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Morning Widdershins — here’s hoping your day is a great one and the root of your smile is found in your soul.consolation prize

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.

That is one of my favor quotes. It explains so much about life in general and politics in particular.

Too many people forget that politics is the footrace to see who is able to make decisions about public policy. The policy is what matters. The footrace ought be forgotten when the finish line tape is broken.

Governance by way of public policy seems to no longer matter. By way of example:

  • The single unifying creed of the Tea Party Republicans is making sure 30 million poor people don’t get healthcare.
  • Over 100 years of economic theory and science is heretical as opposed to the “perfectly immoral me-first” Ayn Randian theory read by college boys as they were stuffing wet towels under their dorm doors while firing up their learning bongs.
  • Even though two-thirds of food stamp recipients are children, elderly, and the disabled, they should be drug tested before they can receive the princely sum of $4.00 a day in food assistance.
  • There is to be no path to citizenship for anyone, including Dreamers, unless a business wants to buy them into employment servitude by sponsoring them.

There are no great artists left on the Right, there are only those with the consolation prize of perfect confidence.

Take for instance Rick Perry — an Obamacare hater of the first order and denier of healthcare to millions in Texas by opposing the expansion of Medicaid, but Rick Perry is lobbying for $100 Million in additional funding from the Community First Choice (CFC) program. The Community First Choice program is Medicaid coverage for at-home care for the disabled instead of shunting them off into institutions.

Problem is — the CFC program is a part of Obamacare. So succinctly put, Rick Perry wants $100 Million from a program that he wants to defund and abolish. Oops!

Tea Party prizeTo followup on Chat’s wonderful post of yesterday, take Sen. Ted Cruz for instance. Cruz and his ilk want to skip the inconvenience of a government shutdown and use the debt ceiling as leverage to defund Obamacare. In short, his cure for a sprained ankle is double amputation. His sentiment of defaulting on the national debt and throwing the world economy into a tailspin reminiscent of 2008, only bigger, is gaining ground in the Republican House leadership. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating — we passed the Rubicon somewhere after 2010 when injuring the country’s economy became an acceptable political tactic.

The lack of doubt and the perfect self-confidence represented by these whimsical, farcical positions leads me to believe that a political judgment has been reached. That judgment:  Unless some unrelenting and merciless calamity isn’t visited upon the country in the next three years — so epically tragic to make people forget about the cause and only focus upon the breath-taking severity, the Republican Party knows they are headed for extinction. Their only play is to foist economic devastation so widespread as to hope it is associated with Obama and his policies thus masking their causal fingerprints.  Their hope for survival is predicated upon being nothing more than a surviving alternative.

It isn’t a bad plan for the traditional Republican demographic of Wall Streeters and One-Percenters. It is dystopian for the rest of us and certainly not much of a consolation prize.

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