These are the Grover Norquist disciples who want to ‘drown government in the bathtub’ as Norquist, whose pledge they’ve all signed, famously said. Why? Because if they actually let government work, then people could have faith that government can work.
In short, when your entire philosophy is that government is the problem, you make government the problem. Even conservative economists agree that unemployment benefits create jobs by allowing consumers to spend more money. Yet this conflicts with the Republicans’ predetermined ideology that no government action can help. Broad majorities agree that having millionaires pay their fair share in taxes would reduce our deficit, and allow us to invest in jobs. But apparently no amount of evidence can convince Republicans that our government can be part of the solution.
The Republican philosophy goes something like this: If you take your car to the mechanic and instead of fixing it, they take out the engine and charge you an arm and a leg, you should conclude that mechanics can’t fix cars and you should probably just take yours to the junkyard and sell it for scrap metal.
But the truth is; you probably just hired a bad mechanic.
Last time I went into the restroom at the grocery store they were out of towels and there was blood everywhere. When I went to report it, they knew about the towels but had no idea about the blood.
Today I went in again and one of the toilets was clogged and the other stall’s door had been violently kicked in (a la off the hinges/busted lock style) again I reported it and they knew about the clogged toilet, but not about the kicked in door.
last night I had a dream that I was visiting my mother and the family and some family friends were playing historical pictionary. My mother’s loudest friend got up and drew a really intricate series of drawings, which no one could figure out what the were supposed to be. Time ticking down, I took my best guess:
Jesus, while being crucified,
and a dolphin lands on his head,
then he reaches up and pops a hole in the dolphin,
then he takes a shower in dolphin blood.
I was right. So someone (me) points out that it’s supposed to be historical, so said friend goes over to the giant bible my step-father has, says “your name is Matthew” flips to the middle of the bible, “and you’re x years old” starts looking chapter by chapter, “and today is the xth” Meanwhile I’m thinking, that if in the book of Matthew, chapter my age, verse the date turns out to be Jesus taking a dolphin blood bath then I’m going to be creeped right the fuck out.
finally she finds what she’s looking for and triumphantly points to the bible and walks out the door. we go over to look and it’s a late old testament rant about men shaving thieir beards and how that’s going to lead to the end times.
So, needless to say, I woke up with one eyebrow raised