OUR FLOURISHING ECONOMY  4:03 pm November 22, 2010

Republicans Intentionally Sabotaging Economy

by Ken Layne

Here’s a fun mainstream opinion for your “Oh for chrissakes” files: The Week magazine says the GOP is intentionally sabotaging the American Economy so shit will be so bad in 2012, even Willow Palin’s pot dealer will be a “sane choice” for president. It makes a certain amount of sense, we guess? Just make things so intolerably awful — 40% unemployment, cannibalism, nuclear war — and then sit back and reap the benefits!

Here, from the Washington Monthly blogger, is what the Republicans are doing:

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.

So, maybe it “helps the Republicans,” but maybe also “people are going to be eating the corpses of their neighbors/enemies in the streets by the end of next year,” so it’s possible this could backfire at the voting booth or whatever, but then again we don’t read political blogs often enough to know if this is just the general theme of leftist political blogs these days. [The Week/Political Animal]

 
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smrtmnky November 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Note to self: Take notes while watching Walking Dead ASAP

DashboardBuddha November 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I just finished reading World War Z and the Zombie Apocalypse Handbook. Shall we compare thoughts?

HistoriCat November 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Despite the government's protestations, everything is not under control.
Keep quiet if at all possible
Aim for the head
Don't run out of ammo
Don't try to engage too many of them at one time
Pay attention you fucking idiot! The world is falling apart around you!

lochnessmonster November 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm

It's like you read my mind…

OhNoGuy November 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Or "The Road". Best movie I never want to see again.

LionelHutzEsq November 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

But, have you forgotten, tax buts for the rich will solve everything.

SexySmurf November 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Now Hopey wants to tax butts. Socialist!

metamarcisf November 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Huh, huh, huh. You said "butt"

horsedreamer_1 November 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Senator Mix-a-Lot stands four-square against this imposition on his core constituency, adding, "We should be encouraging healthy butts, with tax-breaks".

AntonovBureau November 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Yes, the way I fugure it, the trickle down will take 5-7 years, which is long enough for a starving man to lift himself up by his bootstraps

Thurman Munster IV November 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Mmmmmmm, bootstraps.

Giveusabob November 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

You can add those tasty bootstraps to the carpet you're boiling for soup.

FNMA November 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Better get to work on that new cookbook: To Serve Man.

Rarian Rakista November 22, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Women and children are healthier and thus make better meat than most men.

SayItWithWookies November 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Hey, it got that big-government liberal Salvador Allende out of office.

horsedreamer_1 November 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Quick, to the photoshoppe: Generalisima Palinochet.

SayItWithWookies November 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

If that thought doesn't start the old bastard clawing his casket open, nothing will.

horsedreamer_1 November 23, 2010 at 12:43 am

Even if he came back from the dead, Garzon still wouldn't be able to get Augusto to trial.

That said, I think the judge should aim for Bush 43.

jim89048 November 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm

This is why the newt will never disappear from out teevee boxes, since shutting down the gummint worked so well for him last time.

SayItWithWookies November 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

He's the expert on putting America to work. For him. One intern at a time.

weejee November 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm

This sorta reminds me of kids when they're pissed because they can't do whatever and they tell their heartless parents they're going to hold their breath til they die. Yeah the Repube strategy sounds similar, but a little more juvenile.

bumfug November 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

If ONLY they would hold their breath until they die!

kenlayisalive November 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I'd be willing to crimp their tracheas until they die, if that would help get the country back on track. And I think it would.

kenlayisalive November 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm

too soon?

bumfug November 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm

In the nick of time if you ask me.

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 11:03 pm

They hold it until Democrats die, unfortunately.

Beowoof November 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

You know you have pretty much summed up my opinion of republicans. There pissed because they can't piss in the stream that flows past your house, shoot whatever they feel like when they feel like it, and pollute your air. But wow listen to them howl if any one does it to them. So basically selfish, stingy, arrogant, douche bags.

LeAlbatross November 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Actually, more accurately is holding their breath until -we- die.

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Oh, you got there first.

SudsMcKenzie November 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Well, at least I can still listen to Car Talk on NPR on Saturday mornings.

the_onceler November 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

But we might have to listen to more Garrison Keiler.

horsedreamer_1 November 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Garrison Keillor is a dirty old man. & awesome.

metamarcisf November 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Yeah, until NPR changes its initials to NFL: Not For Long.

