When Grover Norquist, the crazy uncle of all tea partiers, promised to shrink government and drown it in a bathtub, his accessories were limited. He couldn't even count on Ronald Reagan and George Bush to deliver. But fast forward 25 years and the Norquist vision is becoming reality. From those early sparks of deregulation in the financial sector, a wildfire has spread, separating rich from poor at alarming rates, while tanking the economy at the same time. Tax receipts drop. The deficit grows. Services get cut. Poverty worsens. Schools fail. The downward swirl continues. Instead of a bathtub, it's more like a toilet.
All this is mostly a Republican affair, though Democrats are complicit due to their own corporate interests. Democrats should be more careful though. If achieving their drown-the-government agenda requires a second great depression, Republican leaders are just fine with that. But Democrats will get the blame, as they often do.