If I told you of a plot by a fringe organization to destabilize the U.S. economy in order to achieve radical political ends, you would naturally assume I was speaking of terrorists. And you’d be right. But in this instance the terrorist is Eric Cantor, Republican representative from Virginia, and his Tea-Party ilk in Congress. Don’t believe me, read this quote from an article in today’s New York Times:
Republicans have shown that their higher priority is not lower deficits, as it was for the party through most of the last century, but a smaller government. House Republicans in the spring passed a plan that would not balance the budget for three decades despite deep cuts in Medicare and Medicaid — largely because it also deeply cut taxes, adding debt.
For Republicans, “reducing the deficit implies tax increases, or the possibility of tax increases, and that’s not something they want to do under any circumstances because it doesn’t suit their political needs,” said Stan Collender, a longtime federal budget analyst and a partner at Qorvis Communications.
Cantor isn’t just willing to see the U.S. economy flame out, he wants it to happen. He is, in a very real sense, flying an airplane into the tower of American society without regard to the devastation it will cause, because he wants government to collapse under its own weight, and it doesn’t matter who is crushed by its fall.
If I were President Obama, I would declare Cantor an enemy combatant and have him hauled off to Guantanamo Bay. But that’s probably why I’ll never be president.