The Shark Jumping GOP7 September, 2009
There was a time, long ago, last century, to be exact, that the Republican Party, the GOP, was a party of ideas. The ideas were bullshit, but they had ideas. Cut taxes for the rich, raise taxes on everyone else, and the economy will improve. Cut taxes and the tax revenue will increase. Punish people for being poor and the poor will bootstrap themselves right up. Deregulate industry and industry will regulate itself. These policies have given us huge deficits, a wider gap between rich and the rest of us, businesses bankrupting themselves for lack of regulation, and a government which does not have the money to provide the basic services Americans expect. This is all the direct result of the GOP’s ideas.
Now, the GOP has become the party of no. No ideas. Just say no to everything. Loudly.
The GOP refuses, under any circumstances, to consider increasing taxes even up to the levels of the 1980s (you remember Reagan, right?). Two wars, costing a couple of trillion dollars were started under Bush and, when payment came due, the GOP just said no.
The GOP refuses, under any circumstances, to consider comprehensive sex education as valid. They approach sex the same way they approach drugs: just say no. And, no surprise, abstinence only sex education works just as well as Nancy Reagan’s ‘Just Say No.’
The GOP refuses, under any circumstances, to measure results of any of the party’s pet projects. Whether it is AOSE, wars, tax cuts, deregulation, when if comes to metrics, the GOP just says no. They say yes to faith, though.
The GOP refuses, under any circumstances, to accept that human rights apply to all humans. The religiously-inspired demonization of the gay rights movement, blocking the right of adults to get married, and willingly jettisoning fifty years of international support of human rights to embrace torture (illegal under US and international law), the GOP just says no to human rights.
The GOP refuses, under any circumstances, to even admit that providing health insurance for all Americans would be a good thing. Though it would reduce emergency room visits (saving money), reduce sick days for businesses (saving money), and, by insuring healthy young Americans, and spreading the risk, reduce the cost of insurance (saving money), the GOP just says no.
The GOP refuses, under any circumstances, to compromise on any legislation. They bargained the stimulus package down until, though effective, we have merely slowed the descent and, when asked to vote for their ‘compromise’ they just said no.
The GOP refuse, under any circumstances, to allow the teaching of science in America’s classrooms. It has become a virtual litmus test for a GOP candidate that, in order to win a primary, he (or she) must first disavow understanding or accepting the theory of evolution.
Now, the GOP refuses, under any circumstances, to allow the democratically elected President of the United States of America, Barrak Obama, to speak to school children about the importance of staying in school, working hard and getting a good education. Read that again. The Party of No has now decided, because they don’t like Obama (and fully half of Republicans don’t even think he is a legal President), to ask parents to hold their children out of school because they may hear something with which mom and dad disagree. The GOP has now decided to just say no to education.
The party of no, the Grand Old Pary, the Republican Party, has, officially, jumped the shark. Fonzie would be so proud.
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