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There are issues that are difficult to understand. The mass-endowing properties of a Higgs field, the intricacies of protein folding, the appeal of the Kardashians. There are issues of opinion; issues of faith; issues simply lacking enough facts to reach a confident conclusion. 

The reason the United States faces a huge budget deficit is not one of those issues.  In fact, it's so simple it could be the plot of a children's book. Only this book doesn't have a happy ending.

If you listen to the news, you might think went on a spending spree. You might think we shoved fresh billions into social programs, or gave fat pay raises to government workers, or that there's been some huge expansion of the government bureaucracy. That's not quite what happened.

President Bush said Saturday that the most important number in the budget he sends to Congress next week is the $5.6 trillion surplus it projects over the next 10 years.

That's not some alternate universe. It's not ancient history. That's the United States just a decade ago.  So what happened?  Well, we didn't hand out huge new benefits, or fix all our crumbling roads and bridges, or address the failing National Parks. Emptying the national pocketbook was a lot easier than that. We gave it away.

We gave away $1.5 trillion in income tax cuts, and here's the fun part.  Over one trillion of that went to the top 5%. Less than 2% of Americans pocketed more than all the rest put together. Another bit of fun: the extensions that have already been made to the cuts will double the cost, with the payout being just as lopsided. 

Yes, if you look at the total deficit there are actually three components to our economic stew: falling revenues, economic decline, and war. You can also phrase this as tax cuts, deregulation and... war. Short term the price we pay for breaking the barriers between speculation and savings, or for engaging in military adventurism, is higher than the nice check we wrote out to the wealthy. Long term the wars will end and the economy will stumble back to life, but the tax cuts are a wound that's still bleeding; a wound that reduces our ability to address our other ills. It's also a wound that the GOP doesn't want to heal.

There are two reasons for that. One is that it's been consistent GOP policy since at least the time of Nixon to shift the tax burden away from progressive income taxes and onto regressive sales and payroll taxes. Whether it's Steve Forbes waving his "flat tax" proposal or Herman Cain shouting "9-9-9," the central idea of GOP taxation is that the rich should pay less of it and the poor should pay more. They've done a good job of making that happen already. The percentage of revenue that comes from payroll taxes has tripled (while corporate tax revenues have dropped by over 50%). These regressive taxes hit hardest the poor and middle class. You know, the people the GOP constantly claim pay no taxes. Pretending that only federal income tax and federal taxes on capital gains are real, is part of the game. So are all the screams for doing things at the state level. If you've ever wondered why the GOP is so hot on the idea of shifting programs to the states, it's not because they're inspired by antebellum speeches about state's rights or seeking a truer interpretation of the commerce clause. It's because state and local taxes tend to be much more regressive than federal taxes.

The second reason that the GOP throws up a barricade around the tax cuts is because they don't want the government to recover. It's not a secret. After all, the no tax pledge signed by nearly every GOP member of the House was designed explicitly to destroy the government. Famously, to make it small enough to "drown in a bathtub."

It's easy to scream about a Balanced Budget Amendment, but a decade ago we had a balanced budget. Heck, we had a surplus, one that was produced by small but real increases in the top tax rate. It's not the Constitution that changed since then. Nobody slipped in an amendment that forced the government into the red. Given the opportunity, the Republicans did everything they could to make sure that the United States not only doesn't have a balanced budget, but can't attain one because the one tool that can make it all work is the one they will not allow. Again, not a secret. What part of "government is the problem" did you not understand?

It's funny. The Republicans are always talking about American exceptionalism. It's a term they like so well that anyone who won't buy in is considered a pariah. But if America is exceptional, what makes it so? Sure, we have beautiful mountains, but there are mountains in other places. Our forests are pretty, but as the song says...

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
If there is anything that makes America exceptional, it's... our government. In both concept and execution, it's the government of America that was the great experiment, the ultimate gamble on the ability of mankind to hold together as a community.

It's not possible to love America and hate the American government. We are exactly as exception as our government, and exactly as threatened. That thing they're trying to drown... that's us.

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  •  architect of US Debt Crisis (69+ / 0-)

    Thirty Year War - How Oligarchs Took America

    How did a middle-class-heavy nation transform itself into an oligarchy? You'll find answers in 'Winner-Take-All Politics' a book by political scientists  Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson.  

    The Big Players in The Financial Crisis, ProPublica

    http://www.propublica.org/...

    http://motherjones.com/...

    GOP governors made it clear their objective is to win the presidency for Republicans in 2012.

    The Republican Governors Association has named Indiana's Mitch Daniels " The Architect of U.S. Debt Crisis" chairman of its public policy committee.


    Mitch Daniels, Architect of US Debt Crisis
    by Robert Parry

    To hear Official Washington tell it, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is the new “serious” Republican presidential contender. He’s praised as a “fiscal conservative” who isn’t obsessed with the Right’s divisive social agenda nor marred by the crazy “birther” conspiracy theories.

    Mentioned only in passing is a key fact that – in a saner world – would disqualify him from holding any government office: Mitch Daniels was President George W. Bush’s original budget director in 2001.

    In other words, the “fiscal conservative” Daniels oversaw the federal budget as it was making its precipitous dive from a $236 billion surplus – then on a trajectory to eliminate the entire federal debt in a decade – to a $400 billion deficit by the time he left in June 2003.  

    http://consortiumnews.com/...

    Texas Rep. Ron Paul laughs when asked if throwing thousands of federal employees out of work in the current down economy is a good idea. "Let `em go to work at McDonald's they should have a REAL job"

    by anyname on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:06:22 AM PST

  •  The gutting of the U.S. by the GOP (36+ / 0-)

    lies with their ability to stay on message. As said, the goals of the GOP almost never waiver.  In  large measure, they've been the same for over 30 years.

    The Dems, on the other hand, are like the saying...trying to herd a pack of cats.

