KEVIN DRUM, sums up the Republican party’s strategy for the 112th congress pretty clearly:
Just a quick note for the DC press corps: Republicans don’t care about the deficit. They care about cutting taxes on the rich and shifting spending from the poor to more deserving corporate recipients. Understanding this will collectively save you thousands of hours of time writing chin-scratching op-eds and analysis pieces that try to explain why Republicans are doing what they’re doing.
If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me.
This isn’t meant to slander Republicans or spread “liberal talking points”. The conservative philosophy very clearly states that the ideal approach to government involves a smaller government that keeps taxes lows and promotes economic activity by spending huge sums of money on tax breaks and subsidies for a deregulated private sector.
Lowering the deficit is not at all part of their core beliefs. Lower deficits have always been apart of the “starve the beast” strategy which hypothesizes that a government without access to revenue, either tax dollars or deficit spending, will inevitably be forced to shrink in size and power.
Making this point clear should be an important part of any journalists writings. Because no matter what conservatives promise people about lower deficits, it ultimately comes down to lip service.
But why not just be honest about their intentions?
Because the American people might say that want lower taxes and a smaller “less invasive government” their actions suggest otherwise. Tea partier’s are on Medicare, most conservatives support programs that provide health care to children (SCHIP) and seniors overwhelmingly voted against privatizing social security.
Long story short, it’s easy to be seduced by silver tongued talking points, but once shit hits the fan, government action is always what they call for.