Democrats campaign largely by badmouthing traditional American values, and convincing various demographic groups that they are outside the Republican base, and hence better off voting Democrat. So non-whites, non-Christians, and non-marrieds vote Democrat out of group identifications. That is, they see it as being in their group interests to tear down traditional American culture.
Democrats never persuade voters based on reason or logic. They gain voters by increasing government dependence and by promoting changes to immigration policy, family law, and schools that increase the population wanting to undermine Americanism.
This moment of analysis is brought to you by Roger Schlafly, fertilized egg of Phyllis. The wingnut falls not far from the Gorgon. (Eagle Forum)
This is probably the worst messaging idea from the Xristian Xrazies yet.
Hundreds of thousands of seniors would lose their healthcare. Obviously.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently concluded that a rise in the eligibility age could mean as many as 270,000 seniors are left uninsured in 2021. But that's assuming Obamacare is fully implemented in all states. The CAP report points out that 10 states have publicly declared they will opt out of the Medicaid expansion, and more are undecided.
The CAP study then totaled up how many seniors below the poverty line live in states that may opt out of the Medicaid expansion, using 2011 data. The total: Over 164,000.
Anyone who puts their name to such an idea will be widely and loudly pilloried.
Eric Boehlert posted a comprehensive look at the money-making scheme that's being orchestrated by the conservative entertainment complex. For example:
Remember when Glenn Beck charged fans $125 to sit through the taping of his radio show? Or when he charged $500 if they wanted to attend a meet-and-greet before the show? And that was after Beck banked $32 million the previous year. More recently, conservative pundits and outlets have rushed to cash in on election spending by renting their emails lists, while Fox News' Karl Rove lightened wealthy donors' bankrolls by $300 million via his failed political groups.
It's conservatism as an ATM.
The "racket" implication also extends beyond the media world and into the Tea Party, which Fox has faithfully touted as a "grassroot" movement. That feel-good characterization was hard to square with the recent revelation that former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey stepped down as chairman of FreedomWorks, an influential Tea Party non-profit group, with a staggering $8 million golden parachute. (He will reportedly be paid in $400,000 installments, annually, in "consulting fees.")
The amount of money that's being tossed around by Glenn Beck and others is astonishing. $32 million? Where does it come from? The model seems eerily familiar — televangelism. Give desperate people what they want to hear by professionally manipulating their emotions and they'll pay anything for it.
It's less of a movement and more of a scheme to make money for the top personalities.
Take a look at this.
Hostess Brands acknowledged for the first time in a news report Monday that the company diverted workers' pension money for other company uses.
The bankrupt baker told The Wall Street Journal that money taken out of workers' paychecks, intended for their retirement funds, was used for company operations instead. Hostess, which was under different management at the time the diversions began in August 2011, said it does not know how much money it took.
The hubris of Hostess management is astonishing.
Hostess executives have spent the last several weeks crusading for the right to cut employee pensions while also divvying up retention bonuses for company executives who will oversee the company's liquidation.
Now it turns out some of those pensions have already been diverted to cover other costs.
Even more dumbfounding is the fact that company management dipped into employee pensions to cover costs and still did not manage to save the company from bankruptcy. And they expect us to believe employee benefits are blame for the company's demise? How can that be the case if you've already stolen from them?
When searching for the words to describe the darkly comical nature of this situation, the only words that come to mind are a very somber utterance of "holy shit." The gross mismanagement, ineptness, and arrogance is truly breathtaking. And they tell me business is always run better than government.
I missed this yesterday, but holy hell. Here's Joe Scarborough:
"[Zero Dark Thirty] presents a narrative that is going to make a lot of people in the mainstream media, in the Democratic party and in the administration uncomfortable, and that is the truth that Barack Obama learned, the first briefing that he got after after he won the election, and that is that the CIA program, whether you find it repugnant or not, actually was effective with KSM and other people getting actionable intelligence that led to couriers, that led, eventually, years later, to the killing of Osama bin Laden."
No. That's completely wrong by most authoritative accounts. John McCain:
In fact, the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on Khalid Sheik Mohammed produced false and misleading information. He specifically told his interrogators that Abu Ahmed had moved to Peshawar, got married and ceased his role as an al-Qaeda facilitator — none of which was true. According to the staff of the Senate intelligence committee, the best intelligence gained from a CIA detainee — information describing Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti's real role in al-Qaeda and his true relationship to bin Laden — was obtained through standard, noncoercive means.
I'm not sure how any self-respecting human being can become so ridiculously frightened they would seriously defend torture. These right-wingers who claim to be so tough and manly — they're the first ones to wet their big boy pants and scream for security by any means. Sad.