In national politics, bullying works. Right now as I write this blog posting Republicans are purposefully tanking our economy. Yes, I said it when the politicians won't. REPUBLICANS ARE DELIBERATELY TANKING OUR ECONOMY. Ever since President Obama placed his hands on that Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States, they have done nothing but bully, bully, bully with obstructionism, threats of filibustering, and an absolute refusal to compromise. In fact, they've given the word "compromise" a dirty connotation, and refuse to utter it.
Now, I would never utter such a ridiculous accusation unless I had some substantial theory behind it. Have any of the four people reading my blog ever heard of the term "starving the beast?" This is a political strategy that involves revenues, spending, and taxation. Well, the beast refers to the federal government and the domestic welfare programs it spends money on such as Medicare, Social Security benefits, food stamps, and public schools. During Reagan's time as president teachers, firefighters, and law enforcement were normally excluded from the "beast" category. However, as the country has been pulled further to the right, even they have been lumped in. Now, the way to "starve" this beast is to decrease taxes thereby causing a reduction in revenues for the federal government. A decrease in revenues forces the government to severely cut spending to domestic programs. Without saying so, Republicans have been using this bully tactic to remove President Obama from office and all the while telling us that government workers are the problem and they need to be fired.
Really? How did this country survive the Great Depression? Government spending through providing jobs to millions of unemployment through work relief programs. And every other deep recession that we've experienced has been broken by government stimulus. Republicans in Congress know this. So why are they deploying the "starve the beast" strategy? It is bullying at its covert best. They'd sooner see the whole country return to the times of Herbert Hoover in order to get what they want. The problem with that thinking is, though they're in Congress with a cushy $84/hour salary, they're not immune to their own tactics. Sooner or later it will hit them. And sooner or later, the public will realize that this "starve the beast" strategy raises the deficit.
I wouldn't call this Congress a "do-nothing" Congress. They're very active indeed. They're busy being bullies. Historically, we have seen our economy take drastic downturns when the "starving the beast" strategy is deployed. Currently, the Euro-Zone countries who are practicing similar measures are continuing to face a terrible recession and economic downturns. Republicans know this and being the bullies that they are, continue with their policy so that President Obama will take the blame for the sluggish economy and lose the upcoming election.
But at least we can see them. This country's biggest bullies remains hidden behind the scene quietly driving his "starve the beast" policies, and he has been doing it for the past 30 years. Grover Norquist is founder of Americans for Tax Reform. He is one of the most powerful lobbyists in the world. Over 95% of all Republican lawmakers sign his pledge not to raise taxes (increase revenues), and they remain loyal to that pledge. So, while the rest of us pledge allegiance to the flag and other lawmakers pledge to uphold the Constitution, those lawmakers pledge to Grover Norquist and his idea of what government should be. And these same people accuse Democratic lawmakers of near treason?
And for the most part, Republicans have been getting what they want for the past 30 years. The country has been pulled further and further to the Right since Ronald Regan's presidency. The Republicans go more and more Right and so do the Democrats in the name of compromise. So for the Conservative lawmakers, bullying is a tactic that works. Even President Obama is currently chasing the bullies further and further to the Right as he tries to get anything done. And it's scary. Very scary. Everybody knows that when a bully is validated for his behavior, it becomes much much worse!