America's fundamental problem, in my opinion, since
Ronald Reagan came to office January 20, 1981, and declared the
fateful words: "Government is not the solution to our
problem, Government is the problem" we have been on a more
than a 30 year jag of dismantling the very means to address the
challenges we face as a society. Jeffrey Sachs
There is no question in my mind anymore that the
Party has reconfigured itself as a Confederate party. Not because it is
so largely white, though it is. Not because it is largely Southern,
though it is that, too. And not because it fights so hard for vestigial
accoutrements like the Confederate battle flag. The Republican Party is
a Confederate party, I think, because that is its view of what the
government of the United States should be. It is written quite clearly
in the party's platform that the Republicans adopted last week in
Tampa: "The Republican party... stands for the rights of individuals,
families, faith communities. institutions — and of the States which are
their instruments of self-government." Charles
Pierce: Esquire Magazine 9/2012
Republicans don't like
government. Their single-minded goal is
about good government, it is about stopping Obama from doing anything.
Because their values are mostly
about money, their priorities are warped. In
short, they are determined
to get power, and they don't much care how they do it. They win by
gaming elections, misinformation,
suppression, or even dirty tricks. That's how W
won Florida (with his
brother's help) that resulted in massive tax
cuts for the wealthy, two
pointless wars, and his legacy, clueless Supreme
Court that assured the
corruption of the US with Citizen's United.
It is difficult to find even a
single, constructive Republican policy choice.
Republican Economic Policy is short-sighted,
regressive, and widely discredited.
* Republican austerity does
more harm than good. It leads to
more unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, degraded internet, poor
services, and a depressed economy. Everyone loses.
* In the face of massive unemployment, Republicans decided,
against advice of our best economists,
that austerity should be at the top of
the agenda and they proposed a budget to
Since unemployment was certain to go up with their policy, many of
us think they intended to crash
the economy to win election. History shows
austerity doesn't counter recession. Ask the Europeans. Paul
Krugman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, elaborates this in
End This Depression Now!
* History shows that every democracy
is short lived. Republicans economic policy is always regressive.
As wealth becomes concentrated,
people in general lose their voices, an oligopoly
then governs, financial volatility
increases, an empire ensues, and finally
it is all destroyed. The US is well along this
path. When most people do not agree with the opinions of the
affluent, studies show that the
wealthy prevail. Republican initiatives have created a
strong-man head of state, ripped off
the middle class, crashed the economy,
downsized our civil liberties, and
are putting the next generation into debt servitude. The Constitution was designed to protect us
concentrated power, but Republicans are not paying attention to
that part. What they have accomplished is treasonous: Government by
In Republican states, austerity resulted in massive public
sector layoffs, degradation of services, and more unemployment. 17,000
people may die because they live in a State that refused Medicaid
expansion. Republicans are openly hostile to labor
unions, and, as in Wisconsin, attempt to roll back bargaining
rights. Republican logic: Low wages accompanied by tax cuts for
the wealthy makes a State "business friendly". When the tax cuts
cause revenue decline, Republicans cry emergency and they find the
easiest cuts to make are for public sector pensions. New Jersey
underfunded pensions for a long time, until Governor Christie decided
to fix the problem by having employees pay more and cutting benefits.
When he found that the New Jersey was still over $800 million out of
balance, he decided to hit the pension fund again. Actually lower
wages, shrunken pensions, and corporate welfare widen income
inequality, and State's competition to be the lowest is a fast path to
* Republicans do not recognize the toxic effects of income inequality, which can propel
most people into debt servitude and crash the economy. Although
polls show it is very popular across the political spectrum,
Republicans oppose raising the minimum wage. Income
inequality is not only unfair, socially corrosive, but also lessens
demand and weakens
Bernie Sanders CRUSH Every Argument Against Raising the Minimum Wage in
Under 6 Minutes! (Video)
Members of Congress are quite
wealthy. So it is no surprise
that the US is now a feudal state, one run by the
very wealthy. See
'Supply Side' economics has been completely discredited. Bush
senior rightly called it Voodoo
We have seen that deregulation favors polluters, encourages
financial corruption, results in public health
hazards: all from loss of public accountability.
