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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.
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.
Posted in Agendas, tagged Christianist, Congress, Conservative, Fundamentalism, Global Warming, GOP, Government, Health Care, Obama, Politics, Religion, Sarah Palin, Tea Party on January 11, 2011| Leave a Comment »
“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.”
”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?
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.
“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded – here and there, now and then – are all the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
“This is known as ‘bad luck’. “
~Robert A. Heinlein