The Republican platform comprises four words: get rid of Obama. The party has no constructive suggestions for anything, only the destructive goals of ending “socialist” programs like Medicare and dismantling Obama’s health-care reforms. Today’s NYT has a great column, “Downhill with the G.O.P.,” by Nobelist Paul Krugman, who describes the pathetic “plans” Republicans have for the budget. He concludes:
Realistically, though, Republicans aren’t going to have the power to enact their true agenda any time soon — if ever. Remember, the Bush administration’s attack on Social Security was a fiasco, despite its large majority in Congress — and it actually increased Medicare spending.
So the clear and present danger isn’t that the G.O.P. will be able to achieve its long-run goals. It is, rather, that Republicans will gain just enough power to make the country ungovernable, unable to address its fiscal problems or anything else in a serious way. As I said, banana republic, here we come.
Naturally, this straight-shooting smart guy has cats. He and his wife Robin Wells serve two of them, Doris Lessing and Albert Einstein. Here’s Krugman with Doris:
And the Krugman family: