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Hint: It ain’t a Republican.

Not Obama, either.

(He came in second. Probably something to do with that stimulus package that avoided a depression.)

Turns out Bubba Clinton is No. 1.

This builds on something I posted a while back here, and here.

I saw this chart on Derek Thompson’s blog over on the Atlantic. You can read more about it here. There are addition charts that underscore the one you see here.

Andrew Sullivan had his own thoughts here.

Bottom line, if you are truly concerned about the fiscal future of this country (and assuming you are grounded in reality enough to actually comprehend facts) I’m not sure, given the track record, voting for someone other than the current President is going to have a happy ending.

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From a study on whether conservative white males are more likely than other groups to subscribe to climate change denial.

Highlights:

► Conservative white males are more likely than other Americans to report climate change denial.

► Conservative white males who self-report understanding global warming very well are even more likely.

► Climate change denial is an example of identity-protective cognition.

► System-justifying tendencies lead to climate change denial.

► Climate change denial increased from 2001 to 2010.

I’ll leave it to you to figure out the obvious, but it may be worth noting that Western (and world) history is replete with examples of entrenched groups wielding power and influence disproportionate to their percentage of the greater population … and the negative effect they have on the nation-state they are part of.

Find the study here.

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“I am not horrified by the rhetoric and love of violence on the far right because I have some attachment to the Democrats. I am horrified because it is horrifying, because for years now, this kind of thing has become commonplace at the very top of the conservative political apparatus, and because the invocation of violence in a political context is inherently corrosive of democratic values. When you add to this a party committed to the use of military force as almost a first option, and to torture as a legal method of interrogation, it is irresponsible not to worry about where this is headed.”
~Andrew Sullivan

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Gabrielle Giffords

‎”Context” is simple:

The Right is the source of the current violent rhetoric coloring the political dialogue. Palin’s gun-crosshair web page, Angle’s second amendment remedies, Ms. Giffords’ opponent, Jesse Kelly, encouraging his constituents in the last election to “Get on Target for Victory in November Help remove Gabrielle Giffordsfrom office Shoot a fully automatic M-16 with Jesse Kelly” to distinguish his tea bag cred, the addition of provocative language centered on violent solutions throughout the (extreme) Conservative lexicon. Oh, and people showing up at political rallies of the opposition with guns strapped on – for what? To articulate their 2nd Amendment rights?

Or to attempt to intimidate? 

You just do not see this on the Left, not in terms of size, numbers or ferocity. It is the elephant in the room the Right is going to do all they can to ignore in the coming days.

The incident wasn’t isolated – Giffords and the judge were both the targets of threats on their families and their lives. The judge had to have bodyguards during one period after a decision that didn’t sit well with Conservatives. Gifford’s office was vandalized after the Health Care vote and she received multiple death threats. One man showed up with a concealed weapon at another of her appearances.

This did not happen in a vacuum.

Influential Republicans are RIGHTFULLY taking heat for this because they did nothing to ameliorate this climate. They either remained silent, or tacitly approved. And the political arm of the GOP, FAUX News, went out of their way to wallow in this, to promote it.

The far Right created this and the Right used this for political gain, never seriously considering consequences – or cynically dismissing them.

They own this.

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This chart was created by Chuck Spinney, a man who became something of a “Pariah at the Pentagon” for his unfortunate talent for honest, economical analysis of military spending. Here he takes a look at the deficit and it’s ups and downs since World War Two:

I originally found this chart on James Fallows’ blog at the Atlantic site. It’s been popping up in different places ever since.

Fallows quotes Finney:

“Obama inherited a federal deficit that was spinning out of control (mostly because of decreased tax take and increased expenditures for automatic stabilizers, e.g. unemployment insurance), and pressure is growing to cut Social Security (perhaps the most efficiently run program in government) while placing Defense (one of the most inefficiently run programs) off limits. These political pressures are not new and in fact have been building up for years. So, as a first cut into a complex issue, perhaps it is time for the angry masses to ask which political party put them into the fiscal straight jacket that is setting them up for this horrible choice?

A. Democrats?
B. Moderate Republicans?
C. Right Wing Republicans?

 

Hint:
Green => Reductions in the burden of Gr. Fed. Debt (as measured by the debt to GDP ratio)
Red => Increases in the burden of Gr. Fed. Debt”

Makes of it what you will, but the thing to take away is the understanding that the next time you hear Conservative politicians, pundits and talking heads running on about how the Democratic Party is the party of big government and deficits and, in particular, when you hear these folks rail against the current President for being responsible for the current deficit mess we are in, well, the facts suggest otherwise.

More commentary on this chart here.

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“… it was because we failed to do the thing we really have a genius for, which is compromise. … Americans like to think of themselves as uncompromising … Our true genius is for compromise … Our whole government is founded on it … and it failed.”

~Shelby Foote, speaking on the causes of the Civil War …

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