GOP's Biggest Enemy: Reality
Party can't turn talk into action: Paul Krugman
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 5, 2013 11:50 AM CDT
In this March 12, 2013, file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – Republicans are hitting a wall in the House: the wall between ideology and reality, writes Paul Krugman in the New York Times. They're happy to vote for a bill that calls for enormous spending cuts, but when it comes to selecting actual programs to slash, the party can't get the votes. Last week, for instance, Republicans had to drop a vote on a cost-cutting transportation measure due to lack of support—even though they recently approved an "extreme austerity" budget. Shortly afterward, they voted to repeal ObamaCare for the 40th time, Krugman writes, "apparently just to make themselves feel better."

Then it was recess. "In other words, Republicans, confronted with the responsibilities of governing, essentially threw a tantrum, then ran off to sulk," Krugman writes. A central problem is Paul Ryan's budget moves. He's "a magic-asterisk kind of guy—someone who makes big claims about having a plan to slash deficits but refuses to spell out any of the all-important details." But turning the "big talk into actual legislation" isn't feasible. "Yet Republicans aren’t willing to face up to that reality. Instead, they’re just running away." Click for Krugman's full column.

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NorCalHal
Aug 6, 2013 12:54 PM CDT
Democrats biggest enemy- truth (facts).
Buckshot
Aug 6, 2013 9:59 AM CDT
The Tea Party has doomed the GOP to a slow death. The now extremely radical right is not gaining any ground in America with lawmakers who's only interest is in not paying any taxes. It's time to rebuild the middle class the wealthy are doing way to well at our expense. If your not for us your against us and I haven't heard one GOP position that benefits the middle class at all these guys "ideas" are dead on the hoof but their "to stupid" to know it?
cornelison
Aug 6, 2013 6:46 AM CDT
Give Paul Ryan a break. He's a financial genius! Look how much money he took from corporations. Look how much he's been paid while in Congress. How many Republicans have actually taken in all that dough and didn't have to accomplish anything? Where can I sign up????