“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Wave of GOP Rigidity from CA Spreads to USA

...in the form of the sequester. If you have lived in Cali recently the reaction must be “been there, done that.” Almost all the Californian GOP seats were destroyed in the last election, as a result of the digging in of heels around taxation.

The sequester is just a national scale repetition of this Californian product. Krugman nails it in his analysis of what went wrong. Do please stop blaming Obama, if you are.

Why is this happening? Quite simply because he is black. Prove me wrong.

This had led to a lot of Republicans fanning out to explain what the president should be offering if he was serious about making a deal. Then, when it turns out that the president did offer those items, there’s more furious hand-waving about how no, actually, this is what the president needs to offer to make a deal. Then, when it turns out he’s offered most of that, too, the hand-waving stops and the truth comes out: Republicans won’t make a deal that includes further taxes, they just want to get the White House to implement their agenda in return for nothing. Luckily for them, most of the time, the conversation doesn’t get that far, and the initial comments that the president needs to “get serious” on entitlements is met with sage nods.”

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