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  •  I think it contributes (2+ / 0-)
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    to the effect noted the other day that Republicans seem convinced the public is more conservative on a whole raft of issues than they actually are.  Republicans believe that the USA is hungering for deficit reduction above all else, even if it means slashing healthcare and services for the poor and elderly.  Republicans think that privatizing Medicare is popular.  They think cutting taxes on the rich, and making up for it by eliminating middle-class deductions is popular.  They think Americans want to ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

    They are trapped in an echo chamber because by and large, they all represent Romney districts in a country that clearly voted for Obama.

    •  some of it is also (2+ / 0-)
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      because many don't consider the opinions of certain classes of Americans to matter.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 12:57:33 PM PDT

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    •  nitpick (1+ / 0-)
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      "Republicans believe that the USA is hungering for deficit reduction above all else, even if it means slashing healthcare and services for the poor..."

      I don't this is quite right. The only type of deficit reduction the GOP favors (apart from cutting the already-small budgets of regulatory agencies) is slashing health care and other services for the poor, and they think that this is popular in and of itself, which it isn't.

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      by sacman701 on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 01:12:11 PM PDT

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      •  It's not popular per se, but (0+ / 0-)

        Republicans know they can mask it by playing to old racist/welfare-state mentalities (i.e. "the gubmint is taking money from hard-working white people and giving it to lazy brown people").

        I think those lines of attack have an expiration date, though.  At least, I hope!

    •  The greatest trick the Republicans ever pulled (11+ / 0-)

      is convincing the world that they care about deficit reduction. Obviously they don't. They never have. Reagan proved that. GW Bush proved it again. Increasing military spending and cutting taxes are not policies pursued by a party that cares about deficit reduction. It's the world's most obvious false flag operation, yet everyone acts as if it's what genuinely motivates the republican party.

      What motivates them is fighting for the interests of the wealthy. It's not that they think "the USA is hungering for deficit reduction above all else, even if it means slashing healthcare and services for the poor and elderly" - slashing spending on the non-wealthy is the point. Deficit reduction is just how they market it. And to that end, I think their mistake is taking the world they live in - which is dominated by the wealthy - for the world the rest of us, i.e. the voters, live in. The US as a pluralistic entity, which is overwhelmingly non-wealthy/white/male, is not really visible to them.

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