Nov 11, 2012

History Class: The Tea Party and Why Millions of Americans Hate their Government'; And most obvious wisdom is LAST in this post!

Obama Won, But He Still Has to Contend with Millions of Americans Taught to Hate Their Own Government

It's no small obstacle that tens of millions of voters think government is the problem.
As Campaign 2012 ends, it is clear that perhaps the most profound transformation of American politics in recent decades has been the Right’s successful demonization of the federal government and its role in national life. Tens of millions of voters, especially white men, buy into Ronald Reagan’s dictum that “government is the problem.”

This animosity toward the federal government explains not only the Tea Party’s victories in 2010 but the buoyancy of Mitt Romney’s candidacy in 2012 despite his stunningly dishonest campaign and his off-putting political persona.

The hard truth for liberals and progressives is that the Right’s imposing propaganda machinery can make pretty much make anything into anything, whatever serves the Right’s ideological and political needs, while the Left has nothing to compare to this right-wing capability.

For instance, the Right’s propaganda has convinced many Americans of a bogus historical narrative which has the Framers enacting the Constitution as a states’-rights document designed to have a weak central government – when the reality was nearly the opposite.

 Bring a sack lunch to read this from Alternet


If women weren't allowed to vote ... this is what our electoral college map would have looked like in 2012.

What does that tell you about the insanity of men? Seriously - this is insane guys. A whole lot of dull bulbs.


Gerrymandering, defined

Have you seen the recent reports that suggest Democrats should have carried the US House but for Gerrymandering at the state level to arrange the districts so that democratic voters congregate together in fewer districts, hence fewer Representatives? Is that legal?

This is a damn shame! We would have a democrat majority in the house if in 2010, when republicans swept all the houses and won the Governorships, didn't happen. Specifically in Pa. 23 of the congressional seats in Pa, 18 of them republicans fill. While only 5 democrats fill there's. They mapped out Pa in redistricting, that favored republicans, leaving only 5 democrats representing them. I hope the people of Pa realize how under-represented they are b/c of the cheating the republicans did.


Important Conservative Editor says raising Taxes on the Millionaires Isn't the End of the World.
Why sacrifice the Republican party over millionaires?

WASHINGTON -- Conservative commentator and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said Sunday the Republican Party should accept new ideas, including the much-criticized suggestion by Democrats that taxes be allowed to go up on the wealthy.

"It won't kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires," he said on "Fox News Sunday." "It really won't, I don't think. I don't really understand why Republicans don't take Obama's offer."

"Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic and half of whom live in Hollywood and are hostile?" he asked.
One of the biggest fights as Congress returns will be over taxes, as cuts put in place by former President George W. Bush are set to expire at the end of the year. Republicans want to extend those tax cuts for all income brackets, while Democrats want to raise revenue by allowing them to expire for wealthy Americans.

Exit polls last week found that six in ten voters supported ending the tax cuts on the wealthy, but House Republicans have remained adamantly opposed to allowing any of the rates to expire, instead supporting other changes to the tax code. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated on Friday that was unlikely to change. 

"By lowering rates and cleaning up the tax code, we know that we're going to get more economic growth," he said at a press conference. "It'll bring jobs back to America. It'll bring more revenue. We also know that if we clean up the code and make it simpler, the tax code will be more efficient. The current code only collects about 85 percent of what's due the government. And it's clear that if you have a simpler, cleaner, fairer tax code, that efficiency -- the effectiveness and efficiency of the tax code increases exponentially."


POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE: Republicans still talking about the Benghazi Al Queda attack?

Don't waste time with this little shit of only four dead in a Libyan CIA spy nest. That's like trying to impeach Clinton for lying about a blow job while Arab men are learning how to fly jetliners into tall buildings! Get it?   

Don't distract our President from what we hired him to do.


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