Cataclysmic: The GOP's Politics Are Anathema To Good Government And Fiscal Responsibility
Originally posted 2011-02-17 17:54:35 -0500. Bumped and promoted. -- GH
Yes, it's their strategy. It's part of their practiced meme, and nobody's called them on it. They rinse, repeat and repackage the same tired old b.s. time and again, increasingly ginning up greater crises and fomenting unrest while claiming that government is the problem, and they're the 'solution.'
And too many people keep falling for it.
Well, now maybe more people will begin to wake up and start remembering -- and keep telling each other to stay awake, stay alert and make it through the next election cycle with one goal intact: oust the GOP and their Teapublican buddies, once and for all, from all levels of government if you want to have at least an even chance of beginning to fix the mess that this merry-go-round has been generating.
If you need any more evidence of the GOP's toxic effect on good governance, you need look no further to the mess they've been generating in Wisconsin through the newly elected Governor Scott Walker (R-WI). Via Talking Points Memo:
Wisconsin Gov. Walker Ginned Up Budget Shortfall To Undercut Worker Rights
Wisconsin's new Republican governor has framed his assault on public worker's collective bargaining rights as a needed measure of fiscal austerity during tough times.
The reality is radically different.
In a Wednesday op-ed, the Capitol Times of Madison picked up on this theme.
In its Jan. 31 memo to legislators on the condition of the state's budget, the Fiscal Bureau determined that the state will end the year with a balance of $121.4 million.
To the extent that there is an imbalance -- Walker claims there is a $137 million deficit -- it is not because of a drop in revenues or increases in the cost of state employee contracts, benefits or pensions. It is because Walker and his allies pushed through $140 million in new spending for special-interest groups in January.
This is a common and prevalent GOP strategy. They do this at BOTH the state and Federal levels. They make tax cuts to create shortfalls to enable them to then cut programs that would help Americans but which the GOP wants to dismantle but can't w/o justifying the dissembly as "austerity measures" or budget cuts.
If you are beginning to recognize a pattern -- one that matches closely with the behavior of the GOP in Congress, their talking points throughout the nation and in various state and local governments -- that's because it's all the same play, coming from the same playbook, year after year.
It's time to wake up, people -- and to wake The People up. For those who are capable of doing so, please share this, and spread it widely. Include any of your friends in Wisconsin, DC, the White House, and Red states. Tell them to look from Wisconsin to Congress, and watch how the tax cuts for the rich are doing the very same thing to the budget on a national level...and how those self-same cuts have steadily undermined our nation's economy, throughout the Bush Presidency through this point in Obama's. Then ask them: Why are we allowing the GOP to undermine America and Americans? And why doesn't the Tea Party seem to be any different -- and in some cases, far worse?
You might want to send a few dozen copies to the opposition parties in Congress, too, and to your favorite pundits on TV.
Let's stop letting the modern GOP continue to get away with toxic behavior, and start requiring our government to start functioning like it was designed to do, not like how they're trying to torture and transform it to behave at our expense, and with our blood.
And tell the Democrats that they'd better start reining in this behavior and holding their counterparts' feet to the fire, or they'll be next after the massive purge of elephant poo gets washed away among a sea of rancid teabags by the will of many powerful and angry voters. Remember, we ARE the people...and we are Legion.