Friday, December 14, 2012

Paul Krugman: The End of the Road

Paul Krugman on the state of being for the GOP:

We are not having a debt crisis.

It’s important to make this point, because I keep seeing articles about the “fiscal cliff” that do, in fact, describe it — often in the headline — as a debt crisis. But it isn’t. The U.S. government is having no trouble borrowing to cover its deficit. In fact, its borrowing costs are near historic lows. And even the confrontation over the debt ceiling that looms a few months from now if we do somehow manage to avoid going over the fiscal cliff isn’t really about debt.

No, what we’re having is a political crisis, born of the fact that one of our two great political parties has reached the end of a 30-year road. The modern Republican Party’s grand, radical agenda lies in ruins — but the party doesn’t know how to deal with that failure, and it retains enough power to do immense damage as it strikes out in frustration.


It’s a dangerous situation. The G.O.P. is lost and rudderless, bitter and angry, but it still controls the House and, therefore, retains the ability to do a lot of harm, as it lashes out in the death throes of the conservative dream.

Our best hope is that business interests will use their influence to limit the damage. But the odds are that the next few years will be very, very ugly.

And we haven’t even hit the bottom yet.  Yip-yah.

3 barks and woofs on “Paul Krugman: The End of the Road

  1. They will do all the damage they can, they always do. Their pick, GWB, gave us huge tax cuts and two unfunded wars. Now it is Obama’s fault that we have debt. Do they think that we have forgotten how we got to this point? I hope Obama does not back down, I am prepared to pay more taxes. I did it under Clinton, and I can do it again. I am tired of them holding us all hostages. Enough is enough!

  2. Agreed… We ordered and ate a huge meal and now we refuse to pay for it. Disgraceful is the only word that comes to mind.

    When I was in the Air Force we would joke that the reward for a job well done was minimum punishment. Today that is all I hope for from the Republicans: the minimum amount of damage to our nation and the economy.

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