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The new deficit hawking among congressional Republicans is enough to make you gut-sick over political hypocrisy. It's doubly revolting given the fact that the victims of their preening are middle-class families still struggling to find work after the financial crash.
This is a party that inherited a $230-billion annual surplus when it took control of the White House and both houses of Congress in 2000, but blew it on two wars and big tax cuts. Where were the GOP leaders now decrying the growth of deficit spending when the beneficiaries were those in higher tax brackets? President Barack Obama inherited a budget that was $400 billion in the red.
The about-face is stark and disturbing. It reflects a party whose principles have come unmoored from any regard for the country's middle-class needs, or the pain of joblessness felt by American families. It's the policy of a party that has taken its anti-government rhetoric to a dangerous extreme.
Just go read it. And send it to everyone you know.
The Tea Partiers, far from being a separate political entity, are just the most extreme right-wingers of the current crop of Republicans, hoping to repackage themselves in the eyes of voters.
Yup. And it's possible that most voters will understand that, and will turn away from the insanity if enough Democrats make sure and call it out for what it is. Since the radical right wing operatives are going to unleash a $200 million dollar smear campaign this fall, it's going to take all hands on deck to address the lies that will be trumpeted and counter a fawning media that it intent on promoting this nonsense as some sort of legitimate movement.
OK, that's it for now. Going to unplug totally for awhile, so no thread tomorrow.
No, really, I'm serious this time - and I'm more than a little afraid I won't be able to do it. Wish me luck.