Yesterday, Republicans in the House passed a bill with no Democratic support to cut off funding for NPR altogether and to restrict local public radio stations from using federal funds from buying programing from NPR.
A Goldman Sachs report warned that the spending cuts proposed by Republicans would slow the economy by 2 percent of GDP. Why would Republicans propose a policy that even Wall Street thinks would be suicidal for the economy?
The last thirty years shows conclusively that the "competitive market" -- absent collective bargaining -- simply does not assure that everyday employees share in the fruits of increased productivity or economic growth.
All of the "America is broke", "just stop the spending" rhetoric sounds very appealing until you start looking at who is hurt by the cuts, and who benefits by not paying their fair share to finance government.
Using the logic of some prominent Republicans, Democrats could contend that this monster snow storm was God's retribution for the election of the Republican majority in the House. Of course, that would be just plain dumb.