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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"A DEEP STRAIN OF MADNESS"

That's how Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial and an economic advisor to the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve Board, characterized the current Republican Party, the party that's been taken over by lunatics.  For truly, those in the Tea Party branch of the GOP have exposed themselves as lacking normal neuronal and axonal activity.  How else to explain people like Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin suggesting the United States of America, for the first time in its history, default on its debts and create a financial catastrophe here and in the global markets.

I could explain it this way:  Both of those women are stupid.  There is no other explanation for such a monsterously reckless position.  They believe they're being "tough" and "standing up" for those who want to stop adding to the debt.  Instead, they've exposed themselves as useless flibberty-gibbets who know nothing about the Constitution or the financial obligations of this country.

Yet.  Yet, those two women are supported by millions of Americans who apparently are only a few steps away from eating book paste and sticking forks in their eyes.

Here is more of what Diane Swonk, someone who, y'know, actually knows what she's talking about, said:

"...Swonk explained, “Coming back from Europe, the Europeans just can’t believe we’d be so foolish as to decidedly squander away our debt rating in such a frivolous manner. This just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

“Right now, financial markets in the U.S. are giving this a 0% probability of happening. With all the time I’ve spent in Washington, although everyone believes it’s just inconceivable, those who don’t agree it’s inconceivable are the Congresspeople we need to actually vote on it. And that’s what really is disturbing: they’re the ones who are unconvinced that there’s any problem out there.

“Everybody else is saying, ‘This is just so horrible. There’s no way they could possibly be this stupid.’ Well, I’m not sure. They could possibly be so stupid.”

Asked how economists can explain reality to those who don’t want to raise the debt ceiling, Swonk went on to say, “I don’t even know how to explain it any more clear to them…. This is something you just don’t play with.”

It got me thinking about how I might try to explain this to someone outside the United States. Why would American officials, on purpose, choose to stop paying America’s bills? Why would these officials want to deliberately undermine the country’s credit rating? Why would elected lawmakers, who presumably like their country, risk an economic crash on purpose? Why would American voters elect such lunatics?

Alas, I’m not sure how I’d answer any of these questions from an outsider looking in. The best I can do is try to explain that there’s a deep strain of madness that’s overcome one of our major political parties, and it’s an illness that puts us all at risk."



Dear Ms. Swonk,

Yes, they are "this stupid." They are the current Republican Tea Party.

3 comments:

Sue said...

I find it AMAZING the GOP wants to give sweeping powers to the president so they don't have to vote to raise the debt ceiling BECAUSE of the IDIOT Teabaggers they feel they MUST pacify in order to have a segment of the population who will blindly still vote for those hideous America killing thugs!! WOW, this story just gets better and better!

Leslie Parsley said...

Well, obviously it's not just those two women who are stupid. Hopefully, hopefully, McConnell & Co. have pissed off the Tea Party so much and the more moderate and sensible Republicans that neither side will support them. We just have to hope that public memory isn't too short.

Infidel753 said...

I could explain it this way: Both of those women are stupid. There is no other explanation for such a monsterously reckless position.

That's not the surprising part. There have always been people, millions of them, who were as illogical and unaware as they are. But such people seldom got into positions of any influence.

Political parties are supposed to filter out the ignorance and craziness as one approaches the power centers. The Republican party is failing to do that.

those who don’t agree it’s inconceivable are the Congresspeople we need to actually vote on it.

With the teabagger newcomers in Congress, that may well be the case. I think espablished politicians like Boehner and McConnell know better, but they're trapped by their own fear of the Frankenstein's monster of ignorance they've conjured up among their base. They've been bluffing all along, and now that they're realizing Obama isn't going to surrender, they're desperately trying to back down without being crucified by their own enraged idiot legions.