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The Big Lobotomy

How Republicans Made Congress Stupid

By Paul Glastris and Haley Sweetland Edwards

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/...

Last September, as they scrambled to decide on one final ultimatum before shutting down the federal government, Republican House leaders came up with what seemed like an odd demand: to strip their own staff of health care benefits.
A debilitating brain drain has actually been under way in Congress for the past twenty-five years....

This is a detailed analysis of how the Federal Government has been eviscerated from the inside out.

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  •  Recced for a link worth reading. (0+ / 0-)
  •  There was an earlier diary that had a link (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    to this same article, although I don't recall the day and author.

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 07:58:27 PM PDT

  •  And house oversight has become, under Issa, kab... (0+ / 0-)

    And house oversight has become, under Issa, kabuki theatre of shameless proportion!

  •  party of lincoln became the party of limbaugh (2+ / 0-)
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    greenmeanie, marina
    How Republicans Made Congress Stupid
    may describe what republicans did the last 20 years but it doesn't describe how.

    25 years ago reagan killed the fairness doctrine, the right bought up 1000 of the loudest radio stations, and started a their talk radio led dominance of politics in the US.

    they didn't need to create or solve, and the well coordinated radio monopoly, ignored by the left, allowed the rw think tanks  to bathe the country in distortions, distractions, and lies, and create made to order constituencies on local and national scale as needed.

    talk radio allowed the think tanks to win and influence a lot of  primaries and elections. the original tea party started moving in to washington two decades ago and the next gen is even worse thanks to the deregulation and corruption and ignorance of the first generation.

    the effect of replacing staff with think tank talent was completely predictable and it starts with lazy democracy-hating ayn randers and think tank tools winning elections and deciding to allow the think tanks and lobbyists to do all their work for them- the markets solve the problems.

    riding the red velvet talk radio bandwagon became the key to success for them. all they had to do was repeat the talking points and memes, whether they heard them on radio or not, and they knew they had the wind of 1000 coordinated radio stations in their sails.

    what the stink tanks wanted was what the talk radio gods wanted, what the base wanted, and what republican reps wanted.

    and it's still much the same because most books  written about the recent history of US politics still don't mention talk radio

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 09:52:45 PM PDT

  •  The Self-Named Party of Stupid (1+ / 0-)
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    marina

    admittedly hates government, claims it doesn't work, and prove it when they get elected to it.

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