HedonismBot November 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Small mercies. Keep your car in good working order. When the time comes to move into it, you'll be glad you did.

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Wait, Wait and This American Life (so gay).

walstib November 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Just tell me where to go for my UPC tat…

Beowoof November 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I am getting that one on my ass so any time they want to see it, I can moon them and tell them to kiss it.

XOhioan November 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Finally–I was WAITING for something to get me in the Christmas mood.

"Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?"

Radiotherapy November 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Those smug, self-assured Lexus commercials with the big red bow on the cars always gets me in the mood.

SorosBot November 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Oh yeah, seeing those ads makes me start thinking it's time to literally eat the rich.

Radiotherapy November 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Yeah, what's that French quote about the only reason we have religion is to keep us from eating the rich.

Beowoof November 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Oh yeah like those fucks ever read Dickens.

lochnessmonster November 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

That's the ticket…have the people who can't fine work build the poor houses they'll be living in.

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Malthus lives.

Boredw/Gravity November 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I'm moving to Alaska and get knocked up. If my interpretation of GOP history is correct, this should feed my bank account for several years. Besides, zombies hate the cold.

XOhioan November 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Palin's pastor says Alaska is last refuge after Armageddon, so you should get in before they jack up the rent.

horsedreamer_1 November 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Clearly, never saw that cinematic masterpiece 30 Days of Nite.

LionelHutzEsq November 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Given that no one is actually holding the Republicans accountable for putting us in this mess, they might as well start lobbing Molotov Cocktails at the Federal Reserve.

Hell, Glenn Beck is stating that all of civilization is collapsing and soon we will only have gold and freeze dried meals to live off of, apparently because of Woodrow Wilson. If he can get a few million people to listen to him, why should the Republicans worry about being held accountable when they actually ruin the economy.

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Sean O'Rushbeck will be rich, so why the fuck should they care?

vulpes82 November 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I'm glad you're back, Papa Bear. Jack and Riley are nice and all, but no one does seething rage/hopeless despair/whistling past the graveyard sarcasm at our inevitable collapse like you!

chascates November 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm

It's Lord of the Flies writ large.

weejee November 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

But isn't there some infidel infield fly rule that applies?

LeAlbatross November 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I hated that book. Apparently others didn't.

Tengu November 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm

So now the GOP will INTENTIONALLY destroy the economy? Big difference.

weejee November 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

But since that be aggravated economy destruction, so we could bring in capital punishment and instead of the three drug cocktail going in we drain teh capital from the accounts of the Repubes and the donors.

el_donaldo November 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Yeah, I'm going with Occam's Razor on this. They've managed to destroy the economy pretty well these past few decades simply by responding to the interests of their major donors and by adhering to their "principles" and electoral strategies. It's just an extra and unnecessary mental effort to assume that now they're motivated by a particular goal for it all.

bureaucrap November 22, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Starvation of the unemployed not only gets rid of the surplus population, but means that the survivors will work for much less. It's a win-win!!!

sherriawilson November 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

If their plan originally was to save the economy and they destroyed it, maybe in trying to destroy it they will actually save it! Who am I kidding, wonder how much BBQ sauce I will need for Bubba next door…

charlesdegoal November 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Anti-reformism used to be considered a left-wind strategy aimed at bringing about a situation that would be so bad that it would inevitable lead to the revolution of the proletariat (see i.a. Britain's Socialist Labour Party). It obviously doesn't work quite that way, but it remains to be seen whether it can successfully bring about a fascist government in the United States. With perhaps Sarah Evita Palin as its token leader.

FearofaBlackReagan November 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Say what you will about the merits of National Socialism as an economic policy, but at least it was anti-cyclical.

qwerty42 November 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

…With perhaps Sarah Evita Palin as its token leader.
Token! You wish. She'll be dictatin' her word salads of nuttiness and everyone will be expected to follow along. After the Democrats are sent to the gulags, the show trials of the RINOs will begin.

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm

My lefty friends used to blame FDR for instituting just enough reforms to ward off "the real revolution." If anything of them had bothered reading history rather than Marxist ideological shit, they would have realized the "revolution" FDR saved us from was Fascist.

Texan_Bulldog November 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

“people are going to be eating the corpses of their neighbors/enemies in the streets by the end of next year,”

Good thing my neighbors are all pleasantly plump! But didn't the Republicans campaign (& win) on doing all of these things anyway?

