The editorial board of the New York Times has had it with the Republican party — as it made abundantly clear in an opinion piece Thursday. The piece says that greater maturity should be demanded of Tea Party and Republican Congress members –”A mature and responsible political party would do more than prevent a government default; it would offer serious solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems instead of running from them.”
Republican Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) had told Times recently that, “You’ve got to have the adults running the thing,” and admitted that members of her party had made poor choices. The Times responded to this by calling the Senator’s definition of maturity “pallid.” The editorial board wants a level of adulthood beyond just the babysitter free zone — and who can blame them. Not having to cut up Republican’s steak, keep them away from the stove, and spoon-feed them doesn’t mean they’re ready to help cook dinner. Though when you look at how close the U.S. came to default, it’s hard not to think they still need someone slapping their hands away from hot burners.
More than one Republican in Congress even shrugged off a default as no big deal, saying that effects were being over-hyped — according to NPR. “To suggest that we can’t pay our debts — that’s absolutely not true,” said one Republican Representative, Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.). Of course — because the U.S. Treasury was only lying when it gave the default deadline — it just likes the attention. Other Republicans even claimed that a default might be good for the country.
According to the Times, Republican limitations will “become obvious next week when the budget committees of the House and Senate gather for their first conference on the budget” for 2014. “At a time when the economy is desperate for federal help and 11.3 million people are still unemployed, the party — and not just the far-right wing — is still pretending that cutting spending and lowering the deficit remain the countries most urgent priorities,” said the Times.
The New York Times also slammed impending cuts in food stamps beginning next Friday, saying it would remove $39 billion from the government program, and insisting that Republican deficit fixation has “already [taken] a huge toll on the poor.” Frustration in the opinion piece was palpable. “Republicans won’t acknowledge that tax increases, along with spending cuts they have forced on the country, have already driven the deficit down to 4 percent of the aggregate economy from 10 percent in 2009,” it said, voicing belief that an opportunity for “needed investment in education and infrastructure” would be passed up — “Republicans won’t hear of it.”