Krugman tells it as it is again in his column today:
Emboldened by the prospect of election gains, the ‘Tea Party’ Republicans — most of them are that now — are as usual blocking support for those in need (e.g. extended unemployment benefits keeping people alive) and demanding tax cuts for the rich. As I have stated previously, these guys want to convert us from a just democracy to a corrupt oligarchy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligarchy
I gather that our six major TV and radio outlets are owned and operated by our Republican oligarchs bent on conning people into voting for them. With out media in their hands, they may just succeed — at least in part.
Obama has done what he can in the reform department. He may in the future be forced to veto Republican corruption which abounds all around us. He was stuck with Cheney/Bush governmental operatives which it takes time to replace and the Republicans are blocking these reform efforts with full force — delays and lies and attacks on any with expertise in such areas.
I worry desperately for our children — many hungry now and others having their education budgets slashed.
As I have suggested previously, we are now engaged in a global economic war — not the military threats of the past. The Republicans will surely lose this new war for us.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
Ed Kent [blind copies]