The past week has been an amazing one in American Politics. As the outgoing lame duck Congress comes back into session to try to tie up a number of loose ends, the Republican Party has decided to double down on their strategy of preventing anything from getting done, no matter the cost.
In one of the most remarkable displays of politics at its worst, the outgoing GOP minority has decided that since they have ignored sanity, reason, and the good of American People for four years, why should they change now.
With over two million Americans facing the expiration of their unemployment compensation benefits at midnight tonight, with a vital arms reduction treaty with Russia awaiting ratification, and with pending action on the debt ceiling to insure ability of the Government itself to continue functioning; what do you suppose the GOP says is it's ONLY priority...
Tax cuts for the wealthiest of the wealthy. The top 2% of millionaires and billionaires. The GOP is so concerned about giving tax breaks to the richest of the rich that today they announced that they will prevent ANY and ALL other legislation from being voted on until the tax cuts for the uber-rich are passed. Rachel Maddow breaks it down for us.
So just to be clear, it is the official position of the Republican Party that Government stepping in to prevent over two million unemployed Americans from losing their only means of support is completely unacceptable, because it would add 60 Billion Dollars to the federal deficit in the short term. But giving tax cuts to the wealthiest people in America that would add more than 700 Billion Dollars to the deficit... THAT is so important to Republicans that they will allow NOTHING else to get done until their tax cuts for the super rich are passed.
It is clear that in the mind of the GOP, anyone who dares point out that tax cuts for the mega rich do not create jobs or stimulate the broader economy, (a FACT that the past 8 years have clearly shown) must be a socialist who clearly hates America. The GOP loves to talk about Jobs, but has no desire to do ANYTHING that might actually create more of them. Again, Rachel Maddow takes us down the GOP's delusional garden path.
It is clear the if you are unemployed, or even if you are simply not among the wealthiest two percent of Americans, the Republican Party thinks you are clearly a lazy parasite and hates you for standing between them and their beloved tax breaks for the ultra-rich.
Happy Holidays America! For those of you who now will be destitute because the GOP wrecked the economy and you lost your job , and now have no unemployment benefits; The Republican opposition to you having affordable Health Care now makes sense. They want you to hurry up and die, to "decrease the surplus population..."