Ducksworthy November 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Unfortunately my plump neighbors have been amassing all the automatic weapons they can get their hands on since November 08. But maybe a preemptive napalm strike will take of that, and begin the broasting process as well.

DashboardBuddha November 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Slow roasting is always better.

Crank_Tango November 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

and they get more smug and hateful at the people who suggested water. fucking pussies.

WarAndGee November 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

No such thing as "purposely sabotage the economy." Republicans are get exactly the economy they want and have been for 15 years

Deregulation, shipping jobs overseas, they work for the corporate elites from K street to Wall Street, from the Brothers Koch to the Armey of Dick.

The swindle is televised and broadcast every day.

Maybe some time middle America will realize they aren't rich enough to vote Republican but until then, each day, they should just go on thinking about all the boogeymen under their beds:

ABORTION, GAYS, MUSLIMS,SOCIALIST SCHOOL TEACHERS and the LIBERALS that about to take their GUNS. Lest you forget, turn on your radio and TV and think soothing thoughts about the majesty of 18th century powdered wig wearing slave holders of era when humanity was more free.

We have the economy we deserve now shut the fuck up already.

charlesdegoal November 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Another way to look at it is that few is any Americans have lived under a feudal system and, for some reason, many want to try out serfdom for a while, perhaps in the hope that it will result in castles with moats popping up everywhere and becoming profitable tourist destinations. Enjoy.

GOPCrusher November 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Longer than that. They've been working at this since 1982.

OneDollarJuana November 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm

At what unemployment rate do those Second Amendment remedies start to kick in?

SorosBot November 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm

At least they only have the House, and can't pass anything to destroy existing programs like the return to regulating the financial sector or health insurance reform, not unless there's a bunch of spineless quisling Democrats in the Senate who would become turncoats at the drop of a hat…

…oh, wait. We're all doomed.

Bluestatelibel November 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Or water crops with Brawndo and wonder why they have a dustbowl.

Beowoof November 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm

But Brawndo is good for everything.

jim89048 November 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

It's what plants crave!

FNMA November 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

It has electrolytes!

lulzmonger November 23, 2010 at 1:00 am

BRAWNDO, FUCK YEAH!

obfuscator2 November 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

i've always wondered what breaded and fried fat people would taste like.

OneDollarJuana November 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm

KFC Double Down. mmmmmmmmm.

elviouslyqueer November 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I'm sure they'd be yummy, once you got past the lingering bitterness.

kenlayisalive November 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I'm totally tough and stringy, plus I've been living over the world's largest underground oil spill for six years, so really folks, you needn't bother with me.

DashboardBuddha November 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Careful mister. I'm a fat people. You come at me with a hungry look, I might just sit on you.

PsycWench November 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Not bad with ranch dressing.

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Everything goes better with catsup.

PublicLuxury November 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm

The goopers and teatards want POWER so much they are willing to destroy the United States to get it. First goes the economy, then goes the water, then goes the electricity then goes the grocery store, then goes the churches. . . The complete collapse of USA by Bin Laden aided by the republitards.

I am going to lay in the fetal position and suck my thumb, cause my man is at work,

Tearist are laughing at us.

XOhioan November 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm

OK that's it. Time to release Zombie Milton Friedman. He used to be a Keynesian, so nobody really knows whose brains he'll try to eat.

Beowoof November 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

It would be nice if old Uncle Miltie was get repeatedly smacked in the nuts while the lake of fire burned the hair off his head. And then tomorrow starts the same old thing again.

XOhioan November 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm

And Economics is sometimes called "the dismal science." Nonsense–you can actually KILL people with it.

Monsieur_Grumpe November 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

The Republican talking point for 2011…
Failure is Fun!

jim89048 November 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

And profitable!

bumfug November 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Aw, shit! Just when we finally get 3-D TV!

jim89048 November 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

The revolution will not be televised.

slappypaddy November 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

the republicans are so astute. they know that when things get really bad and the people rise up in revolt, they always do it with a polite begging whine while they wait patiently for the wealthy to toss a few coins their way.

horsedreamer_1 November 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm

The Republicans want to restrict voting rights, too. One of the first acts of my state's (now GOP controlled) legi & the fancy-boy Marquette drop-out governor will be to eliminate same-day, polling-station registration & require display of a photo-id (with current address) to vote.

