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Firstly,I would like to thank Daily Kos for giving us the opportunity to share our thougths and extent also my greetings to all the participants  for their insights. I am relatively new and as a non US citizen ,not living in the USA,I am always amazed by the attitude of the Republican party. I've tried several times to understand its perspective using different angles and each time I reach a dead end . The stand off surrounding the so called fiscal cliff is the last element that has convinced me  to conclude that the Republican Party is the Party of Extremists.

Assume that they don't like the President and  people who didn't vote for them but at least they could just think about their own ''electorate '' and pass the bill that will allow a tax cut for 98% and extent unemployment insurance for millions of people.I don't think all their members are millionaires. This is the minimum they could achieve without any hesitation.This  should be a No Brainer. What wrong with that?

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Comment Preferences

  •  they're afraid of (5+ / 0-)

    their own shadows,

    -- er, I mean, Grover Norquist.

    Isn't it time to fix the Filibuster?
    -- Here's how.

    by jamess on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 05:16:21 PM PST

  •  The reason it is not a (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW, DeadHead, SanFernandoValleyMom

    no-brainer ... is that the extreme Right in the House see themselves as representing a silent majority of "Real Americans", who hate ... well I was going to make a list but they actually hate pretty much everything.

    They cannot read either polls or vote counts.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 05:27:25 PM PST

  •  They Have Several Dozen Billionaires Who Can (3+ / 0-)

    crush their chances of re-election if they disobey.

    In the past the party and its leaders would build consensus partly by trading favors, such as promising to support a member on some bill for their voters in exchange for supporting the leaders on their bill. Also they could provide extra campaign help and money, or withhold it and even threaten to run a competitor for their nomination race next time.

    Today the billionaires have more power over many of the Republicans than the party and its leader do.  The billionaires want government tied up as much as possible, and as soon as possible they want to end all government services for the people and most regulation of business.

    It's a very radical agenda that has been advancing gradually for 40 years, and now that the Supreme Court has allowed so much money influence in campaigning and issue advertising, the rich and the big corporations and financial powers feel they can begin in earnest taking down these services.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 05:33:41 PM PST

  •  Republicans are trying to destroy the country (3+ / 0-)

    for everyone except those they feel are deserving of an exemption.

    They're FRAUDS, and those who haven't figured it out enough to vote them out of office are either being hoodwinked or are among those "exempted."

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 05:41:26 PM PST

  •  It's not a no-brainer (0+ / 0-)

    because many of them have no-brainer constituents who believe everything they see on Fox and hear on AM radio.  As long as their constituents are predisposed to believe lies on a daily basis, republican politicians are pretty much free to do whatever the hell they please.  

    Actually, maybe "free" is an overstatement....many of them do things they KNOW are destructive to their country and the economy, but they fear a handful of RWNJs primarying them from the right.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 04:23:43 AM PST

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