Two Quotes that Explain the GOP’s Domestic Policy
Paul Krugman masterfully summarizes the meaning of Mitt Romney’s “not very concerned about the poor” gaffe from last week by putting it in the context of Romney’s previous claims about the safety net and his policy proposals:
So Mr. Romney’s position seems to be that we need not worry about the poor thanks to programs that he insists, falsely, don’t actually help the needy, and which he intends, in any case, to destroy.
Romney’s policy proposals, of course, are in line with the conservative crusade to drastically cut the safety net under the guise of “reigning in out-of-control government spending we can’t afford.” But, as Brian Beutler catches John McCain bluntly admitting: the same standard mysteriously doesn’t apply to the government spending Republicans happen to like:
“Let’s not let a domestic issue such as tax increases interfere…with our nation’s security,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — the top Armed Services Committee Republican — told reporters at a Thursday Capitol briefing.
Jonathan Bernstein explains:
[This] is really what every budget argument I’ve heard Republicans give in the last few years boils down to: they have plenty of spending they’re for and plenty they’re against, and taxes they’re against and more-or-less taxes they’re for, but they just reject the idea of trade-offs designed to bring revenues and expenditures together.
“Fiscal responsibility” is just a misleading way of saying “the government spends too much on programs I don’t benefit from and people not like me.”