But, I'm willing to meet them half-way. Instead of restricting the means of election, just bar "low-information voters". Sure, it will catch some traditionally underrepresented &/or disadvantaged individuals (some blacks, some immigrants) but plenty more Teatards.

GOPCrusher November 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Amazing how they can lead themselves to believe that the only way they can be defeated in an election is through voter fraud.

SorosBot November 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

By intentionally destroying the economy, can we now say that the Republican leadership has crossed that line between everyday villainy and cartoonish super-villainy?

horsedreamer_1 November 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Truly, they hate America. They love themselves, & think they love America in so much as the previous, & how it is America, but, no, going by any measure of the Declaration, Constitution, Federalist Papers, etc., they hate it.

Beowoof November 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

They love their idyllic dream of America from some long forgotten past. The 1950's was never as nice as Beaver portrayed it.

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm

The 50s sucked. That's what the fucking 60s were all about.

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Down is up, up is down in their world. They want the Articles of Confederacy but call it "constitutionalism." They want everyone to be free to improve their lives but will do anything to destroy unions. They're rugged individualists who vote with the anyone the corporate overlords tell them to. They love Jesus by attacking everything he believed in.

They are Tardbots. Morans. Idiots. They get the country they deserve but the rest of us have to live in it. Grow a spine, Democrats. There's a rumor it's happening but you've disappointed us for so long it's hard to believe.

elviouslyqueer November 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Oh, they crossed that line when Reagan got elected. Now it's a matter of trying to figure out how far past cartoonish super-villainy they've gotten: Snidley Whiplash villainy or Joker-in-Batman-the-Dark-Knight-Series villainy?

HistoriCat November 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I vote for Joker – they get far too much glee out of the misery of others.

xsluggo November 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

You must be speaking of speaking of Chris Christie.

One_Man_Band November 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

So when Palin is sworn in, she'll be wearing that outfit Tina Turner wore in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome?

SexySmurf November 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

And Mitch McConnell is going to start carrying Boehner around on his shoulders.

V572625694 November 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm

While Boehner cries, "God bless us every one!"

XOhioan November 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm

How did you get into Bill Kristol's fap file?

BarackMyWorld November 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Can't we just get BEYOND Thunderdome?

Pragmatist2 November 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

"Republicans Intentionally sabotaging Economy"???
So in the past they have been doing it accidentally?

Radiotherapy November 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm

At least they're not sabotaging my junk like Obama's TSA goons.

Sheesko November 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Try to imagine trickle-down cannibalism. I guess that wouldn't even be as good as cat food, am I right?

bitchincamaro2 November 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Sabotage is to be expected from their side. I just never expected our side to help pour the sugar in the gas tank.

nounverb911 November 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm
Beowoof November 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

This news tells of the great evil that the republicans are willing to put on the American people in their quest for power. For what they're doing is nothing less than a bloodless coute de tat. They have a propaganda arm that some take seriously and their friends have bought up all the other means of communicating to the public; so their lies can be put out every day unchallenged. They will not be satisfied until there is complete lazzie-faire capitalism and the people live the same as Oliver Twist.

DashboardBuddha November 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Well said…and I've often wondered about this. The top1% already have more money than they can spend between now and when the sun goes nova. What are they going to do with more? Then it dawns on me…it's not just about the money. Sure, it's great being rich, but it's even better if you're rich and know you're just BETTER than the other 99%. Enough with these silly idea of equality and the rights of man.

xsluggo November 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm

You can never be too fat or too rich. Ask Roger Ailes.

BklynIlluminati November 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm

So i have a garage anyone want to help me build my Mad Max car? I am totally ready to change my call sign to Toecutter or Knight Rider….

metamarcisf November 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Captain Hindsight:

"If we hadn't started two wars within a year and a half of each other, that cost us trillions, wiped out the surplus, and caused us to blow the 2006 elections, things would have been different."

The GOP establishment:

"Hey, ya know somethin'? He's right!. Thanks, Captain Hindsight!"

"I'm just doing my job!"

jim89048 November 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Thanks for letting me off the hook–I was convinced it was my $300 check from george the dumber that cratered the economy.

fuflans November 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

HAHAHAHA I just heard some irish dude talking about HIS politicians and he said 'it's ok. If we talk about them we won't elect them the next time.'

