July 5, 2011

Even David Brooks thinks the GOP is crazy

And this is close to the best, concise explanation I have read:
"The members of this movement have no sense of moral decency. A nation makes a sacred pledge to pay the money back when it borrows money. But the members of this movement talk blandly of default and are willing to stain their nation’s honor.

The members of this movement have no economic theory worthy of the name. Economists have identified many factors that contribute to economic growth, ranging from the productivity of the work force to the share of private savings that is available for private investment. Tax levels matter, but they are far from the only or even the most important factor.

But to members of this movement, tax levels are everything. Members of this tendency have taken a small piece of economic policy and turned it into a sacred fixation. They are willing to cut education and research to preserve tax expenditures. Manufacturing employment is cratering even as output rises, but members of this movement somehow believe such problems can be addressed so long as they continue to worship their idol."


Smitty said...

It would be so immoral of an experiment that it's almost not worth bringing up, but let's do it. Let's roll over. Let's, for one campaign cycle, give them everything they want. Let's close all the schools. Let's do criminal investigations of spontaneous abortions. Let's drop the income tax and corporate tax to 0. Let's make people pay an add-on to their local property taxes if they choose to have police and fire coverage, like a public safety cafeteria plan. Let's close down foster homes and oversight of foster care workers. Let's take Medicaid and Medicare, and let' keep all the retirement money and hand it all back to the taxpayers. Let's see how life goes.

Streak said...

Yeah. As you say, if it weren't so damn immoral, it would be interesting. What does that say that one party has lost any sense of moral decency?

Smitty said...

lost any sense of moral decency

I know this is a recurring theme on your blog, but it bears repeating again and again: they are so convinced of their moral superiority that they are blind to the fantastically immoral atrocities they wish to commit...or have committed.