The Stepford Conservatives & How Republicans Are About to Cripple the States

Yesterday, Kentucky’s US Senator-elect, Rand Paul, refused to identify how he would cut federal spending. He refused to identify a single specific cut.  He also joined the Stepford conservative leaders, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Rep. Eric Cantor and Rep. Paul Ryan, as they stayed on the coordinated but incorrect message that the country doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.

Talk about getting it wrong from the get-go. This New York Times article lends a little help to demonstrate how wrong they are, outlining case after case of states’ falling revenue levels.  Falling revenue levels.  Of course you’re going to have spending problems if your revenues are falling.  This is an alignment problem though.  Not a spending-only problem.

Nice rhetoric but easily deflated. The revenues they are a-shrinking.  The obligations are still a-coming.  You can try to raise one and cut the other, but that doesn’t make the problem a spending-only problem.

As for the crippling about to be done to the states, Operation Rescue continues to be interested in doing it literally. From the NYT piece, the most offensive embrace of a pro-life position I’ve ever read:

Among the possibilities [of plans being made by conservative special interest groups]: a new flurry of proposed state prohibitions on abortion, same-sex marriage and illegal immigration.

“I feel like a little boy on Christmas morning — which package do you open up first?” said Troy Newman, the leader of Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion group. Already, abortion opponents were considering pressing for new regulations in New Mexico, Iowa and Kansas, where Sam Brownback, the Republican governor-elect, follows Democratic governors who vetoed some abortion limits approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

He feels like a little boy on Christmas morning waiting to open a package that will let him keep women from legal medical procedures and reproductive choices?

This is the mentality, this is the tone, this is the attitude about to be given a bigger voice?

Forget about global warming. It’s going to be a cold, cruel winter.

2 thoughts on “The Stepford Conservatives & How Republicans Are About to Cripple the States

  1. Hmm – I think the one-dimensional nature of blogging might be getting in the way so if I am still not getting it right, do let me know!

    Just a quick correction (IMO): Progressive actually did fine for the most part – it was the blue dogs who did really poorly, in comparison. If you read what I write often enough, it’s pretty clear that I’m close to a blue dog than a progressive on a lot of issues but in general, am reliably to the left of center but not usually enough to the left to be a progressive in terms of how a lot of people these days label them. I’m also very much not into labels so…anyway – just wanted to say that.

    So – I would say that if you are saying that candidates who ID as Democrats lost because they failed to connect less spending with being something the voters want, eh – I could go along with that – I would only say that being in the arena, I know that many times, voters really do not understand what they really can mean – this HuffPo story on how tea party folks call slimming down to one choice for garbage pick up “socialism” – eek – many cities I know have gone through that evaluation in order to save money – there’s not political ideology behind it – it’s just “how do we pay less for garbage collection”:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/08/trash-tea-party-fountain-hills-arizona-_n_780345.html

    And I’m including cities in NE Ohio headed by supposed Republicans. Topic for a longer thread but the realities of providing services for the reduced amount of revenues available is a real challenge – calling a cost-cutting measure “socialist” – sigh – you know, people want to say “cut!” but they also want to say, “don’t cut THAT!” – anyway – I bet you know what I mean.

    I think there is a VERY broad range of free speech available to both pro-life and pro-choice advocates that can get their point across without expressing glee the way the OR guy does. That’s what I’m objecting to – and it sounds like you get that that’s all I’m saying. And of course, I’ll add in for good measure – when it’s a guy saying it, it comes across even worse, for me.

    Anyway – bad on NYT for really kind of bringing in two really different things that certainly deserve attention, but I’m not sure in this one article was the way to do it.

  2. Jill,
    You said on twitter that Operation Rescue’s comment was in the context of partisan switch not the fiscal situation. I would submit the failure to connect the two – to see the context of conservatives’ desire for less spending aligning with the electorate’s (not the other way around) might be why progressives lost this cycle.
    Make no mistake, we are on the same side re: OR and their crazy antics.

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