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Perhaps I have been influenced by Senator Rand Paul, because I have plagiarized the title and idea for this post from Paul Krugman.  His original New York Times op-ed can be read here:

http://query.nytimes.com/...

The key point to the column is that from an ideological point of view, government cannot solve problems.  Therefore, when government is needed to solve a problem, it must fail.  As a result, when Republicans are in charge of government solving problems, their solutions fail.  This allows them to further their argument that government cannot solve problems.

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There is a famous story about a Ronald Reagan campaign line about the scariest words being, "I'm form the government, and I'm here to help."  The philosophy behind that sentence is that government is always the problem.  If you share that philosophy, and you run for a government office, you should be honest.  Your ad should say, "I'm running to be part of the problem."

Okay, here's a bit of mental gymnastics for you.  The Republicans are claiming that Obamacare has created a huge problem.  They also say that government cannot solve the problem that the law created.  The only solution is to repeal the law.  Government is the only way to repeal the law.  Therefore, government action is the only way to solve a problem that government cannot solve.  I think that is reverse tautology.

I have family on the right side of the political spectrum.  We often agree that there are problems that need to be solved.  Whenever I propose solutions, they don't offer counters, they only tell me what's wrong with my proposals.  When I mention that we could write corrections to the new problems into legislation, they look for other problems.

A large majority of Americans, Republican and Democrat, believe that government plays some role in solving problems.  In Washington, one party actually fund raises against its own role of governing.  The Republican Party and the PACS they associate with now unabashedly say, "please send us money to elect candidates who will do nothing!"

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Comment Preferences

  •  It's kind of like (5+ / 0-)

    How conservatives like to preach about "personal responsibility", but they don't take any.  They just wait for you to propose a solution and then shoot it full of holes.  That way, they don't have to take any responsibility, right? They're totally illogical.  I really don't have patience for it.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 07:51:28 PM PST

    •  It's for Breaking the Democratic Base. (4+ / 0-)
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      marina, Calamity Jean, Chi, NancyWH

      They try to put Democrats into the position of being the ones introducing the cuts to Democratic policy. This shows voters there's no purpose in voting for Democrats.

      Flips side of the Hastert Rule where the House won't pass any law that needs a Democratic vote. The object of this is to show corporate donors that there is no purpose in hedging bets by supporting any Democratic candidate, because there will never be a time when one single Democrat will be employed to pass a conservative law.

      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 Nov 15, 2013 at 07:58:36 PM PST

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  •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

    And, unfortunately, they have turned the current political climate into a farce. People run for office to sell books, raise money on line, and basically enrich themselves with no real ideas of serving the public. It can't sink under it's own dead weight soon enough!

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 10:18:45 AM PST

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