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Sunday, February 20, 2011

This Sunday/Sabboth Day: Family Values Review


Remember "compassionate conservatism", the ball of wax that was sold and bought in 2000 election?

Well, a long ten years later, that's outlived its usefulness, even as it died a hard death in practice long before that.

This week, the GOP-Tea House Speaker said, "So be it", to a question about destroying the livelihoods of families, even as they passed out tax cuts the month before to the wealthiest "families".

Everyone without a job is on a ticking timeline, because the GOP bargained for and got limits on how long the current downturn will "officially" last, apparently.

Last month, the democratic party went along with an ill-conceived "holiday" in social security taxes, a step that raises the probability that families will work harder, longer.

Rather than looking for people-friendly ways to make shared sacrifice, the GOP-Tea in Wisconsin took an in-your-face, five-day, ram-it-through approach, blaming families who are a part of unions and demanding that they give up benefits and pay as a first-line of cuts, even while the same people privilege the politically-friendly families of the firefighters and police and demand that these families give up their collective bargaining rights.

This week, GOP Gov Chris Christie took Washington by storm, swaggering with his prowess at tossing various New Jersey families to the wind, while capping property taxes. Not a single word about whether these cuts might be counter-productive in the current environment, whether their might be smart ways to prioritize cuts so that it minimizes economic drag, or even a upfront concern or lessons-learned about the families that might face the brunt of it.

Tea Party airheads and John Stossel want to eliminate the Department of Education. Something like 50% of its funding goes to help families who have kids with disabilities.

Last weekend and this, the GOP-Tea boosters are out in force making the case that we have to sacrifice some families, so that we can balance the budget during the worst economic downturn in 50 years. Some of them are the same people who, in the 1980s said "deficits don't matter", in the 2000s never balanced a single budget.