Former Reagan Official Blasts GOP: Dogmatic, Relies on Fantasy | Alternet
“Let me point out something very important. Federal revenues today, right now, are about 15.8 percent of the GDP. That is way, way below the historical average. If we can just get up to the post-war average, we cut $500 billion a year off the deficit.”
via Former Reagan Official Blasts GOP: Dogmatic, Relies on Fantasy | Alternet.
The above quote wasn’t all Bruce Barlett’s said.
There was also this: “You’re living in a fantasy world where we’re going to balance the budget by abolishing Medicare and other ludicrous ideas.”
Barlett was echoing other Republicans, real ones …
Eisenhower said, “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things…a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”
Courtesy of ALEC and other not-really-eligle-for-tax-exemption NGO’s back room thuggery, what was a splinter group in Eisenhower’s day is now a legion of loudmouthed lackeys.
And courtesy of a sold-old, mega-merged, 1%-owned-and-operated media, little of what real Republicans believe is getting any column inches or airtime.
We’re living the nightmare that Eisenhower warned us of … the military/industrial complex holding complete sway over government.
There’s only one budget to cut – the military’s. There’s one segment of society that’s under-taxed – the wealthy.
There is no Fiscal Cliff. We don’t need a Grand Bargain.