Steve Benen chronciles the anti-American economic policies of our "patriotic" Congressional Republicans and comes to a jarring conclusion:
The Republicans are actively opposed to an economic recovery, and are doing everything they can to stop it--or even to make the economy worse.
Imagine you actively disliked the United States, and wanted to deliberately undermine its economy. What kind of positions would you take to do the most damage?
You might start with rejecting the advice of economists and oppose any kind of stimulus investments. You'd also want to cut spending and take money out of the economy, while blocking funds to states and municipalities, forcing them to lay off more workers. You'd no doubt want to cut off stimulative unemployment benefits, and identify the single most effective jobs program of the last two years (the TANF Emergency Fund) so you could kill it.
You might then take steps to stop the Federal Reserve from trying to lower the unemployment rate. You'd also no doubt want to create massive economic uncertainty by vowing to gut the national health care system, promising to re-write the rules overseeing the financial industry, vowing re-write business regulations in general, considering a government shutdown, and even weighing the possibly of sending the United States into default.
You might want to cover your tracks a bit, and say you have an economic plan that would help -- a tax policy that's already been tried -- but you'd do so knowing that such a plan has already proven not to work.
Does any of this sound familiar?
It sounds familiar because the Republicans have been actively pushing or threatening ALL of these things. The Republican Party leadership DOESN'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT AMERICA, AND IT DOESN'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE SUFFERING OF AMERICANS.
It just wants POWER. It wants power in order to shovel money into their own pockets and the pockets of their friends, and to impose their radical Right Wing so-called "Values" on everyone else. And if they have to destroy all efforts at pulling the economy out of the mud, they'll do it--HAPPILY.
Anti-American hate radio ranter Rush Limbaugh has been calling for Republicans to root for Obama's failure from Day 1. His view has now not only become prevalent, it has been "improved" on: The Republicans are actively working to DESTROY the recovery for political reasons.
And the major media in the U.S. are letting them get away with this.
It's time for that to change.