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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Cataloguing the wreckage

Just as Massachusetts appears to be rising above the recession, the budget deal being shoved down the nation's throat is poised to stop the climb.

That's a reasonable conclusion in the face of an estimated $1.2 billion, two-year loss stemming from the Tea Party-inspired end to the debt ceiling crisis they manufactured in service of their rich overlords.

The deal, if approved in the Senate as is now expected, targets such "fat cats" as the poor, the sick and college students who get assistance through food stamps, Medicaid and student loans at non-usurious repayment rates. Also on the line are industries that rely on federal dollars to innovate, including our two biggest drivers -- health care and higher education.

The exact outlines are still unclear and it is possible the recent rise in state tax receipts, if they continue, can help cushion some of the blow. But that would be money not available to use to help build Massachusetts' own tattered human service programs.

The Tea Party wreckage goes far beyond mere dollars and a recovery delayed. The strained bonds of civility, the shared sense of common purpose that has served this country well, are going to take some time to heal, if at all.

Much like their ancestors in the Old Confederacy, the Tea Party has created civil unrest by insisting on solutions that are wrong for America. It took more than a century to begin to repair the damage caused by that Civil War. There's no telling how long it will take to repair these destructive moves, especially when we have to go through this again at Thanksgiving.

Healing can't begin until we begin to throw those rascals out, which will not be a short-term process.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't call those people rascals. It's a too polite and gentle term for what they are.

August 02, 2011 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might be time to begin to plan for the demise of the Union. If for example Texas decides (2/3 majority of their house/senate and 70% of the popular vote?) that they don't want your type of federal oversight and the type of liberal vision you see as good for everyone, should they be allowed to leave the Union? They were after all their own country for a while, and Hawaii? Your vision and the TeaPartiers seem so diametrically opposed maybe there is no room in the US for both. They were elected democratically so somewhere the majority of the people they represent must like them.

August 02, 2011 9:02 AM  

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