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  •  Respectfully, it is a "ruse" that conservatives (5+ / 0-)

    are alarmed by the President's legislation.

    The ACA is straight out of the Heritage Foundation, and essentially the same plan that was put forward by Republican Senators Dole and Chafee in 1993.  If anything, I believe that their plan was more liberal, because it included a public option.

    The "right" will always "yammer" about Dems being socialists, etc.  It's strategic--just a way to keep the Dems running to the right.

    And, from where I sit, seems to have been a very effective strategy.

    The MSM has all but villified the Tea Party, because they (the Tea Party) stand in the way of Pete Peterson getting his Grand Bargain.  It is his Foundation that is calling for cutting the social safety net in exchange for putting money into corporations pockets via increased "discretionary spending."

    Including everything from the ill-conceived public-private infrastructure bank, that even Robert Reich says will punish working class folks due to the the "tolls."  

    I will try find (and to post) the video of Peterson himself  touting that he wants increased spending on education.  

    I reside in the state that won the Race to the Top contest.  The "take" was 501 million dollars, which is mostly being funneled into charter schools and school vouchers.  Including a church school that adjoins a property of ours, built before the ink was dry to open up charters and school vouchers.

    IF the money for education were going to bolster our public schools, I would be in support of that.  But it isn't, at least not here.  Instead, the bulk of their efforts have gone to making it easier to 'let go of' teachers, and turn public schools into charter schools.

    I would also support infrastructure repairs/improvements if this project was slated to be carried out under the auspices of DOT, not a private infrastructure bank.

    Heck, at this pace, we may as well just continue the selling off of our interstate roads to multinational corporations.

    One other thing--the yammering and posturing by the Republicans that everything that the President does is "socialism," is intended to give him "cover" (with his base) to go more to the right.
    It's just more Kabuki Theater.


    “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    by musiccitymollie on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:25:16 PM PST

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    •  i don't think it's a ruse, actually (3+ / 0-)
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      i think it's a signal of how far past the right the GOP has moved, that heritage foundation policies from the 90s are now anathema to them. there are hardly any regular old conservatives left in the elected GOP, it's all birchers and dominionists these days. the shift in the past decade is mind-boggling.

      •  Maybe "ruse" was not the best choice (1+ / 0-)
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        of words, wu ming.  Sorry.

        What I'm saying is that the "move to the right" is a continuing and very deliberate effort.
        IMO, there's really only a relatively small faction of Republican "lawmakers" who find the Heritage Foundation policies "not right-wing enough."  

        Remember, John Boehner is a corporatist Republican, whose ideology is very similar to corporate Dems.  

        His only problem is the good-size number of Tea Partiers in the House.

        Notice, in the Senate, there's not that much difference between Democrats and Republicans on many issues.  Look at the Gang of Six (now either Eight or Ten, etc.) in the Senate.

        IOW, with the help of the MSM, the "yammering" about how the President is a socialist, or very liberal (surely you'd agree that this is beyond ridiculous) is done to propagandize the general American populace, and to mollify the Dem base.

        What it boils down to is a "redefining of the word liberal."  That's what it's all about.

        And it's worked.

        [I apologize for not expressing my position very cogently.  It is difficult sometimes to communicate when you don't know the age of the person you're "talking to."  Or, at least, it is for me.]


        “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        by musiccitymollie on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:46:16 PM PST

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        •  bohner is part of a dwindling rump (2+ / 0-)
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          of corporate GOP, for whom the crazy stuff is a lever to get at the stuff they care about, not an end in itself. i agree that his ilk are numbered more in the senate, but even then their star is waning.  crazy is on the ascendent.

          agreed that there's a lot of overlap, esp. in the senate, between corporate GOP and corporate dems.

          (why would the age matter for communication?)

          •  Good timing, LOL! Just got back to my computer. (0+ / 0-)

            About "age" mattering.  At one time I would try to engage in a number of specifics, but soon found out that it was often a waste of time, now that Civics is no longer taught in schools.  Discussing the union movement is one example.  So now, I just stick with generalities.  [BTW, nothing personal was meant by that, and certainly no offense is intended.]

            At any rate, I agree that the corporatist Repubs are diminishing somewhat, especially in the House.  But, they are for the most part representative of the 1%, so I'm not really alarmed by it.  

            IOW, there will NEVER BE a Tea Party take over.  Just look at how the press has savaged the Tea Party members when they wouldn't go along with the 1%'s desire to have a Grand Bargain.  The MSM will keep any outliers in line, if they get in the way of the corporatist agenda.  :-)

            Thanks for your reply.


            “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

            by musiccitymollie on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 02:36:20 PM PST

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