Here's what really scares me about Republicans in Washington: they don't want the economy to get better.
I'm not just saying that they're wrong on the issues, or that their prescriptions — tax cuts for the rich, fewer regulations for big business, privatization of health care and Social Security — will only make things worse. I'm saying that, right now, in November 2010, the GOP leaders want continued high unemployment. They want Americans to suffer. They want conditions to get worse and worse — because all they really care about right now is defeating Barack Obama in 2012. And they know and I know and everyone else knows that if the economy improves, he'll be a two-term president.
I'm not the only one who sees this open conspiracy. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has been Twittering about it, and bloggers have been floating it out, but the mainstream news media doesn't' seem to want to take the risk of saying what's right in front of everyone's face: Republicans are lying, outright. They've campaigned on the promise that their ideas and agenda will put America back to work — but they know that's not true. What the agenda is going to be is obstruction.
The Democrats have never done that, at least not in recent history. Oh, they fought W. on all sorts of policy issues, but they never tried to make sure that the country collapsed. That's a big difference between the two parties, and it comes down to a basic question: How many people are you willing to hurt, how much suffering are you willing to promote, just to get back in power??
I've been talking to a lot of political activists, elected officials, and outside agitators of late about the next president of the Board of Supervisors (with all that implies) and I keep hearing the same name: David Campos.
Campos has been one of the great success stories of the class of 2008, an effective legislator who can work with just about everyone. He's a solid progressive, but with a gentle personality — someone who sticks to his principles but doesn't pick personal fights. I don't know how he puts together six votes, but he might surprise us.
I'm writing this the day before the election and it comes out the day after, by which time Jerry brown will be the governor-elect, Barbara Boxer will have won another Senate term, and the Giants will be holding their World Series victory parade. You read it here last.