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Published on June 11, 2012.
sabotage

Thanks to my friend, Professor David Mason of North Texas State University

Here is his e-mail to his cousin, that Sage of McClellanville, Hog Graham:


I wonder about all this flag waving patriotism on the party of tea party types when there's this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy?fb=optOut

Have to admit, my first response to this article was, "Well, duh". So Republicans’ number one policy priority is NOT getting the economy back to normal, NOT cutting unemployment, NOT even cutting deficits -- it's making Barack Obama a one term president. And to do that, they'll scuttle the whole damned economy. How patriotic is that? Party over national interest? Watch out. They may get what they want: Romney wins in November and before he can move into the White House, the Bush tax cuts expire, the tea party defaults on the debt, payroll tax cut expires, and the sequestration spending cuts kick in, so they succeed in handing their new president another economic disaster, only this one almost completely of their own creation -- no doubt they'll blame Obama.

Here’s an excerpt from the article linked above:

Did Republicans deliberately crash the US economy?

Be it ideology or stratagem, the GOP has blocked pro-growth policy and backed job-killing austerity – all while blaming Obama

So why does the US economy stink?

Why has job creation in America slowed to a crawl? Why, after several months of economic hope, are things suddenly turning sour? The culprits might seem obvious – uncertainty in Europe, an uneven economic recovery, fiscal and monetary policymakers immobilized and incapable of acting. But increasingly, Democrats are making the argument that the real culprit for the country's economic woes lies in a more discrete location: with the Republican Party.

In recent days, Democrats have started coming out and saying publicly what many have been mumbling privately for years – Republicans are so intent on defeating President Obama for re-election that they are purposely sabotaging the country's economic recovery. These charges are now being levied by Democrats such as Senate majority leader, Harry Reid and Obama's key political adviser, David Axelrod.
For Democrats, perhaps the most obvious piece of evidence of GOP premeditated malice is the 2010 quote from Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell:

"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."


Such words lead some to the conclusion that Republicans will do anything, including short-circuiting the economy, in order to hurt Obama politically. Considering that presidents – and rarely opposition parties – are held electorally responsible for economic calamity, it's not a bad political strategy.

Read on.


 
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