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Excerpt: "New York Times' Jackie Calmes has a terrific piece in which she comes very close - as close as is possible in our contemporary media construct - to simply drawing the public a picture the country urgently needs to see, but usually doesn't. In a measured tone, the NYT article effectively makes clear that when it comes to economic policy, Republicans plainly have no idea what they're talking about."

Speaker of the House John Boehner (2nd R) and Republican leaders walk to the microphones to speak to the media after a meeting with President Obama on the deficit and debt, 06/01/11. (photo: Jim Young/Reuters)
Speaker of the House John Boehner (2nd R) and Republican leaders walk to the microphones to speak to the media after a meeting with President Obama on the deficit and debt, 06/01/11. (photo: Jim Young/Reuters)

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+25 # Kayjay 2011-08-14 10:16
Those tea party republicans. They are blinded by ideology, don't care, not too bright and pursuing an America with no new taxes ever. Who votes for these guys? I'd really hate to meet some of em.
+14 # punk 2011-08-14 21:55
then you should avoid evangelical tent revivals, gun shows, and mud wresting events.
+1 # shagar 2011-08-17 11:42
my mother used to happily have a poster in our rec room growing up, and she'd point it out whenever we tried to argue logically with her. "Don't confuse me with the facts, my mind is made up!" It drove us crazy and she knew it. She was also a born again christian, and a staunch believer in creation not evolution. And if you ever met her you'd say she was a sweet caring sympathetic lady. Don't assume they are all raving nutcases. They come in all shapes and sizes and they love to confound logical, reasoning people with their whatever seems most fundamental. They are simply put, ignorant, but in light of what the experts are capable of, profoundly sanctimonious.
+39 # Barbara K 2011-08-14 11:16
We must get those idiotic Republibagging terrorists out of our government before we have nothing left to save from them. We must vote them out and do it at first opportunity. If we can recall some from the state governments, then do it! The faster we rid ourselves from them, the faster we can recover. They are just making our economy and our lives and lack of jobs as bad as they can because they hate our duly elected President. They are trying to make him fail, and they don't give a crap about us. They want to kill our livelihoods by killing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, 3 programs that have meant much to millions of programs. They hate those programs. Why? Because they help us, and they don't want us to have help. They would be perfectly happy to find all of us dead in the streets.
+2 # AndreM5 2011-08-16 09:58
"They have no idea what they're doing."

But they do it so well! And with such cute sound bites! You see, they really are very clever even if they have no idea what they're doing.
+23 # Wolfchen 2011-08-14 11:42
We all deserve the politicians we support. If we're ignorant, greedy, cruel, dictatorial as well as fire-and-brimst one in temperament, it's no surprise that those in government have such characteristics . Remember that Obama has been prostrating himself before these charlatans. We’re in grave need of an effective Progressive Party that is willing to effectively fight for our freedoms social wellbeing. The time to form such a party is now.
+12 # propsguy 2011-08-14 18:58
i get so damn tired of hearing that we get the government we deserve. please, everyone stop it! every 4 years or so, we get to chose between 2 bought and paid for cronies and most people plug their noses and pick the lesser evil. when there is a credible 3rd party candidate (ralph nadar?), he gets blamed for handing the election to bush even though it was the Supreme Court who did that.
even the good people of vermont who have bernie sanders get out voted. their best choice would be to secede.
and what about poor children who can't vote? do they deserve a government that cuts their food stamps and their education? how are they responsible?
what's that famous quote "if voting changed anything, they'd abolish it."
there are many people in the US who do deserve this f**ked excuse of a government but not all of us
+19 # MidwestTom 2011-08-14 11:47
My fear is that the vast gap between the haves and have nots will end violently. Maybe what we need is a one time asset tax, By that I mean anyone whose wealth on a balance sheet exceeds $2.5 million, must pay a one time tax of 20% on his assets, not his income. I would make it progressive, if over $10 million a tax of 30%; over 50 million a tax on 40%; and anyone over 100 million a tax of 60%. since I recently read that this country's wealthiest citizens are worth over $2.2 Trillion, this tax would bring in over $1.1 Trillion. Congress will not consider this because with a very few exception they woiuld all have to pay it.
+5 # freedomwriter 2011-08-14 11:52
Does anyone have a link to the original Jackie Calmes NYT article this piece is referring to?
+4 # NVNan 2011-08-14 13:44
click on "a terrific piece" or:
+4 # bfan 2011-08-14 13:48
it's given in the second paragraph above:
+4 # hopefullalways 2011-08-14 11:58
This is so cool. A story that was 11 years in the making.
+11 # GeorgeNJ 2011-08-14 12:18
It is obvious to people with any gray matter at all between their ears that the Republican Party must go. It is causing serious harm to our country, and cannot be saved. The Democratic Party is not much better. Its leader, Obama, is continually capitulating to that evil Republican Party. The Democratic Party is also beyond use for doing anything good to real American people. So we need a new third party. But that has ALWAYS failed before. (Think Ralph Nader.) Someone please tell me how we get a third party to work to save WE THE PEOPLE and survive itself in the meantime. PLEASE. That third party happens NOW, or WE THE PEOPLE are DOOMED!
+7 # Rainphase 2011-08-14 14:10
Instant runoff voting and proportional representation.

Also check out the Free and Equal Foundation, which is dedicated to ballot access and election reform:
+9 # humanmancalvin 2011-08-14 12:34
How refreshing to see the truth printed once every blue moon or so.
+18 # Yakpsyche 2011-08-14 12:54
The goal is to add the USA to the list of global third world nations. This will make the already filthy rich plutocrats, who are now masters of the US government, even richer, as they complete their transition to being masters of the planet. This is the direction in which globalization is now going and will continue to go if some true adult leaders don't emerge. Such leaders will be those who are not hypnotized by the illusory appeal of acquiring more and more money, power and ego inflation, but who are motivated by altruism; who are willing to sacrifice their personal ego needs in genuine service to the collective needs of all of us. Hello! Any adult leaders left out there?
+11 # Glen 2011-08-14 12:58
I must beg to differ here. These people know EXACTLY what they are doing.
+9 # Carolyn 2011-08-14 14:46
Quoting Glen:
I must beg to differ here. These people know EXACTLY what they are doing.

Yes. they know exactly what they are doing. They are in the process of de-populizing planet earth.
+7 # Rued Gestures 2011-08-14 19:52
By their deeds shall ye know them. Satan knows his own.
+9 # BradFromSalem 2011-08-15 09:47

Their deeds are evil.
But, when I hear these fools talk to each other on the radio; it is obvious that they don't have a clue that they are killing themselves, America, and the world.

Individually, they are ignorant, misinformed, or stupid. But the sum of all their parts is evil.
+2 # MidwestTom 2011-08-14 13:43
Read TRAGEDY and HOPE by Quigley, it is all laid out there, and to Whiye Hat eports for additional information.
+8 # fhunter 2011-08-14 17:07
Mr. Benen: You said that when it comes to economy, the Republican "have no idea what they are doing". You are wrong. The Republican know precisely what they are doing. "Uncertainty", "job killing tax cuts" are Frank Lunzt type slogans to cover up their sabotageing of job creation.
+4 # jwb110 2011-08-14 21:41
I am not sure that they TP types also understand that these deep slashes will put surplus currency into the economy that will not create a single but will further dilute an already weakened currency.
+3 # boudreaux 2011-08-15 12:06
All we have to do is look at what the repugs have done since they took over the floor and that should be enough said, everythinhg stopped then and that was the day that we started dying as a people who had nothing left to survive on b/c of the party of NO....

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