Two NYT opinion
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Speaker of the House, John Boehner, (R-Ohio 8) Click image to enlarge.
The national edition of The New York Times on Friday featured two dissimilar but curiously related articles facing each other, one on the Editorials page, the other on the OpEd.
Both of them in different ways look at how lost the Republican Party has become since it’s drubbing last November.
In the editorial, In the House, a Refusal to Govern, the newspaper says: “… [T]he extremists who dominate the Republican majority in the House of Representatives [have] made it clear how little interest they have in the future prosperity of their country, or its reputation for fairness and decency.”
Meanwhile, on the OpEd page, Columnist Paul Krugman, in Delusions of Populism discusses the emergent theory of “libertarian populism” the Republicans are hoping to ride to victory in the next election.
“… [L]ibertarian populism is, as I said, bunk,” Krugman states in his customary no-bullshit manner.
The web site of the House Republican Caucus.
What these two articles have in common is the increasingly apparent conclusion that the GOP thinks its salvation lies in marketing rather than changing any fundamental policy positions whatsoever.
It is fooling itself with the Libertarian populism concept, thinking that working-class whites abandoned the party because of its message.
Kruman demolishes this. “… [I]f you look at what the modern Republican Party actually stands for in practice, it’s clearly inimical to the interests of those downscale whites the party can supposedly win back.”
You are too kind and gentle, professor.
The very definition of insanity is to keep repeating the same thing hoping for a different result. Is the Republican Party insane?
Krugman continues with irrefutable evidence: “[W]hen Republicans engineer sharp cuts in unemployment benefits, block the expansion of Medicaid and seek deep cuts in food stamp funding … they are also inflicting a lot of harm on the struggling Northern white families they are supposedly going to mobilize.”
So the GOP is going to get people to vote for the party by hurting them?
The editorial, however, goes a little bit further. Noting the intransigence of House Republicans, who are unwilling to compromise on even the least divisive issues like the Farm Bill, it notes: “A refusal to even to sit at a bargaining table is another way of refusing to govern.”
Supposed budget wizard Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc. 1)
It would certainly seem to an outsider who pays attention to these things that the GOP is digging itself further into its own grave.
Should we rejoice?
They can do so much more damage to the country through their inaction; haven’t they already done enough?
Congress’s approval rating is in the mid-teens; the people are getting wiser.
A new marketing campaign for tired old, worn out, ineffective policy prescriptions will do nothing to help the GOP or the country.
Let us just hope they come to their senses before much more damage is done to all of us.
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