    "Self-respect is the keystone of democracy"

    by neverontheright on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:08:25 AM PST

  •  and (13+ / 0-)

    the Serious republicans are still dreaming that bush budget director mitch daniels will save them from romney or gingrich.

    48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam (The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers)

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:11:54 AM PST

  •  beautifully written (27+ / 0-)

    thank you.

    I keep trying to remind people that these policies didn't start with W but decades earlier with Reagan. You have pointed that out in a very eloquent way.

    Inconceivable! You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    by hopeful on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:13:48 AM PST

  •  Well It's a Bit Like Describing WW2 as the (22+ / 0-)

    invasion of Berlin.

    The contemporary conquest began in earnest at the defeat of Goldwater when rightwing forces organized to start by taking over the Republican Party.

    It took 30 years to get all the pieces and forces into position and up to strength to make the moves of the Bush Administration.

    And it's not "the GOP" it's "conservatism" and it was both parties.

    Forget GW Bush, we were always going to have an ongoing recession and steadily increasing unemployment once the Clinton Admin passed into history. That was a massively Reaganomic bubble economy and housing was way past 100 year peaks for example. Jobs were streaming offshore, the people had spent out most of the assets they finished spending out by the time of the collapse.

    Not a dollar of growth in America's wealth has ever gone (by percentile) to the bottom 99% since Ford, it's all gone to the 1% including under Carter, Clinton and Obama.

    Wealth of the top .1% exploded under Clinton and that's where the mother lode to fund the politics of the 2000's came from.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:14:28 AM PST

  •  you had me at "appeal of the Kardashians" (11+ / 0-)

    because I'm pretty darned sure that there is, and can be, no logical reasoning which would result in that!

    Since I don't watch "celebrity porn", I really don't know a damn thing about "the Kardashians", except that there are more than one of them, and they are apparently Fame-hounds of high order...

    :)

    * * *
    I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
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    "A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy."
    THEODORE ROOSEVELT

    by Angie in WA State on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:16:12 AM PST

  •  What a great synopsis (12+ / 0-)

    If we reverse this trend, spend our money on the common folk and institute a progressive tax system, the rich have made it clear what the response will be - S&P credit down grades for the country and shifting even more investments off shore.

    -7.5 -7.28, I refuse to believe corporations are people until Texas executes one.

    by Blueslide on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:16:41 AM PST

  •  Thoughtful and well written diary - If only 60 Min (19+ / 0-)

    would do an expose.  The 60 Minutes of 30 years ago, maybe, but not the corporate owned one of today.
    And ABC news..... you think they'll do it?   CBS? NBC?
    Fox.......?  As long as the other side controls the media,
    the average Joe and Jane will be susceptible to right-wing
    talking points and propaganda.
    1984 came and went and we didn't notice until it was too late.
    Now they're throwing around terms like:  Premium support, and job creators.  

    We're the Honey Badger wing of the Donner Party. We're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore. Have you seen our videos?

    by Cassandra77 on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:21:08 AM PST

    •  ABC (5+ / 0-)

      is in the security intelligence business ( google search ' Mickey Mouse is a spy..... ( not spy kids ) article about Disney's ABC has been doing security intelligence big time for long time; one of Bush's appointment to director of national security intelligence had been with Disney ( can't recall off the top of my head guy's name - - it's in one of my online files somewhere!)

      NBC is General Electric - Defense Contractor extraordinaire since forever

      CBS .. . google search William Paley - CIA   since forever

      Texas Rep. Ron Paul laughs when asked if throwing thousands of federal employees out of work in the current down economy is a good idea. "Let `em go to work at McDonald's they should have a REAL job"

      by anyname on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:53:05 AM PST

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      •  this isn't the guy I mentioned up thread but (2+ / 0-)
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        DawnN, Cassandra77

        ex: check his Disney pedigree - and the rest of his resume

        Eric Haseltine is a technologist who has worked in senior-executive positions in both industry and the United States intelligence community.

        Haseltine is currently president, and managing partner of Haseltine Partners, LLC. He also serves on the advisory board of TTI/Vanguard.

        Haseltine received a B.A. in economics and psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in physiological psychology from Indiana University.

        He also has a certificate in Executive Management from UCLA's Anderson School of Management. He accomplished post-doctoral work in brain research at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

        Dr. Haseltine spent 13 years at Hughes Aircraft, where he rose to the position of Director of Engineering.

        He then left for Walt Disney Imagineering in 1992, where he joined the research and development group, working on large-scale virtual-reality projects.

        In 1998 he was promoted to senior vice president responsible for all technology projects. In 2000, he was made Executive Vice President.

        Haseltine was head of research and development for all of Walt Disney Imagineering by the time he left in 2002 to join the National Security Agency as Director of Research. From 2005 to 2007, Haseltine was the first Associate Director for Science and Technology, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

        http://sites.nationalacademies.org/...

        Texas Rep. Ron Paul laughs when asked if throwing thousands of federal employees out of work in the current down economy is a good idea. "Let `em go to work at McDonald's they should have a REAL job"

        by anyname on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:59:47 AM PST

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    •  what the hell is the matter with average joe? (2+ / 0-)
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      is he really such a schmoo?  does he really care more about fetuses than children? does he really care about the koch bros. more than his family?  does he really feel deprived of his superiority by having a black man in the white house?

      we're supposed to love our brethren, but it's getting increasingly hard...

  •  It is exactly the same as when the mob (15+ / 0-)

    takes over a business.  They hollow it out and leave it a shell of its former self.

  •  It was St. Reagan who took us from being the (28+ / 0-)

    world's largest creditor to its largest debtor in eight short years.

    Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. -Frank Zappa

    by TheGrandWazoo on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:28:06 AM PST

  •  Yes (9+ / 0-)

    You would think that some of this information would eventually make it into news reports about the state of our country, considering the dire circumstances that we are in, right?

