Kathleen Parker: Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs

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  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 18, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    What's driving this is a faction of the Republican Party that always to responds to the axiom of "half a loaf is better than none" by insisting on none. My guess is that when they lose the House in the next election, then there will be changes, but not until.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    July 16, 2013 9:29 p.m.


    People can have positive, negative or neutral views about corporations, but currently the underlying economic reality is many corporation are flush with cash, even buying back their own stock, but they're reluctant to hire employees, because technology and outsourcing enables the current employees to be more productive than they were before the Great Recession. In other words, corporations really don't need new workers, certainly not enough to get us back to where we were, in terms of overall employment.

    At the same time, all those unemployed workers aren't buying products, which is dragging down aggregate demand, in turn dampening the need for more employees.

    It's not the corporations' fault they make so much money - that's what corporation do, and they're doing a great, great job of it, with fewer employees.

    Who knows, maybe corporations will become even more efficient and will be able to let more employees go, thereby making more money, be able to buy back more stock, give executives bigger bonuses... and reduce the number of customers. That's what Amazon is doing, replacing people with robots in their warehouses. The ex-employees won't be buying stuff.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    I agree with the author. Republicans continue to shoot themselves in the foot. Frankly, most of the drive behind this seems to come out of anger. It does not need to be this way. Look at the Senate. The Democratic majority there is united and organized - and is able to advance their agenda as a result. Then, look at the House. The Republican majority there is fractured and disorganized - not able to come together to adequately oppose Obama or challenge the Senate. They are paralyzed and it shows. Why can't Republicans come together after losing the election so long ago?

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    July 16, 2013 3:10 p.m.

    I wish all you anti corporation people would understand that the American economy depends upon success of corporations to have wealth and growth. Even your guy Obama realized that with the GM bailout. What do you want, all companies over 50 people to fail? In other words, merich29, not all deficit spending is the same. Some help to have continued growth, some return nothing but more debt.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    I would completely support splitting the farm aid bill and the food stamp bill separately if they did the food stamp bill first. The problem is that once the GOP gets their corporate welfare farm bill passed, they will again become very tight fisted with government entitlements and bemoaning the deficit. They will make sure they get corporate welfare passed while trying to block welfare for individuals.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    July 16, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    The Republicans are doing what is always done by the out of power party, namely, running out the clock and waiting for the next election. Next year, an election year, will be one in which not much gets passed in Congress due to the upcoming election. The Republicans hope to duplicate what the Democrats did in 2006, namely take control of Congress, making the President as lame a duck as possible, and then 2 years later the White House. Simple as that. Nothing new going on here. Miss Parker just needed a column to write. As for anything the Republicans are doing now. Americans have a very short memory. What the feeling in the country is about 2 weeks before an election is what drives the vote.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    "government healthcare "

    A got a system that resembles Romneycare and the plan produced as the conservative alternative to Hillarycare by the Heritage Foundation...

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 16, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Republicans have a long history of picking the wrong battles: opposing civil rights (Goldwater, 1964), fighting environmental protection at every turn, ensuring women never get equal pay for equal work, de-regulating Wall Street as it destroys our economy while they look the other way, etc. ad nauseam.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 16, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    "...Before you can govern, you have to win...".

    Not necessarily.

    Winning is obstructing.

    Republicans have done a marvelous job of obstructing.


    Republicans will never care, about governing, as long as they can maintain their position, at the public trough, by simply obstructing.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    July 16, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Anybody need a match?

  • LiberalEastCoastMember Parkesburg, PA
    July 16, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    "Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs. Of course, principled or not, you're still dead in the end."

    Here's hoping my good conservative friends recognize the vanity and foolishness of their ways while there is still time.

  • KDave Moab, UT
    July 16, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    Romney promised jobs. Obama promised food stamps. That is all we need to know.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 16, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    Baloney! Liberals have gotten nearly everything they wanted. They got same sex marriage, the DOMA struck down, government healthcare and Obama, what more do they want?

  • FreedomFighter41 Orem, UT
    July 16, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    Fantastic article!