You lied, cheated and spent your way into control of the House of Representatives. You took control of more governors’ offices. And you took control of 19 more state legislatures.
Much of your success was the result of massive corporate donations and your filibustering of legislation that could have helped turn this economy around – the economy that collapsed on your watch due to your lack of oversight and regulation. Remember?
You blamed your mess on President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Then you talked about “taking your country back,” resorting to 2nd Amendment remedies, if necessary.
You won on promises of less government and lower taxes. So what next?
Plan to cut the size of government? Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the downsizing of state, county and local governments is one of the primary reasons our economy is so slow to recover. We’re losing government jobs faster than private industry can add jobs. Moreover, the lack of government oversight of Wall Street is one of the main reasons we’re in this predicament.
Plan to cut taxes by renewing the ill-conceived Bush tax cuts for the wealthy? Then plan on adding $80 billion to our deficit over the next two years. Want to repeal “Obamacare?” Then plan on adding yet another $138 billion to our deficit over the next 10 years. (Not to mention the fact that you’ll be denying health care access to more than 30 million Americans.)
Plan on cutting the deficit? You could cut half of our bloated $663.7 billion defense budget (not including the Iraq and Afghan wars). But what will you do about the defense contractor jobs you eliminate?
The most radical Republicans talk about eliminating or privatizing all “entitlements” such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They want to get rid of the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation, as well. All of that combined would save $1.48 trillion a year, completely offsetting the deficit and leaving us with a surplus of more than $200 billion each year (not including tax cuts for the wealthy, rising health care costs, increased military spending and increased border security).
But we’d have a nation of uneducated, unheathy children and heavily-armed, destitute senior citizens. Try running on that platform in future elections. Or will you do as some Tea Party candidates suggest, and limit voting to landowners or those already in office?