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:28:28 AM PST

  •  Some truth to right-wing narrative (1+ / 0-)
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    Unfortunately, there is some truth to the right-wing narrative about wasteful social programs. In both RI and Mass, there are multiple accounts -- new one every day, it seems -- of social services agencies, funded with federal and/or state dollars to provide housing assistance or special education or other needed services, where most of the money disappeared into a black hole of high six-figure salaries, expense accounts spent on personal items and vacations, hiring of girlfriends at no-work no-show jobs, and all the usual forms of cronyism, corruption and embezzlement. (These are criminal indictments, not just Rethug talking points adopted by the media.) That could be one reason why pouring a lot of federal money hasn't done much to solve any of the problems it was supposed to.

    I'm all for pinning blame on the Bush tax cuts, the wars, and financial institutions' recklessness. But it seems to me we also need to acknowledge the very real waste and corruption in many of the social safety net programs, and find ways to tackle those.

  •  some very good points- thanks (6+ / 0-)

    but could we drop that mankind thing? some of us women think we are on the planet too and not as an afterthought.
    no disrespect to religion that says we were. just think it is time to give that rib thing up. stupid theory anyway

    i always like humankind. studies have shown that people perceive mankind as referring to MEN.

  •  Eight Years (10+ / 0-)

    For nearly eight year the Republicans got virtually everything they wanted:  the Bush tax cuts, two wars, deregulation, a prescription drug plan for the pharmaceutical industry, etc.  If things are going so well then we know who's at fault given the above.

    •  The Democrats enabled them at every step (6+ / 0-)

        Because their consultants told them that if they "looked conservative", they would sweep to thunderous election victories. Ask President Daschle.

      "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

      by Buzzer on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:56:01 AM PST

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      •  Yes, I remember how the Democrats... (2+ / 0-)
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        isabelle hayes, Matt Z

        ...totally caved to Bush on privatizing Social Security after Bush won his reelection mandate in 2004.

        Oh, wait...that didn't happen.

        Yes, the Democrats caved way, way too often (with the Iraq war being the poster for this kind of gutlessness) -- but we should acknowledge the times that Democrats have actually shown a spine.  Especially since those times have generally turned into political successes for the Democrats.

        So harping on the times that Democrats showed that they had spines and were rewarded for it will also help counter the inside-the-beltway narrative that forms the justification for so much of the times that Democrats to capitulate.

        Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

        by TexasTom on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 08:30:44 AM PST

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  •  What a wonderful diary to start the (8+ / 0-)

    day with.  Many thanks.

  •  So true about local taxes (13+ / 0-)
    It's because state and local taxes tend to be much more regressive than federal taxes.

    We noticed ever since Bush took office in 2001, shortly after that and since then, our state and local taxes have skyrocketed.  Less Federal funding for programs and schools is a huge part of the part plus some of us are stuck wtih right wing governors and legislatures slashing public school budgets and other social programs to the core.  
    Because of this, our local and school taxes go up and up and up.  

    I try to talk to local right wingers and even some right leaning centrists about reasons why our local taxes are so high and they insist it has nothing at all to do with cutting school budgets and what the state and the GOPers are doing..they say they want these cuts ...but in doing so, they will pay more local taxes, that is a given...as water/sewer/ roads/bridges/schools have to be funded somehow.  They just do not get it.

  •  Dog Whistle Politics circa 2004 & 2010 (5+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, DawnN, Palafox, rlharry, Matt Z

    well ALL years really but who's counting!

    http://www.rga.org/

    Republican Governor's Association

    Midterm 2010 Ads produced by Republican Governors Association: Remember November: The Final Act

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    http://townhall.com/...

    The RGA offers its 2010 closing argument in the form of another slick, quasi-dystopian web video.  Strap it in for a cyclone of gripping imagery, dramatic music, exceptionally high production value, and a coterie of high-profile GOP pols:
    2004

    TV ads score big in Bush turnaround

    http://www.usatoday.com/...

       It's no coincidence that the most psychologically effective ad that the Bush campaign used in 2004 wasn't the wolf ad (that was #2) but one that had two specific NLP-based posthypnotic suggestions embedded into it, telling people that "in the quiet" and "when you're alone in the voting booth" that they "can't take the risk" of voting for Kerry. It looked like a simple check-list ad, but was saved for the last minute and played so heavily because it was so psychologically sophisticated and potent."

        A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows a remarkable turnaround in 17 battleground states where polls and historic trends indicate the race will be close, and where the Bush campaign has aired TV ads - " The Choice." Those ads say Bush has provided "steady leadership in times of change" while portraying Kerry as a tax-hiking, flip-flopping liberal.

        The ads have been one factor in wiping away an inflated lead Kerry held in those states.  In a survey taken in mid-February, Kerry led Bush by 28 percentage points in those states, 63% to 35%. Now Bush leads Kerry in them by six points, 51% to 45%.

        In contrast, there has been much less volatility in states where the ads haven’t aired.

    Texas Rep. Ron Paul laughs when asked if throwing thousands of federal employees out of work in the current down economy is a good idea. "Let `em go to work at McDonald's they should have a REAL job"

    by anyname on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:43:25 AM PST

  •  Talk to some Repubs, particularly the Baggers (16+ / 0-)

    and they will almost admit they will never be happy until they are zero taxes they have to pay or until the very poor pay as much in taxes as they do. They said the poor just have to pay their share...it is like they want to push the poor to the streets.  I even know one guy who is fine with that, as he said he does not want to be forced to help the poor.  He said, " Let them go to church and get help".  I told him churches can only help very few of the poor and he said, " well then the poor will have to figure it out".  He is heartless but claims to be a good Christian who is saved.  He makes me ill.

    And the latest big thing I am hearing from Baggers is that they want everyone on disability to be reviewed every year and fewer SSD and SSI claims to be approved. They claim most on SSI or SSD are faking and living off the government. Read comments on news stories, this is their latest gripe or their renewed gripe is they all know healthy people on SSI who are faking as they can mow their lawn or put up christmas lights or something like this.

