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The Real 47%

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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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“Now is a time for choosing. Now is your time for choosing.  As I pointed out to John Boehner yesterday, despite what the pundits in Washington are telling you, it is you and not Obama who hold most of the cards. Obama has a legacy to worry about. Should the United States lose its bond rating, it will be called the “Obama Depression”. Congress does not get pinned with this stuff,”Erick Erickson, RedState.

On Friday, the full faith and credit of the dollar got nicked.

As the dust was still settling from the phony debt ceiling ‘crisis’ and world markets started reacting to the result (and to other, concurrent international finance problems), Standard and Poor looked at what happened and what it said about the future of negotiations for reigning in the debt and made probably the only rational conclusion available:

These people have lost their goddamned minds.

It didn’t have to happen, but it did.

Not because we ran out of money (we did that years ago; we’ve been borrowing ever since).

Not because it is impossible to fix the mess we’re in (at least, not in a world run by rational adults).

Not because there is no time left to fix things.

It happened because extremists are making policy decisions based on political calculations that have nothing to do with helping the constituency they allegedly serve: the American People.

The real bottom line, and the reason why the GOP did the U.S. such a massive disservice in July.

You can argue against this all you want. It won’t make the GOPs self-interested failure to serve the American people anything less than a concrete fact.

This crisis was manufactured in order to win elections, not to see to the well-being of the people these representatives allegedly represent.

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”~Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, (R-Ky.), October 2010

Here is one way you demonstrate you don’t represent your constituents in a responsible fashion: You sign pledges. Pledges that will supersede an oath to the Constitution. Once a politician has done that, she or he has abandoned the people whose best interests they are supposed to be prioritizing.

I know an argument can be made that the politician is only acting on the wishes of the constituency that placed him/her in office.

The Southern Influence - Source: The Dish, 8.2.11

To which I call out BULLSHIT!

The job of a representative is to represent not the ideology that got them elected, but the best interests of their voters, even when such interests are in conflict with what the voters think they want and might kill the representative’s reelection hopes. (This is an ironic and hypocritical joke when you consider the group that did all they could to create this mess like to puff out their chests and talk about not caring if they don’t get reelected. At least, the minority who are actually smart enough to know what they are doing runs contrary to logic and reason. The really sincere ones have already shown they are clueless about economic issues and pretty much anything and everything else.)

But I’m sure it was all worth it, right? Anything to try and tear down this President, to blame him for this terrible mess they allege he put us in.

So how’s that working for them, you might wonder?

Well, the President’s favorable ratings remain constant (and have done so since 2009) at around 49%, and his handling of the crisis reflects this.

Only 15% blame President Obama for this mess. (Guess who they are?)

44% (the highest level ever, as I understand it) blame George Bush.

Go figure.

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Update: It gets better. (It always does).

Andrew Sullivan reports that the GOP’s approval levels have dropped lower than during the run-up to the 2008 elections. While the Democrats have more or less equal favorable/unfavorable ratings, the Republican’s ratings took a major nosedive:

“They only have 33 percent national favorable ratings, which means Independents have all but abandoned the brand. That 33 percent is statistically indistinguishable from the Tea Party, because most people recognize there is no difference between the two. The GOP hasn’t been this unpopular since the CNN polls started measuring these things in 1992. They are now regarded less favorably than they were when Obama was elected! 66 percent of non-whites view the GOP unfavorably, alongside 64 percent of Independents. 57 percent of Independents want their own congressman to be thrown out at the next election.

“The Tea Party’s unfavorables, meanwhile, have doubled in the last eight months.”

See more on the polling report here and 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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“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

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