It seems to me that the GOP - The Party of No - has "Progressed" to The Party of F You.
Maybe you are wondering why I would say that?
You will doubtless have noticed that a number of contenders for the Republican nomination for President have dropped out. Some of these 'dropouts' were the more reasonable of the Republicans. Mike Huckabee and Mitch Daniels for example. Mitch was a reasonable governor. He seemed to put important matters ahead of ideology - a no-no nowadays for ANY politician, but especially for a Republican. I think they dropped out because they did not want their carefully nurtured reasonableness to be attacked by the Republican Party of today.
Even they can see, as I can, that the GOP of today is a party of lies, distortions, incorrect 'facts' and "birthers". Prejudice trumps fact, any expert is pooh poohed, any truth or reality is a Liberal or elitist plot.
Their world of False Reality is nurtured and created by themselves, Fox "News", Rush Limbaugh and other "fair and balanced" far right extremists.
For the first two years of Obama's administration, while he was trying to correct the problems and excesses of the Bush years, when both parties should have been pulling together to put the country back on its feet, they were instead The Party of No. Any attempt made to put the country back onto a sound footing was sabotaged at every possible opportunity. Any attempt by Obabma to extend an olive branch was rejected. If Obabma tried to close the gap between the parties and made concessions they made no concessions back.
If my neighbor's house was hit by a truck or a tree or a flood or a fire I would go to help, as he would, if such a disaster were to hit my family. We would do this without first asking, "Are you a Liberal or a Conservative"? I compare the countries present position to my neighbors position. But The Party of No, far from helping, is instead parking their truck in the road blocking the fire trucks, turning off the water, calling the authorities to stop sending whatever help they can stop them from sending.
Anything for political gain. They cry "Cut taxes", a cry guaranteed to get people on your side, even though you know it will only make matters worse. Even worse, cut taxes to the rich, they will spend us out of this recession, something that has never happened before and has not happened this time, in spite of repeated tax cuts.
Now the GOP has embraced a new party, the Tea Baggers, who are even further to the right than the modern Republican Party! The Far Right Tea Baggers are wealth-and-business-obsessed.
Now we have The New Republican Party which has morphed from The Party of No to The Party of F You.
In 2010 they campaigned on jobs, deficits, tax cuts and health care. Who wouldn't vote for that? But now they are in power their tune changes. If you are a wealthy individual or a big corporation like big oil, big agriculture, big banks etc, anyone with plenty of money, they have nothing but hugs and kisses for you. For the rest of us? The GOP offers a Big F You.
Out of a job? F You. They blocked efforts to extend unemployment benefits. Instead, they wanted to cut taxes to the rich, so they could "spend us out" (an idea only accepted by lunatics and Republicans. An idea that has never worked before and is not working now.)
Worried about another financial collapse? F You, say the Republicans. Regulations on banks were enacted after the Great Depression and were kept in place for 50 years. But 30 years ago, since Ronald Reagan, the GOP started repealing the regulations that had prevented those same abuses for 50 years. Resulting in the financial collapse that we are all suffering today. (All, that is except the "Top" 1% who are even wealthier! Please note that you are poorer, and they are wealthier - has anyone else, other than me, noticed that?) After the disaster of the Great Depression, common sense says the banks need regulating, but The Republicans fought even the modest Dodd-Frank regulations that were passed, in spite of their fight, in 2010. They continue to fight to weaken or delay it!
Worried about cutting the deficit? The Republicans say they are, but they are not. Instead they say F You. They don't care a toss about deficits, why else would they vote to keep the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy? This added billions to the deficit. And no, we are not overtaxed, the the overall tax burdens of Americans is at it's lowest level since 1958. The Republicans want to cut taxes to the rich and to corporations, making the deficit even WORSE, and then they want to cut all government spending to pay for the tax cuts to their rich friends. Medicare and Social Security - that Corporations and the wealthy don't need, will be cut as will anything that the poor and middle class depend on. To pay for tax cuts to the rich! (A couple of figures here, the richest 1% of Americans have more wealth than 50% of Americans COMBINED. The top 2% of Americans, in income, pay 16% of their income in taxes. The average American pays 30% of his income in taxes!! CEO's of giant corporations pay less tax than their secretaries!) And the GOP wants to cut taxes to these unbelievably greedy people even more!)
Worried about health care in your old age? F You, says the GOP. Thought you could just make it if you could just reach retirement age, because then you would qualify for Medicare? F You. Worry more, the Republicans and the Tea Baggers are attacking Medicare relentlessly. It will be privatized, which means your health care will still be FOR PROFIT, just as it is now, when you are paying through your teeth for health care, and just as Obama won a small victory for you - making the insurance companies continue to cover you even if you got sick! The richest country in the world, and the only one without universal health care for it's citizens, is about to fall back even further. Medicare - one of the few government programs that by far the majority of Americans like, is about to be snatched away from you. And replaced with a voucher system which won't begin to cover the cost of most old people's insurance costs. This means that, unless you are rich, you won't be able to afford health care. If you can just afford to get health insurance, it will be as it was a few years ago - don't forget it will be privatized insurance - you will start to get the letters that we all dreaded, "It's not covered", "You got sick, so we have to raise your rates.", "Sorry, you got sicker, we have to cancel your insurance." That is the way the GOP wants it. They have to pay for more tax cuts for the rich somehow!
If you are a woman, it is definitely F You. The GOP wants complete control of a woman's body. Elimination of the right to an abortion, even if it is not paid for by the government is right at the top of their agenda. If you were raped, they are even redefining rape. They want to redefine all women's health services to be even more detrimental to women. I've seen this defined as "The Republican War on Women."
I hope you don't expect the GOP to manage the countries finances responsibly? The debt ceiling needs to be raised. To the Republicans that is just another bargaining chip. They don't care - F You.
High gas prices, do they affect you? F You, say the Republicans. The Republicans in the Senate voted to protect subsidies to Big Oil who have made billions in windfall profits thanks to high prices. Here they had a chance to help the American people, but they showed their true colors - the colors of their corporate benefactors - over the red white and blue colors of the American people. Here they also had a chance to cut our dependence on oil, and thus cut our economic, environmental and national security risks tied to oil. But it was the same old, same old. They know which side their bread is buttered. They know who to to suck up to, and it's not you and me and the American public, it's BIG OIL - as in BIG MONEY.
Want me to go on? I didn't think so, so I'll stop with just a quick list of F You's from the Republicans. Global warming deniers, birthers, union busters. In fact F You to virtually everyone except the wealthy and the big corporations. They have moved so far to the right that they are way way beyond the American mainstream. And they don't care because they have the ear of everyone who matters - the obscenely rich and big business. And for some unknown reason a lot of people are going along with it. Why? Is it because they think that they too will be hugely rich one day?
I think Daniels dropped out because he really doesn't want to be a part of the F You Party.