Republicans are like the Terminator

You just gotta keep comin’…

Whoever created the phrase, “The devil is busy,” this is what they meant.

Just finished reading a story in the Christian Science Monitor explaining how the Republicans don’t stop fighting just because somebody told them the battle is over. They just nod, then keep on track with the program of seeking and destroying whatever and whoever is foolish enough to try and stand in the way of their warped agenda.

Says Robert Reich, who wrote the article, “How Republicans Quietly Repeal Laws They Don’t Like,”:

In effect, much of our nation’s worker safety laws and rules have been quietly repealed because there aren’t enough inspectors to enforce them.

That’s been the Republican strategy in general: When they can’t directly repeal laws they don’t like, they repeal them indirectly by hollowing them out — denying funds to fully implement them, and reducing funds to enforce them.

Consider taxes. Republicans have been unable to round up enough votes to cut taxes on big corporations and the wealthy as much as they’d like, so what do they do? They’re hollowing out the IRS. As they cut its enforcement budget – presto! — tax collections decline.

Despite an increasing number of billionaires and multi-millionaires using every tax dodge imaginable – laundering their money through phantom corporations and tax havens (Remember Mitt’s tax returns?) — the IRS’s budget has been cut by 17 percent since 2002, adjusted for inflation.

 

Devious and perverse, but damned smart. It’s also why the Republicans continue to win significant victories even after the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012, and the not insignificant number of seats achieved by Democrats in both the House and the Senate. Because when you’re in a fight, and I mean a real street fight where you know what’s gonna happen if you don’t keep swinging despite all the blood in your eyes, you just don’t stop. You gotta be like the Terminator. While many of us Democrats and progressives were cheering last November, Republican termites were busy chewing away at the woodwork.

And now look what’s happening to the house….

This is being cross-posted in The Black Liberal Boomer.

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