The Lunatic Wing dominating the Republican party, drunk from their debt-ceiling victory, redoubled their efforts to dismantle Medicare and the Environmental Protection Agency, and jeered for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's resignation.
"I am calling on the President to seek the immediate resignation of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and to submit a plan with his list of cuts to balance the budget this year, turn the economy around and put our people back to work," Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) shrieked on disgraced phone-hacker Rupert Murdoch's Fox News.
Bachmann called for even more cuts on top of the $2.8 trillion in cuts the Tea Party extracted from President Barack Obama and Democrats as ransom for raising the nation's debt ceiling and avoiding defaulting on existing obligations. Those draconian cuts precipitated a 10% drop in global equity markets, as Republicans replaced uncertainty in the business community with absolute certainty that the US government would not be stepping up to fill the demand gap miring the economy in its prolonged slump.
Bachmann's Senate Tea Party compadres were in full voice as well. Republicans were keen to pin the blame for the economic catastrophe they caused on Obama and his Treasury Secretary
"The President should demand that Secretary Geithner resign and immediately replace him with someone who will help Washington focus on balancing our budget and allowing the private sector to create jobs," howled Senate Tea Party leader Jim DeMint (R-SC). By "balancing our budget," DeMint meant more tax cuts for the wealthy paid for with more economy-depressing spending cuts. By "allowing" plutocrats to create jobs, he meant repealing all environmental protections, and all business and financial oversight.
"We must get new leadership," chimed in Tea Party zealot Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), "and put in place people who have seen problems coming and offered credible solutions..." meaning the President should install the right-wing ideologues who crashed the economy in 2008 and kept it crippled ever since by obstructing every effort to resuscitate it. By "credible solutions," Paul, of course, meant more tax cuts for the wealthy, paid for with more economy-depressing spending cuts.
Tea Party zealots were taunting and screaming for Geithner's head following Standard and Poor's politically motivated downgrading of America's credit rating from AAA to AA+. S&P had been criticized for credit rating practices that contributed to the 2000s real estate bubble.
Moody's and Fitch, the other two major credit rating agencies, have not changed their AAA rating of American debt, and US Treasuries remained investors' most popular haven during the recent flight to quality.
Bashing Geithner was only a passing distraction, as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was eagerly rebooting the GOP scheme to dismantle Medicare, hand all its money to insurance company cronies, and pawn off seniors with worthless vouchers.
"Promises have been made that frankly are not going to be kept," Cantor taunted, as he relished the idea of sick and injured seniors forced to empty their bank accounts in vain attempts to obtain medical care, then dying horribly and miserably as loved ones looked on in helpless anguish.
"What we have to be, I think, focused on is truth in budgeting here," Cantor sneered, giddy to break the nation's promise to care for its elders so he and fellow Republicans could keep their promise to Grover Norquist to never tax the rich.
The Republican cohort was also unabashedly moving to further subjugate America beneath the oil moguls who have pumped millions into Republican coffers over the years. Republican Senators alone have gotten more than $21 million from the oil companies.
"Millions of American jobs are in jeopardy because of the costly rules proposed or under development by the EPA," roared House Energy and Commerce Committee chair Fred Upton (R-MI). "If the administration is serious about job creation and not just paying lip service, it should begin by putting the brakes on this regulatory train wreck." In other words, oil companies should be allowed to drill, spill, and devastate land, sea and air unfettered.
And, Bachmann wanted everyone to guzzle as many gallons of gas and burn as many tons of coal as possible.
Bachmann and right-wing lunatics were waging a war against sustainability. They claimed the Earth should be drilled, strip-mined, gutted and left as a toxic slag-heap, because the alternative would be submitting to a vast sustainability conspiracy whose true aim was to force the Aryan super-race into cities and make them ride public transit with subhuman mongrel races and homosexuals.
"This is their agenda. I know it's hard to believe, its hard to fathom, but this is Mission Accomplished for them," Bachmann recently railed in Mother Jones magazine as reporters undoubtedly backed discreetly away and scanned the room for sharp objects. "They want Americans to take transit and move to the inner cities. They want Americans to move to the urban core, live in tenements, take light rail to their government jobs."
Bachmann's none-to-subtle references to "inner cities," tenements," and "urban core," were clearly intended to incite white separatists huddled in rural enclaves clutching automatic weapons and scanning the skies for black helicopters.
Right-wing Republicans were worked up over an old United Nations initiative called Agenda 21 that sought to mitigate the effects of development with sustainability goals, including managing forests and curbing pollution. Republicans saw this as proof black helicopters were coming to destroy the oil companies and eradicate the Aryan race.
In their anti-sustainability harangue, Bachmann and Republicans have defined freedom as white Aryans driving gas-guzzlers flat out across remote exurban expanses devoid of ethnic diversity. Apparently, Michele Bachmann was as obsessed with Mad Max movies as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was with Ayn Rand. At least Atlas Shrugged was a book. Of course, no one could seriously expect Michele Bachmann to read a book. Pausing and rewinding while ogling Mel Gibson's leather-clad posterior was presumably more Bachmann's speed.
Bachmann voted to cut off funding for light rail projects as a state senator, crafted home-made anti-transit videos, and toured right-wing churches spreading the pro-pollution gospel.
Not only must public transit, energy-efficient refrigerators and twisty compact fluorescent lights be abolished, everyone must consume as much fossil fuel as possible for the very survival of the Aryan race. Their battle against the environment was an apocalyptic struggle to save the white race from the hated multi-ethnic United Nations, in which oil and coal companies were the Master Race's last, best hope.
Why oil and coal companies were the white race's last, best hope remained unclear, although it certainly had something to do with the aforementioned millions and millions of dollars oil companies have lavished on their GOP vassals.
Republicans destroyed the world's nascent economic recovery with their debt-ceiling budget bomb, and this victory of delusional extremism over reason has emboldened the GOP to pursue every delusional extremist demand on their laundry list. From dismantling Medicare to dismantling the global ecosystem, an agenda impossible to enact through democratic legislative processes has become an agenda assured of enactment through hostage-taking and ransoming.
By yanking $2.8 trillion out of the economy, Republicans crushed the nation's fragile economic recovery and plunged the world's financial markets into chaos. More than $4 trillion dollars have vanished since the markets began their slide July 21. Intoxicated by their orgy of devastation, Republicans have embarked on enacting the rest of their lunatic agenda, each item of which was exponentially more destructive than the last.