Hey you. You there in the Glenn Beck T-shirt headed off to the Tea Party Patriot rally.
Stop shouting for a moment, please, I want to explain to you why you’re so very angry.
You should be angry. You’re getting screwed.
I think you know that. But you don’t seem to know that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can stop it. You can stop it easily because the system that’s screwing you over can only keep screwing you over if you keep demanding that it do so.
So stop demanding that. Stop helping the system screw you over.
Look, you can go back to yelling at me in a minute, but just read this first.
February 25, 2010
February 24, 2010
The measure includes a new program that would give companies a break from paying Social Security taxes on new employees for the remainder of 2010. It also carries… a provision to allow companies to write off equipment purchases.
Tax cuts. Tax write-offs. Obviously, something the GOP is behind, right? Wrong. 27 GOP Senators voted against the jobs bill.
I fully expect the so-called “Tea Party” types to lambast those 27 GOPers for being tax-hiking, big-government socialists. Hahahaha! Just kidding. We all know that label only applies to Democrats.
Update: my friend Craig points out that only 5 GOP Senators voted for cloture on the bill, but 13 then voted to pass the bill itself. This is the all-too-typical obstructionism we’ve seen (and are going to keep seeing): GOPers willing to filibuster bills that they approve of, just to be spiteful and counter-productive. If you want to know why Congress seems to have a hard time getting stuff done, there’s your answer right there.
A popular meme (and talking point) on the right is that “America is a center-right nation”. The right loves to repeat this because it undercuts any Democratic plan as out-of-touch with what “America wants”. Even after America elected a Democratic President and filled both houses of Congress with Democratic majorities.
A few articles worth reading about our supposed “center-right” affiliation:
First, a Pew Research poll finds that younger Americans identify as Democrats instead of Republicans 41 to 22. The group with the highest Republican self-identification, the seniors, was still Democrat 38 to 31. And the young crew say that part of what defines their generation is ”liberalism/tolerance”.
Second, this post from Michael Lind on Salon, arguing that the right, out of power, has built a counterculture instead of an opposition:
Political factions that are out of power have a choice. They can form a counter-establishment or a counterculture. A counter-establishment (a term that Sidney Blumenthal used to describe the neoconservatives in the 1970s) seeks to return to power by reassuring voters that it is sober and responsible. A counter-establishment publishes policy papers and holds conferences and its members endure their exile in think tanks and universities.
In contrast, a counterculture refuses to acknowledge the legitimacy of the rules of the game that it has lost. Instead of moving toward the center, the counterculture heads for the fringes. Like a cult, it creates its own parallel reality, seceding from a corrupt and wicked society into morally and politically pure enclaves…
Just as the New Left claimed that the New Deal era wasn’t really liberal, so the countercultural right claims that the Republican Party from Nixon to George W. Bush wasn’t really conservative…
A few decades ago it was the countercultural left that opposed science, technology and markets… Nowadays anti-science, anti-technology Luddites are more likely to be found on the right, among opponents of stem-cell research and evolutionary biology…
Paul Weyrich, the president of the Free Congress Foundation, [said], “The radicals of the 1960s had three slogans: turn on, tune in, drop out. I suggest that we adopt a modified version.”
Finally, there’s this summary of polls from FiveThirtyEight showing a breakdown by various issues, and analyzing whose position the majority of Americans take: Obama’s or the GOP’s. Surprise: most of the time, it’s Obama’s:
Of these 25 issues, Obama’s position appears to be on the right side of public opinion on 14… It would appear to be on the wrong side of public opinion on five issues: the GM/Chrysler bailout, Guantanamo Bay, health care, the extension of the TARP program, and terrorist trials. On the other six issues, the polling is probably too ambiguous to render a clear verdict.
Republicans, on the other hand, have been overwhelmingly opposed to almost all of these measures with the exception of Ben Bernanke and Afghanistan troops, both of which poll ambiguously, and the credit card bill, which polled well.
February 16, 2010
February 10, 2010
It’s like rain on your wedding day! And you apparently have no sense of it.
February 5, 2010
CBS’ official policy on ads is that they don’t air contentious advocacy ads. That’s why they rejected an ad in 2004 from the United Church of Christ in which the UCC said they welcomed gays.
At least, that was their policy. on Sunday, CBS will be airing an anti-abortion ad from Tim Tebow. During the Superbowl.
CBS’ new policy on ads is that they don’t air contentious advocacy ads… unless they feel like it.
What to do? My friend Sarah offers her plan:
…[I] will be donating to Planned Parenthood on Superbowl Sunday in direct response to the pro-life PSA being approved. Don’t get mad, use it to make positive change in the world.
I couldn’t agree more. On Sunday, I encourage you to do the same; I will be.
(And while you’re at it, check out Planned Parenthood’s video in response to the Super Bowl ad.)
February 3, 2010
Check out the results from this poll.
I… I am speechless. I can’t even summarize it.
Okay, let me try. 2000 Republicans surveyed, and the results include
Should contraceptive use be outlawed?
Not Sure 13
THIRTY ONE PERCENT
SOMEWHERE, MARGARET ATWOOD IS PULLING OUT HER HAIR