GOP’s Dangerous Arrogance
An American default – or deliberate descent into another economic crisis – is unthinkable to most of global civil society. What great nation would do this to itself – or everyone else?
JUNE 2, 2011 Robert Shrum -TheWeek (Excerpts)
“The GOP, driven by invincible ignorance or cynical design – and perhaps both – is working overtime to trash the recovery with budget cuts that would drain demand from the economy – or a debt ceiling vote that could trigger a financial collapse equal to 2008, or perhaps unpredictably graver. For proof, all you had to do was listen to Mitt Romney’s announcement speech today. In it, he made a smarmy attempt to blame Barack Obama for the economic pain actually caused by the dereliction of duty by George W. Bush & Co., pain that was then prolonged by the obstruction of congressional Republicans.”
“Republican hardliners, and they’re indisputably the Republican Party now, repeatedly assail the president for “kowtowing” to foreigners simply because he’s renewed America’s standing by listening as well as leading. Supposedly this is soft; just ask Dick Cheney. But to the discomfort of the unilateralists, it was Obama not Bush who got Osama bin Laden.”
“Within our own borders, the Republicans’ strategy on the budget and the debt ceiling can be seen, accurately, as rolling the dice with the American economy, gambling that it will crap out to their political advantage. As I’ve argued before, this strategy could backfire. But beyond any calculations about 2012, at risk are not just American jobs and homes, but around the world the very ideals of justice, equal rights, and opportunity that are this country’s defining gift to others.
The Republicans may preach it – but today, in Washington, the “loyal opposition” appears anything but loyal to American exceptionalism.
Entire article: http://theweek.com/articles/484257/gops-dangerous-arrogance
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