The Tea Party Republicans’ Biggest Mistake – by Robert Reich

Robert Reich -The Tea Party Republicans’ Biggest Mistake:

 ….. Confusing Government with Our System of Government

 Robert Reich –  Published: Friday 11 October 2013 National Change – OP-ED
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By using tactics perceived to violate that system, the Tea Partiers have overplayed their hand. If they don’t stop their recklessness, they’ll be out of the game.

Representative Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama and a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act, has just changed his tune. He now says: “My primary focus is on minimizing risk of insolvency and bankruptcy. There are many paths you can take to get there. Socialized medicine is just one of the component parts of our debt and deficits that put us at financial risk.”

Translated: House Republicans are under intense pressure. A new Gallup poll shows the Republican Party now viewed favorably by only 28% of Americans, down from 38% in September. That’s the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992. The Democratic Party is viewed favorably by 43%, down four percentage points from last month. 

So Republicans are desperately looking for a way of getting out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves — and the President has given them one. He told them that if they agree to temporarily fund the government and raise the debt ceiling without holding as ransom the Affordable Care Act or anything else, negotiations can begin on reducing the overall budget deficit.  [Read more]

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 10/12/2013 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Well said Mr. Reich.

  • Cliff Thomas  On 10/12/2013 at 6:52 pm

    The Republicans have dug themselves into a big hole. All of them should now be buried in it as they keep making mistaked after mistakes.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 10/14/2013 at 9:16 am

    China’s official news agency, Xinhua, says that the world should consider ‘de-Americanising’ in the wake of the USA shut-down and looming debt crisis. “A new world order should be put in place, according to which all nations, big or small, poor or rich, can have their key interests respected and protected on an equal footing.”

    “Instead of honouring its duties as a responsible leading power, a self-serving Washington has abused its superpower status and introduced even more chaos into the world by shifting financial risks overseas,” ………

    Read the ABC-Radio Australia report: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-10-14/china-calls-for-deamericanised-world-economy-in-wake-of-us-shutdown-debt-standoff/1204168

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