Republicans motivated the dismantling of New Deal
economic stabilizers like Glass-Steagle. As a result the economy is
much more volatile.
There is a strong correlation of Bush Presidency's
and massive bank bailouts. Banks are even larger now than when they
were too big to fail.
Next time, and there is almost certain to be a next time
(coincidentally the bailouts always seem to occur when Republicans are
in office), they should be nationalized.
Republican tax policy is always
regressive. The estate tax (aka the death tax) doesn't apply to
the people, its elimination benefits only the very wealthiest
but Republicans are determined
to eliminate it. To make matters worse,
Republicans have changed tax
policy so that unearned income is taxed at much lower rates than income
from actual work. Such policy has propelled the U.S. to
unprecedented income inequality
with all of the
toxic consequences that brings.
US Debt Ceiling For Dummies
Ruin An Economy: Some Simple Ways (video) 2/10/2014
Republicans Are Determined to Cut Social Programs
Just about everywhere in the West except the United
States, where there is no mandatory paid time off, workers not only
get vacations but also short work weeks, government health care,
large pensions, high minimum wages, subsidized childcare, and so
forth. Why is the United States the exception?"
Claude S Fischer, Boston Review
Republicans are waging a
war on the poor. They are
driving the massive downward mobility of the US middle class. They have
broken the social
This is not new. Republicans
have, at least since Ronald
opposed any effort to assist the underclass.
A strong social safety net is not
just an economic
stabilizer, it is a moral attempt to assist the poor.
When Republicans vow to make
government smaller, the most
important cuts for them are downsizing Social
Medicare, Head Start, or
even food stamps. Although they have no credible substitute, they are
determined to roll back Obamacare. In Republican States, rather than
help the uninsured, they would rather let people die.
They would privatize
shrink the post office, but they have no problem growing the
world's largest military.
In 1995 we had a government shutdown. Newt Gingrich was
Speaker of the House. Than, as now, Republicans were determined to
cut Social Security, Medicare,
and welfare was also a target. They
haven't changed. Now they are determined to gut the Affordable Care Act, voucherize Medicare,
block grant other programs for the truly vulnerable. However they
can always find money for tax cuts for the wealthy,
the world's largest military, the
burgeoning National Security
State, and the world dominating empire they
envision. The reality is that a weakening US economy can no longer
support the American empire, although, since Republicans cannot give
up, we are losing our standard of living to pay for it. There must be
great secrecy for this policy and black
agencies are well funded so that Americans are ignorant about it.
* Republicans have been engaging in brinkmanship with full
awareness that the economy could crash, They don't care very much
if the US loses financial stability or if the
world economy crashes, what they want is to cut programs that
actually benefit people: like Social
Security, Medicare, head start, food stamps, and especially
Obamacare. It is extortion. They have broken the social contract.
* Republicans oppose efforts to assist the middle class.
They oppose raising the minimum wage, which would be an economic
stimulus. They would cut social programs, they would privatize Social Security, voucherize
Medicare, cut food stamps, save money on head start. have no
credible answers for health care
issues, and have a stealth program to privatize education.
Cuts to higher education pushed
tuition higher and graduating students now face heavy debt (which
they cannot escape with bankruptcy), but Republicans have not
stopped student interest rates from doubling. and in the House of
Representatives have attempted to repeal Obamacare
in what was not only a
complete waste of time. They have NO concern with the millions of
Americans who are uninsured and no credible improvements.
Universal healthcare is not part of
the Republican dream for America. Republican States have managed to
sabotage Obamacare though, thus depriving their uninsured of any
benefit. Oddly, these Republican States are quite poor and more in
need. Conservative States, mostly the old Confederacy, are more
As the middle class sinks, so does
the economy because demand dries up, and a vicious cycle causes
recession or worse.
While protecting tax breaks for
millionaires, they oppose relief for working Americans. They bust unions, oppose consumer
protection agencies, and
don't even protect school children from fast-food
companies. The Ryan
Budget reflects the mean spirited, regressive Republican
approach. See this video
* Concentrated wealth
to oligarchy, economic instability,
toxic media, political corruption, fascism, and other social pathology. It can be damped
with stiff graduated taxes, but Republicans
think a flat tax is a good idea, although,
not surprisingly, quite regressive. Since they are the party of
oligarchs, R's are anxious to abolish the estate tax also. Such
policies DO redistribute wealth...upward. Republicans are
the party of the very wealthy.
