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  •  Not exactly uplifting. (14+ / 0-)

    But then, that's been the state of play, hasn't it?
    I shake my head. What is the point of government, if not to take care of it's people?
    It really is not that difficult a concept to grasp. Yet, one political party says to the American people, loudly and repeatedly, you get nothing, or as close to nothing as we possibly can. Because, if for no other reason we can invent, Obama.
    It is maddening, in fact, it is so frustrating, you really can't look directly at it, somewhat like looking into a light bulb. At conservatives, you have to glance sideways, look away or it will hurt your eyes, as well as your intellect.
    At least they could be honest about it: "I got mine, you get yours".

    •  They've been playing that same card to justify (7+ / 0-)

      cuts in social services and the economy for thirty some years now.  The reason it's the "Obama" card now and not "Sister Souljah" or "welfare queens" or "Black Panthers" is because he's the most visible target right now.

      It's the same agenda it's always been, steadily drifting whiter and righter.

      Just IMO, of course.

      "The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”" -- Paul Dirac

      by Rikon Snow on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 05:21:06 AM PDT

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      •  I can see how affluent people fall for the Repub (11+ / 0-)

        scam, but I continue to be astounded by the number of working class people, which is most of us, who buy in and continue to vote them into office. Most of it appears to be ignorance -- they get all their news from a few snippets on TV or radio and never dig deeper. And they continue to wonder why they work and work and never seem to get ahead.

        •  Fear of ruinious taxes and deficits (4+ / 0-)

          Crime and declining morals.

          "Look at all them Gays and twerking Pop Tarts those Liberals are inflicting on us poor decent regular people!"

          "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

          by Stude Dude on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 06:25:39 AM PDT

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          •  SD, those twerkers are not a product of liberalism (2+ / 0-)
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            They are products of capitalism.  The sensationalistic performers would not be so were it not for the profit motive at play, especially among their agents and other handlers.  Same thing with porn; it sells.

            Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

            by judyms9 on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 07:50:25 AM PDT

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        •  It really does come down to (3+ / 0-)
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          education.  If you understand economics, the flow of money; sociology, the way groups interact; psychology, how personalities work; history and how it repeats itself because of sociology, economics and psychology you can then see how people are not thinking and using what they have learned.  My pet wingnut thinks his college degree gives him license to spout and he can justify anything saying he has a degree.  He may say he knows sociology because he took soc 101 in school.  He justifies his fears and meaness by saying he has a degree but he is really just stupid and ignorant of what was taught.

          Everyone! Arms akimbo! 68351

          by tobendaro on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 06:30:35 AM PDT

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        •  Have you had this experience? (3+ / 0-)
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          I'm not one of them, but I've been in homes where the television is turned on early, kind of a background noise placebo. If it's a Fox News household, that steady propaganda hum has a devastating impact on reason and reality, curtailing the basic ability to think.

        •  I see people who are otherwise (1+ / 0-)
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          liberal or moderate deliver anti-welfare and SNAP screeds, and it boggles my mind. We are not better than these people. Mitt Romney's friends roll out of the wrong side of bed tomorrow, and we're out of a job. This is our economy. Can you imagine a Kennedy, a Hilton, and Trump sitting around and saying, "Man, it should be illegal for an LLC and an LP to form a banking trust offshore, you know? Lazy bums." That's never going to happen.

          I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

          by CFAmick on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 07:34:24 AM PDT

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        •  And the news snippets are often false bits (6+ / 0-)

          of propaganda.  On NBC news a couple of days ago, the newsreader stated that the usual price direction of gasoline was down, but this year it was going up because of the fear of crude shortages.  Well, if my memory serves, the price of gasoline went up just before Labor Day each year because, it was claimed, the cost of the summer blends was higher.  So, one there are new reasons for higher prices, and the historical price directions have been reversed by the news.  The younger people have no memory, and unless they do some research, no clue as to the false claims so casually inserted into the national nightly news.

          Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

          by StrayCat on Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 07:34:33 AM PDT

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    •  Much of what they've got has been provided (8+ / 0-)

      by taxpayers, including public education, roads, clean water and sewers, recreational facilities, libraries, etc.  From what I read in our little rural newspaper people want their taxes to go down but any services they use to be maintained.

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