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  •  Repubs Could Be Specific and Right (1+ / 0-)
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    Nautical Knots

    If government helped businesses get more customers by providing tax incentives, e.g., Cash for Clunkers, or 3% mortgages to increase home buying, the economic expansion would increase jobs and wages so that UI benefits extensions and MW increases would be less important.

    IOW, Keynesian stimulus to increase consumption would be consistent with the GOP's pro-business policies while simultaneously increasing jobs and wages.  Of course no Repub will ever support Keynesian stimulus because "small government" overrides everything.

    Bottom line, GOPers have painted themselves into a corner and there is no way out.  Sad.  :-)

    •  "Small government" is just an extension of (1+ / 0-)
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      cybersaur

      their push for privatization.  The more governmental program and agencies that are privatized, the smaller the government.  Lots and lots of the teapartiers I interact with (and there are tons of them here in Texas), accept and support this.  They're still living in the fantasyland defined by improved efficiency and cost savings through privatizing, even though it's not worked in the past and has no chance of working in the future for the good of the working class or the poor.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 09:34:46 AM PST

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      •  Teapartiers are really anarchists, no? (1+ / 0-)
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        JG in MD

        I don't think they are about efficiency as much as "drowning government in a bathtub."  They hate government because it restricts their gun rights, illegal business practices, and "freedom" to do whatever they want regardless of others.

        To me they are sociopaths who enjoy abusing the weak and government is an obstacle to their enjoyment so they want to destroy it.  Tell me I'm wrong.

        •  No, this is not the right word for teapartiers (1+ / 0-)
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          Unca Joseph

          Anarchists are traditionally anti-capitalists, and anti-authority, not just anti-state. The word was first coined by Proudhon, who called himself an anarchist. Anarchists are against all forms of hierarchy and unequal relationships of power, including patriarchy, monarchy, oligarchy, corporate hierarchy, racial hierarchy, and so forth.

          The word really doesn't mean what most people think it means. In fact, anarchists are completely opposite to teapartiers in socioeconomic theory. The word is often misused.

          "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

          by ZhenRen on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 03:24:30 PM PST

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