Held Captive by Zombie Lies
It's not simply about making the Obama administration
look bad. Many Republicans actually
love economic recessions. No better means of disciplining the labor
force has ever been devised.
That's the real message behind the GOP's Senate
filibuster denying extended federal benefits to
roughly a million long-term unemployed. The same bill, which failed
57-41, would also have provided
$16 billion in Medicaid help to states overburdened by declining tax
In consequence, several hundred thousand cops,
teachers, firefighters and other public employees
are sure to be laid off due to state budget cuts. Fat lot of good that
will do the economy. But working
stiffs will be keeping their heads down, won't they?
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., whose state has the
nation's second-highest unemployment rate (13.6 percent),
put it forcefully: "The Republicans in the Senate want this economy to
fail. In cynical political terms ... they want
our country to fail to win an election, and they're willing to take the
people of this country with them."
But that's only part of the story. One of the
enduring mysteries of American life is how Republicans
keep succeeding by failing. The
presidency of George W. Bush ought to have inoculated American voters
against GOP economic
theories for a generation. Tax cuts for the wealthy led not to greater
but runaway budget
deficits, a doubled national debt and the weakest job creation since
World War II.
deregulation damn near destroyed the world banking system.
I wonder if my good friend
Gene has been reading bartcop.com?
Yes, Rethugs love a recession because their billionaire friends can
swoop in and buy a
once-profitable company for ten cents on the dollar. Then, a
Democrat gets in and builds
the economy and creates jobs and that company they bought super-cheap
is now doing great business
But the Democrats fail to list the
so the average Joe buys that "the economy is
If only the Democrats would list the goddamn facts,
but no, they can't muster the courage.
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