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  •  I don't think so. (7+ / 0-)

    Republican obstructionism stems from a desire to shrink the government's role in people's lives, and I blame Reagan  He started this march toward smaller government by insisting that government is not the solution; government is the problem.  Much of the hoi polloi swallowed the line, digested it, and allowed it to become the ruling philosophy in their lives.  

    The moneyed interests in the country had always wanted to shrink the size of government in order to privatize and profit from the services that government provided, but before Reagan they hadn't figured out a way to make that happen without an enormous public backlash.  By demonizing government, the way was provided.  The icing on that cake was provided when Reagan, at the same time, portrayed poor people - particularly black people - as lazy, immoral people sponging off the hard work of the rest of society.

    We have heard the same ideology repeated since 1980, including the election just past.  Romney and Ryan's "makers vs. takers" description of society is the same inflammatory rhetoric, albeit with different descriptors, we have been fed by the Republicans for over 30 years.

    The entire argument accepted by almost half the population now is composed of a combination of racism and greed, and the country's economic  problems have just exacerbated those feelings.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 07:56:30 AM PST

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    •  Yes to everything you've said (2+ / 0-)
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      AND what's delighted me about Obama's term, if anything has, is his rhetorical de-coupling of "tax breaks for the rich" from "tax breaks for everybody else." The latter, we extend; the former we have to do away with. This is unprecedented. It'll inexorably start to wear away the "taxes are bad" mantra the RW has been drumming into the psyches of the masses for the past few decades.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 08:10:54 AM PST

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    •  It true that the GOP proclaims that (5+ / 0-)

      government is the problem when talking about taxes and government workers with actual benefits and pensions, and lazy spongers collecting "entitlements" (even though they've paid for them.  But this argument suddenly falls flat when they want to demand trans-vaginal ultrasounds; or arrest cancer patients who use marijuana for pain relief; or stop and frisk people just for being brown; or stop gay people from marrying;  or engage in wholesale spying, or any other program they like.  That's what makes their ideological argument so flimsy.  

      "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

      by SottoVoce on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 09:13:54 AM PST

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