    I also keep reading right wing comments about how they watch people in stores and watch the cars they drive and follow them around if they use access cards.

    So I am seeing and hearing a lot about how Republicans are stalking the poor on food stamps and disability and watching them .where they live and the car they drive.

  •  The problem is entirely us. (9+ / 0-)

    The people. We vote for these policies and for the people who implement them. We watch Fox News and allow big-spending industrialists and televangelists to inform our decisions.

    While we progressives bemoan the current state of affairs, we can't deny the truth. Which is that people who vote GOP are numerous and that they truly believe in their worldview as much as we do. They vote for people who talk about Jesus more than our candidates do, and they have exactly the same right to vote as we do. We are a divided country. When the GOP presidential candidates talk about giving the country back to "the people", it's no more disingenuous than when we say we need to return the country to the 99%. The truth is that about 40% of the people in the country are firmly on each side, and want nothing to do with what the other side has to offer.

    •  Yes indeed, what's the old truism (5+ / 0-)

      something like "in a democracy, people get exactly the government they deserve" ?

      The USA is a prime example of that, not really anything more or less.

      •  The Republicans claim our country (0+ / 0-)

        has been "hijacked" by Barack Obama and his cabal of socialists. We claim the country has been hijacked by the 1%. Yet neither claim rings true. We are still a country that runs pretty clean elections, and the people continue to vote both for Republicans and Democrats in almost equal numbers, guaranteeing that the gridlock will continue.

        •  Sure, the elections are pretty clean (1+ / 0-)
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          Buzzer

          why wouldn't they be when both parties more or less have the same goals?

          To me, the most meaningful distinction between the two is that when your job is outsourced, the Dems talk about giving you 99 weeks of unemployment benefits whereas the Repubs chafe at giving you 6 months . . .

          In other words, the 1% has so much hijacked the country as figured out memes that resonate nicely  and gone on it's merry way with the acquiescence of most people.

          •  The government does not outsource our (1+ / 0-)
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            yet another liberal

            jobs. There are human beings on the other side of the planet that due to advances in information technology and communications can now compete for our jobs. All the government can (and does) do is affect the pace of these global changes. The reason a Chinese or Indian person is taking your job is not because some rich guys decided it would be a good idea; it is because those people (yes, they are people, just like us) want a better life (just like us) and have found ways of competing head-to-head with us.

            The pain the American worker feels is real, partly because these changes are occurring so rapidly. But the pain is also inevitable.

            •  The government sets up conditions (4+ / 0-)

              that makes it attractive for jobs to be outsourced

              For example, if worker representation in corporate decisions was the law of the land, like in Germany, there'd be considerably less outsourcing.

              Similarly, the tax breaks given for income earned offshore ensures that outsources of jobs is a lucrative proposition.

              It's not like they're not willing - and absolutely bipartisan -accomplishes in the plight of the American worker

              •  Yes, the government affects the trend on (0+ / 0-)

                the margins. But the global forces at play are what they are.

                •  You speak as though "global forces" (3+ / 0-)
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                  dear occupant, Saint Jimmy, Matt Z

                  is something like the gravity from the moon that causes the tides - yeah, what can be done about that?

                  In reality, the economic "global forces" that have been pummeling the American worker for decades have come about in large part BECAUSE OF US Government actions, that were closely linked with the wishes of US Corporations.

                  For example, just why did Nixon go to China, and "open" that country?  In the forty years since then, who has been the largest beneficiaries and the biggest losers?   (hint, US Corporations and US Workers, respectively).

                  But thanks for marginalizing Germany!!  Despite their success, I totally agree that the German-bots on this site get a tad obnoxious from time to time . . . .

        •  The interesting thing about gridlock... (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Matt Z

          ... is that it at least aids in having debate, but looks horrible for the politics. I learned recently that Jefferson thought there should be a 12-month wait on passage of bills. If everyone thought that a certain bill should be pushed through faster, then there needed to be a 2/3 majority vote in the legislatures.

          That sort of thing would sure be nice now that we have politicians offering up bills that have 1,000s of pages in them, and no time to read them.

    •  Our political system often doesn't give us choices (1+ / 0-)
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      Buzzer

      Who could we have elected to stop endless wars?

      Who would have supported a return to a sensibly regulated economy?

      We do have something of a choice on the relative progressiveness of taxation, but even then, the choice that the two parties give us is relatively slight.

      Tunis...Cairo...Tripoli...Wall Street

      by GreenSooner on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 07:24:38 AM PST

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      •  Al Gore would never have gone (7+ / 0-)

        into Iraq. That was 100% a neocon war. This claim that the two parties are one and the same just doesn't hold up to scrutiny. All you are really saying is that neither Party is as liberal as we here are. Which makes sense though, as that is not where the entirety of the country is. If Americans consistently voted in Democrats, we'd have much higher taxes on the rich, better social welfare programs, a smaller defense budget, and fewer (though not zero) wars.

        •  I never claimed that the two parties are the same. (0+ / 0-)

          They aren't.

          But the range of difference between them is very limited.

          Iraq was not a "100% Neocon War."  A majority of Senate Democrats--as well as then-House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt and a sizable minority of House Democrats--supported the War on Iraq in the fall of 2002.  Many "serious" centrists and pseudo-liberals, from John Kerry and Hillary Clinton to the Brookings Institution, backed the idea of invading Iraq.  

          It's certainly true that Al Gore and Barack Obama opposed the war and they deserve credit for having done so.

          But neither supported nor supports fundamentally scaling down the role of the US military in the world.

          And, no, all I'm saying is not that neither party is as liberal as we are here. Over 60% of the American public oppose the War in Afghanistan. Neither major party does.

