No, that's not me asking the question. It's the Republicans, and they're banking on the answer being "Pretty fucking stupid."
Let me explain. For the next several months, possibly years, you are going to be hearing that the GOP is moderating its views and policies. You are going to hear that they are moving towards the middle, that there still exist Republicans who are willing to compromise. Don't believe it.
Remember that the big holdup right now is about a less than 4% tax increase on those making over $250,000 per year. It's peanuts. It means nothing to these people. What they really want is to decimate the Big Three: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And the way to do that is to pretend to be willing to compromise on a minor tax increase none of them would even feel. Don't get suckered.
Let's be truthful. There are no good Republicans. Oh sure, there are people, members of your family and mine perhaps, who support the GOP and don't realize how evil the party truly is, that falsely believe the GOP's policies would actually help the middle class and the poor, but I'm talking about Republican politicians. They are evil.
Name one piece of Republican legislation, one policy, one idea that has ever benefited the middle class or the poor. I'll wait. Dum de dum dum, la de dah, dum de dum.
Yeah, I couldn't think of one either. There's a reason for that. The GOP exists for one reason and one reason only: to protect the wealthy from the rest of us.
I used the word "evil" up above. It is not a word I throw around. It's like the word "love" to me. I use it sparingly. But what do you call a philosophy that exhibits not simply callous indifference to the poorest, the weakest, the hardest working among us but actually seeks to make those who are struggling even poorer, sicker and weaker? And does so with a transparent maliciousness and winking spite, all with the misanthropic goal of further enriching those already bloated with historic wealth?
Evil works for me.
So I will not be buying into the bullshit that is going to be dumped on us until the next election. Sure, a couple Republicans may concede a point or two from time to time. Some will do so because they fear being voted out in their purple districts. But most are just bluffing. Their goal remains unchanged and that goal is to gut the so-called "entitlements" while distributing as much wealth as possible upwards.
Don't be fooled. Remember that the entire Romney campaign was based on lies. And racism. Not one ad his campaign ran was factual. Even the theme of their convention was based on a lie. They are incapable of honesty, another facet of evil, I would say.
They are counting on you and I being stupid. Let's disappoint them.
©2012 Kona Lowell