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For the first time given the finish of the Cold War, Americans live in fear of nuclear annhiliation. While North and South Korea are enchanting in tactful talks for the first time in years, the Pentagon is reportedly deliberation a singular bombing campaign, as Donald Trump continues to attract the autarchic personality of a brute nation. (Whether the U.S. now qualifies as a brute republic itself is up for debate.)
What few may comprehend is that the statute Republican Party has turn its own “doomsday machine,” argues Paul Krugman. In his Friday column, the Nobel prize-winning economist dissects the ways in which the GOP has practical the speculation of MAD (mutually positive destruction) to simple governance. It’s a strategy they first grown in the 1990s and employed as recently as 2011, refusing to lift the debt roof in sequence to get a Democratic boss to meet their policy demands, no matter the consequences to the global economy. And despite determining both houses of Congress and the White House, Republicans once again mount on the margin of shutting down the government.
“Once on a time a party that indispensable some help from opposite the aisle would have sought a understanding that done some concessions to the other party’s agenda,” he writes. “And until a few days ago it seemed as if normal domestic manners still applied.”
But if Trump’s first year in bureau has taught us anything, it’s that these are not normal domestic times. A bipartisan organisation of senators actually hashed out a check that enclosed a series of Democratic compromises, as good as insurance for Dreamers, only to watch “President Deals” blow up the agreement over his antipathy for immigrants from “sh*thole countries.”
Now Republicans have motionless to hold the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) hostage, refusing to reauthorize appropriation unless Democrats hook to their will. If the supervision shuts down, they reason, they can always censure the antithesis for its obstructionism. Krugman implores Democrats to put an finish to this, once and for all.
“For once doomsday-machine politics becomes the norm, anything is satisfactory game,” he concludes. “Give us what we want, or we’ll cut off Medicare. Give us what we want, or we’ll destroy Social Security. This has to stop. And now is the time to draw the line.”
Read Paul Krugman’s mainstay at the New York Times.
Jacob Sugarman is a handling editor at AlterNet.