Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Not a normal party -

The NYTimes David Brooks on his Republican party - from Huffington Post -

"It's the “the deal of the century,” Brooks writes, and “if the Republican Party were a normal party, it would take advantage of this amazing moment.”

A normal Republican Party would seize the opportunity to put a long-term limit on the growth of government. It would seize the opportunity to put the country on a sound fiscal footing. It would seize the opportunity to do these things without putting any real crimp in economic growth.

The party is not being asked to raise marginal tax rates in a way that might pervert incentives. On the contrary, Republicans are merely being asked to close loopholes and eliminate tax expenditures that are themselves distortionary.

This, as I say, is the mother of all no-brainers.

But we can have no confidence that the Republicans will seize this opportunity. That’s because the Republican Party may no longer be a normal party."..."Brooks writes, that over the past few years, the Republican party “has been infected by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a practical, governing alternative.”

Brooks couldn't be more right, but what he doesn't (or won't) acknowledge is that by incompetence, or deceit, the Democrats have sold out to the R's on every issue since Obama's inauguration. As I've alluded to elsewhere, the Democrats aren't liberals, they're corporatist. They had both Houses and the White House and didn't get a single piece of "liberal" legislation.

But, by the Fox/Clear Channel machine, they've been labeled as "liberals" and "liberal policies" have gotten credit for the mess we're in... and the "mess" has enriched the corporations with record profits, the stock market has rocked under Obama, and we've had the largest tax cut, and largest spending cut, in history.

The Essence of Normality... really is, the refusal of reality...

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