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  •  You could tell your friend Barry (8+ / 0-)

    that it's Mitt who is confused. Here, on his own website is his 20 percent across the board tax cut:

    And, if youf buddy thinks there is going to be a 5 trillion "revenue increase," then he must believe that Mitt is planning to RAISE taxes on somebody. Who?

    •  You are thinking logically (3+ / 0-)

      The author proves that doesn't work.

      What to do?  I don't know.

      Watching Mitt's strategy is what it looks like when you try to put an etch a sketch in a centrifuge.

      by AppleP on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 07:40:05 PM PDT

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      •  Democrats must find a compelling framing that (4+ / 0-)
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        impacts the reptilian brain.  There has to be a Democratic equivalent that appeals to the base emotions of fear and anger.  I am too cynical that the power of big money required would aspire to move the public mind with higher motivations such as compassion and charity.
        I keep proposing a cultural revolution directed at progressive values such as frugality and efficiency that is cyclic rather than linear.  That is the core of renewability.

        •  Citizenship (3+ / 0-)
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          That's the frame that Obama introduced. It's a powerful and American as "freedom" and appeals to Progressive values of responsibility to others.

          •  I was doing voter registration for the umpteenth (2+ / 0-)
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            time in our rural GOP majority community and a acquaintance of mine (GOP and doesn't seem to consider voting for Obama though she obhors any lack of integrity) said something about doing my "civics" work again and smiled.  Maybe that's one of the frames that works.

            We have an orphan Republican that has gotten on our email list and his pet peeve is obstruction.  I think the President is doing a good job of appealing to those that are down to earth and practical enough to get that and are not belligerent.

            The Other/Same is the same thing as In Group/Out Group.  I think we can start talking about that directly.  What that is is tribalism and many parts of the country that remain GOP enthralled have that as a cultural base.

            Then there is the idea of mutual versus power-over mindset.  For someone that can value mutual power (because they don't see life as one constant battle for supremacy) it is possible to want to empower others.  If you are insecure to the point that every interaction must be a battle for position you will respond to a mutual person as an existential threat.  That is one reason the President threatens some people by being inclusive and empowering.

            Lastly there are going to be cases where true sociopaths gain the megaphone.  We have some of them (Limbaugh) that have attained that status.  Efforts to remove them from the megaphone with mass boycotts, etc. are important.

            •  This is indeed a cyclic rather than linear pattern (0+ / 0-)
              Then there is the idea of mutual versus power-over mindset.  For someone that can value mutual power (because they don't see life as one constant battle for supremacy) it is possible to want to empower others.
              It is a self-renewing system.  It is less wasteful.  It is a Libertarian ideal to trust each other to take care of each other.  That is why we need a paradigm shift in our country.  The European Social Democrats lead the way as just a beginning of how tightly and constrained by resources will cause those of us that survive to be extraordinary efficient...and strong.
              Climate change is going to cause mass migrations of human populations in dire straits.
      •  Start a new party - (0+ / 0-)

        "The Real Republican Party" -by proxy, and enjoy seeing the lunatics joining it. Then work in a bipartisan way with those who are left in the GOP.

        Dissolve Israel; stop distinguishing between jew and non-jew in Palestine.

        by high5 on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 10:33:58 AM PDT

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      •  Republicans use Freeze-frame logic (1+ / 0-)
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        They can pick the single frame that supports their view from hundreds or thousands that contradict it and ignore all the others. The preponderance of evidence is not relevant to them.

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