Monday, June 25, 2012

Republicans: Resistance is futile!

It must be the pending Obamacare ruling but the wailing and rending of clothes is reaching an apex.  Here's Paul "One Note" Krugman blaming all our woes on...guess who.
So what does the Fed propose doing about the situation? Almost nothing. True, last week the Fed announced some actions that would supposedly boost the economy. But I think it’s fair to say that everyone at all familiar with the situation regards these actions as pathetically inadequate — the bare minimum the Fed could do to deflect accusations that it is doing nothing at all.
Why won’t the Fed act? My guess is that it’s intimidated by those...
Wait for it......
Congressional Republicans, that it’s afraid to do anything that might be seen as providing political aid to President Obama, that is, anything that might help the economy.
That's right: the Fed, an independent entity in our government, is cowed by the Tea Party nuts.  Who knew it could be so easy to make Ben Bernanke tremble into submission?  That's GOP Power, baby!

Then there's E.J. Dionne who opens this article by hoping for an "honest and complete discussion" about Obamacare.  Three paragraphs later he's asking: "Why do these Republicans keep talking about Obamacare?"
The ACA is the victim of a vicious cycle: Obamacare polls badly. Therefore, Democrats avoid Obamacare, preferring to talk about almost anything else, while Republicans and conservatives attack it regularly. This makes Obamacare's poll ratings even worse, which only reinforces the avoidance on the liberal side.
I, for one, will be flabbergasted if the Supreme Court rejects Nancy Pelosi's thorough and analytical defense on the legality of Obamacare: "Are you serious?"  Good show.

And the cherry on top is James Fallows' great Frisco freak-out that we're in the middle of a coup d'etat.  Well, I guess the secret is out: we Republicans purposely gave the Democrats a filibuster-proof two-year grace period because we were so sure they'd screw it up.  Step #2 was to engineer the largest midterm swing in Congressional power since 1938.  Step #3 was to make sure our buddies in the Supreme Court knock down Obamacare.

Step #4 is four months away but, so far, everything's on track.


Anonymous said...

This says plenty about a Supreme Court that's harming its own reputation:

Obama Health Law Seen Valid, Scholars Expect Rejection

You want "wailing and rending of clothes," just wait until the Court strikes down the mandate while letting other parts of the law stand. Insurance companies will still be required to accept all applicants, but now without a corresponding obligation for their burden of care to be reimbursed. The preexisting conditions part of the law is widely popular, and has no chance of being legislated out of existence by Congress. Individual insurance costs will abruptly shoot up, and so will the national deficit.

Why, hello there, public option! I thought you might pay us another visit someday!

Eric said...

Yes, hello public option! You just need to get through the GOP House, GOP Senate, President Romney, and the disapproval of the American people.


bbb said...

Don't forget the GOP Marine Corps, the GOP Blue Man Group, and the GOP moon.

Millions of Republicans will be doing their best Pauline Kael impression this November.