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  •  The Problem Is More Than Just Incompetence (9+ / 0-)

    I think the problem is the core Republican philosophy that government is "the problem".  I feel it should go without saying that when you have people in charge of the government who believe that the government is "the problem" and isn't able to do anything right, then it shouldn't come as a surprise when those same officials take actions that make us question the efficiency or ability of our government and it institutions. It really becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy in my mind.  Those who think government can't solve anything take actions to bring that about.

    I don't believe that the problems stemmed from just incompetence on the Republicans part.  Rather I believe that the Bush Administration along with the Tea Party movement are, hopefully, the last gasps of a coordinated decades long effort to sour Americans on the idea of government being able to effect positive change in our society.

    In short, when people who hate the government are the ones actually running the government, the government is not going to be run well at all.  And that's just the way those people want it.    

    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."- THOMAS PAINE

    by Crazycab214 on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 02:20:05 PM PDT

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    •  The Republicans believe that the government (7+ / 0-)

      should aid business by either helping them or stepping out of the way.  Tax cuts and free money to business is good and helpful as is repealing legislation that imposes any kind of rules on the behavior of business.

      Essentially they do not believe that the government is there to aid people, and since the New Deal, it has been a stumbling block to the business world. All of that belief is demonstrably false but they want to believe it so badly that it has become truth to them.  Modern Republicanism of the conservative variety is nothing less than an attempt to justify greed and make sure wealth is concentrated into the fewest hands as possible.  Corporations love the stability that governments create (which is why China is a good place to build a factory but Somalia is not), however, they continue to push for things that undo the stability because they want to maximize short-term profits. This why the Democratic party needs to stop playing footsie with the corporations and set the boundaries that the Republicans would never set, that corporations don't want, and yet everyone would benefit from.

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