Monday, July 25, 2011
Steering the country towards the iceberg
by Larry Geller
House Republicans may achieve Norquist’s goal if they simply allow the August 2 debt ceiling deadline to pass without an agreement. Is this unlikely? Maybe not, if should the 250 members of Congress who have signed his “no tax” pledge decide to stick by it.
Reading each day how our federal government is totally paralyzed by this unwavering Republican ideology and watching the ship of state power full steam ahead towards what they admit will be a disaster, reminds me of the Titanic story, but replayed in slow motion. (click image for larger)
The question is whether Republicans will go along with any compromise at all. Perhaps they expect that Democrats will cave to Republican demands because they really do not want an economic crisis on their watch.
Remember that on the Titanic there never were lifeboats for the poor folks in third class, who were by and large trapped anyway because they had no way to get upstairs to the deck. It was assumed they would simply perish in a disaster. Same today, right?