Lurching from crisis to crisis is now the norm in the United States thanks to the extreme right-wing. It's not too good for the business community because forecasting can be problematic when you're not sure if the government will be open for business. As we've seen over the years, the stock market can be easily spooked. The latest drama is now poised to threaten what was never a big deal for most of our history: raising the debt limit. Despite the facts (something the right-wingers hate when it goes against their delusional reality) the debt and deficit are tracking downward as is the percentage of our debt to our GDP. This is happening because the economy is growing. Yes-it's not growing rapidly, but that's because we're recovering from the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression-a tragedy which took one world war, and 12 years to recover from.
The right-wingers of America, like their predecessors in the past (remember Joe McCarthy?) are basically stupid, ignorant types who let others do the thinking for them. The right-wing media has a right-wing talk host in most every market. In my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, there's a guy named Bill Cunningham. A chinless looking geek with a huge mouth, this hick has been the hero for many a rube living in and around Cincinnati. He's usually wrong on most of the big issues including George W. Bush, who Bill fawned over like a love-smitten teenager. He got to meet Bush at local fundraisers. In Bill's world, Bush was a real leader because he went after our 9/11 enemies. Now, with Obama in power, he's down on America being tied up into so many foreign entanglements. I doubt Bill ever gave credit to President Obama, a man who Bill always makes sure to remind audiences of his middle name-Hussein. Bill was always trying to make sure his low educated audience would think the President was most likely, NOT an American citizen. Bill is endeared by the Tea Party crowd. Bill was also very supportive years ago of another chinless geek, a guy named Bob Bedinghaus. As a county commissioner, Bedinghaus allowed the county to give Bengal owner Mike Brown a blank check when county citizens forked over millions of dollars to build a new football stadium. If you don't remember, the Cincinnati Bengals were one of the worst professional sports franchises in history after their 12 year run of losing seasons (google their record from 1991-2003). Cunningham referred to Bedinghaus as "a God" on the air. Bill's usually wrong on the major issues, and his yokel audience is too moronic to hold him to anything.
There are too many right-wing media types to name here who are normally always wrong on the issues, but because they offer simplistic solutions to complex problems, the lazy people of America gravitate to their newspaper columns, TV and radio shows, and are just too ignorant of the facts to think or to research any subject. Check out a ghastly ghoul named Cal Thomas. His recent newspaper column was devoted to debunking climate change. As the Arctic melts and weather patterns change, Thomas is a perfect representation of the far right as he refuses to see what's all around him, calling the warming of the earth, just another cycle. He can't conceive that mankind, over the past several hundred years of pumping toxins in the atmosphere, just might have an effect on the weather. It's too complicated to ponder, much less read about. The same goes for gun proliferation, and the idea that the right-wing's only tonic for a slow economy is to keep cutting taxes...all while cutting the food stamp program.Tax cuts for the wealthy while cutting food for the poor...this is what the extreme right thinks about doing when it comes to being good Christians.They personify selfishness.
The right-wing can yell about Obamacare, but offer no rational plan to cut heath care costs. All they come up with to spur the economy is cutting more taxes even though Bush did that and ended up with an anemic job growth record and an administration which ended in historic debt. You can argue about Obama's spending, but much of that is a continuation of entitlements, and other elements left over from Bush. As for the stimulus, who can argue that it didn't work? We could have used additional money to spur the economy on even more. Look at Europe as they cut their stimulus efforts, and slid back into a double-dip recession. The right is always wrong. Look at the facts. Let them harm the economy once again by not raising the debt limit. It will hurt millions, and their own pathetic brand as they self-implode. The remaining moderates in the Republican Party realize this, but zaniacs like Ted Cruz only hold out hope for the extremists who actually look to this guy for leadership. It's too bad so many millions look to the far right for answers. Only time, and hopefully a brighter generation can flush out what remains of the far right. I used to mouth off about America needing a third political party, now I only have a faint memory of having two viable ones.