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  •  where were you ten years ago? (1+ / 0-)
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    Mr Green Jeans

    When the government had run a surplus four years running?  And the other years where the deficit decreased (like, say um last year)?   Fact is, governments can balance their budgets quite well.  

    It's a facile cliché to say that the government just spends mindlessly.  Especially if you're blind to the fact that the government only does things to ensure what Americans want or need, but which the market fails to provide.  It provides solutions, that most often work very well.  

    The problem is simply this: The conservative plan for several decades has been to "starve the beast," because the government provides solutions to things that they don't view as problems, or that they think they could solve themselves while making a profit.  The only way they could think of getting the government to stop solving problems we've kept wanting solved is to stop paying it and pretending it's broke.  It's like if you need a bigger house for your growing family, but you don't want to move, so you go to your boss and get a pay cut, who says "you can get your old salary back if you ask".  Then you go home and tell your spouse with a straight face, "Well, there's nothing that can be done; we'll just have to sacrifice."  

    It doesn't help that the entire Republican party is enthralled with a economic theory that is doomed to constant failure in a consumer-driven economy, and driven by market, religious, and constitutional fundamentalism to
    ignore the simple reality that when the facts don't fit your theory, it's the theory that has to change.  

    All the petty insults lobbed my way won't change these facts.

    Pas de bras, pas de chocolat!

    by nominalize on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 12:30:17 PM PDT

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