‘the new republican landscape’

NYT Editorial: Six months after voters sent Republicans in large numbers to Congress and many statehouses, it is possible to see the full landscape of destruction that their policies would cause – much of which has already begun. If it was not clear before, it is obvious now that the party is fully engaged in a project to dismantle the foundations of the New Deal and the Great Society, and to liberate business and the rich from the inconveniences of oversight and taxes.

At first it seemed that only a few freshmen and noisy followers of the Tea Party would support the new extremism. But on Friday, nearly unanimous House Republicans showed just how far their mainstream has been dragged to the right. They approved on strict party lines the most regressive social legislation in many decades, embodied in a blueprint by the budget chairman, Paul Ryan. The vote, from which only four Republicans (and all Democrats) dissented, would have been unimaginable just eight years ago to a Republican Party that added a prescription drug benefit to Medicare.

Mr. Ryan called the vote “our generation’s defining moment,” and indeed, nothing could more clearly define the choice that will face voters next year.

His bill would end the guarantee provided by Medicare and Medicaid to the elderly and the poor … People now under 55 would be required to pay at least $6,400 more for health care when they qualified for Medicare … Fully two-thirds of his $4.3 trillion in budget cuts would come from low-income programs…..

Full editorial here

5 Responses to “‘the new republican landscape’”

  1. 1 Yardarm756
    April 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Next year will show which of us will vote against our self interest. It will defy logic and amplify, even more, the ugliness that exists in America today. The genie is indeed, out of the lamp.

  2. 2 Dorothy Rissman
    April 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Great editorial. I so worry about the poor and the lower middle income families. Unfortunately, these tend to be people who do not get involved in politics. They are too busy just trying to survive. Their voice at the polls in 2012 is critical to getting rid of these bums.

    I read that Standard & Poor’s has given us a question mark in terms of stability. The stock market is falling. Why, because those hateful teabaggers, and now almost every republican, keep talking about not raising the debt ceiling. I feel as if these suckers really want the country to fail just to be make sure that Obama is voted out.

    • 3 Yardarm756
      April 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      Dorothy you nailed it as far as i’m concerned. The republiCONS will say/do anything to undermine POTUS.

  3. 4 Shirley
    April 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I’m sure voters , or should I say most voters, are In the know now, more than ever, as to what the “TeaPubs” are all about. This just causes me to wonder If Voters will make the same mistake, that they made In 2010, either by not voting, or will they cling to TeaPubs or Rt Wingers still. Surely most voters know that the “TeaPubs” are all about the $$$$, rich and well to -do-ers. So then, Voters ought to know by now, that If you’re not wealthy, or rich, then there’s ABSOLUTELY NOTHING at all, that the TeaPubs will do for the majority of Voters. They are NOT for the POOR, and Middle Class. Therefore, It would be senseless to vote for them.

  4. 5 Sonjia Duncan
    April 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    As far as the media that the low information voters watch there is nothing wrong. They sent their teapublicans to Washington to take care of the Democrats and those baby killers. Remember the Bitter people consisted of almost half of the population. If they do not see the midwest protest on foxnews it didn’t happen. I really don’t think they read the NYT Editorial.

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