We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
So I read the PuffHo piece: OY! "Why did Tea Partiers win such a major victory? Money, for starters. The Tea Party's generously funded by billionaires like the Koch Brothers, and ultra-conservative policies are given "nonpartisan" ideological cover by right-wing billionaire Pete Peterson and his network of allies and paid savants. " Guess he's never heard of one G. Soros.
"Corporate campaign financing, now made limitless by the GOP's ideological packing of the Supreme Court,..." Or Unions. Or Justice Sortofmajor. and OMG "conservative think tanks"! What, may I ask, is the Brookings Institution? Must be others.
I really love this one: "And progressives can't be blamed for helping to elect a president who either misrepresented his positions on a number of issues or reversed himself once he was elected." No, of course not. No way, Jose! (Need to correct that "either/or" to "both/and", my man.)
"But it's not as if progressives don't have any cards to play. Their policies are very popular, while those of the Tea Party and the Republicans are equally unpopular." "If these popular positions weren't always being labelled "progressive" in the media, they'd probably be even more popular." Yeah, these woulda WORKED if we didn't call ourselves "progressives", for sure, you betcha.
"The Right likes to call the health bill "Obamacare." A better name would be "BaucusConradNelsonLincolnLiebermanAndSomeOtherSenatorsCare." The president maintained a characteristically hands-off approach as the details were being worked out in the Senate, only stepping in at the last minute to push a provision he had specifically opposed as a candidate." So, RJ, is it O's fault or "too many cooks spoiling the soup"?
"One when I was on The Young Turks, a liberal writer said "If it's such a bad bill, why does Bernie Sanders support it?" I explained that Sanders held out for a long time and only signed on after he was given billions of dollars in additional funding for community health clinics. My answer then (and now) was this: "Bernie Sanders got billions of dollars for clinics in return for supporting this bill. What did you get?"" So some got bought off, but RJ didn't. Bummer. Not to mention, sounds like corruption or big-bucks politics.
"Say what you will about Rep. Ryan's budget proposal, it's a vision. By proposing to dismantle Medicare for people retiring in 2021 and afterwards, he's laid out a radical alternative to today's policies. By slashing taxes for the wealthy and proposing deregulation for all industries, the Ryan plan envisions a future America: one where the environment is despoiled, the poor go unfed, and the middle class faces a lifetime of financial insecurity following by an old age of sickness and penury." All of us (except the fat cats) are gonna DIE!
I do admire those who will not see what they're doing (or thinking) wrong. Well, Gosh! THIS was fun!
There was a really interesting dynamic going on during this whole faux "shutdown" talk. I don't know if anybody noticed it, but the same attitude President Obama took into office - the "I Won, Therefore Everything I Want I Get" was very evident in the negotiations.
I was paying particular attention to the "commentary" and most of the progressive/liberal media was complaining about the fact that Republicans "only controlled" 1/3 of the government and thus shouldn't have been allowed to hold the government "hostage".
Somehow, the Democrats (and their cheerleading team) over the years have developed this opinion that the rules have to (or should) favor their point-of-view - after they have the Presidency and the Senate, therefore their opinions and arguments should prevail over those ruffians in the House.
I was also very surprised at how the President handled this whole budget dispute. You would have thought that after deciding that he was going to run for reelection, he would have stepped up to the plate and start leading, but no - he took a pass - again. And the average schmuck on the street noticed and I don't think they were very pleased.
Its going to be a really interesting couple of years.
How interesting to read A view from the Left: Why Progressives Keep On Losing and the Right Keeps On Winning. While the press only stops painting the Tea Party as lunatics long enough to call them extremists here is a lefty taking them seriously. Interesting.
Keep posting stuff like that! My politics differ about 180 degrees from the Progressive author but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy an occasional look at the other side's point of view. Sometimes I learn something and the rest of the time I get a good laugh.
I reckon somewhere at MF HQ already has this one cued up...
Dylan in China: Maureen Dowd and Others are the Real Idiots, not Dylan [http://pajamasmedia.com/ronradosh/2011/04/10/dylan-in-china-maureen-dowd-and-others-are-the-real-idiots-not-dylan/]
The Lefties still can't get anything right.