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1 freetoken  Sat, Sep 3, 2011 2:55:28pm

The author may have some good points, but I am always suspicious of anything that comes from Truth-Out.

2 moderatelyradicalliberal  Sat, Sep 3, 2011 4:12:43pm

This sounds about right.

John P. Judis sums up the modern GOP this way:

"Over the last four decades, the Republican Party has transformed from a loyal opposition into an insurrectionary party that flouts the law when it is in the majority and threatens disorder when it is the minority. It is the party of Watergate and Iran-Contra, but also of the government shutdown in 1995 and the impeachment trial of 1999. If there is an earlier American precedent for today's Republican Party, it is the antebellum Southern Democrats of John Calhoun who threatened to nullify, or disregard, federal legislation they objected to and who later led the fight to secede from the union over slavery."

The GOP is the Neo-Confederate party, in both attitudes and tactics. They courted, embraced and encouraged the reactionary, ignorant know-nothings that left the Democratic party after desegregation and now they are a reactionary, ignorant party.

3 Interesting Times  Sat, Sep 3, 2011 4:56:51pm

re: #1 freetoken

The author may have some good points, but I am always suspicious of anything that comes from Truth-Out.

This is completely legit. See elizajane's earlier comment.

4 elizajane  Sat, Sep 3, 2011 5:10:54pm

In relation to his incredibly negative comments on the GOP, militarism, and defense spending, it is also noteworthy that his position was, specifically, Budget Analyst for Defense for the House Budget Committee. Whew!

"And the economic justification for Pentagon spending is even more fallacious when one considers that the $700 billion annual DOD budget creates comparatively few jobs. The days of Rosie the Riveter are long gone; most weapons projects now require very little touch labor. Instead, a disproportionate share is siphoned off into high-cost research and development (from which the civilian economy benefits little); exorbitant management expenditures, overhead and out-and-out padding; and, of course, the money that flows back into the coffers of political campaigns. A million dollars appropriated for highway construction would create two to three times as many jobs as a million dollars appropriated for Pentagon weapons procurement, so the jobs argument is ultimately specious."

Nice to know.

5 JRCMYP  Sat, Sep 3, 2011 6:59:06pm

Oy. I want to pull the covers up over my head. Our political situation is going to get really scary over the next few years.

6 Romantic Heretic  Sun, Sep 4, 2011 8:40:29am

This is why I don't hate honest to God conservatives. They aren't stupid, cruel people. I don't even disagree with them that much.

That people like him are being driven from the GOP is a very, vey bad sign.

7 Gus  Sun, Sep 4, 2011 10:08:43am

Oh, I see you already posted this. Excellent opinion piece that I just paged as well. Should be required reading for all Republicans who are concerned about their party's future.


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