If you want to see what the extremists who now dominate the Republican Party want for our nation, take A good look at Minnesota. By shutting down most of the state government and firing most its employees they're costing the state money. We don't know how much because the people who could figure it out have been fired. They are justly filing for unemployment compensation.
Although the wackos who brought on the closure say they're concerned about the deficit, clearly their true desire is to kill the government. It's become their demon. Kill government, they think, and maybe their torment will cease. Not a chance. What they need is therapy. Or, failing that, they should emigrate to Somalia, a Tea Party paradise without any government.
These extremists on the right refuse to acknowledge science on climate change, evolution, stem cell research, etc., and now they refuse to acknowledge the financial certainty of looming default and the disaster that would follow. Michelle Bachmann, deemed an acceptably sane, dynamic candidate by the mainstream media, claims there's plenty of money in the Treasury to pay bills, deadline, shmedline. If her constituents discover their interest rates just skyrocketed and their employers had to file for bankruptcy thanks to her ignorance, would they still vote for her? Sadly, the answer could be yes. What we're dealing with here is a kind of religious faith. Confront it with facts and you only instill additional anger against the perceived enemy.
We're reaping the harvest of a starved education sector and a subsequently ignorant, gullible mob fed fantastic tales by Murdoch media, the nation's Number One source of news. Demented souls hold positions of power. These Congressional lunatics took an oath that they wouldn't raise the debt ceiling unless they can kill a good part of the government. They place little value on their oath to the Constitution because it represents a governing federation that they loathe.
There's no quick way out of this, particularly if the resulting stalemate leads to Tea Party victory in 2012. When Ronald Reagan told us government isn't the solution to our problem but the actual problem itself, it seemed a relatively harmless flirtation with madness. But these people aren't just flirting.
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