HAHAHAHAHA

bigdupa November 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Speaking of Republican mirages, has the War on Christmas started?

XOhioan November 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm

This time actual Christmas is waging a war on the word "Christmas." It is important that we defend the right to wish everyone a "Merry Christmas," while denying them access to even a barely adequate real Christmas.

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I worked at the Community Food Pantry tonight. The "business" has more than doubled from the start of Junior Bush, the Boy King's, reign.

GOPCrusher November 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Believe it starts on Friday.

MistaEko November 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm

oh my god it's not a republican mirage.

I'm tellin y'all this is republican sabotage.

genxr November 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Seems like the War on Christmas starts earlier every year.

kenlayisalive November 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

You know, FDR would have done a fireside chat about this issue. Just sayin'.

Wadisay November 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Repubs have been calling for an "adult conversation" on this since before the midterms. Here is that conversation:

Republican Adult: We demand massive tax cuts for the wealthy, and we want them all now. We insist that the state wither away, as far as helping anyone but big business. We will not compromise on this stuff.
Barry: Uh, OK.
Republican Adult: That's OK captain.

Gleem_McShineys November 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

AIR IS FOR EARNERS!

HistoriCat November 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I'm glad to see mainstream publications start to get a clue. Glad they could join the rest of us in the real world.

738838 November 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I guess W C Fields wasn't Muslim after all.

EdFlintstone November 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Well O.K., but I'll still have my guns and the gheys wont be able to marry right?

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm

That's all that matter in real America. Where rotting trailer houses so mildewed you can smell them from the street sport the full range of Republithug signs. The ones they distributed at the Jesus Tabernacle that morning.

VinnyThePooh November 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm

The proper response from Obama: Akin to Moira Kelly's "Toepick", but with the word "Veto".

pdiddycornchips November 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Matt Yglesias has spent the last two years explaining why nothing that happens or doesn't happen is Hopey's fault. According to Matt, Obama is utterly powerless but we should not stop praying to him because he is our lord and savior. That doesn't mean we should expect anything good to happen ever again visa vis the economy or the mortgage crisis or Afghanistan. Unless or course it does. In that case, it's totally because Obama made it so.

An_Outhouse November 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm

… didn't use enough gasoline and then the lazy fire fighter's union was too busy celebrating a colleague's gay wedding that no one came to put it out, even if they didn't pay their taxes this year.

DashboardBuddha November 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm

"50 cents equals a vote"

And the people will rise up in righteous anger to which GOPCO will say, ok, ok…we'll raise it to $1 = 1 vote. There…we just cut their voting power in half.

And the people will say, "Ok…that sounds fair".

sati_demise November 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm

USA. USA. USA!

btw, nice take on Goya. yea, every great artist should be updated.

WALLYPIP November 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Don't you people understand that the GOP has no choice because Jesus and the Mayan calendar and the end of Oprah's show pretty much mean it's time that we begin to eat one another, and not in a sexy way. Wasabe with that?

donner_froh November 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm

As if the GOP purposely collapsing the economy isn't bad enough (which it is) some of us have to occasionally listen to whiny fucktard in-laws/relatives who are convinced that Obama is imposing socialism on the US based on the bail out of the health insurance companies called health care reform.

I realize that putting up with such sniveling doesn't make the process itself any worse but it seems that way sometimes.

donner_froh November 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm

By the way, that is one fucked up picture and alt-text. And by "fucked up" I mean insanely wonderful–or wonderfully insane.

Heq November 22, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I feel the need to occassionally post on this sort of economic theory-nonsense.

It is not just the GOP that are destroying the system, it's an inherant flaw. We all love our Nash Equilibriums, so here goes…

Party D loses election, realizes it needs votes
Policies are difficult, money is quick
Money comes from Rich People, some of whom wreck economies for money (sorry Soros, you know you do)
D's repeal laws, ask for money, get money because laws make it legal to steal

If D's turn down money, the money will go to R's who will win election, if they take the offer if they win they make things worse.

4TheTurnstiles November 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm

She'll have some 'splainin' to do when the treehuggers and the desperate line her up against the wall with the rest

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

So nice when you guys send old Dusty some Spooky Doktor Tom love.

snoopyfan2010 November 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm

That would be a great waste of poetic justice.

sati_demise November 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm

GOP sabotaging foreign policy too.