If Republicans get their way, our shredded social safety net will be cut further.
the economy will sink as a result of austerity,
will continue to soar, the wealthy
will continue to receive benefits from the government that they
have bought, the wall between church and state will be smashed, and
we will go to war with Iran. There will be
blow-back. People will suffer because Republicans impoverish the
poor to benefit the already wealthy.
Yet another vicious cycle occurs as the wealthy game the system even
further for their own benefit. This is yet another short-sighted
Republican policy in which everyone becomes poorer as a result.
* Although US infrastructure is
poor condition, many jobs might have been created by repairing it.
Interest rates are low, and it would have been a good investment,
Republicans opposed all real job creation efforts, and there is no
doubt that repairs will be much more costly later.
The Republican mantra is YOYO: your on your own. It is every
for himself, and you should be armed with
automatic weapons for your own safety. Picture those old wild west
movies enhanced with assault weapons. Check out Charles Derber's
book, Wilding of America, for some ot the consequences.
Republicans have wrecked US media
Toxic political commentary has resulted from Republicans
turning over media to
oligarchs and relieving them of public responsibility. Media
concentration has not only created a few billionaires, it has
contributed mightily to income
inequality, cut local jobs, made elections
expensive, forced politicians to be fund-raisers, corrupted politics,
reduced much that is
broadcast into outrage and misinformation, and made a mockery of the
competitive 'free market' (a free market, by definition, has reliable
information and many
competitors. US media has neither. ) . The FCC
buried a report that
concluded that concentration
of media causes loss of local jobs, loss of local news, and loss of
local accountability. The oligarchs are
politically powerfull so we are
no longer a democracy.
Journalism is on life support, universal surveillance stops
informed comment, whistleblowers are harshly punished, ideologues
dominate the news,
conglomerates judge the election as a
competition for money freezing out candidates without deep pockets, and
all the while keeping Americans distracted, pacified, and ignorant
compared to people in well-governed countries.
Expensive media assures that only the wealthy can have
opportunity in politics. It is shameful that only two or three families
are eligible candidates for the Presidency. Similar ancestry
dominates the Congress.
The internet is subject to the
same consolidating forces as the rest of media. Democracy,
journalism, is on a death watch. So are civil liberties.
Republicans are Theocrats
* Republicans often proclaim religious
zeal. Many of them are trying to break
down the wall between church and state. Notice that the most
religious countries (or states) are also the most
backward. Our most prosperous and highly educated communities
the most liberal. Republicans frequently deny climate
change, evolution, and many of them
say higher education is indoctrination or
appears that they are waging a war on
science and, using large money incentives, are politicizing
higher education and funding ideology
* Republicans religious hypocrisy is on full display as they
cut taxes for the wealthy, and then cut
welfare, food stamps, meals on wheels, and other services for
* Republicans claim to favor small, unintrusive government,
they have no problem defending the Patriot
Act, the universal spying, government secrecy,
or mandating invasive procedures for women.
Women were not allowed to testify about
this. Further, this was used as an excuse to allow employers to
tailor their health
insurance coverage any way they want. It appears
that the hidden hand of the health
insurance industry and the Catholic
church are motivating
these policies. They have opposed equal pay for women (the Lily Ledbetter Act). They are
doubling down on the
war on women.
* It should be obvious to anyone paying attention that
religion is the main motivator for terrorism.
Recognizing this, why
should it be tax exempt when we have massive military
expenses to be
for the consequences of religious intolerance.
* Many religious
beliefs are in direct contradiction of settled science, so we ought to
call them what they are: failed science.
* Mass extinction has already begun and Republican attitudes
are most likely suicidal for humanity. (More on this below.)
Republicans Have embarked on a National
Campaign of Voter Suppression
US elections do not meet international
standards. The two parties have
a lock on the discussion. They are backed by corporate media. and
Citizens United enables a flood of dark money to fund them. Election rigging is rampant...and
* Republicans, in states that they control, after
Congressional districts, have attacked public sector unions, laid off massive numbers of employees
(further depressing the economy ) and are engaging in a campaign of voter suppression. They have been
empowered to do this by partisan hacks on the Supreme Court.
