“US Economy: The Tea Party Is A Real Threat To America” [Editorial-Guardian Gone Mad!]
US Economy: The Tea Party Is A Real Threat To America Although ultra-conservatives are not in control of the White House and the Senate, they feel they have the political wind at their back
Editorial The Observer, Sunday 31 July 2011
Presidential candidate and ultra-conservative congresswoman Michele Bachmann prays every day for guidance. “The American people are looking for someone who will say, ‘No’,” she said last week. “I will be that person… I won’t raise taxes. I will reduce spending. I won’t vote to raise the debt ceiling. And I have the titanium spine to see it through.”
Developing her theme, she added that the little people of America, factory workers and housewives, tell her: “‘Michele, stand strong. Michele, don’t cave.’ The American people are scared to death they have lived through the pinnacle of American greatness, that we may be in decline.”
The struggle to secure a deal between the Republicans and Democrats to lift the $14.3 trillion cap on the country’s national debt is seen by disinterested onlookers as a foolish squabble between self-serving politicians, whose silliness risks potential default on the US’s national debt and a first-order financial crisis within the next 48 hours.
If only it were just an ordinary political squabble. The reason the US is so close to economic calamity is that its politicians have existentially different views of the world. As the US faces stagnation and retreat from “the pinnacle of American greatness”, these differences have become crucially important. This goes to the heart of how the US can recover its greatness.
Bachmann, with her “titanium spine” and communion with God, is no normal Washington politician. Nor is she alone.
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