harris to answer the question, “what has the Republican Party done for America?”
Matthews repeatedly asked for examples, as he cited negative examples like Bush-era spending bills, Katrina, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Harris had one attempt, “The Bush administration kept the country safe,” which Matthews shot back, “Except the one big day.”
“YouTube is watching,” he told Harris. “You’re the Republican consultant. One of the best in the country. Tell me what the Republican party has done for this country in the last ten to 20 years.”
Harris was silent.
Still, the poor, dumb, people of America sent Republicans to the House – like a chicken giving Colonel Sanders the key to the Chicken Coop.
Watch the exchange here:
The Republicans have us purposefully on a race to the bottom, promising to implement more of the same policies that turned the surplus they were handed into a deficit, the US into the LEAST upwardly mobile with the widest income disparity of all industrialized nations, and crashed the economy 2x in a century.
This downward spiral for the working class is not a problem to Republicans. The rich are doing fabulous since American swallowed the Reaganomics voodoo and that was always the point. Their ideology goes back to the time when Thomas Paine wrote “Rights of Man” as a rebuttal to Edmund Burke’s philosophies that the majority needed to be governed by a minority of wealthy aristocrats.
Republicans are ideologues bent on permanently creating a small elite at the top and a permanent underclass of cheap labor to exploit. They are masters at divisive political scapegoating and propaganda to win the complicity of the very people who they view merely as hosts from which to suck profit and discard.
Tragically, the only thing “average Joe” Republicans reveals through their party affiliation is their utter stupidity and complete willingness to shoot themselves in the head on command.
A world where the rich run everything and everyone know their “place” is the Republican vision for America. It’s as familiar as the world of Charles Dickens.
Numbers tell a story. Especially over time. They compel us to focus on results — success and failure. Over the short term, maybe a few years, numbers can be manipulated or give false signals. But not over decades, and not over a generation. The numbers over the past 30 years are not refutable. When it comes to creating jobs and managing the nation’s finances, Democratic presidents demonstrate success while Republican presidents show failure.
Jimmy Carter, 1977-1980: 10.5 million new jobs
Bill Clinton, 1993-1996: 11.6 million new jobs
Bill Clinton, 1997-2000: 12.4 million new jobs
Total: 33.6 million jobs created over 12 years, or 2.8 million jobs per year
Ronald Reagan 1981-1984: 5.2 million new jobs
Ronald Reagan 1985-1988: 10.8 million new jobs
George H.W. Bush 1989-1992: 2.6 million new jobs
George W. Bush 2001-2004: 0.2 million fewer jobs
George W. Bush 2005-2007: 5.5 million new jobs
Total: 24 million jobs created over 19 years, or 1.3 million jobs per year
How much did the government spend for every dollar of revenue?
Jimmy Carter, 1977-1980: $ 1.16
Bill Clinton, 1993-1996: $1.25
Bill Clinton, 1997-2000: $1.01
Democratic Average: $1.16
Ronald Reagan 1981-1984: $1.31
Ronald Reagan 1985-1988: $1.38
George H.W. Bush 1989-1992: $1.34
George W. Bush 2001-2004: $1.27
George W. Bush 2005-2007: $1.24
Republican Average: $1.29
The difference between $1.16 and $1.29 may not seem like a lot, but the impact on the national debt is huge, especially when you consider that $1.29 applies to 19 years, and the budgets under this president are so much larger.
Increases in Government Debt
Growth In Debt Held By the Public [$US trillions] Jimmy Carter, 1977-1980: 0.2
Bill Clinton, 1993-1996: 0.7
Bill Clinton, 1997-2000: -0.3
Democratic Total: 0.6
Ronald Reagan 1981-1984: 0.6
Ronald Reagan 1985-1988: 0.7
George H.W. Bush 1989-1992: 0.9
George W. Bush 2001-2004: 0.9
George W. Bush 2005-2007: 1.1
Republican Total: 4.3
The financial markets only pay attention to the amount of debt held by the public. This is the number that helps drive down the value of the dollar and makes bankers nervous about inflation down the road.
Growth of Debt Held By “Government Accounts” [$US trillions]
Jimmy Carter, 1977-1980: 0.00
Bill Clinton, 1993-1996: 0.4
Bill Clinton, 1997-2000: 0.8
Democratic Total: 1.3
Ronald Reagan 1981-1984: 0.1
Ronald Reagan 1985-1988: 0.3
George H.W. Bush 1989-1992: 0.5
George W. Bush 2001-2004: 0.8
George W. Bush 2005-2007: 1.4
Republican Total: 3.0
Debt held in government accounts is very much a misnomer. Debt, in the real world, is a fixed obligation to make a payment on a specific date. Not so for debt held in government accounts, according to this White House.
“The Bush administration opposes including Social Security and Medicare in the audited deficit. Its reason: Congress can cancel or cut the retirement programs at any time, so they should not be considered a government liability for accounting purposes.” USA Today, August 3, 2006
This subject warrants a separate article, but there, in a nutshell, is the basis for the Republicans’ “Social Security Reform.”
In very simple terms, what happens is that the money contributed by everyone into Social Security, intended to build up a surplus to fund the baby boomers’ nest egg for their retirement years, is actually used to reduce the government’s reported deficit. Is it a huge scam? You bet. President Clinton, anticipating the problem, proposed some kind of undefined “lockbox” to prevent the pillaging of the Social Security surplus that’s taken place under the current White House. Of course, the Republicans shot that down.
Anyone who speaks of a crisis in Social Security is really talking about a problem that can be laid at the Republicans’ doorstep. It’s not class warfare, just simple arithmetic.
Job Creation: Bureau of Labor Statistics Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payrolls, calculated on calendar years
Government Spending: OMB, On-Budget Outlays divided by On-Budget Revenues
Increases in Government Debt: OMB
As the Bible says, “ye shall know them by their fruits.”
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