It is a strange time. Having succeeded in shutting down the state of Minnesota, the Republicans are threatening to do it to the whole country. And they are rejecting all attempts at compromise. They want what they want, period.
In Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Texas and other states under tea party control, there are no job bills, just cuts in corporate tax rates; cuts in social services; and attacks on public unions, teachers, public education and women’s reproductive rights. Although taxes on the wealthiest of Americans are at record low levels, any attempts to raise them are considered anathema.
We are broke, they cry, conveniently forgetting that they all happily voted to raise the debt limit seven times under George W. Bush, while running two ruinously expensive wars off the books.
It appears that their main agenda is to wreck the economy, knowing that it is their only chance to defeat the president next year. This is not governance; it is an abject and total flight from responsibility.