Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Tea Party Plan: "Our Policies Make No Sense, But Maybe We Can Pass Them If We Shut Down the Government"

I really despise the Tea Party.  But there can be a benefit to having a GOP Congress and a Dem' President.  Generally the GOP Congress wants to sabotage the economy's growth so they can get elected and give out tax breaks ("it is a bad economy, we need tax breaks").  That is not to say that they cannot find ways to screw up a good economy (see Clinton to Bush transition -- You start with, "The economy is good, let's give out tax breaks.").

So, when a Dem' President is in power, the GOPers in Congress try extra hard to make sure he cannot do anything to actually stimulate the economy and have people like what he is doing, so they really hit the brakes on spending.  The President, on the other hand, generally is smart enough not to sign wild tax cuts for the rich and then claim that tax cuts don't add to the deficit.  What we tend to get is the same tax level and a spending cut.  Things generally get better and people are better off (it works extra well when you get a Dem' kickstart like 1993 when Clinton passed a tax hike and limited spending increases, then the GOP took over and asked for spending cuts, but Clinton would not lower taxes).

The combinations we badly need to avoid are: 
GOP Congress - GOP President (see Bush, George W.)
Dem Congress - GOP President (see Bush, George W.)

Combo 1 is bad because you get huge tax reductions and huge spending increases.  Combo 2 is bad because the Dems generally want to spend a lot of money and not pay for it, and so does the President. 

But what has happened with Obama is really unprecedented - the GOP will not pass ANYTHING he supports, and ANYTHING he passed with a Dem' Congress must be repealed.  The GOP will not even propose a realistic budget, set of laws, etc. since there is some chance Obama may accept it!  Obama would give them $3 of cuts in Medicare and Social Security if they would give him $1 in tax increases.  They cannot do that because...........it was proposed by Barack Obama.  The GOP so hates the black guy, that they cannot possibly allow him to 'win" anything.  So their proposals have to be all things he would never agree to - "defund ObamaCare;" "vote 41 times to repeal ObamaCare;" etc.

The new Tea Party/Openly Racist element of the party cannot even take advantage of the fact that Obama is a pretty conservative Democrat.  He would gladly cut spending by a lot, if they would let him raise taxes by a little.  That would achieve a lot of deficit reduction and debt reduction.  Of course, this bunch does not honestly want either deficit reduction or debt reduction.  They want societal values returning to the 1890s, basically no government regulation, and for their rich overlords to pay next to no taxes.  They scream,  "We are going broke!" at the top of their lungs while rejecting offers to reduce spending and raise taxes to cut $4 trillion that would help us not go broke.

The Tea Party, sadly, is not a serious entity.  It is a racist, anti-Obama entity financed by a lot of rich guys who want a huge tax break.  The Paul Ryan budget takes $1 from the poor and uses it to finance $3 in tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.  There is not even a pretense that his budget is balanced or even working toward balance.  It just uses the buzz words "lower taxes," "cut entitlements," "end ObamaCare."   That is good enough for the Tea Party.  And since they know that their ideas are bankrupt, what is their plan to get such stupid ideas passed?  Oh yeah - shut down the government and act as economic terrorists, hoping you can gain by hostage taking what you cannot gain by persuasion:

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