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  1. Old People

When driving home from work nostalgically listening to a Good Clean Fun CD (what's a cd?), now and then I will catch a Marco Rubio or McCain bumper sticker in the corner of my eye, which probably at this point has subtly twitched a little. I realize in passing I am almost guaranteed...

Update: my apologies for posting an intro and link only. I am new and will no longer "pimp" the site. The entire post is now available. For those of you pretentiously hounding away and didn't realize this as my 6th cross-post can eat me.

  1. Old People

When driving home from work nostalgically listening to a Good Clean Fun CD (what's a cd?), now and then I will catch a Marco Rubio or McCain bumper sticker in the corner of my eye, which probably at this point has subtly twitched a little. I realize in passing I am almost guaranteed to see that the driver is an older white male. Maybe coincidence but have a go and see for yourself. Even republicans know their older Caucasian track history may have lost them the election in 2008.

Yet fiscal conservatives like McCain along with other more radical republicans like Marco Rubio as part of the GOP want to raise the age of social security to 70. When NBC's David Gregory falsely claims on national television that Social Security will "pay out more than it's taking in" in 2010 then maybe the prospect is considerable - except in the 2008 Social Security trustees' report, Social Security won't exceed the income rate before 2017 and will be able to pay for benefits in full until 2041. After that the benefit rate would still be at 75-78% for the next 75 years.

  1. Young people

PA Childcare carried over 6,000 juveniles in its quarters. It didn't take long to figure out why there were so many incarcerated youth in so little time when Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan were found to have accepted $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in the facility. Good thing we collectively ate those spoon-fed deregulation talking points or these kids might have actually had an extra year of "socialist" education. The GOP have been #1 on the voting record to cut the budget on education funding by billions. These cuts affect the students themselves to be inspired to question their red-tie reps - even in their own high school.

  1. Women

Around 40 percent of them vote republican, particularly married women who have higher incomes - but why isn't it astonishing that any woman supports a party that is openly afraid of "undisciplined messaging" in the new election?

Alright ladies, say you're married and you're a republican and you're taking your last gulp of Sam's coke, setting down Glenn Beck's America's March to Socialism for a nights rest when POW! A figure you don't recognize has hurled something blunt at your husbands head and rapes you in his absence. Then through the dark you recognize that it's your zombie grandfather

coming back from the dead. No pun intended.

Sarah Palin opposes abortion on the highest tier, including cases of rape and incest (or in this case your zombie grandpa who apparently played a tree in Evil Dead 2). Palin is one of the 33% of female abortion leaders who is also 100% anti-birth control and pro-abstinence-only education. Palin will be the first to tell you that if you have sex you best be damn ready to squat down and have a kid in 9 months.

  1. Blue Collar Workers

Remember in the 50's when we had labor unions - those "socialist" anti-patriots who gave us weekends, fair wages, benefits and ensured workplace safety during the "golden years?" A time when those who were grossing over $200,000 paid a top tax rate of 90%? As put's it :

   "The union movement became in the 1980s a diminished economic and political force, and, in the Age of Reagan, this made for a less socially just nation."

Republicans like Kentucky's Mitch McConnell came out against the financial reform bill after meeting with Wall Street elites like hedge fund managers and other execs. Does curiosity pass us by when the GOP fights against a bill made to regulate banks from kickbacks and high rate loans, the same system we have now that led to the mortgage crisis in the first place? Why would they continue to want the banks to gamble their accounts with your money and credit default swaps that former republican Jeff Greene made his fortune with? Finally, are senate republicans going to explain to blue collar workers why they filibustered 110 billion dollars in jobs late last month?

  1. Christians

In the Reagan years it was commonplace to believe that free enterprise was part of piety. Coming from the pro-capitalistic movement and Glenn Beck's god ordained Beck University as it turns out Jesus isn't a republican after all. Did I just hear a gunshot zip through the humid Florida sky? Didn't Jesus say,

   "go, sell what you have, and give to the poor." And "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

What about,

   "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me."

The new republican inspired version:

   " I was hungry and you gave me preservatives, I was thirsty and you gave me oil, I was a stranger and you built a wall in front of me, I was naked and you called it porn, I was sick and you gave me a chicken, I was in prison and you made a profit."

Originally posted to Leaflet Descending on Mon Jul 05, 2010 at 08:36 PM PDT.

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