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  •  Grapes of Wrath (2014) (9+ / 0-)

    Excellent post, Laurence. I agree completely, and I have felt the same for a long time.

    Newly elected President Obama faced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and took what steps he could to get the recovery started -- and found himself blocked at every turn. The stimulus was fine as far as it went, though Republicans to this day peddle the lie that "the stimulus didn't create any jobs." But it didn't go far enough; double the amount would have been a lot better. Still, in the teeth of Republican opposition, it was quite an achievement to get even the modest stimulus that eventually passed.

    The Republican mantra at the time was "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs," and they claimed to be focused like a laser on that one goal. Obama and the Democrats proposed legislation that would actually create jobs, but with a Republican majority in the House and unprecedented use of the filibuster in the Senate, nothing constructive could be passed.

    It was a revelation to me when I made an earnest effort to read all I could about Republican plans for recovery: What were Republican proposals to alleviate Americans' pain? I found that their plans consisted of two elements:

    1. Tax breaks for corporations and the rich.
    2. Slashing regulations on business.

    That's it; that's all. Number 1, double down on trickle-down; Number 2, stop choking businesses with red tape by allowing them to evade oversight of pollution, workplace safety, union and employment rules. (In fact the laser was somewhat diffused with Republican pursuit of Abortion, Abortion, Abortion and Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.)

    With the Dow rapidly recovering and moving toward all-time highs, it became obvious to me that the Republicans DID NOT SEE THE ECONOMIC PLIGHT OF AVERAGE AMERICANS AS A PROBLEM. In fact, for the Republicans' wealthy base, things have never been better. What, me worry?

    Here's the Republican philosophy in a nutshell: The poor have too much money and the rich don't have enough.

    •  there's a 3rd...cut govt and screw the govt worker (1+ / 0-)
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      privatize everything, schools, prisons, you name it. and make money off the spoils. Fees for schools. Fees for managing you SS when privatized. Fees for this, fees for that. instead of taxes you will pay fees that will go to entities who DO NOT have to tell you where the money goes ( Charter schools repeatedly trot out the "private " line when questioned why a director, like Eva Moskowitz, can make half a mil while using public schools rent free. But thank God DiBlasio told her to stuff it )

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