The New York Times has a great op-ed piece by Bob Herbert today. The question of the day: why does anyone still listen to the GOP?
What’s up with the Republicans? Have they no sense that their policies have sent the country hurtling down the road to ruin? Are they so divorced from reality that in their delusionary state they honestly believe we need more of their tax cuts for the rich and their other forms of plutocratic irresponsibility, the very things that got us to this deplorable state?
Maybe the Republicans don’t think there is an emergency. After all, it was Phil Gramm, John McCain’s economic guru, who told us last summer that the pain was all in our heads, that this was a “mental recession.”
The truth, of course, is that the country is hemorrhaging jobs and Americans are heading to the poorhouse by the millions. The stock markets and the value of the family home have collapsed, and there is virtual across-the-board agreement that the country is caught up in the worst economic disaster since at least World War II.
The Republican answer to this turmoil?
They need to go into rehab.
Thank you! Another thing Republican politicians need to do is talk to the American people. Ask us what we want: tax cuts or spending to create jobs. Almost 3 million people lost their jobs in 2008. Hell, 70,000 just found out they will lose their job by Friday. The GOP thinks that tax cuts will solve our economic worries?
President Obama won in November in part because the voters decided his plan for economic recovery was more viable than Sen. McCain's plan. The people have spoken. We want Obama's plan. It would be nice if the Republicans in Congress would accept that reality.
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