Republican Ideology Refuses To Go Quietly Into The Night

January 9, 2009

This morning on CNN’s American Morning, John Roberts interviewed Tennessee Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn regarding Obama’s stimulus package. She proceeded to go on a rant about how we need smaller government and “we know” the one thing that works to create jobs is to give businesses tax cuts, not increase government spending (of course, Roberts didn’t question her on the validity of her statements, despite Blackburn’s continued use of the refrain “we know what works” regarding tax cuts).

I’m reading Jonathan Alter’s “Defining Moment” book now and I’m struck by the parallels and the differences between our Republicans and the Republicans of 1933. Then, the Republicans were equally out of touch, demanding tax increases and cuts in government spending – a balanced budget, economic consequences be damned.

But today’s Republicans are even more preposterous:

They demand tax cuts in the name of fiscal responsibility, but stop at that. In other words, it bears no resemblance to actual fiscal responsibility (which the Republicans of the 1930s at least truly believed in). Blackburn kept on using the refrain: “How are we going to pay for this spending?” Well, clearly she wasn’t concerned about paying for tax cuts, just paying for spending. Does she not know from a budgetary standpoint those are the same thing? Each represents money leaving the government. Each represents a deficit that will have to be paid off.

So that removes one objection from her argument: the deficit issue is there regardless. Then the other point she makes is the creation of jobs. She claims that cutting taxes for businesses will do a better job of creating jobs than money used to…well…actually create jobs. Odd.

What this made me realize is what a bullet we dodged by not electing McCain. Many of my friends continue to insist that despite his rhetoric, McCain would end up spending on a stimulus plan in this crisis because he had no choice. I disagree. These Republicans consider government spending a cancer, a poison, an anathema – and McCain fought against it his whole career.

If the reaction of Republicans’ thus far is any indication, McCain, like his congressional colleagues, would be just as out of touch as the Republicans in 1933, minus the actual fiscal conservatism.

Obama shouldn’t touch this argument with a ten-foot pole, but it’s time for some lower level Dems to point out how Republican ideology simply cannot handle an economic crisis because they can’t adapt their economic policies – whereas Democrats can adjust accordingly. It is just one of the many reasons that Republicanism is dying, and deserves to. Let’s see if we can help it along.


One Response to “Republican Ideology Refuses To Go Quietly Into The Night”

  1. Mickey Says:

    Marsha Blackburn?

    Marsha Blackburn Voted Poorly – The Complete Record

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