RIGuy60 saidHis progressive policies are extremist. The ones calling the Tea Party extremists are the extremists themselves. Balanced budget, following the Constitution...I guess those are extremist positions nowadays to most on the Left.
You don't think Teabaggers are extremists? Waving guns at their rallies, taking them into public meetings to intimidate officials, carrying signs that say they'll "reload" against their political enemies? You guess wrong.
And their view of the Constitution is completely faulty & warped. The 2nd Amendment is to be followed word-for-word, yet all the rest of the document is subject to right-wing interpretation, such as separation of church & state, or the requirement for States to honor each other's laws regarding marriage.
As for balanced budgets, it was a Democrat Liberal who last balanced the Federal budget, while the Republican track record isn't so good. This cut-the-deficit cry wasn't heard from Repubs when Bush was running it up for his ill-conceived wars, but the day Obama took office balancing the budget suddenly became the most important thing in the government to the right-wingers.
And why? Because it provided an excuse to accomplish the destruction of social programs the Republicans have targeted since the New Deal. Like Social Security, and the more recent Medicare, food stamps, school lunch programs, unemployment insurance, the list goes on.
To either eliminate these programs entirely, or to privatize them for profit with their corporate friends reaping the benefits rather than the people. And of course to lower taxes on their rich political donors, under the dishonest claim that lowering tax rates on the wealthy will stimulate the economy.
Well, it would, if the economy consisted mainly of yacht companies and providers of other luxuries. The falsehood of that Republican tax claim has already been proven, as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, the rich keeping those tax breaks for themselves and not creating new jobs with them as we were promised.