Republicans Talk and Hate and Offer no Solutions

Bristol Palin on DWTS You can search and search; you can look high and low, but you won't find much. Right now, the closest thing the Republicans seem to have to a real policy is orchestrating a win for Bristol on DWTS. Right now, the closest thing the Republicans seem to have to a real policy is orchestrating a win for Bristol on DWTS.

I don’t want to beat a dead dog, but I want to know what the Republican idea of foreign policy is. The Bush administration showed a clear and persistent disdain for diplomacy, preferring instead to simply invade other countries, and the Republicans seem to want to continue in this vein. The sabre-rattling continues unabated and every day seems to reveal another Republican demanding blood.

  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wants to invade Iran
  • Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) opposes cuts in defense spending
  • Jon Kyl says Congress doesn’t have time to ratify the new START treaty
  • Michele Bachman (R-MN) says Obama is going to let Iran nuke Israel

Why aren’t these people talking about the economy, about lost jobs, or about tackling the deficit? Really the only thing they’ve had to say so far about the economy is that they want to ban earmarks, which amount to less than half of one percent of the federal budget. Military spending accounts for over 50%.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist here to figure out that something isn’t right. So let’s try to understand this:

  • Banning earmarks, 0.5% of the federal budget will fix the economy
  • Keeping or increasing military spending, which is more than 50% of the economy, won’t hurt the economy
  • And we might as well add keeping the tax breaks for the rich, which won’t hurt the economy either, somehow

No, it still doesn’t make sense, does it?

Come to think of it, I want to know what the Republican idea of domestic policy is. Do they have one of those either? It doesn’t seem so; no foreign policy ideas and no domestic policy ideas. Just…nothing. Nothing at all.

Oh, they’re against a lot of things. It would take more time than I have to list it all. But they don’t seem to have any solutions either on a global or on a local scale beyond a nihilistic denial of everything.

It’s a matter of very simple mathematics. You don’t even have to drag economics into it. It’s just that simple: to spend money you have to have money, or you create deficit spending. You owe money. Right? We all know that. We experience it every day with house payments, car payments, credit cards and any other kind of loan.

The only way to balance things out is to make more money, or to spend less money.

Is that so hard to understand? And money has to come from somewhere. The government isn’t a corporation. It gets money from taxes. That is the money the federal government has to spend. If the government cuts taxes, it has less money.

But the Republicans want to continue to spend money. They don’t want you to have healthcare, they don’t want you to have unemployment insurance or social security. But they do want to buy more guns, tanks, planes and missiles.

I may not be a rocket scientist but I don’t think a missile is going to do any of us a helluva lotta good.

So we are justified in asking: What the hell kind of policy is this?

You’d probably get a lot of dumb looks if you actually asked. Michele Bachman apparently didn’t have a clue that the Bush administration had engaged in diplomatic relations and even state visits with Iran’s president, the much loathed Ahmadinejad. At least, she didn’t want to talk about that when it was brought up while she was busy denouncing Obama.

What other policies do the Republicans have?

  • They’re against same-sex marriage
  • They’re against repealing DADT in the military
  • They’re against abortion
  • They’re against the building of mosques in the U.S.
  • They’re against “Obamacare”
  • They’re against immigrants
  • They’re against federal regulations unless morally based
  • They’re against the environment and alternative energy
  • They’re against high speed rail

Does any of this help us with the two matters about which Americans are most concerned, jobs and health? No, not at all. You can ban same-sex marriages, keep DADT in place, ban abortion and mosques, and people still won’t have jobs and if they succeed in repealing what they derisively call “Obamacare” they won’t have health insurance either. Meanwhile, federal regulations protect the average citizen from corporate abuses and “green” programs and high speed rail would put thousands back to work and money into the economy. We can’t have that, apparently.

Again: what the hell kind of policy is this?

Will returning to a Bronze Age morality code put the economy back on track or keep people healthy? No, not so much.

Meanwhile, these new Republican politicians who campaigned steadfastly against health insurance for the rest of us want their own, and they don’t want to wait the required 28 days for it.

This is what voters have given us, a nihilistic party spouting slogans so absurd they can’t be taken seriously as a political movement. A political movement has to be about something. The Republican party is not. It is against a lot of things, but it offers us no path forward, no coherent policy that will lead us out of the mess their lack of vision steered us into.

Why are they back in office? Better than asking that, get out and vote next time and make sure they don’t get the executive back. The damage they can do is limited by the powers granted the House in the Constitution. Sanity still reigns in the Executive and in the  Senate, and I suspect that two years of Republican pseudo-policy might jar the electorate sufficiently to save them both in 2012, particularly if Palin runs, but the danger is real and the danger remains.

Demand answers, America. Demand solutions, demand action, real, meaningful action, and start asking of these people, “Why do you want Bristol to win?”

8 Replies to “Republicans Talk and Hate and Offer no Solutions”

  1. According to Huffington Post 261 Congressman are millionaires nearly 1 in 2.
    So how do you think they will vote and for whom do you think they will vote for?
    Taxes for the wealthy? Well, will they disappoint their friends? I don’t think so.
    The stupid and I mean stupid(I reserve ‘ignorant’ for those that know no better) elected these people.
    No health care for us peons. Nothing.
    I hope the Democrats grow some and the stupid people of America stop electing the people who do not care about them or for them. Stupid people.

  2. We’re a far cry from the disinterested landed aristocrats ruled by Reason and a concern for the whole over the parts wished for by the Founding Fathers. We need to find some way to slap the average person into wakefulness. I don’t know what it will take to get their attention.

  3. They didn’t wake up YET? What will it take? Maybe they want the Republicans to take away our right to vote all together, instead of this sham where their friends pour money with no name into “elections”.

  4. The Party of No has been unfailingly consistent in hatemongering and not offering any solutions. They said exactly what they would do during their campaigns and the election season. Just the same, people foolishly voted for them out of pique. I can only wonder if these folks actually think the Republicans will have an epiphany and suddenly get a rush of empathy. Those who voted for them thinking that their best interests will be served are in for a rude awakening. It’s too bad that others who know better will also suffer.

  5. The list of things they hate was a long one and it wasn’t even complete. It’s an article in itself. For me, the primary results are still completely incomprehensible. Even people who are disappointed in Obama should be able to see he’s better than Bush and nobody running as a Republican now offers anything different from what Bush offered.

  6. this is why this country will never catch up with Europe. We have the Republican Time machine.
    as far as I’m concerned the government of this country is turning into a cesspool.

    the Democrats need to hit this hard. They need to call out every single thing that the Republicans are against for the next two years. Yesterday they voted against women having equal pay, and I can imagine our Sarah right now is tearing her pillow into shreds.but the Democrat should be raising that flag over the White House and the Congress, there should be jet planes over the country trailing banners that said they voted against it, every little way they can do it it needs to be publicized. Hard

  7. Oh great article! You expressed my outrage completely. The only thing you left out was the curse words I use when ranting about these atrocities. I agree that Dems should be shouting from the rooftops and the airwaves about Republicans and their war-mongering, hate-speech, and denigration of women. I can’t believe they voted against the Paycheck Fairness bill, or that any woman voted for a Republican. We have to pick up the slack if the MSM is not going to publicize this. Great! I can feel my blood pressure spiking. It means you hit the nail on the head. Brilliant work Hrafnkell. You’re a good man, a credit to PoliticusUSA, and America. Thank you!

  8. We love Hraf here and all of you great Politicus writers! Thanks for all you do for your country!

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