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Childish legislators and the economy

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I recall reading in a book of recollections about the Great Depression of one guy who said, “They asked me if we didn’t see it coming? Sure we saw it coming. What could we do about it?”

That’s the way I feel as I watch the GOP House throw the steering wheel out of the truck as it barrels toward the edge of the cliff. Read this for current status. It will be a nerve-wracking summer. Now I can watch what happens in Congress as well as what the summer crop is like, given climate change.

Written by LeisureGuy

31 May 2011 at 5:56 pm

Posted in Congress, Daily life, GOP

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  1. Of course, it’s the GOP’s fault, nothing’s ever the fault of “progressive” thinking Democrats. No special treatment for unions, banks, mining companies, ILLEGAL, not “undocumented” immigrants, nope not us. No secret, partisan spending bills conspired behind closed doors conveniently BEFORE the most recent election. No special treatment for Freddie and Fannie or slobbering Barney’s gay lover. Could you at least try for some OBJECTIVITY?.

    tony

    31 May 2011 at 9:12 pm

  2. Well, I based this post on the news article, to which I note you carefully avoid responding.

    LeisureGuy

    1 June 2011 at 5:48 am

  3. Other legitimate criticisms of them aside, I find Democrats to be at fault for our disastrous economic situation only insofar as they have become Republican Lite. They deregulated. They allowed the social safety net to be eroded. They give tax breaks to the wealthy. They do all these things–just not quite as much as genuine Republicans do. I think it started at least 30 years ago.

    scott

    1 June 2011 at 7:14 am

  4. Certainly I fault the Democrats—particular GOP Lite Democrats, like Dianne Feinstein and GOP Heavy Democrats like Ben Nelson. In addition to embracing the Clintonian “triangulation” (mostly, I suspect, for the contributions to be gained from business interests), the Democrats have proved to be exceptionally cowardly in sticking to their principles in the face of GOP opposition. Rather than making the case strongly against the GOP initiatives (defunding various social services, torture, misuse of law, protecting businesses from paying for misdeeds, etc.), the Dems simply caved. And the country is the worse for it.

    LeisureGuy

    1 June 2011 at 7:32 am


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