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Dear Representative Wasserman Schultz:

I don’t believe that you’ll read this, but I’m writing to you today in your capacity as the Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

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I have a dear friend that I've known for years.  She is originally from the Northeast, owns her own business, and is a social/political "lefty".  The other day my friend went off on me, well, more accurately went off "to" me, about the downward economic spiral of the country and how the Obama administration was exacerbating the problem.  Her venting included the long term problems associated with a growing national debt, the loss of the middle class, the failure to extricate America from Mid-East wars (as promised), jumping into another war in Lybia, the administration's caving-in on tax breaks for businesses and the wealthy, negotiating other policies that will drive average people into poverty, destruction of social safety nets, and so on; all of which will lead to the economic destruction of America.  She then asked me about my opinion of Herman Cain, since, as a successful businessman, he looks like "what America needs." I know that this very emotional outburst was rooted in the economic difficulties in which she currently finds herself (as do so many others), but I was shocked by her consideration of Cain as a presidential possibility because he stands so firmly against everything she supports.  Our conversation got me thinking about why my friend would consider supporting this man who opposes her best interest.        

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... according to Sarah Palin and Arizona governor Jan Brewer.  According to them, all of this is because President Obama has failed to secure our southern border with Mexico.  Forget the fact that W, H.W., Reagan, Nixon, Eisenhower, Hoover, and so on never secured the four-strand barbed wire barrier either.

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Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 10:13 PM PDT

Arizona

by Liberal in a Conservative Desert

Arizona is the conservative desert.

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The Conservative Desert spends less money on public school education than any state in the entire country.  Yeah, that's right ... dead last.  In case you don't know, the Conservative Desert is Arizona. Arizona spends $6,232 per student per year (this amount is for Kindergarten through 12th grade) and the Legislature was forced to maintain that amount this past budget session rather than reduce it even more!  The majority of legislators whined loudly about the unnecessary waste of tax money that this expenditure was representing during these tough economic times.  

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I read this from The Atlantic and had to share.  This is what we all know to be true, and the facts are finally comming to light.  The primary source is the U.S. Census Bureau; a govt. dept. that deals only with numbers.  The analysis of the numbers is left to others.  All quotes come from http://politics.theatlantic.com/...

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I am reposting this for those readers who believe(d) the original letter to the editor was a snark.  I have added an additional comment from the letter's author clarifying his position.  All the information can be found at the site.

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The Republican Party has always been the party of big business.  It was formed in the middle of the Industrial Revolution, was strengthened during the Civil War, and controlled the Executive Branch with 13 out of 18 Presidents between 1861 and 1961.  The agricultural economy of the South was unsustainable without slavery and was shattered during the Civil War.  The economic center of the country became the Northeast.  Politicians of the day were bought and sold by monied power brokers, and when elected, unabashedly, obeyed their masters.  Theodore Roosevelt was an anathema to his party because he wanted "every man to have a square deal."  His "trust-busting", his setting aside of 150 million acres of land into national parks, and other reforms caused his [essential] expulsion from the Republican Party.  

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of presidency.  Thus states the title of Jonathan Gurwitz's commentary.  This writer for the San Antonio Express-News, while stating that Bush has had "the political effictiveness of a corpse" in recent weeks, cites two of Bush's successes: PEPFAR to fight aids in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean; and Bush's success in facilitating an end to the second Sudanese civil war due to his committment to peace.  Gurwitz laments these oversights saying, "When objective successes can't be acknowledged, it goes without saying that subjective successes are consigned to the failure column."

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As the New Year approaches, we reflect on the past hoping to draw forth lessons learned for our own benefit.  This process usually brings forth the advice given to me as a youngster which I always hated to hear, but that I now understand survives the test of time because of the truths they hold.  Enjoy.

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     Neo-conservatism blasted into the American political scene with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.  However, its roots wind back through the U.S. political landscape to include Marxist social theory and the teachings of Renaissance philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli.  Many of the individuals whose names have become household words today were introduced on the world-wide political stage during the Reagan/G.H.W. Bush administration: Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Bill Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, John Bolton, "Scooter" Libby, and others.  This essay bares the core of neoconservative belief, contrasts those beliefs to statements written by this nation’s founders, and highlights the political spin neocons use when quoting documents from America’s past.            

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    I've always been interested in politics even though my careers have led me in other directions.  One of the claims that caught my interest long ago is that the broadcast media treats liberal candidates differently than conservative candidates.  This supposed media bias didn't wash with me because media policy is made at the top of the corporate ladder, not by the reporters.            

   

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