Thursday, August 04, 2011

Quote of the Day

"This whole episode has underscored an idea that's central to the GOP's governing philosophy -- government just doesn't work. It takes triggers, and committees and hostage taking to get anything done. Had deficit reduction come about in a reasonable manner, the GOP would have been a big loser. They exist to prove that government is inherently dysfunctional."

-- The Huffington Post's Jason Linkins in a piece called "What Does the Debt Ceiling Deal Mean for Ordinary Americans?"

This is a damn terrific point, and one that needed to be made. By engaging in the kind of antics they did, the GOP basically proved their point that government is a mess. It's near perfect, circular meta-reasoning. It's also complete horseshit. It's like a boyfriend or girlfriend picking a fight with you or otherwise doing something awful, then when you take the bait or react angrily saying, "See, this is why I can't be with you."

It also highlights the central paradox of the current crop of Republicans and why their motives and actions should be constantly eyed with suspicion: They claim to believe that the very entity they work for is hardly necessary; the more they're able to sabotage it from the inside the more they have to gain with their constituency. Put it another way: If you were a business-owner or manager, would you hire someone who made no effort to hide the fact that he thought your business -- and entire industry, for that matter -- sucked? That if he had his way there'd barely even be a need for you to hire him in the first place?

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the overarching GOP ethos, circa 2011.


Riles said...

I still don't understand how they are going to sell the Super Congress to the bases. It seems contrary to the Right's stated stance of wanting less gov't control. Although it fits right in with their underlying motivations of concentration of power, and the ability to rake in more lobbying $. (I do realize the Dems had a hand in it too).

Also, if the Right truly believes gov't doesn't work, wouldn't they want to work with, say, a president who came to office with a mandate to change the way gov't works?

It's all bullshit, and after this debt deal it seems we're just increasingly fucked.

medic8r said...

Nice work as usual, Chez. Wouldn't it be awesome if opposing candidates (rational Republicans in the primaries, Democrats in the general elections, whoever) were able to realize this and trumpet it to the masses at a level that Joe Public can understand.

Yeah, I'm not holding my breath, for several reasons. It would require opposing candidates who themselves weren't hypocritical and overly self-interested. It would require Joe Public to tune in to a political conversation without his eyes glazing over and complaints about how that guy is talking like some boring professor. Lastly, it would require a level of metacognition that a lot of people don't have.