          Tunis...Cairo...Tripoli...Wall Street

          by GreenSooner on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 08:30:39 AM PST

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    •  Split that in quarters, take one quarter.. (0+ / 0-)

      ..and for that many it could be true:

      Which is that people who vote GOP are numerous and that they truly believe in their worldview as much as we do.
      How many republican "conservatives" use SS, medicare, medicaid, and many more "socialist" taxpayer supported services?

      Then again, make that less than a quarter of teapublicans where it is true.
      More like 5% - belief does not = truth or fact.

      There are probably as many whose beliefs match their behavior as there are Ron Paul supporters; a very small percetage of the entire US population.

      Ignorance via propaganda is the distortion that keeps the GOP in business imo

  •  nt (9+ / 0-)

    "Nonviolent in the face of police brutality." Scott Olsen's email signature

    by BOHICA on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 06:53:04 AM PST

    •  The GOP is not trying to destroy the (1+ / 0-)
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      government.  That claim is pure nonsense.  The GOP has in fact grown the size of government.  They did so by outsourcing many of the functions that used to be performed by civil servants to government contractors  (that's basically how the DC suburbs became so wealthy over the last thirty years).

      Ronald Reagan made it clear that he believed that America’s best and brightest minds should not enter government service.  Instead, they should be put to use increasing the profit-making capacity of the private sector.

      The most significant step that Reagan took toward achieving his goal was to make long-term government employment unattractive.  He discontinued the defined-benefit pension plan known as the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) for employees hired after 12/31/1983.  The CSRS was replaced with a multi-source kludge known as the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).  FERS is somewhere between a pure 401K-based retirement plan and the defined-benefit CSRS.  Unlike the CSRS, FERS employees pay FICA tax.  They also contribute to the FERS plan.  A significant source of retirement support for FERS employees is a 401K-like defined-contribution savings plan known as the Thrift Savings Plan.

      The Reagan Administration was successful in achieving their goal of making long-term government service unattractive.  Government service became a place where young people were trained for the private sector (young employees leave government service to work for government contractors after being trained and cleared by the federal government).   The elimination of the CSRS is why most government agencies are staffed mostly with retirement-age employees and fresh-outs.  Mid-career employees are in short supply because there is little incentive to stick around (i.e., FERS removed the “golden handcuffs” that kept talented CSRS employees in place).  Promotions in the federal government are slow and less merit based than they are in the private sector.

      With respect to payroll taxes: the practice of commingling FICA receipts with general revenues started under the Johnson Administration.  Lyndon Johnson needed a way to hide the true cost of Project Apollo and the Vietnam War.

  •  Just not that angry this morning..... (0+ / 0-)

    Still not happy about division of wealth...that is a marathon, not a sprint.....

    The GOP didn't hurt the American people too bad this time on defense and appropriations...They passed something decent, got out of town, and gave their ignorant Tea Party wing the perception of red meat (Keystone XL).....

    In reality, the President can extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment by agreeing to Keystone XL.  As a Progressive, I support that...Maybe put a algal plant next to the pipeline and see which one is cheaper....

    The Hoover Dam isn't perfect, and TVA polluted a TON of rivers and lakes with PCB's...Keystone isn't perfect, but it should help the economy....The big story is that cheap and easy oil is GONE WITH THE WIND..!!!!

  •  What Stole America Was Not Idiots In The GOP But (0+ / 0-)
  •  I read the other day (7+ / 0-)

    That KS governor Sam Brownback is going to propose a big state income tax cut for the top incomes in the state (including the Koch brothers) and it'll be paid for by raising the sales tax.

    Having just moved from rural Kansas back to KCMO I can say with certainty that this will put some of the rural poor, who were holding on by their fingernails, over the edge financially.  This might finally break the hold the Republicans have on rural areas.  It's a monstrous plan, cruel and vindictive.  Par for the course for today's GOP.

    you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

    by Dem Beans on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 07:08:20 AM PST

  •  I want to shout this diary from the rooftops (10+ / 0-)
    If there is anything that makes America exceptional, it's... our government. In both concept and execution, it's the government of America that was the great experiment, the ultimate gamble on the ability of mankind to hold together as a community.
    It's not possible to love America and hate the American government. We are exactly as exception as our government, and exactly as threatened. That thing they're trying to drown... that's us.

    Yes, thank you!

    Meanwhile the thieves and the deceivers who claim our goverment is the "enemy" shout the loudest.

    We know why...
    We know the truth by now.

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 07:09:16 AM PST

  •  Such a well done piece. Would love to see it as a (4+ / 0-)
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    pamphlet we could all print out and leave copies of everywhere - bus stop kiosks, coffeshops, waiting rooms.

    “Wall Street owns the country. Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags. The parties lie to us, and the political speakers mislead us.” - Mary Elizabeth Lease, 1890. It's late. Occupy everywhere.

    by DawnN on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 07:19:40 AM PST

  •  Regressive tax shifts _are_ a GOP thing. (0+ / 0-)

    Endless war and deregulation, on the other hand, are totally bipartisan concerns.

    Tunis...Cairo...Tripoli...Wall Street

    by GreenSooner on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 07:19:56 AM PST

  •  He kept his wars off the books too. (5+ / 0-)

    Used emergency funding for those.

    The revolution will not be privatized.

    by Bush Bites on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 07:20:52 AM PST

  •  The Dems (4+ / 0-)
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    are just as much part of the problem. I know it is easy to point to Republican outrageous behavior, but more often than not, the Dems were right next to them, cheering them on.

     We are part of the problem.

    I didn't abandon the fight, I abandoned the Party that abandoned the fight...

    by Jazzenterprises on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 07:30:49 AM PST

  •  Excellent diary except for (4+ / 0-)

    the part about the GOP wanting "Small Government".  This is a demagogic slight of hand and I really, really wish progressives would quite repeating it for them.  The government they wish for creates monopoly privileges right and left.  By "Small Government" they really mean AFTER the government created privileges are in place, THEN no more government action.  This is a huge distinction.  They are not in favor of small government so much as privatizing a very large and omnipotent government.  They are proposing a kind of new feudalism.  In fact I would propose that progressives begin using such a term (or something like it).  

