Josh Marshall commented on the abyss that is looming under our feet based on the recalcitrant GOP and an occasional Blue Dog who are more concerned about the future deficit than the damage that will come for not extending the unemployment benefits to the lives of millions of Americans and their communities and their states. In the eyes of our plutocrat-loving Reps, better that millions drown than one billionaire be asked to pay more. And he concludes:
But the economic and political repercussions seem both vast and perverse -- perverse because the people pushing the policies that could kill the economy seem most likely to gain from the damage politically.
Yup. Here's how I explained it after the 2004 election.
It is also important to recognize that the way that the hard right Republicans gained their control of Congress and the White House was by a long termed campaign designed to undermine people’s confidence in their government and in Democrats who believe that government can be a force of good for people. Certainly since the time of Ronald Reagan, the Republican mantra has been “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.” The Republicans and the right wing media have spent much of the past twenty years using propaganda to first make the word “liberal” a dirty word and now they are doing the same to Democrats.
This campaign has been very effective. One of my coworkers told me that both parties were out to scam the middle class Americans so why even bother to vote? Another woman who voted for Bush said that she didn’t believe that Kerry could fix the problems in our country because no politician could fight against the factors that cause the problems. And furthermore, because no politician can really fix the problems, Bush was not to blame for any of the worsening problems due to his policies. What this shows is that the Republicans benefit from a growing cynicism about our government, while Democrats need people to believe that it is possible to make government work for them.
The wrong-way Joes and Janes are so oblivious to the real problems that face our country, that they are more than happy to push it over the edge. Especially if they get to feast on the corpse.