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Today the Republicans get what they want -- cuts in federal spending, made regardless of program, purpose, policy, or, in fact, the economic impact.

Couldn't be clearer -- for years, they've been wanting to cut spending, place elimination of the deficit asap as the key matter this country needs to face before all others.

They also have been saying -- over and over -- what the Speaker regrettably endorsed today: that laws passed by Congress under the Constitution, signed by the President under the Constitution, and approved by the courts as Constitutional are nothing more than theft.

I guess that makes a thief the equivalent of Congress -- and personal sovereignty reigns -- just don't call it anarchy, because the extremists of the right hate being called that.

But I digress.

The main point is that for a number of years, the GOP has argued -- despite its actions to the contrary -- that the first thing we should do to correct the economy is cut government spending, cut government investment, cut government regulation and protection, because then the economy will be free to soar and grow -- and maybe even trickle down.

This is the core of the right wing, misnamed the Tea Party, point of view. Everything -- liberty, equality, fraternity, pursuit of happiness, etc. -- is subordinate to the crime of government theft and interference. Cut cut cut.

That's the TeaPee view. And even Republicans who know that is nonsense and self-destructive have gone along. The let the TeaPee view dominate the House GOP, giving a political fringe minority control over the legislative branch of government.

Now they will get their way.

They have to argue that the cuts will not be painful, and that the economy will now boom, because that is what they have always said.

If the cuts cause pain, and hurt the economy, two interpretations will emerge:

First, what most of the country knows -- you don't cut spending to boost the economy, because the private sector cannot do it on its own.

Second, what the TeaPee extremists will argue -- that it was not enough.

But they have their goal -- cuts, pure and simple. By themselvess. Without any thought or planning going into the process, just across the board.

I hope that they have the honesty to admit that simple austerity doesn't work when it is shown not to, but I ain't holding my breath.
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