    GOP = NEW Feudalism.  Any takers.

    The Long War is not on Iraq, Afghanistan, or Iran. It is on the American people.

    by Geonomist on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 07:52:06 AM PST

    •  It's not small, so much as broken (4+ / 0-)

      The GOP goal is non-functional government. "Starving the beast" is just one way of reaching that goal.

      It can be reached through other means. Say, by putting in a Medicare drug benefit then explicitly forbidding the government to negotiate on drug prices.

      •  But government won't be broken in (3+ / 0-)
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        the ways that protect privilege.  There will be a huge military, beefy police departments, and plenty of prisons to enforce monopoly privileges.  Government will function very well in the ways that protect privilege, just nothing else.  I contend that monopoly privilege is best understood as government in that it cannot exercise it's grip on us without government power.  

        The Long War is not on Iraq, Afghanistan, or Iran. It is on the American people.

        by Geonomist on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:08:05 AM PST

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    •  Small government translates to small Federal (1+ / 0-)
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      government.

      They're custom designing the states right now into Republican fiefdoms courtesy of ALEC. These more conservative Republican statehouses will lead to more conservative (read 'radical') laws, undermining the advances in environment, civil rights, labor laws, etc. over the last fifty years.

      Corrupting at the state level is even easier than corrupting at the national level - the players become even bigger fish in smaller ponds. They can behave they way they did in Mass when Coakley  went after some banks - "fine! we'll pull out and you'll lose jobs!" causing pushback against those who pushback.

      Remember that eminent domain was thrown back to the state level by the Kelo decision. Nice little waterfront cottage you got there. Too bad some rich well-connected guy wants your land and that of your neighbors to build big expensive condos that will have a higher tax basis. Oops! Goodbye cottage that has been in your family for three generations.

      “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

      by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 08:51:11 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The collapse of the 20th Century Synthesis (5+ / 0-)

    and the rise of the 21st Century Social Crisis have less to do with partisanship than they have to do with the unchallenged hegemony of a single class.  Call that class what you will, the ruling class, the 1%, the new robber barons, the bourgeoisie, it's all the same.  Whether through their own action by power of their ownership status, through their constantly increasing leverage and domination of the political system, or by taking advantage of unfolding social and economic processes, since the writing of the Powell Memorandum, the class of Capital has been on a total class war footing, almost utterly unopposed.  Through their scorched earth policies, and the cravenness of the political elite that has enabled them every step of the way, the interests, ideologies and institutions of every other sector of society have been either obliterated, coopted, or rendered helplessly marginal to serve as convenient scapegoats PRN.  Today there is not a single institution of meaningful influence in our society that does not commit 100% of its energies to the promulagation and perpetuation of the interest and ideology of the ruling elite.

    Our political system as we know it emerged from the doctrines of those like Madison, who believed our society would always be characterized by a multiplicity of factions, each with its own realm of interests, constantly in ebbing and flowing interaction and conflicts among themselves.  So the system was designed to channel those factions into loose, fluid aggregations that through alliances of convenience would tend to modulate the power any single group in society could wield.  The only entity they believed could hold hegemonic power would be the state acting in and of itself, and therefore they imposed strict limitations on the extent of state power.

    What the simple, homogeneous, largely agrarian society of  the Federalist period could never have foreseen  was the massive development of social and economic forces on the continent in the past 200 years.  Those forces, those means of production and communication, have increasingly concentrated in a smaller number of hands (by deliberate action), giving their holders power far exceeding that any single faction that Madison cold ahve imagined, power grate enough to exercise total control of the state power itself.  By a single faction gaining that level of influence and control, Madison's system fails.  Solution sought within the framework of Madison's system must likewise fail, must be doomed from the outset.  You cannot use a broken tool to fix itself.

    As long as this overwhelming power and control remains in the hands of a single faction, any nominal change in control of government office will only represent a personnel change among those whose function is to serve the power of that hegemonic faction.  Until that hegemonic power is broken, politics in the Madisonian model will not only fail to represent any other than the capitalist class, it will serve as an active vector of frustration and despair for those who seek solutions to the problems of any other class within the thoroughly compromised system.

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 08:06:54 AM PST

  •  wrong priority (1+ / 0-)
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    The budget deficit is a distraction from the real problem--it's the trade deficit that is destroying American prosperity--it's the oil imports, the Chinese products in Wal-Mart, the currency imbalances.  We fall for this improper focus as we watch Europe implode using the same ill logic.  Keynes is being ignored--we are in a new Dark Ages.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 08:08:28 AM PST

    •  Worth noting that... (2+ / 0-)
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      one of the first acts of the Washington administration was to institute large protective tariffs to protect American industries. This policy remained in place for more than a century, and was part of a set of policies making up "the American System" that took the US from a pauper to the largest economy.

      •  China (1+ / 0-)
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        China is accomplishing the same thing by keeping its currency undervalued.  The euro problem, the result of internal trade imbalances, is causing the USD to be overvalued--an inhibitor for exports.  With the zoo in DC, the rest of the world still rushes to our shores as a safe haven--amazing.

        Apres Bush, le deluge.

        by melvynny on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:06:55 AM PST

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  •  A great diary, true in all respects, (6+ / 0-)

    but it gives short shrift to the other side of the coin choking off the life of the middle class and the poor. That is the three-decade long suppression and depression of wages. The lower classes would not be in the dire straights they are in had wages kept up with increases in productivity. Unfortunately, those wages were sacrificed on the altar of "competitiveness". A reasonable profit was no longer enough. You had to have ever higher profits to escape the notice of vultures like Mitt Romney.
    Without a dramatic increase in incomes for the bottom 90% of the population, adjustments to the tax code are akin to shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. "Conservative" talking points continually bring up that the top income percentages pay all the income taxes. They obviously don't care that those who pay no income taxes don't have enough income to tax. I don't think they realize that they are eventually going to price the majority of the population out of the market for most of the goods and services that their business benefactors provide. Then what?

