Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What Tim Pawlenty Thinks He Knows

I wish I was drinking the Kool-aid Pawlenty and the rest of the Republicans imbibe. Then it would be easy to believe the utter nonsense that passes for the right's understanding of economic issues.

They started, under Reagan, more than thirty years ago by systematically reducing tax revenues with their "starve the beast" mentality. Working class incomes stagnated while the wealth of the upper class balloons under tax policy that favors the well-to-do. "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer"; but this isn't seen as "redistribution of wealth", a phrase the Republicans have latched on to and used as a cudgel against enlightened tax reform.

This is what they want: every worker should be a drone, beholden to his/her employer. Every government service should be focused on helping the rich, and the hell with everyone else. Old people? Sick people? Poor people? Too bad about them. They should have tried harder.

Regulation of business and finance? That just gets in the way.

Republican policies are motivated by selfishness and greed. They wrap themselves in the flag and in religion while trampling the very precepts of both. The Constitution and the Bible are useful only as weapons with which to demean and destroy those they perceive as their enemies.

They are plutocrats and oligarchs and they will not rest until they have dismantled the social consciousness embodied in the New Deal and the Great Society reforms of the Twentieth Century.  Tea Party activists think the 2nd Amendment is under fire now. Just wait til the Republicans get the control they want. You don't really think that Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers will allow America to be armed, do you?

Oh, and by the way, not one penny of taxpayer money goes to the U.S. Postal Service. Not one. Zero. Nada. Nothing.


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