What’s changed about the GOP is that they’re willing to sabotage the economy

How the world’s biggest spenders attack the most conservative government spendthrift since Eisenhower

Obama_Clinton-2Speaking to House Democrats Friday, Bill Clinton reminded his audience how Republicans’ concerns about the deficit depend on who is in the White House.

Having eliminated the deficit he inherited from Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and then being forced to watch the work he did be erased by George W. Bush in months, Clinton knows better than anyone how convenient the GOP’s deficit “concerns” can be.

After we’ve created jobs for 35 months in a row and are finally seeing real evidence of a housing recovery, the GOP has decided that they are willing — no, glad! — that the sequestration that they voted for in 2011 is going into effect, even though the CBO has made it clear that this would threaten 1 million jobs and likely put us back in recession.

But the GOP is fine with this because they say it was the President’s idea, which is like saying that paying a ransom was the kidnapped child’s mother’s idea. The sequestration only exists because the GOP took the debt limit hostage for the first time in history in 2011 and demanded cuts that have proved to hurt the economy.

I believe they did this because Republicans understand better than anyone else why they won in 2010. It wasn’t because they cared about spending or debt or even Obamacare — growth in spending under Obama is lower than it’s been since the 1950s.

The GOP won in 2010 because the economy sucked.

So they slowed down the recovery in 2011 to try to repeat their success in 2012. Because the president made the right choices with the measures to rescue the economy in 2009 and eke out a second stimulus in late 2010, it didn’t work.

Now in 2013, the GOP is willing to go right into a sequestration that they admit will “help the enemy” and “tank the economy” because Charles Krauthammer has convinced them that they they will be able to blame it on the president. Hey, it worked in 2010!

The choose this path as if the State of the Union won’t give President Obama a chance to lay out the reality of the situation: Republicans prefer cuts that kill jobs to ending tax breaks on big oil, private jets and hedge fund managers who pay lower tax rates than nurses.

The Transom
‘s Ben Domenech says the president has misjudged the GOP:

This is a post-financial crisis, post-TARP, post-bailout Republican Party, where concerns about unrestricted spending and out of control budgets take precedence over concerns about spending at the Pentagon.

Mark this wishful thinking for when the GOP does in some way cave on the sequestration. Domenech is imagining that the libertarian forces of the Tea Party have won out to the essence of his party, which is to pleasure defense contractors, bankers and polluters who will all suffer if the cuts go into effect. I’d have to believe something like this to be a Republican these days, too.

But the truth is much darker.

The only reason the GOP is even willing to consider letting the sequestration go through is because they’re willing to sabotage the economy. A freeze in defense spending and reducing nuclear weapons stockpiles would be welcome measures to restore fiscal sanity.

But cuts now, austerity now, will have the same effect here as they are having in the UK — recession and more debt.

The GOP has been willing to blow up the debt for three decades. They were willing to stall the economy in the mid 90s with government shutdowns. But since Bush destroyed the GOP brand with reckless warmongering, fiscal insanity and undeniable incompetence, they’ve dropped all pretense.

They’re willing to do just about anything — from stopping people for voting to sabotaging the economy — if it will help them get power. The least we can do is point that out.

  • ourfreedom4ever

    Ruthless jerks, this makes my belly ache.

  • pete9001

    Five years with no budget? Two years with complete Democrat control of Congress. No budget then either. Created or saved jobs? Obama’s metric for success is the mitigation of failure.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alan.fisher Alan Fisher

      Hello troll.

      • pete9001

        Hi minion.

        • Pelu Maad

          Oooh…..Christofascist jargon….LOL

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000186541228 Rachel Payne

      Sorry Pete but Fox News has lied to you. Obama did not have 2yrs of a Democratic Congress. He had 133 days because of vacations and all the other breaks they take. We all showed up to vote in 2012 and we will be there to vote out the rest in 2014. You can join us or go down with them. Facts don’t lie

      • pete9001

        What did they do with the time they had? Budgets? No. Jobs? No. I know many people who are still unemployed after three years while Obama’s priority was health care. I.m sure you do too. What do you tell them? And you people and your “Faux News” for anyone who disagrees with you. Argue the point. Don’t be a left wing parrot.

        • Pelu Maad

          I know people who are still dead due to inaccessible health care……

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1065698150 John Edwards

          They spent 133 days fighting a Republican filibuster. You must have an extremely short memory.

          • http://twitter.com/JohnDThorpe John Thorpe

            Extremely convenient, isn’t it?

      • http://twitter.com/ThinkmoreNow Free think

        Do you deny the fact the GOP under the Bushes run up huge deficits and tanked the economy, started illegal wars and made the rich richer?

    • http://www.facebook.com/kannbrown65 Karen Brown

      Wow, Pete. get your news from some other source. As pointed out, the congress had nowhere NEAR two years of Democratic control. More like a matter of days, and even those weren’t fillbuster proof, due to Ted Kennedy’s illness and death, and Franken’s electoin challenge.

      • pete9001

        How then, did they shove through that health care bill without a single Republican vote? The stimulus bill with only three Republican votes in the senate and none in the house? No time huh? Why don’t you check YOUR facts and quit drinking the koolaid at MSNBC.

        • Pelu Maad

          Shouldn’t you be too ashamed to mention that?

        • Caribou “QUIT” Barbie™

          It seems you drink the BrightBartDOTcom kookaid

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kei-Yuuki/100001439998233 Kei Yuuki

      Turn OFF Fox News and get the FACTS. You are a liar and a bigot just like the rest of the sheep that watch Fox News Entertainment channel. Obama ONLY had 133 days of a Democratic Congress. Take your LIES elsewhere.

      • pete9001

        Maybe Obama should have organized his priorities better. No jobs, no budget etc. Just a healthcare nightmare. Five years later, still no jobs, budget etc. You wouldn’t know a bigot if they were staring you in the face. I doubt you know what the word even means.

        • Pelu Maad

          Obama could have walked on water and raised the dead and the GOP still would have obstructed all they could…..I think we both know why…..

        • http://twitter.com/JohnDThorpe John Thorpe

          Yes, that healthcare nightmare that manages to cover more people while reducing the deficit your beloved Republicans created. What a debacle that is, finding a win/win solution based on a plan the Republicans themselves were touting themselves, until the black guy won.

          And I know the Republicans were touting what became Obamacare because I WAS ONE OF THEM. I left the party once it stopped being sane and was overrun by know-nothing sadists.

    • Pelu Maad

      Failure….also known as “conservatism”….????

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  • Pelu Maad

    When people tell you who they are….BELIEVE THEM!
    “Deficits don’t matter”…..the debt is a convenient excuse for pushing massive cruel “entitilment” cuts to enable the protection and extension of low tax rates for the elites. If history is a guide, people will take it until hunger sets in…..then it will be chaos in the streets with the elites safe behind walls……OR, maybe I’ve just read too much Octavia Butler?

  • Victor Levis

    Frustrating, no, INFURIATING message. The writer is doing EXACTLY what he accuses Republicans of doing – criticizing an idea of their own if implemented by the other party.

    The GALL to criticize the Republicans under GWB for “reckless, warmongering spending” and then suggesting only that “defence” spending be “frozen” is breathtaking. The only reason for rejecting the cuts is to avoid giving the Tea Party, yes those hated people, the credit they truly deserve for putting deep defence spedning cuts on the table in 2011.

    If the “progressives” were truly serious about being progressive, they would embrace the parts of the sequestration that are RIGHT, and then ask to ADD the elimination of carried interest, and the end to targeted tax breaks that they favour.

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