    Trickle-down theory; the less than elegant metaphor that if one feeds the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows. - J.K. Galbraith

    by Eric Twocents on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 08:10:52 AM PST

  •  Here's a one-page version (4+ / 0-)

    Somewhat edited. If you copy-paste the text below, and typeset in Verdana 11, it will occupy exactly one 8.5x11"  page. This might make a good flyer.

                          HOW THE REPUBLICANS STOLE AMERICA

    There are issues that are difficult to understand. The mass-endowing properties of a Higgs field, the intricacies of protein folding, the appeal of the Kardashians. There are issues of opinion; issues of faith; issues simply lacking enough facts to reach a confident conclusion.

    The reason the United States faces a huge budget deficit is not one of them. In fact, it's so simple it could be the plot of a children's book. Only this book doesn't have a happy ending.

    If you listen to the news, you might think we went on a spending spree. You might think we shoved fresh billions into social programs, or gave fat pay raises to government workers, or that there's been some huge expansion of the government bureaucracy. That's not what happened.

    President Bush said Saturday that the most important number in the budget he sends to Congress next week is the $5.6 trillion surplus it projects over the next 10 years.

    That's not some alternate universe. It's not ancient history. That's the United States just a decade ago.  So what happened?  Well, we didn't hand out huge new benefits, or fix all our crumbling roads and bridges, or address the failing National Parks. Emptying the national pocketbook was a lot easier than that. We gave it away.

    We gave away $1.5 trillion in income tax cuts. Over one trillion of that went to the top 5%. Less than 2% of Americans pocketed more than all the rest put together.

    There are actually three components to our deficit: tax cuts, economic decline, and war. Eventually the wars will end, and the economy will stumble back to life. But the tax cuts are a wound that will bleed forever. It's also a wound that the GOP doesn't want to heal.

    The GOP throws up a barricade around tax cuts because they don't want our government to recover. It's not a secret. After all, the no tax pledge signed by nearly every GOP member of the House was designed explicitly to destroy the government. Famously, to make it small enough to "drown in a bathtub."

    Here’s the problem. If there is anything that makes America exceptional, it's our government. It's the government of America that was the great experiment, the ultimate gamble on the ability of mankind to hold together as a community. It's not possible to love America and hate the American government.

                That thing they're trying to drown ... that's us.

    The invasion of Iraq was a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a crime against civilization. Prosecute the crime.

    by Positronicus on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 08:19:53 AM PST

  •  Good Job (1+ / 0-)
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    This is the best summation of how we got into this mess that I have read. It should be mandatory reading for all Democrats.

  •  they couldn't have done it without a giant radio (5+ / 0-)

    soapbox that's been getting a total free speech free ride to
    misinform and demonize large segments of population.

    democracy was designed to self correct and deal with money and media problems in politics. allowing the RW think tanks to control the biggest soapbox in history gave them the ability to short circuit our democratic feedback mechanism, dominate media,  and create made-to-order pro corporate constituencies to block or pass whatever they want.

    and it won't get much better until that radio is fixed.

    Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

    by certainot on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 08:31:37 AM PST

  •  Finger pointing game (0+ / 0-)

    "If there is anything that makes America exceptional, it's... our government." becomes a finger pointing game with the right's ready answer that they are just getting the US back on track to the dream of the founding fathers... a golden age that never existed as we've had lobbying and big business controlling our politicians since day one... but at least we pretended to have checks and balances.

  •  Economist Jeffery Sachs says the most important (0+ / 0-)

    event of the Post WWII era was the ascension of Deng Xiaoping to leader of China in 1978. It was Deng's policies and power plays that brought China back into the world economy. He kickstarted "globalization".

    Globalization changed everything, and while the rest of the industrial world responded with strong government participation in the rapidly changing economies. The GOP told us that "It's morning again in America", and did nothing, allowing our robber barons to move capital and jobs offshore with total abandon. NAFTA was a half-baked response, conceived after the horse had left the barn.

    American conservatism seems to be powered by a notion of industrial feudalism, strongly rooted in the actual feudalism of the ante-bellum South. Just as in Ye Olde England, they believe that local "barons" should have maximum local sovereignty, and that allegiance to the "crown" should only involve alliances with other barons to repel foreign invaders.

    Perhaps our long history with an open western frontier has infected republican voters with the idea that they too, are entitled to be lords over their own little half-acre estates, and treat everyone who isn't a white, adult male like serfs.

    Have you noticed?
    Politicians who promise LESS government
    only deliver BAD government.

    by jjohnjj on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 08:42:03 AM PST

  •  DEMS DON'T VOTE (0+ / 0-)

    Millions of democrats sat on their asses in 2010 and did not vote. More than 80% of republicans vote in every election while registered dem voters usually can't even hit 50%. Pathetic are the citizens who don't vote. They're the real threat of democracy.

  •  (from Angle)I Like Paying TAXES... (0+ / 0-)

    with them I buy CIVILIZATION!

  •  Until the entire 99% Wake the Hell Up.. (1+ / 0-)
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    the 1% will continue to rob the 99% blind.

    What really pisses me off is many in the 99% vote Republican because they cynically (the Party) say Jesus.

    The Republican Party does not give a flying f&%k about Jesus. They are laughing all the way to their stock options on Wall Street and their fancy derivatives.

    And foolish idiots in the 99% let them. They say, "Here you want my other wrist? I already let you slice my right wrist. Have my left wrist too"

    "Praise you Jesus!!"

    I fear where America is headed. Now the miltary can round up ANY American and lock them in a military brig for life with zero due process.

