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  •  Always Wrong (7+ / 0-)

    Krugman (who seems to almost always be right) is pointing out yet again one of the more glaring errors/mistruths trumpeted by Conservatives:
    Reducing the debt must be our short-term priority.
    Along with:
    Government is the problem (so let's drown it in a bathtub).
    ObamaCare is a train-wreck (so let's wreck it).
    The 47% are picking your pockets (so let's get them back; after all old white guy you'd be living in bliss on easy street despite your limited competence and all of the bad choices you've made in life if it wasn't for "those people").
    Global warming is a farce (so drill baby drill).
    The earth is 6000 years old and end-times are near (so exploit it as God wants us to).
    Among others...
    Will they ever smarten up?

    •  'If Cuccinelli had more time...Obamacare would (8+ / 0-)

      have doomed McAuliffe.' don't get smarter....they get more extreme.

      •  But will Democrats move rightward to fill in (3+ / 0-)
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        skillet, Hoghead99, rl en france

        How long will Democrats move rightward (aka the Third Way neoliberalism, and a continuing substantially neoconservative foreign policy) as Republicans abandon what had been considered moderate Republican policies?  I can see a Republican strategy in that, but beyond the simple quest for power, what is the policy calculation for Democrats?  By and large, politicians chose their careers in search of power, but it ought to matter that voters choose Democrats in search of policies that benefit them.  

        •  I don't think they are moving rightward NOW (2+ / 0-)
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          I think they've been moving rightward, but when you think about the progressive caucus being the biggest caucus in the House right now, and getting more Senators (our biggest and most influential "conservative" block in Congress) like Elizabeth Warren, plus the election of a progressive as New York's newest mayor, it's clear that Democrats are looking in the other direction.

          Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

          by skohayes on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 06:01:21 AM PST

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          •  I applaud your optimism (1+ / 0-)
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            It's true that there are bright spots, and perhaps the cynicism of years too close to politicians misleads me.  However, here we are fighting to preserve a Heritage health insurance idea implemented by a Democratic White House and Congress, and applying austerity as the solution to a truly terrible economic crash (caused by neo-liberal ideas and gross criminality by our financial sector - with no significant prosecutions).  And that's just for starters.  Are there any other Republican wish list items on the horizon?  How about a "grand bargain" wherein Social Security and Medicare get cut and taxes get reformed to lower corporate rates and reduce deductions that mostly go to the middle class?  And Democrats are seeking that discussion, while Republicans resist on the basis that it fulfills too little of the plutocrats' demands.  

    •  They are always wrong, and the damage (1+ / 0-)
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      rl en france

      they cause the country is even more obscene, because those driving it amount to

      a minority of one third of the one third of Americans who call themselves Republicans

      "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

      by SottoVoce on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:36:45 AM PST

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