The despicable actions of the tea bagger house are motivated not only by their outrageous attempts to make over the social and religious fabric of the United States by couching budget “reform” in terms of ending public support for the vital services performed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Planned Parenthood, among others, but there is as well a second, even more sinister hidden motive.
Above all, remember, “It’s the Economy, Stupid!”
The battle cry of the 1992 election campaign of President Clinton is every bit as true today as it was then, and the teabaggers know that the most important issue of the 2012 Presidential campaign will be the economy, an economy that is showing continual improvement under the Obama Administration, but a fragile economy that can take few stressors and still see continued improvement.
The devastating effect of the tragedy in Japan is just now having a damaging effect on US industry, as, for example, American automobile plants, working at full capacity to meet renewed consumer demand, are now shutting down due to the lack of component parts that are manufactured in Japan.
Any intelligent person looking at the GOP mess in Congress can see that their moral agenda is smoke and mirrors, and will eventually dissipate as in sinks reality. But, the real damage will have been done to the economy. A government shutdown will have a disastrous effect on the private sector. In fact, the threat of a shutdown has already had an effect bad enough to date, to slow and perhaps derail continued economic recovery. As reported today in the Los Angeles Times, businesses that depend on their survival, let alone profit, from money spent by Camp Pendleton personnel have seen sales come to a dead stop in light of warnings made to Marines to not spend any money, as future paychecks may well be held up for weeks or more. As described in today’s article “Camp Pendleton troops brace for federal shutdown”, they have taken this message to heart, and local businesses are deserted. This is a scenario repeated throughout the country, near military bases and in proximity to other enclaves of government employees.
Knowledgeable voters may well understand the true cause of such a shutdown – tea bagger attempts to end the EPA and Planned Parenthood and other vital social and environmental programs, all couched in fabricated “budget-balancing terms. BUT, a year from now, if large numbers of voters have had renewed economic hardships caused by a rebuilding economy derailed by the shutdown, tea baggers and career GOP operatives know it will be the President that will be blamed more than any other individual, and that that blame may well show up in the ballot box.
It is a plan of action far more devious than most have imagined.