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Friday, June 24, 2011

Three observations

1. The right repeatedly tells us that we can't tax our way to our prosperity. Then why were we more prosperous when our taxes were higher?

Bush responded to the Wall Street collapse with massive tax cuts for the better-off. Obama's "stimulus" was primarily a matter of further tax cuts, although our media keeps that fact a secret. What more proof do we need that tax cuts don't bring prosperity?

2. Why are some scandals more scandalous than others? Breitbartian Lee Stranahan (who, like the Mighty Seixon, pretends to be a "liberal" even though all of his connections go toward the right) says that he has a solution for the "Nikki" subplot of the Weiner affair. Naturally, he has found a way to blame a liberal -- yes, he says that there was a liberal plot to destroy Weiner and make Andy Breitbart look like a martyr. I don't buy it. Nevertheless, the right is talking and talking and talking about this.

I'll go into the details later. Right now, even if you're sick of the whole business, consider this: Three days ago, a persuasive charge of bribery was brought against Republican David Vitter, already tarred by a prostitution scandal. Now, I have never wanted Vitter (or anyone else) to resign over a mere sex scandal, but bribery is serious.

Yet concern over the charge against Vitter seems to have vanished already.

Meanwhile, on the right, it's still all Weiner all the time. Looks to me like some right-wing writers whom lefties normally ignore are using sock puppets to threaten themselves, and thereby keep up the martyrella routine.

How are the righties able to control the national conversation to that extent? You think that "persona" software (as discussed in previous posts) might play a role?

3. You can't build a New Jerusalem without an apocalypse. This is the point of the previous post. Robert Parry makes the same point.
Modern Republicans have a simple approach to politics when they are not in the White House: Make America as ungovernable as possible by using almost any means available, from challenging the legitimacy of opponents to spreading lies and disinformation to sabotaging the economy.
Over the past four decades or so, the Republicans have simply not played by the old give-and-take rules of politics. Indeed, if one were to step back and assess this Republican approach, what you would see is something akin to how the CIA has destabilized target countries, especially those that seek to organize themselves in defiance of capitalist orthodoxy.
They are terrorists.
Down deep inside, Republicans know they are a creepy minority of mostly white males. Even rabid wingnuts can crunch the numbers and see this.

That's why the right periodically declare "war" on liberals and Democrats. They've been doing this at least since the 1970s.

What they mean, of course, is, "There's more of them than there are of us. Looks like we're gonna have to cheat."

And that's what they've been doing, their most recent accomplishment being to steal two successive Presidential elections. That's why the left and right in America are going to fight.
The republicans would be nothing without the aid of the print and broadcast media. The so called journalists that have been shaping public opinion since the Clinton years are either taking money or are incredibly stupid at their chosen profession.
From Krugman's blog:

"...the GOP never cared about the deficit — not a bit. It has always been nothing but a club with which to beat down opposition to an ideological goal, namely the dissolution of the welfare state. They’re not interested, at all, in a genuine deficit-reduction deal if it does not serve that goal.

And everyone who has preached bipartisanship, who has called for a meeting of minds on the subject, is either a fraud or a chump."
Robert Parry also wrote an article suggesting that the US was being subject to the psy ops campaigns US inflicts on other countries.

Contents of the Article:
Over the past several decades, Republican methods for winning national power
have come to resemble CIA techniques for destabilizing an enemy country --
through the use of black propaganda, political skullduggery and economic
disruptions. Now, heading toward Election 2012, the Republicans appear poised to
make the U.S. economy "scream."
It's not a secret. The Republican Party wants to try out some 'enhanced interrogation techniques'... why not waterboard the economy?
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