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Old 08-08-2009, 10:44 AM   #1
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Default The me first, forget everyone else crowd:




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I know I should be mortified by the lobbyist-organized mobs of angry Brooks Brothers mannequins who are now making headlines by shutting down congressional town hall meetings. I know I should be despondent during this, the Khaki Pants Offensive in the Great American Health Care and Tax War. And yet, I'm euphorically repeating one word over and over again with a big grin on my face.

Finally.

Finally, there's no pretense. Finally, the Me-First, Forget-Everyone-Else Crowd's ugliest traits are there for all to behold.




The group's core gripe is summarized in a letter I received that denounces a proposed surtax on the wealthy and corporations to pay for universal health care:

“Until recently, my family was in the top 3 percent of wage earners,” the affluent businessperson fumed in response to my July column on taxes. “We are in the group that pays close to 60 percent of this nation's taxes ... Think for a second how you would feel if you built a business and contributed more than your share to this country only to be treated like a pariah.”

This sob story about the persecuted rich fuels today's “Tea Parties” and I'm sure you've heard some version of it in your community.

I'm also fairly certain that when many of you run into the Me-First, Forget-Everyone-Else Crowd, you don't feel like confronting the faux outrage. But on the off chance you do muster the masochistic impulse to engage, here's a guide to navigating the conversation:

What They Will Scream: We can't raise business taxes, because American businesses already pay excessively high taxes!

What You Should Say: Here's the smallest violin in the world playing for the businesses. The Government Accountability Office reports that most U.S. corporations pay zero federal income tax. Additionally, as even the Bush Treasury Department admitted, America's effective corporate tax rate is the third lowest in the industrialized world.

What They Will Scream: But the rich still “pay close to 60 percent of this nation's taxes!”

What You Should Say: Such statistics refer only to the federal income tax. When considering all of “this nation's taxes” including payroll, state and local levies, the top 5 percent pay just 38.5 percent of the taxes.

What They Will Scream: But 38.5 percent is disproportionately high! See? You've proved that the rich “contribute more than their share” of taxes!

What You Should Say: Actually, they are paying almost exactly “their share.” According to the data, the wealthiest 5 percent of America pays 38.5 percent of the total taxes precisely because they make just about that share a whopping 36.5 percent! of total national income. Asking these folks to pay slightly more in taxes and still less than they did during the go-go 1990s is hardly extreme.

Stripped of facts, your conversation partner will soon turn to unscientific terrain, claiming it is immoral to “steal” and “redistribute” income via taxes. Of course, he will be specifically railing on “stealing” for stuff like health care, which he insists gets “redistributed” only to the undeserving and the “lazy” (a classic codeword for “minorities"). But he will also say it's OK that government sent trillions of dollars to Wall Streeters.

And that's when you should stop wasting your breath.
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:56 AM   #2
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Default Republican Autoerotic Asphyxiation









Republican Autoerotic Asphyxiation
by Allan Goldstein Page 1 of 2 page(s)
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One glance at the birthers and the town hall screamers tells you all you need to know. You don’t even need to see it, you can hear it in their strangled cries. The Republican party is a junkie, addicted to hate.
“The base is on fire!” the Republican spokeszombies shout, spittle flaking their bloodless lips. ‘We’re back!” they spew, “bigger and better than ever!”
Hate is a rush, hate is a drug. When all your plans and dreams have gone to hell, when everything you stand for has been repudiated, when the people have abandoned you and it feels like God himself has forsaken you, hate will give you a reason to live.
The problem with hate is that, like any drug, you develop a tolerance to it. Last year a Republican mob could get into ecstasies of joy by chanting the lie “Obama is a Muslim!” That worked for a while, but then they had to up the dose. “Obama is a socialist!” was good for a nice hate buzz, but it got old in a hurry. Now mere lies don’t cut it anymore. Now it takes blood libel to feed the monkey.
“Obama is an illegal alien! Obama hates white people! Obama wants to slit granny’s throat! We hate him, Hate him, HATE HIM!”
This isn’t party politics, this is delirium tremens, and what comes next is rigor mortis.
Liberals, moderates and even rational conservatives--those few who haven’t gone on the junk--hear this stuff and are terrified.
I can’t blame them. It is scary. When you can’t have a town hall meeting without a shrieking, 140 decibel, bussed-in, paid-for mob doing everything in its malevolent power to scare the bejesus out of everyone and make democratic debate impossible, it’s easy to cut and run. The fight-or-flight reflex kicks in and even the strong are tested.
Many fail. The Blue Dogs hear the furor and turn Yellow. “Let’s take August off and hope it all goes away. These issues are just too contentious.”
But “the issues” have nothing to do with it. Do we really think those mobs give a crap about the intricacies of health care reform? Has fear made us that stupid?
The birthers, the “just say no” crowd, the “Cash for Clunkers is a failure because it worked” idiots don’t really care about any of those things. All they want to do is hurt Obama because they hate Obama.
They hate Obama because he beat them. That inescapable fact is what’s driving the right insane.
All they care about is driving down Obama’s poll numbers. But why? Seriously, my Republican brethren, are you really so delusional that you think you can beat him in 2012? Obama is going to eat Mitt Romney and crap Bobby Jindal in three years. What’s the point? Don’t you have a country to help run, or would you rather run it into the ground?


