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  •  The most heartening information here (9+ / 0-)

    It elates me to see the polling results given here on how people believe with regard to cutting Social Security and Medicare.  Among ALL so-called "entitlements" (which, actually both of these are, in part, funded by our own contributions separate from other taxes), these two programs are what's right about our government.  We've got some true entitlements that could be cut/tweaked a bit if in no other way than to reign in the abuses and illegal participation aspects.  Social Security and Medicare, in my opinion and it seems a very large majority of our citizens as well, should be considered "hands off".  My first look-see at ANY candidate will be to make sure he/she isn't in any way talking about affecting either of these programs in any way whatsoever.

    -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

    by r2did2 on Sun May 29, 2011 at 08:19:38 AM PDT

    •  We get back to the "What's The Matter W/ Kansas" (4+ / 0-)
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      problem, though. More people have personal beliefs that are more in alignment with Progressives than the Religious Right. However, Evangelical Christianity and the right wing conventional media, both acting under command by the "Cowboy" super rich, (Vide http://southofheaven.typepad.com/... for a primer on the conflict between "Cowboy" nouveau riche and "Yankee" established Northeastern wealth between the end of WWII and the '80s -- hint, the "Cowboys" won) have gotten people riled up with kulturkampf topics and convinced them to vote against their self-interest by keeping the volume up about "God, Guns and Gays."

      Why is it that during the election the GOP promised "jobs, jobs, jobs" and instead now drone on about social conservative Pavlovian triggers like Abortion and repealing the meager "health insurance reform?" Because it still works in the South and in the Midwest.

      Eventually the GOP in the greater US will be marginalized like the GOP in California are: a rump party that speaks to a White minority in rural areas and traditionally super-conservative areas like Orange County and San Diego. But that's not happening yet. And even a rump party can royally frak things up if you have things in your state constitution like supermajorities for taxation and a property tax regime that protects a generation of property owners at the expense of another one.

      Health care should not be a privilege for the few, but a human right for all.

      by Pris from LA on Sun May 29, 2011 at 09:58:28 AM PDT

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      •  If you want to see a marginalized GOP (6+ / 0-)

        Come to DE.

        Dems control just about everything now. Gov, legislature, fed offices, every elected office statewide, except for auditor.

        I credit Christine O'Donnell - when she won the primary, people woke up. It made them think - is THIS what the Republican are all about? Crazy people who think govt is to make them rich, who bend the rules whenever they want, who don't have any position that doesn't benefit them in some way?

        And they lost. They ALL lost.

        We have a gov who's worked hard to trim costs - eliminating some positions through attrition, changing a lot of procedures to eliminate duplication of services and inefficiencies, and we haven't had to cut anything - not even at the local level.

        Contrast this to the GOP run state govts - they're a MESS.

      •  Fascinating (3+ / 0-)
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        Well, W does have a genius for what he does well, conman.  Wealthy fratboy Northeastern old money repackages himself as a cowboy.  And he sold it.

        •  Yeah, pretty amazing. (1+ / 0-)
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          The Bush-es were pretty much straight up Yankees but somehow they had their finger in the wind and transformed themselves into Cowboys. So much so that there is a George H. W. Bush college of public policy at Texas A&M. Barf.

          Health care should not be a privilege for the few, but a human right for all.

          by Pris from LA on Sun May 29, 2011 at 04:07:45 PM PDT

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