For the reality is that our two major political parties are engaged in a fierce struggle over the future shape of American society. Democrats want to preserve the legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — and add to them what every other advanced country has: a more or less universal guarantee of essential health care. Republicans want to roll all of that back, making room for drastically lower taxes on the wealthy. Yes, it’s essentially a class war.Started by the Repugs at the behest of their 1% Masters about thirty years ago and which they have been winning up 'til now until Dim Son gave the game away and nearly wrecked the joint. It is only called "class war" when WE fight back.
But the G.O.P. retains the power to destroy, in particular by refusing to raise the debt limit — which could cause a financial crisis. And Republicans have made it clear that they plan to use their destructive power to extract major policy concessions.It should be treated - and called - as what it is - Repug Terrorism, a criminal act by the criminal class. This, of course, will make them whine "the liberals are victimizing us!" like when you deck a bully. They can say what they want as long as they bleed and hurt and quit doing it.
Now, the president has said that he won’t negotiate on that basis, and rightly so. Threatening to hurt tens of millions of innocent victims unless you get your way — which is what the G.O.P. strategy boils down to — shouldn’t be treated as a legitimate political tactic.
Yeah, like that'll happen.