* Given Republicans effort to make voting more difficult, we
should have substantial election
reform. The Republican primary was an ugly, negative campaign by
remarkably undistinguished candidates trying to sell bad policy. They call themselves 'conservatives', but they are anything
immigration is, of course a stealth Republican wedge
issue, (others are God, Gays, and abortion) a continuation of the
Republican war on the underclass.
Like the "war on drugs", it also
benefits for-profit prisons.
Because felons are often not allowed to vote again, harsh crime
policy effectively suppresses minority votes. The US record levels of
incarceration are a win-win for Republicans because they profit private
prisons, they are a tool for increasing the population of rural areas,
and they suppress voter eligibility. Michel Alexander has written that
they are the new Jim Crow.
* They celebrate Reagan's 'Tear Down This Wall' speech in
Germany, while funding an even more secure wall the length of the
Mexican border. This is profitable for a number of military contractors.
* The US Congress is thoroughly
corrupted by money. (See this video of Larry
* Having been paid off by UPS and Fedex, they have made the Post
Office a casualty of their privatization efforts. Next ,
with Rupert Murdoch and Jeb Bush leading, will be privatization of schools.
* Republicans, in opposing any
sensible regulation of firearms, have brought an epidemic of gun violence upon us. They are funded by
NRA, a front group for the arms industry, and apparently only pro-life for the unborn. They are not
too concerned about the 137,000 deaths that result from Americans
who have no health insurance coverage.
deaths resulting from widespread famine in other countries, or
deaths from domestic gun violence. Although the Republican House talked a lot about jobs, what they spent
time on was abortion. Their policy on population is, long-run, self destructive. See
this for example.
* The right-wing government of Israel
has contributed millions of dollars
to the GOP, so the one thing the Republican candidates agree
on is that they will support Israel
in all circumstances. Israel is seriously considering
military action against Iran. All Republican
Presidential candidates favored war with
* Face it. Republicans are war mongers and profiteers.
Republicans are Fascists
* The Supreme Court,
packed with right-wing ideologues, is reliably supporting Republican
policy. It has accomplished a coup: we now have a corrupt
government by the corporations
instead of government by the people. We have, as Lawrence Lessig has
documented so well, lost our Republic.
Government run by corporations is, by definition, fascist.
See this video.
Corporations are not
people, and they should not be
allowed to pour cash into politics. It is corrupting. Cash is
not speech. Profit is not their highest goal. Citizens United assures government
by corporations, not people. Rule by corporations is, by
* Republicans are corporatists
they represent the interests of the already wealthy.
They want regressive tax cuts, suppression of labor unions, and religion
that subjugates people. Deregulation,
privatization, is a strategy that removes corporate oversight,
transparency, accountability, and it is a major cause of the latest
market crash. Just as Bush I, taxpayers had to bail out the banks
again because Republicans have not learned the lessons of the great
depression and continue to fight for less financial
regulation. Expect another crash, only this time it will be
worse because banks are even larger than last time,
* We have media that Congress allowed
to become dangerously concentrated. Rupert
Murdoch, found unfit to run a major corporation in Britain, not
allowed in Canada, owns the Republican
party and is actively spreading
misinformation. Since he has not been held accountable, toxic
politics will continue in the US. He can be
credited with incitement to right-wing
terrorism: the assassination
of abortion doctors,
death threats on high-profile liberals, and other civil
disorder. See this video.
* Except for Ron Paul, Republican candidates agreed that water
boarding is effective. Although they strongly defend the second
amendment (they are well
funded by the gun industry), they stood
by silently as the rest of the bill of
rights has been eviscerated.
The 'conservative' justices of the Supreme
Court have accomplished a coup:
they have removed the government of the people and replaced it with
government by the corporations. That is, by dictionary definition, fascism. Our government is not broke,
is bought. Congress overwhelmingly decides
for the wealthy.
Republicans, like other fascists in history, don'e care about
the well-being of the people.
That's why they are persistent in cutting
all constructive social programs.
Nation: Charles Derber.
