You might have thought that with all the problems the Republicans have had in the last four years, quickly evolving from the party that was looking to become a permanent majority, to the party that everyone likes to kick around–that at least one Republican would have seen the light and voted for the stimulus package that passed through the House yesterday. But, astonishingly, no single Republican voted for what should have been a no-brainer. The country really has no choice on the stimulus package option. Most analysts believe that FDR might have been more effective in combating the Great Depression if he had stimulated the economy with a larger stimulus package than that he pushed through. And, everyone blames Hoover, as they are now blaming Bush, for not acting sooner on a stimulus formula that went beyond the bank bailouts, the exact purpose of which remains unclear–where all the “seepage” went is still mysterious. FDR could have done it more easily than Obama can today because the Democratic majority at the time of FDR was larger than what Obama enjoys today, especially in the Senate. However, FDR had to be gingerly with the Southern Democrats who behaved a lot like the moderate Republicans of yesterday, or the day before. The current Republicans are digging a deep hole for themselves as writer Dylan Loewe outlines in the Huffington Post. A short read.
None of us are competent in the political projection arena, but the Republicans of today seem to resemble the dodo birds (Raphus cucullatus) of the 17th century–an animal without the right ecological niche, at least not once the intrusive humans landed on Mauritius. Perhaps someday, we can look back and blame the Republicans for the disappearance of the amphibians, which, like global climate change, seems to be a looming challenge.
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