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President Ronald Reagan’s former budget director David Stockman excoriated the Republican Party in an interview he  gave to Newsmax TV. While he attacked President Obama for not cutting defense in an era where America is the only super power, in no uncertain terms he laid blame for the predicament of America squarely on the Republican Party.

After Newsmax Anchor David Nelson asserted that many believe the house is divided (the Republican Party that is), he asked David Stockman if he believed Republican leaders like Ryan, Boehner, Rubio, Paul, or anyone else could unite the party. Stockman shot back with a response one would not expect in a Newsmax interview.

[David Stockman’s response]

No. I don’t because I think the Republican Party is not really a party. It doesn’t stand for anything except reelecting itself. It’s a coalition of gangs….

The Neo Cons which I have no use for are only oriented to an aggressive imperialistic foreign policy, a big defense establishment, and suppression of our civil liberties. That’s a bad. I am against that.

The Tax Cons want to just cut taxes anytime any day regardless of the fiscal situation. That has gone to absurd lengths. I oppose that.

The Social Cons, social policy people, the right to life issue, gay marriage and all that, that’s irrelevant to governing a democracy in a free society.

That is basically the heart of the Republican Party. In that mix how can you find anything that is going to stand for conservative economics, fiscal rectitude, free markets, sound money; it’s not there. The Republican Party is basically irrelevant to the economic crisis that faces the country.

David Stockman has been a critic of the Republican Party for some time now. I wrote the article “David Stockman: “get out of the markets and hide out in cash” Corruption Of Capitalism” a few weeks ago where Stockman was quoted saying “This debt explosion has resulted not from big spending by the Democrats, but instead the Republican Party’s embrace, about three decades ago, of the insidious doctrine that deficits don’t matter if they result from tax cuts.”

It is not the intent of this piece to give David Stockman a pass. After-all, he was Reagan’s supply side, trickle down, voodoo economics doctrinaire. He is more Randian than not and as such should be considered anti-social and immoral based on his animosity towards a society that provides equal access to all. His belief system just provides equal access to all those that are able to acquire and control capital in non-productive manners. The intent of this article  is to illustrate that even a supply side hack has come to the realization that the vast blame of the destruction of the American and world economies lay at the wild intransigence of what the Republican Party has become.

Mr..  Stockman seems to be progressively sharpening his criticisms in all venues as the ineptitude and intransigence of his party continues. One can only hope that he will trigger what many are hoping for, a rebirth of a viable Republican Party that stands for real American values, a party that stands for middle class values, a party that remembers the time when it actually did good. Real Liberals need a viable conservative party to ensure the purity of liberalism is maintained and do not succumb to a lazy absence of a legitimate pushback.



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Originally posted to ProgressiveLiberal on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:33 AM PDT.

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  •  A Man Nobody Would've Heard Of Without Gangs. (5+ / 0-)

    Neocons go back at least to Cheney and Rummy, with Nixon/Ford.

    Social Cons aka evangelicals were brought in to the RW revolution at or before that time to create a populist base to help them take over the Republican Party.

    The tax cons are global ownership and the American rich, who Stockman helped acquire the power to do what the rich always do when you let them have more power. Given enough conservative policy making and enough time, and the rich can operate our Reps, Senators and their state & local counterparts directly, without bothering with party, and ignoring the ostensible leaders in the various bodies.

    That's how our system works now, and Stockman was a key player in constructing our modern democratic plutocracy.

    Stockman was a decade behind the curve when he was hired. Clearly, not only the Laffer curve.

    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 Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:54:49 PM PDT

  •  Can't they get it over with? (3+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, cotterperson, Smoh

    And finish falling apart so someone can put together an internally consistent conservative party that is also rational?

  •  The definition of tacking into the wind (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, Stude Dude

    Poor guy.  Not that I'd support him or lift a finger to help him.  I don't like the fiscal conservatives either.  In many ways, their cruelty exceeds the other groups.  But, keep fighting amongst yourselves.

    "Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal."

    by sujigu on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:24:16 PM PDT

  •  Stop with the valorization of Stockman. (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, a2nite

    This has been diaried over and over again.  He is an austerian, anti-New Deal, gold bug, know nothing.

    "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

    by Publius2008 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:43:17 PM PDT

  •  Stockman isn't saying much new. (2+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson, srkp23

    Richard Wolff's talk on Capitalism Hits the Fan was really interesting and informative.

    The economic disaster is a lot like the environmental. There is so much interplay it is hard to know where the effects will be relayed. In many ways, the economic system has more capacity to be mended. OTOH, how the changing energy part of the economy affects others will be almost a blind leap of faith.

    Transitioning the health care system to public payer will have an impact on the job market, which is likely to delay that longer than is good for our actual health.  

    We built it.  If it is going to become livable again, a lot of changes will be necessary.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 02:17:11 AM PDT

  •  The evil Rs created this mess on behalf of their (0+ / 0-)

    Puppet masters.  

    He's wrong. Their voters hate & vote their hatred. He may be less evil, maybe not.

  •  While I agree, in long view, with the last 'graph, (0+ / 0-)

    I want to see the GOP grenade. Blow itself to pieces, send the various Cons back under their respective rocks.
    I wouldn't mind a decade or two of Democratic party one-party rule. The Riech..erm...Right has been ascendant for thirty plus years and look at the fu(king mess they've made. It will take years of work to fix the damage and with an opposition party as vile as the remains of the GOP is, it'll never get done. H3ll with them, Watch them crash and burn, cheer them on.
    A couple decades out of power to rethink their core philosophy (and let the dinosaurs die off) and maybe they can form a new Grand Old Party.
    Meanwhile, maybe we can get some progress happening here.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:09:37 AM PDT

  •  Are we to end up with only Rand Paul's Party? (0+ / 0-)

    No more GOP?

    The members of the GOP's bigotry keeps coming to the surface and  continue to alienate voters. They can't help themselves.

    Even though Stockman may be an idiot, many people in the GOP still many listen to them on how insane the GOP have gotten.

    Fighting Liberal at
    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” --Gandhi:

    by smokey545 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:48:28 AM PDT

  •  Medieval Quack (0+ / 0-)

    Stockman can tell that the patient is sick, but his prescription is to apply more leeches. He thinks we can remedy the current malaise by shrinking the money supply -- it's essentially gold bug thinking. Not just unsophisticated but, uh, primitive.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:15:05 AM PDT

  •  I am more interested in reviving the Democratic (2+ / 0-)
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    Party of FDR than trying to figure out what the repug party is dying of.

    We have for too long had a batshit conservative party and a Democratic party controlled by fiscal conservative, deregulating privatizers who loves them some trade deals written by pirates.

    And maybe the GOP never will die. In an age of plutocratic money politics, parties don't need popular ideas they just need billionaires.

  •  Stockman is still peddling austerity (0+ / 0-)

    and is still a quack economist.  So he's stating the obvious abut his party.  They have all jumped more than one shark.  He was on the original speed boat.  

  •  the 3 cons (0+ / 0-)

    Ray-guns 3 legged stool
    Not even Rick Perry was able to keep it stable

    Who is mighty ? One who turns an enemy into a friend !

    by OMwordTHRUdaFOG on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:22:34 PM PDT

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