Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Complaining to the Republicans 2/3

Yet they aren't fiscally responsible. Republicans have been backing $1.3 billion for refurbishing Abrams M1s that the military (read our generals who have their shiz down) has flatly said they do not need. We are in a world where terrorists use things such as improvised explosive devices to blow up the very vulnerable bottoms of M1 Abrams. Meaning they aren't built for the missions the US uses them for. Seriously, look it up.

Still don't think it's fiscally irresponsible? How about this, the Republicans pushing for 'fiscal responsibility' are willing to cut benefits programs for the most poverty stricken—without replacing them with meaningful alternatives. Their complaint about welfare queens—totally unfounded accusation by the way that puts valuable funding for people who really need it in question—is not solved by the elimination of the program. And yet they are unwilling to raise taxes on the wealthiest, or close tax loopholes that everyone already agrees are bad (yes even the Republicans), or any myriad of measures that are well within congress's job description.

Oh right, it's congress's job—as written specifically in the enumerated powers of the US Constitution (so much for strict constitutionalism).

But maybe it's because the Republicans believe in small government. Again, this works pretty well conceptually but in real policy terms small government is an extraordinarily malleable term. By most measures, the US government is already one of the smallest per capita per person in the world—far behind Poland who Mitt just praised for their small government approach. And when it comes to abortion rights, it's a little off that the Republican party wants to put so many regulations on a woman's body. Or a couple's right to marry.

And the weird thing is that it's disguised as a state's rights issue—something inherently democratic and locally minded. Yet it was Republicans in Michigan who blatantly suppressed vote counts for the passage of emergency manager laws in the state legislature—multiple times. The emergency manager law is also an inherently undemocratic process, handing over absolute power of a jurisdiction to a state appointed manager. They have no oversights.