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Republicans Intentionally Sabotaging Economy

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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161 comments

    1. DashboardBuddha

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

      1. HistoriCat

        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!

      1. horsedreamer_1

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

    1. AntonovBureau

      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

        1. horsedreamer_1

          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.

  1. jim89048

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

  2. weejee

    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.

      1. kenlayisalive

        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.

    1. Beowoof

      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.

    1. HedonismBot

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

    1. Beowoof

      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.

  3. XOhioan

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

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

    1. Radiotherapy

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

        1. Radiotherapy

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

    2. lochnessmonster

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

  4. Boredw/Gravity

    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.

    1. XOhioan

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

  5. LionelHutzEsq

    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.

  6. vulpes82

    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!

    1. weejee

      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.

    2. el_donaldo

      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.

      1. bureaucrap

        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!!!

    3. sherriawilson

      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…

  7. charlesdegoal

    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.

    1. FearofaBlackReagan

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

    2. qwerty42

      …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.

    3. DustBowlBlues

      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.

  8. Texan_Bulldog

    “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?

    1. Ducksworthy

      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.

  9. WarAndGee

    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.

    1. charlesdegoal

      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.

  10. SorosBot

    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.

    1. kenlayisalive

      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.

  11. PublicLuxury

    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.

  12. XOhioan

    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.

    1. Beowoof

      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.

      1. XOhioan

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

  13. slappypaddy

    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.

  14. horsedreamer_1

    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.

    1. GOPCrusher

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

  15. SorosBot

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

    1. horsedreamer_1

      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.

      1. Beowoof

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

      2. DustBowlBlues

        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.

    2. elviouslyqueer

      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?

  16. One_Man_Band

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

  17. Pragmatist2

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

  18. Sheesko

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

  19. bitchincamaro2

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

  20. Beowoof

    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.

    1. DashboardBuddha

      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.

  21. BklynIlluminati

    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….

  22. metamarcisf

    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!"

    1. jim89048

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

    2. fuflans

      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

    1. XOhioan

      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.

      1. DustBowlBlues

        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.

  23. Wadisay

    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.

  24. HistoriCat

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

    1. DustBowlBlues

      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.

  25. pdiddycornchips

    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.

  26. An_Outhouse

    … 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.

  27. DashboardBuddha

    "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".

  28. WALLYPIP

    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?

  29. donner_froh

    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.

  30. Heq

    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.

  31. zhubajie

    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.

  32. guangho

    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!

  33. bringmeanaxe

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

  34. DustBowlBlues

    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.

  35. Redhead

    "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.

  36. comrad_darkness

    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.

  37. MilwaukeeKent

    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.

    1. glindsey1979

      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.

      1. MilwaukeeKent

        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.

  38. lulzmonger

    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.

  39. aious

    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?

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