Thursday, March 3, 2011

Indeed!

NYT notices the "we're broke" narrative the Republicans are pushing is bullshit:

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It’s all obfuscating nonsense, of course, a scare tactic employed for political ends. A country with a deficit is not necessarily any more “broke” than a family with a mortgage or a college loan. And states have to balance their budgets. Though it may disappoint many conservatives, there will be no federal or state bankruptcies.

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No shit. More Shock Doctrine "disaster capitalism".

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The federal deficit is too large for comfort, and most states are struggling to balance their books. Some of that is because of excessive spending, and much is because the recession has driven down tax revenues. But a substantial part was caused by deliberate decisions by state and federal lawmakers to drain government of resources by handing out huge tax cuts, mostly to the rich. As governments begin to stagger from the self-induced hemorrhaging, Republican politicians like Mr. Boehner and Mr. Walker cry poverty and use it as an excuse to break unions and kill programs they never liked in flush years. [my em]

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I have a small glimmer of hope that part of the "Dead End Quarter"* might open their eyes now. Hopefully, the so-called independents have.

*The 25 - 30% of the population who refuse to think for themselves and take the Republican bullshit as gospel.

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