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We all knew it was going to happen, that the GOP really would stop at nothing to destroy the Obama Administration, even if it meant dragging the entire country down into the mire.  Confirmation came today as a key GOP figure deserted the “debt resolution talks” that have been ongoing with the White House and Congressional Democrats.  Eric Cantor claims, in logic appropriate only in some parallel whacko-verse, that the President is to blame for the lack of progress.  

This is how today’s USA Today puts it, in an article by David Jackson:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said he is leaving the bipartisan talks because of a dispute over proposed tax hikes that the Republicans oppose—and he urged Obama to get publicly involved in resolving the dispute.

“Given this impasse, I will not be participating in today’s meeting and I believe it is time for the president to speak clearly and resolve the tax issue,” Cantor said. “Once resolved, we have a blueprint to move forward to trillions of spending cuts and binding mechanisms to change the way things are done around here.”

Even as the country is dead set against the Paul Ryan serial-killer style budget, even as investors and the Wall Street Journal are frantically signaling to the GOP that enough is enough with their insane budget-cutting dementia, the GOP plunges right ahead with their sole agenda, outlined publicly on the Senate floor by Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who said the defeat of President Obama in 2012 “…is the single most important thing we want to achieve.”  

Not solving the deficit.

Not paying down the National Debt.

Not lifting the debt ceiling so the American economy can continue to do business (let alone survive at all).

Not finding a way to make sure all Americans have access to health care they can afford.

Not finding common ground with Democrats on how to deal with global warming.

Not reducing the appalling income disparity that has accumulated in America since the Reagan Administration first took office.

Not resolving the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But trying to drive the President, who happens to be from an opposing political party, out of office.

If we can picture the US government as a car going down the road that is being driven by the President, the GOP represents the insane passenger who keeps trying to take over the wheel and mash his own foot down on the accelerator.  

Of course the markets reacted to Cantor’s tantrum by cratering again today.  Everybody on the planet knows what’s coming—the GOP refusing to raise the debt limit.  While reasonable people rush around in fear and panic, as August approaches the GOP will be sitting back drinking their mint juleps and commenting to each other on the weather.

We are being ruled by a rump government of insane Tea Bagger politicians, who represent, at best, about 15% of the American public.  When will this madness end?  Who will rid us of these upstart clerks?


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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    "The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity." --W. B. Yeats

    by Pragmatus on Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 10:17:53 AM PDT

  •  The biggest mistake the White House made (1+ / 0-)
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    Is to think you can negotiate with these guys.  

    So the White House committed to trillion in cuts without getting any significant tax increases.  Obama continues to play on the 11 dimension chess board built by the RepublicSCUMS.  

    This is Cantor stabbing the Speaker in the back. Boehner now has to negotiate the tax increases.  If Boehner does Cantor leads a rebellion to become Speaker.  

    I'm betting this is not going to end well based on how Obama has performed in these negotiations with the RepublicSCUMS in the past.  

    The darkness drops again but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? William Butler Yeats

    by deepsouthdoug on Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 10:34:28 AM PDT

    •  Your signature line... (1+ / 0-)
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      deepsouthdoug from the same poem as mine is.  I'll bet Mitch McConnell never heard of Yeats.  He'd look at the name and think it was "Teats".  

      "The best lack all conviction, while the worst
      Are full of passionate intensity." --W. B. Yeats

      by Pragmatus on Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 10:39:14 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Given the historical resonances... (0+ / 0-)

    ...I think your last sentence doesn't belong.

    We don't need dog-whistle eliminationist rhetoric over here, even if it's meant as poetic metaphor.

  •  I beleive (0+ / 0-)

    it is also the Republicans manuevering to make the President take all the blame for the tax increase to give them cover as they campaign.   Most Americans support increasing the taxes on upper incomes, cutting some corporate loopholes, and generally even say raise taxes rather than cut Medicare and Social Security.   The Republicans are the only group that have to worry about raising taxes.  They've backed themselves into a corner with the insane portion of their base and they want the President to save them.

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