[quote]Yeah the polls say the majority blame the Republicans for this mess... yet they keep voting for them.
As the nation has become more polarized, the sides have literally moved to wherever they feel more comfortable. Liberals tend towards cities and the coasts, which is used against us by the teatards who inhabit, mostly, flyover country. That more people live in my neighborhood than in half of Montana, Idaho, or Arizona yet shares a Representative with vastly more people means that my vote and my politics count for far less than a rancher or farmer in the middle of nowhere.
All the corporatists like the Koch brothers had to do was inculcate themselves on these sparsely populated areas to receive outsized influence. And they've aligned themselves closely enough with these teatards that they can convince the teatards that they should be against welfare when its given to the inner city single mother, but love it when its handed out to corporate farms, and against investments in education but for massive tax cuts for the most profitable industry in the history of the planet, and against common sense reform of drug laws while for medical tort reform. In other words, up is down. And how do they do it? Appealing to religious bigotry, hatred and intolerance. And oh yeah, that black guy in the White House.
We vastly outnumber the teatards. We outnumber Republicans and conservatives in general. We just have to convince our folks, especially those who live in flyover land, to get out and vote. We've held both houses of Congress in the past, and we can do it again. We cannot let what happened in 2010 happen in 2014 (or ever again, for that matter).
And we absolutely must hold Obama's feet to the fire, and push him leftward. We only get him to act like a Democrat when we force him to, as we saw with Syria. And so far, he's been speaking more forcefully regarding the CR and debt ceiling than he ever has on any other topic.
The time for compromise is over. They have demanded, and we have compromied, on cuts so deep that our economic growth has been less than half of what it should be. They have gerry rigged the system to the point that 95% of the gains in the economy have gone to the top 1%. The teatards and their Republican enablers have squeezed ever last dime from the budget that we can let them -- if we ever hope to recover from the 2008 Bush economic collapse. They are intent on slashing Social Security and Medicare; we know they won't stop there if we let them get away with it.
More on point, John Boehner sees the conundrum he's in. He knows that his speakership is in its final moments. He knows that breaching the debt ceiling will cause the worldwide economy to spiral into recession, and possibly depression; while on the other side, he has a radical faction that is ready to remove him when he next compromises with Democrats and Obama. That's why he's out there asking for time, telling the teatards that they'll be pleased if they just give him time. The CR is a mere blip in time compared to the debt ceiling. Now, his decision has to be either lose the fight over the CR, lost his job and watch the teatards take us over the real fiscal cliff that the debt ceiling breach would cause, or lose the fight over the debt ceiling, save the economy, and then lose his job. Either way, he's going to lose his job, but at least if he saves the economy, he can save his reputation in history. And eventually make a ton of money working on K Street.