They oppose tax cuts for the middle class unless these include tax cuts for the wealthy.
They oppose the extension of benefits to jobless people, which would stimulate economic activity, in favor of tax cuts to the wealthy, which does not.
They lie, with success, about their own economic history of driving the country into debt to serve their corporate masters.
When it comes to foreign policy, they actively undermine the president (of course when a Democrat did it, they called it treason)
And in a final nihilist gesture, they have decided that they will sabotage the nuclear treaty with Russia, called New Start. Despite the fact that the military , diplomatic, and intelligence services are all UNIFORMLY in favor of this treaty, the Republicans in the Senate, particularly Sen Jon Kyl (R, AZ) will kill it.
if it fails, the consequences will be severe. U.S.-Russian relations will deteriorate dramatically; inspection of Russian long-range nuclear bases will be suspended indefinitely; and American credibility on the global stage will take a painful hit -- all because one right-wing Arizonan hates the president a little too much.I find it unfathomable how the Republicans can do this. They have no pretense about governing, no care for the country. They aren't Americans. They are Republicans first and foremost.
We are, by the way, talking about a treaty endorsed by six former secretaries of state and five former secretaries of defense from both parties; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; seven former Strategic Command chiefs; national security advisers from both parties, and nearly all former commanders of U.S. nuclear forces.
As Steve Benen writes,
There should be risks, but they don't really exist. Let me put this plainly: They. Don't. Care. They disregard the pleas of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and listen to the confused misjudgments of a buffoon from Arizona. They assume the public isn't paying attention, so there won't be political consequences. They expect this to hurt the foreign policy power of the United States, but they're fine with that since there's a Democratic president.That's the Republican party that now rules in Washington. I would like to hope that this is the nadir but I fear it is just the beginning of a disastrous and potentially irreversible collapse of our political system.
….countries around the globe will see this as a reminder that negotiating with the United States is pointless, since the country is burdened with a Republican Party that puts partisan hatred above the country's interests. It hurts American credibility in ways that are hard to even gauge.