Republicans are the party of the
The Republican government in waiting, selected by Mitt Romney, was staffed by the
warmongers who lied to go to war in Iraq
and Afghanistan and are determined to
build a world-dominating empire.
Republicans have not been held accountable
for criminal acts including wire
taps, torture, renditions, and lying to
go to war and that means the
felons will be back if they can win elections.
* Republicans are the party of the military-industrial
complex, so although we have no major enemies in sight, they refuse
to cut the military budget. Like any
fascist government, they would expand the military by cutting
programs that actually benefit people, With the exception of
Ron Paul, they are always ready to arm themselves to go to war. They have funded expensive, provocative
programs like 'star wars' that cannot
and will not work. This benefits corporate war profiteers, and robs
people of necessities like health care as well as efficient
infrastructure like high-speed rail. Because the US is now an empire, the US military,
now the largest in the world is
dispersed to over a hundred countries. It is the reason we are
facing financial ruin, opposition abroad, loss of our civil liberties, deteriorating services,
declining standard of living, and a militarized country. See
A large part of the US 'defense' budget is secret because it is used for purposes
citizens would never approve and to fund state terrorism
world wide. (See, for example, SOAW.org)
The US not only has the world's largest military, it is number
in WMDs, and Republicans want to spend even more...even though
there is no credible threat to justify it.
Republicans have no desire to stand down nuclear
weaponry. They want even more.
If Republicans had the moral superiority that they claim, they
would want peace. They would have some
respect for international law,
International Criminal Court, and pay their dues to the UN. Instead they oppose efforts to reduce
numbers of nuclear weapons and support the provocative star wars boondoggle. But war is
profitable, and world-dominating empire is
their goal, so they are warmongers. Like fascists
in history, they are not concerned with
the well-being of actual people. Only corporations.
Becuse war is profitable.
Republicans Disdain International Institutions
As we continue to destroy the habitability
of our planet, more of our
challenges are global. (See Kishore Mahbubani's book 'The Great Convergence'
for that argument.) It seems apparent that the US has great disdain
for international opinion and
institutions since it has consistently opposed adequate funding for
the UN, and crippled the WHO and the IAEA . It
cannot bring itself to join the ICC (International Criminal Court).
Republicans work tirelessly to
weaken the UN.
War is profitable. Although our economy
is no longer able to support it, it is necessary to
renounce our empire to avoid complete ruin,
but Republicans will not.
Republicans oppose science: They are Climate Change
* Republicans, representing corporate oligarchs, have been the force behind climate change denial, ignoring scientists with actual evidence.
alone, is sufficient reason not to vote for them.
* Corrupt media sides with money,
and never lets on that there is a problem with climate.
* The most profitable corporations, notably the fossil fuel industries, back the climate denying
'experts' and the Republicans. While real conservatives would leave
carbon in the ground, Republicans cheer for the polluters, the XL
fracking, and more drilling. We should repeal payroll taxes and replace
them with a carbon tax, but we won't because Republican tax policy is corrupt.
* In 1972 the club of Rome
computer models showed that growth
cannot be unlimited and recent studies show their forecast is on
track. Republican's ideas about population,
resource use, and market
fundamentalism assure that as we reach resource limits, the results
will be catastrophic. See this video. (Bill
* The pressure of population has
caused the plundering of the planet: fisheries are collapsing,
glaciers melting with declining fresh water, desertification
accelerating, crop land shrinking, soil deteriorating, forests
diseased, species going extinct, and weather becoming more extreme.
Although the IPCC has escalated the warning, Republicans ignore these
problems. See Guy McPherson's web site: "Nature
"In the past fifty years we've doubled our irrigated
cropland and tripled our water consumption to meet global food
demand. In the next fifty, we must double food production again. Is
there really enough water to pull that off ? In his book When the
Run Dry environmental journalist Fred Pearce describes in
vivid, firsthand detail the stark reality of impending water crises
in more than thirty countries around the globe. We now withdraw so
much water that many of our mightiest and most historic rivers -
like the Nile, the Colorado, the Yellow, the Indus - have barely a
trickle left to meet the sea." (From the World in 2050: Laurence C
* We live on a planet that is unique as far as telescopes can
see. Republicans refuse to
acknowledge that the climate is
rapidly deteriorating and see no need to stop profligate burning of fossil fuels, slow population
growth, or even to take care in
harvesting resources or controlling pollutants. If they can make a
buck, they would rather destroy the planet.
