Why Republicans Want to Destroy Their Own Economy
By Joel McNally
Have you ever stopped to wonder why so many right-wing Republican governors around the country pursue policies that are creating economic disasters for their own states? You should.
What if they’re not simply stupid people? What if they know exactly what they’re doing? What if they’re wrecking their own states’ economies on purpose? That’s something far more frightening than mere stupidity.
Those questions are of special importance in Wisconsin right now. The two most prominent national examples of extremist Republican governors implementing disastrous economic programs are Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
To comprehend why any elected official in his right mind would want to damage his own state’s economy, you have to realize that despite everything they say Republicans love enormous government deficits.
Republicans are playing a long game. Enormous government deficits are a perfect excuse to do exactly what extremist, anti-government Republicans are eager to do anyway.
That’s to cut government programs that help anyone who is poor, disabled, temporarily unemployed or simply not wealthy enough to contribute millions of dollars to Republican re-election campaigns. That frees up lots of government money for Republicans to distribute to their wealthy financial supporters in enormous tax cuts.
Obviously Republican governors have to make up some fake cover story to justify openly destroying the jobs and wages of working people and damaging their own state economies.
And they’ve come up with a whopper.
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