FU*JK
Jon Kyl
member of AA
Arizona assholes

psilage November 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm
zhubajie November 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Ever since Reagan, the US has been run like the typical undeveloping 3rd world country, for the benefit of an elite and their hangers-on. Result: the US is becoming a typical 3rd world country, but without the strong families, communities, etc.

Expect things to get worse, because no one in power can imagine doing things differently.

guangho November 22, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Okay guys here's what we do. We rally around a young, hip, smart, urban, eloquent multi-racial young man who delivers us Hope and Change. Then, we win the election, spend the next two years being afraid of our own shadow while tolerating vile lies about us. And then we lose. That'll show them!

bringmeanaxe November 22, 2010 at 9:21 pm

The unfortunate thing is the Dems won't be able to grow a spine fast enough to stand up to the GOP.

DustBowlBlues November 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm

How many decades have Republithugs been winning elections by promising a free lunch? No one needs to pay taxes, it's all just "waste" don't worry about it. With their big donors, they took the message over the airwaves until it went viral.

With the gift of integration, the white trash in the south, the last of the New Deal south, signed on. Once Rs were in office, they simply cut taxes and gave more and more benefits to corporations and happy days were definitely not here again.

The Republithugs have the discipline of Hitler Youth. The Tardbots on the right will follow the leader anywhere and over all cliffs. Too bad the rest of us have to go down with them.

Redhead November 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm

"The Week magazine says the GOP is intentionally sabotaging the American Economy"

How is this news? This has been the Repugnicant party line for decades. It's common knowledge to anyone whose brain isn't half rotted by cheetohs.

comrad_darkness November 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Step 1) The GOP shuts down the government
Step 2) Just as Bank of America collapses.
ATMs run out of cash. The People disgusted. Stores run out of milk and toilet paper.
Step 3) GOP pulls a Gingrich utter fail out of their certain victory
Step 4) World ends anyway as the Mayan calendar runs out of digits. But it was a good ride, so sure, whatevers.

JackObin November 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

In other astonishing news, it has been determined that Sarah Palin is not very intelligent.

MilwaukeeKent November 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Ah, the GOP. They only THINK they can manage a Food Riot better then other countries, through Tough Love or something. How good are they themselves at fending off street gangs at the few working ATMs, which only dispense 30 bucks per account per day?

Fun Fact: the Mayan Calender ends in 2012 only because Mayan Republicans took control of government and a Mayan Sarah Palin cut the program funding. "Why are we paying these priests to write this thing? What about the taxpayers?" 2012 is far as they got. The Mayan GOP treated it like ours would treat the WPA or CETA.

glindsey1979 November 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Oh, that part's easy: the GOP will simply kill anybody the instant they step out of line. Riots? Civil unrests? Feh, that's what block-busters are for.

MilwaukeeKent November 24, 2010 at 2:03 am

Well, yeah, they COULD go that route, if they decide to be totalitarians with a boot firmly on the throat of their own prosperity They COULD create a world even they don't want to live in, or they could choose to become a viable political party in the long run, or just let the inmates run their asylum, as they do now, and own the complete wreckage. Someday, sons and daughters of the priveleged, all this rubble could be yours.

MilwaukeeKent November 22, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Calendar, the sorry state that grammar is today, also.

lulzmonger November 23, 2010 at 1:07 am

Ugh. "Republinomicon Part 4: Steampunk Hoedown." Reagan was yammering about doing the GOP doing this exact same thing to neuter major progressive initiatives back when the Earth's crust was still cooling.

PROTIP: If your cunning plan turns everything FUBAR by design it is not cunning.

xsluggo November 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

The Rethugs’ solution for the jobless rate: tax credits for buying Survival Seeds.

aious November 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Whenever Republicans deny this, they stutter and stammer and don't actually offer any evidence that they are not. They are so stupid that they think that simply stating what Fox News gives them and going public with it is a reason enough

Why are they not allowing judges to get through the nomination process? Like, at all? Any reason?

Will we ever get a reason that they don't want the START treaty? Ever?

DahBoner April 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Stimulus by Fed Is Disappointing, Economists Say–April 24, 2011

Translation:

WAAAAAAH!!!! WHERE ARE OUR PONIES THAT FART GLITTER AND RAINBOWS?

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