Blog: Raise the Flag, Say a Prayer & Cut Taxes: The Republican Way

Republicans, especially in times of crisis, are more than willing to enhance people’s suffering rather than abandon one iota of their ideological bedrock.


Whatever policy challenge one can imagine – foreign or domestic - the Republican answer to everything involves some version of Raising the Flag, Saying a Prayer and Cutting Taxes. That’s it!

Wouldn’t it be easier, on all of us, if they’d quit fiddling around with their long-winded explanations, think-tank talking points, and future clown debates and just admit it – that when it comes to matters governmental, saber rattling, invoking God, and sneaking in a tax cut is all they’ve got. Any other “solution” is blasphemy, ideologically impure, and beyond contemplation no matter how practical and salutary the effect. To be clear, Republicans, especially in times of crisis, are more than willing to enhance people’s suffering rather than abandon one iota of their ideological bedrock. Mitt Romney’s “let Detroit go bankrupt” and Andrew Mellon’s Depression era edict “liquidate” being prime examples of Republican adherence to economic “principles” no matter what the cost.

The world can literally be spinning out of control right before their very eyes (as it was in 2008 when eight years of Republican economic malfeasance came crashing down) and demanding new approaches and fresh ideas, but there Republicans stood and will stand “athwart history yelling stop” and having none of it. Their virtue measured not by flexibility and forward thinking, but by a stubborn and increasingly undiscerning allegiance to all things worn and past. A declared preference for any utterance of an 18th century strict-constructionist or any opinion of a 19th century free-marketer is stone, and not to be tinkered with.

Auto bail-out? Not necessary. Stimulus? Uh, no. Infrastructure spending? No way. Tax increases on those making 5X median income. Sorry!  Health care costs at twice the per capita average of all developed nations elicits “We're not going to turn the American health care system into a western European system” from the Minority leader. That is -  nimble, modern-day, cost-effective solutions to real-world problems, which correlate mightily to the pursuit of happiness, will not be considered here. No way.

The Republican way.

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Robert Defulgentiis October 03, 2012 at 07:15 PM
oncened - "The democrats held the majority in the Senate and the house in the last term of Bush.." Actually, Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate for about 70% of Bush's eight years in office and most importantly during Bush's first term which put into place so many of the policies - like borrowing money for war, prescription drug plan, no job creating tax cuts - that created ruin during his second term and just when Obama took office. Millions of jobs lost between December 2007 and December 2008 - you can look it up!
Robert Defulgentiis October 03, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Kay - "More late term abortions paid for by the government?" Are you aware that no government funds can be used to provide abortions? Are you aware that late term abortions have very strict guidelines and are utilized when the developing fetus is dead inside the mother (which is wht happened with RICK SANTORUM'S WIFE!) or afflicted with non survivable conditions or the mother's life is in danger? Kay - "Higher taxes?" Are you aware that corporate taxes are at their lowest rate relative to GDP in 50 years? Do you know that? Or that individual income taxes as a percentage of GDP are at their lowest level in 60 years according to Republican Bruce Bartlett ((A Reagan guy)) http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/are-taxes-in-the-u-s-high-or-low/ How the Republican party even exists after the Bush debacle is beyond comprehension - trillions BORROWED for unnecessary wars; billions BORROWED for prescription drug plan; Tax cuts that prouced WORST private sector job creation in modern times. Talk about uninformed!
Robert Defulgentiis October 03, 2012 at 07:30 PM
y - "Sorry Robert Delisionist but the American Experiment in Socialism is crashing ." Really? You sure that it wasn't the Republican irresponsible, non job creating tax cuts, national debt doubling (under GWB), lets deregulate the financial sector policies that came crashing down in 2008!? Read up.
Robert Defulgentiis October 03, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Kay - "We jut want you out of our pocket books and our churches." We want your churches to know their place and stay out of our SECULAR government....you want a theocracy? Move to Iran. Read more about this here: http://southpasadena.patch.com/blog_posts/patch-blog-contraceptionwho-has-crossed-the-line and here: http://lacanadaflintridge.patch.com/blog_posts/patch-blog-santorum-is-barry-goldwaters-nightmare-and-mine-too
David Chess October 03, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Robert D. WELL PUT! Your blog stated facts not talking points. However you did leave out a few critical points. As an example education, first in importance to the public and first in the Repubs to cut funding for. You mentioned taxes perhaps the the Tea Party Repubs might like to acknowledge that a major contributor to the deficit was lack of revenue as a result of the unemployment created by the Repubs recession and the Bush tax cuts. Three of the many questions that need to be answered by the Repubs are; exactly how will the Repubs create private sector job? Exactly what, in detail, are Gov. Romney's secret plans to turn the economy around within the next 12 months? Specifically what makes our government a socialist government? Maybe one more question why won't Romney release his past ten years of taxes if there is nothing to hide? Waiting for a response from those always RIGHT REPUBS.


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