With Republican policy of
disaster capitalism, humanity is doomed to an inhospitable planet if not extinction. That is
their legacy for their grandchildren. They are like Jim Jones on a planet-wide scale.
The Republican government in waiting
is a group that includes
Neocon war mongers (see Iraq or Iran),
misogynists, bigots, racists, theocrats, homophobes , fascists,
gun lovers, and other
nuts. They have brought on us a corporate
empowering Supreme Court that selected W
and his wrecking
has all but destroyed the republic with Citizens
United. This Republican Congress is the
dysfunctional and unproductive in our history. Their
misguided agenda will put the
majority in debt servitude to profit the oligarchs
that own the party. But they are
primarily tax-dodgers unwilling to pay for
services required by an advanced country.
They are the party of ideas...only bad ones
Republicans values are all about money.
They do not think the
American dream includes healthcare for
all, nor do they respect the
role of science in establishing fact
(they deny the looming climate
crisis), they twist their religion to invert
its dictum to burden
the poor and profit the wealthy, they do not believe economists
assessment of the damage from their austerity and
they are corporatists which by definition is
fascism, their voter id
laws and gerrymandering reveal their racism,
their 'stand your
ground' laws grant a right to vigilantism, their appetite for all
things military is insatiable, they cry out
for small government
but don't worry about the NSA,
they don't like government which is
why they are so bad at it, their YOYO (your on your own) attitude
is largely responsible for the "Wilding of America" (see Charles
Derber's book of the same title), their obstruction has made US
government dysfunctional. Although they yell they are defenders of
the Constitution, their actions will
shred it. Carrying the
confederate flag, it is apparent that many of them are
secessionists. Should you vote for them ? Not if you are an actual
Recent surveys and pundits forecast that Republicans can
win control of the Senate. If that happens and they stay on their
course, they will continue denial
of climate change and head for certain disaster. They will deny the
unfairness of extreme inequality and the corrosive social
consequences. They will cut programs for the poor and vulnerable
claiming that the deficit is more of a threat.
They will continue the
corrupt privatization of public
facilities including schools, the internet, media, Post Office, and
more. Universal surveillance
will continue, civil liberties will
be a distant memory, real journalism will disappear, and, as the
economy tanks (Banks too big to fail are even bigger now)
the police will be appropriate for an arms race with right-wing
armed with assault weapons.
A recent study determined that the U.S. is an oligopoly now, and a new
book by Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, forecasts
that the one percent are going to benefit from an even greater
concentration of wealth which will be accelerated by Republican policy.
Expect a new Dark
Age in America.
Here's the forecast.
More at http://www.seconnecticut.com/republicans.htm
Water for Elephant
or see What's Wrong With
Consider also Republican History.
The test of our progress is not
whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is
whether we provide enough for those who have too
"The refusal to provide very minimal living standards
to people who are
caught in this monstrosity — that's just pure savagery." –Noam Chomsky
Republicans are driving
a very bad bargain: "we are in the process
of destroying a great many things which are real
air, soil, water, energy, resources, other
species, our health for the sake of something
that exists chiefly in our imagination: money. from DeclineOfTheEmpire.com
“When all the trees have been cut down, when all
the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover
you cannot eat money.” ~ Cree prophecy
...what we are now seeing are the obvious
the West after the fall of Rome: the triumph of religion over reason;
the atrophy of education and critical thinking; the integration of
religion, the state, and the apparatus of torture -- a troika that was
for Voltaire the central horror of the pre-Enlightenment world; and the
political and economic marginalization of our culture. Of course, the
Dark Ages were not uniformly monochromatic, as recent scholarship has
demonstrated; but then, neither is present-day America. The point is
that in both cases "dark" is the operative word. Morris
Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post, said the
essentially, to allow World War III to commence unless the IRS does not
enforce the law on dark money, such as from the Koch brothers. To quote
him "It's bananas". It is pretty crazy. "Allow us to break
the law in order to win elections, or we allow WW III". Rachel
Maddow show 3/24/2014