Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Mask Slips Again...

...And Republicans accidentally tell the truth.

Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) made a startling admission on CNN’s Starting Point on Wednesday morning, telling host Soledad O’Brien that Republicans are not concerned about how they cut spending — or the millions of people who suffer as a result — so long as they achieve a balanced budget.
Of course they don't.  The austerity fetish is really simple, actually.  We elected Obama, therefore we must learn our place.  If the people are made to suffer, then they will be humble.  More importantly, if the electorate comes to understand that prosperity for the 99% will never be allowed to happen under a Democrat, then all will be right.

REP. PRICE: We believe it’s important to balance not the how of ‘how you balance,’ but the ‘why’, why is it important to balance. well it’s important to get our budget in balance, so that means that Washington doesn’t spend more money than it takes in, just like families can’t, just like businesses across this country can’t. 

Of course Tom Price understands nothing about macroeconomics.  He is a charlatan, a moron, and a fool.  Countries have been deficit-spending for decades now.  Reagan exploded deficits and the national debt, as did Poppy Bush, as did Dubya.  It was Clinton who balanced the budget last.

But Republicans have now finally admitted that austerity for austerity's sake was always the plan.   Americans have to suffer now.  You, your loved ones, your community, your friends, you will be made to suffer by rich white men who demand fealty.  You must be punished for your defiance.  It doesn't matter what is cut, as long as it's cut.

It's for your own good.

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