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Krugman: “Madness Of The GOP The Central Issue Of Our Time”

Commenting on the ‘drama-filled months’ ahead– sure to include Republican party threats of government shutdowns, debt default, and political violence without precedent in modern American times– Paul Krugman tries to refocus our national priorities, writing that “The madness of the GOP is the central issue of our time”:

In the short run the point is that Republican leaders are about to reap the whirlwind, because they haven’t had the courage to tell the base that Obamacare is here to stay, that the sequester is in fact intolerable, and that in general they have at least for now lost the war over the shape of American society. As a result, we’re looking at many drama-filled months, with a high probability of government shutdowns and even debt defaults.

Over the longer run the point is that one of America’s two major political parties has basically gone off the deep end; policy content aside, a sane party doesn’t hold dozens of votes declaring its intention to repeal a law that everyone knows will stay on the books regardless. And since that party continues to hold substantial blocking power, we are looking at a country that’s increasingly ungovernable.

The trouble is that it’s hard to give this issue anything like the amount of coverage it deserves on substantive grounds without repeating oneself. So I do try to mix it up. But neither you nor I should forget that the madness of the GOP is the central issue of our time.

Other than setting aside the content of Republican party policies toward women, minorities and the poor, which could best be described as criminally insane, this Krugman guy is starting to make some sense.

  • D_C_Wilson

    America is virtually alone in that our system of government requires the two parties to negotiate and compromise in order to get anything done. Only during those increasingly period when one party controls the White House and both chambers of Congress do we even begin to represent the kind of parliamentary system virtually every other representative democracy has. In most other countries, if one party wins, they get all the marbles and control policy until the next election.

    Our system works well when both sides take their governing responsibility seriously. Instead, the GOP has become dominated by idiots who have bought into the rhetoric that the federal government cannot be trusted to do anything while their so-called leaders like Boehner are too spineless to tell the rank and file that they actually have to take their responsibilities serious. Add to that the serious rage boner they get any time the president is mentioned and the results have been toxic.

    Calling the president a foreign born terrorist sympathizer who hates white people isn’t just talking points for these people. It’s what they truly believe. Deep in their hearts, they believe Barack Obama is evil. How can they possible negotiate with someone they think is in league with people out to destroy this country?

    They can’t, even if it means that they’re the ones who will ultimately destroy America.

  • muselet

    I don’t remember where I copied this from—and I’ve posted it before—but it seems appropriate.


    • blackdaug

      Printing and making a poster of it.
      Nobody will get it….but

  • blackdaug

    As one…. highly intelligent commenter…. posted on another blog:
    “Future American historians may well look back on the 2010 midterms, and the subsequent redistricting monstrosity, as the single most destructive internal event, since the civil war.
    Unfortunately, they may be recording their analysis on scraps of receipt paper scavenged from the crumbling remains of a local WalMart.”

    Beyond that cogent observation, why is this not the screaming bold faced headline of every news publication in the country:
    “The Republican Party has Lost It’s Collective Mind, And is holding the Nation Hostage Every Day!”
    ……because that is what it really is, a hostage situation! Their every attempt at any sort of legislation, consists solely of various threats, to harm the nation, until their demands of inflicting massive harm on the nation, are met.
    Apparently, we are all just designated drivers who, after remaining sober all night, are now forced to ride passenger in the car driven by the people who drank all the booze at the party.

    • Victor_the_Crab

      Beyond that cogent observation, why is this not the screaming bold faced headline of every news publication in the country:
      “The Republican Party has Lost It’s Collective Mind, And is holding the Nation Hostage Every Day!”

      Answer: Follow the money.

      • mrbrink

        I don’t know. They seem to really enjoy making people suffer these days. Kind of like that really good cruelty that money just can’t buy.

      • missliberties

        We as a people can make it so by forcing ourselves to be heard. Write news orgs. E-mail people.

        The most active participants have been the tea party extremists. They call and call their reps. Dems and Goopers and the media need to hear your voice.

        Peaceful twitter revolution anyone?

      • missliberties

        What are big corps most afraid of? Bad press. People power matters. You can’t just do a day or two and then give up. You have to keep after it.

        See N. Carolina, Moral Mondays.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Because “Librul Media”, that’s why.

  • missliberties


    The Madness of the GOP is the central issue of our time. It has it’s roots with Newt Gingrich.

    These people need to go away. Why are they getting paid by tax payers to create anarchy and dysfunction.

    I refer again to the Governors Meetings. The Governors are Not Pleased with the Tea Party Insurgency. It is going to fuck up the State Economies. Of course then they can claim they MUST cut benefits, and entitlements, etc. because ‘we’re broke, we’re broke.”!

    We have to fight back. Who cares if we say the same thing over and over. The tea party is crazy. They are anarchists. They don’t believe in the USA. They want the US to look like Dubhai. No taxes. All fees.

    • nathkatun7

      The teabag-Republicans are punishing the country because it elected and re-elected a black man as President