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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Banana Republicans

Apparently failure is an option when it comes to Congress.

The best damn Congress money can buy has once again proven even the most hardened cynic wrong when he or she questions whether our political system can get even more screwed up. The results are not going to be pretty, particularly in Massachusetts.

And please, no "on the one hand, on the other hand" sugar-coating of the supercommittee's failure to reach a grand bargain to cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion through program cuts and tax increases. The record is Washington is pretty clear: Democrats pledge allegiance to the flag; Republicans offer their allegiance to Grover Norquist.

Time and time again, the Republican members of Congress, offered plans heavy on cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and discretionary spending, while eschewing any notion of tax increases -- even the elimination of the windfall Bush tax cuts that helped propel us into this mess.

Time and time again, Democrats offered to give away too much of the store in terms of Medicare and Social Security, only to have the Republican side ask for more while in the end offering a $300 billion package whose idea of revenue was elimination of the home mortgage interest deduction.

The "liberal" media has played a key role in this charade by failing to adequately report the facts and expose the ultimate GOP game plan so ably announced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

There has also been a distinct failure to adequately spell out how we got here: the Bush tax cuts alone amount to $1.5 trillion, more than the total the supercommittee was asked to trim. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost $4 trillion, wars George Bush never thought about paying for.

It's a sad but true fact that our political system is broken, a government of the lobbyist, by the lobbyist and for the lobbyist representing the people with the campaign cash to get what they want.

What a bunch of turkeys.

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