    We have a Republican candidate for President suggesting he would eliminate an entire court (the 9th Circuit) just because he does not like their "activist decisions"

    Nevermind the activist decision of the US Supreme Court in the Citizens United case. "That was a valid use of judicial activism". And need I say "Gore v Bush"?

    I am not even convinced most readers of this blog realize just how dangerous things are and how we are just a few political defeats away from 1930s Germany.

  •  Excellent diary (3+ / 0-)
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    Shared in the hopes my Conservative Facebook friends might take a read. Yeah, pipe dream, but hope springs eternal.

    "But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die." - - Cherokee saying

    by brillig on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:18:08 AM PST

  •  how the GOP became party of the rich (1+ / 0-)
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    http://www.rollingstone.com/...

    The inside story of how the Republicans abandoned the poor and the middle class to pursue their relentless agenda of tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent

    Texas Rep. Ron Paul laughs when asked if throwing thousands of federal employees out of work in the current down economy is a good idea. "Let `em go to work at McDonald's they should have a REAL job"

    by anyname on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:24:13 AM PST

  •  What gets me.. (1+ / 0-)
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    ..about these type of diaries is how DK writers always lay out how the GOP fucked us over in some way, but never is the Democratic party condemned for allowing it to happen.

    "How the GOP Stole America"

    Nice title for a typical DK diary, where pissing off the reader is (as usual) the major intent.

    But where the hell was the Democratic party when the GOP was stealing America?

    Daily Kos wants you to elected more & better Democrats while concurrently inferring those Democrats you elect will be usless in the onslaught of right wing aggression.  (The Republicans are "holding us hostage."  The Democrats are "once again victims of the Republican filibuster."  Or "Ron Wyden has ruined everything," etc).

    Elect Elizabeth Warren, so says DK, just once she's elected,  understand E. Warren will be useless as far as staving off destructive right wing shenanigans.  After all she will be a Democrat.  And we all know there is only so much a Democratic politican can do.

    She'll just serve as a figurehead for an embattled minority of liberals "who get it."

    Now I am aware the only motivated & genuinely engaged liberals currently are the OWS participants.

    The Democratic president is useless & the Democratic senate is useless.  It's clear OWS gets that.

     I just wish DK would temper their GOP horror stories by pointing out a milksop Democratic party is doing virtually nothing to deter the GOP from stealing America.

    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in excess body fat and carrying a misspelled sign.

    by wyvern on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:28:38 AM PST

    •  Look below - wyvern - I say "WE" are too blame. (0+ / 0-)

      They can only do - what we sit idle and let them do.....

      You would be amazed at how many (and how high UP) come to Romney, Goldman Sachs and others rescue - to protect the legal profession or some other veiled agenda.

      Senator Joe Biden half way helped our case by Refusing to sign the Nomination slip for former US Attorney Colm Connolly to become a DE Federal District Court Judge.

      But he has done nothing since then - to stop the crimes transpiring in his state.

      His allegiance is now to the Country - NOT the State of DE.

      Verbal repetitive reinforced Bull S; is MSM weapon of mass destruction!

      by laserhaas on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 11:08:48 PM PST

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  •  But we are exceptional... (0+ / 0-)

    ...exceptionally stupid.  But that's not necessarily an accident either with the Republican war on anything related to critical thinking.

    Some folks trust to reason. Others trust to might. I don't trust to nothing. But I know it come out right.

    by dalemac on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:37:16 AM PST

  •  Very well said (3+ / 0-)
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    Recall my sister in law, yes she is part of the 2%, say that "voting for Obama is a vote for higher taxes."

    I was looking for a brick wall to bang my head against...

  •  Nice to recognize (2+ / 0-)
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    a verse from the UU hymnal... (it's sung to Finlandia, if anyone's wondering.)

    When civilizations clash, barbarism wins. http://Allogenes.wordpress.com

    by Allogenes on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 03:24:20 PM PST

  •  Should read "IS" stealing America - and We are (0+ / 0-)

    to blame....

    Many ask how Madoff, Petters etc - can get away with it for a decade?

    The answer is - We - the United States of Sheeple permit them to do so.....

    For a decade I have been screaming, ranting, raving and even was in the WSJ on July 25, 2005 - on how Romney's Bain and Goldman Sachs are ripping us off - one company at a time.

    No One Cares - because we are all silly enough to think that "it is Not my company" so who gives a sh---

    But it IS OUR COUNTRY

    It is our SEC that is destroying case files

    It is our DOJ Office of Special Counsel - Scott Bloch - who was head of the Dept of Justice Whistle Blower protection entity - that not only Destroyed Case files-
    HE ALSO REFUSED to do 1 month in Prison for betraying his public oath to defend the Constitution of the United States from enemies foreign and DOMESTIC...

    Then the US Attorney in California - not only shuts down the Public Corruption Task Force - he actually Threatened career Asst US Attorneys to keep their mouths shut

    OR ELSE

    Then he and AG Mukasey told the press and us - that the Public Corruption Task Force was shut down because there are NO public corruption cases to prosecute.

    Say it loud and say it Proud

    We ARE the United States of Sheeple!

    Verbal repetitive reinforced Bull S; is MSM weapon of mass destruction!

    by laserhaas on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 10:34:41 PM PST

  •  Where were ? (0+ / 0-)

    Where were the DEMOCRATS on all this they were helping the CORPORATE REPUBLICAMS steal. They did not dig in and say NO not a word. Just a few.  THESE same democrats HELPED GIVE CORPORATIONS CONTROLE OF ALL OUR NEWS MEDIA, PUT  the UN-HOLY FIVE ON THE SUPREAM COURT. ROBERTS SUPREAM COURT IS THE MOST CORRUPT SEPREAM COURT EVER. All we HEAR is HOW the DEMOCRATS LOVE HAVING WINE AND CHEESE with there CORPORATE REPUBLICAN BUDDIE. Time for these DEMOCRATS to GO. OR we become slaves to the CORPORATIONS.

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