Have Republicans made a Faustian bargain with the rich and don't know how to get out of it?
Who’s screwed? America's children. There are 16 million children living in poverty right now – and if trends continue – a quarter of all the kids in our nation will be living poverty. There haven’t been numbers this troubling since the Great Depression. And what do Republicans want to do?? Cut services to low-income children. Programs in the Republicans crosshairs include the Head Start programs, the Child nutrition assistance program, and an array of other education, healthcare, and support programs for disadvantaged children. So in a time of unprecedented child poverty – Republicans cut programs aimed at preventing child poverty. Just like last year in a time of historically high unemployment – Republicans wanted to cut off unemployment insurance. Just like when facing an all time high of uninsured Americans – 50 million – Republicans wanted to repeal health reform. Just like on the heels of a financial crisis – Republicans wanted to stop Wall Street reform legislation. Just like in response to the environmental catastrophe of the BP oil spill – Republicans wanted to kill alternative energy legislation and keep giving the oil industry $3 billion a year in welfare payments. And finally – just like at a time of record high budget deficits – Republican lapdogs wanted to give their millionaires and billionaire buddies a tax cut that could have paid for all the services I just described. Are these guys REALLY that tone-deaf…or have they made a Faustian bargain with the rich and don't know how to get out of it?