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Old 08-08-2009, 11:09 AM   #3
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A stretch.

The real problem is that the country lacks leadership right now both from the democrats and republicans. The Dems don't know what to think of Obama's programs so they're backing off while the GOP is content to sit back and let all these angry people make a fuss (which I find irresponsible). Angry mobs aren't going to sway Obama, he's doing what democrats do, republicans should be stepping up, especially in the Senate, instead of picking their noses and telling people how bad everything is.

Obama's probably the best thing to happen to traditional conservatives. They've turned from flag-waving jingoism to questioning the very role of the federal government in the span of a year.
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A stretch.

The real problem is that the country lacks leadership right now both from the democrats and republicans. The Dems don't know what to think of Obama's programs so they're backing off while the GOP is content to sit back and let all these angry people make a fuss (which I find irresponsible). Angry mobs aren't going to sway Obama, he's doing what democrats do, republicans should be stepping up, especially in the Senate, instead of picking their noses and telling people how bad everything is.

Obama's probably the best thing to happen to traditional conservatives. They've turned from flag-waving jingoism to questioning the very role of the federal government in the span of a year.
Can see your point. Same was true about Dumbya was good to happen for the Dems also.
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:25 AM   #5
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The "manufactured hate" angle is pathetic and losing steam as more and more dems are stepping forward, pissed off that their party is arrogantly calling them republican plants.

Among insured Americans, 82 percent rate their health coverage positively. Among insured people who've experienced a serious or chronic illness or injury in their family in the last year, an enormous 91 percent are satisfied with their care, and 86 percent are satisfied with their coverage.

As more people are educating themselves about this "reform", they are beginning to see the problems with government controlled medicaid and medicare and getting more concerned about the "fine print" in what a government controlled healtcare system would limit.

Most Americans are dissatisfied with the costs of the system overall, and apprehensive about their future expenses, but satisfied with their own current costs.

Based on those numbers, why is the left in denial about those who were clearly in Obama's corner in November showing their displeasure in regards to this topic???

This type of arrogance and flat out dismissal of their own constituants, is going to blow up in their faces.

As one registered DEMOCRAT said...."Why are you trying to push healthcare down our throats in three weeks, when the president took six months to pick out a dog for his kids?"

To ignore those type of legitimate concerns smells of knee-jerk party politics and arrogance.
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The real problem is that the country lacks leadership right now both from the democrats and republicans. .
"nuff said.

BOTH parties need to stand up and take control away from politicians who have become American Royalty.....arogance...ignorant...and insolent.
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"nuff said.

BOTH parties need to stand up and take control away from politicians who have become American Royalty.....arogance...ignorant...and insolent.
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Default Re: Republican Autoerotic Asphyxiation

As opposed to, what, dem homoerotic asphyxiation?

democrats (liberals, progressives, socialists, communists, whatever - they're all the same team) trade in crises, imagined or outright manufactured. There is always something that "threatens all mankind" that can only be averted by sweeping "change" that amounts to little more than (if anything) larger "government", and more poeple beholden to democrats.

Enough history has passed our eyes that you would think people would have caught on by now. But sadly, public and "higher" "education" has keep many blind to reality. But there are still some free men and women that recognize this manipulation of the ignorant, and attempt to shed light on the wrong. But because of the stranglehold the dems have in gubmint, the "media", and "education", their "message" drowns all reason. Those that object are shouted down as "crazies".

It's interesting though that, as happens with all their crises, the light of day reveals them to be the shams that they are. Science sheepishly rose up and exposed "global warming" to be the idiocy it is. Undaunted, the left have repackaged the crisis as "climate change". Of course the climate changes, you ninnies. But that doesn't give you stalinists carte blanche to enslave society with your insipid "remedies".

It seems, that upon examination, America isn't about to be undone by the "healthcare crisis". In fact it has become known that 80+% of Americans are just tickled pink with their healthcare and don't want the crisis manufacturers to @#$% with it. Some of these irrational trolls have even dared to express their disagreement with the "administration's" plans to destroy the best healthcare system on the planet. Undaunted, the left again repackages the "crisis" into a more appropriately named "health insurance" "crisis". 3% of the population. Crisis indeed.

This is why balance in gubmint, media, and "education" is imperative. Otherwise our fate is left to commie rat bastards.
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Unbelievable.

So once again, we have another person who believes that people who oppose Obama's spending and health care plans should just shut up, because they're nothing more than a bunch of "me-first-forget-everyone-elsers" spewing false outrage.

Please.

We do not have to shut our mouths because YOU think we should, Mr. Blogger. So would you kindly take to kissing my ass and minding your own business?

Funny how you guys love protesters when it's for a cause that YOU support, but if it's the opposition, then it's the absolute worst thing in the world.
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I don't hate Obama...I just don't like many of his policies and I REALLY hate being lied to...

Anyway, why are they even paying attention to the right? The Democrats have a majority in both the house and Senate and can pretty much so as they like. In fact, why haven't they healed all the woes of the Country yet, like ending the War as they promised to if elected back in '06?
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