E. All of the above
According the "them"
A study released yesterday by the Washington Post paints a picture of an angry, confused, and overwhelmingly ignorant electorate. They're mad at government's inability to solve problems but seem to be willing to turn to the source of that inability-- the Republicans-- to make things right.
Umm...I wonder why voters are angry, confused and overwhelmingly ignorant? Could it be because the gop infused media made them that way by distorting what they decide with all spin all the time, UnFair and UnBalanced?
The worst "welfare states," where a dollar paid into the federal government yields far bigger dividends-- primarily deep red states in the South-- include Alaska and Kentucky, where Tea Party extremists Rand Paul and Joe Miller are campaigning on abolishing federal subsidies. For every tax dollar Kentuckians send to the federal government, they get back $1.51, a great deal-- subsidized entirely by states like New Jersey, California, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut and the other states that pay far more than they get back. "Paul is in effect saying that if he is Kentucky's next Senator, he will work to reduce his state's share of federal spending, thus hurting his own constituents." He sounds almost as crazy as... Joe Miller, the Alaska fringe kook who doesn't recognize the great deal Alaskans get ($1.84 for ever dollar) and, like Paul, promises to be an advocate for making his own constituents' lives much poorer. Mississippi gets back $2.02 for every dollar they send into the federal government in taxes and yet their politicians persuade them to "feel" oppressed by the federal government and over-taxed. In Alabama it's $1.66 back from every dollar they send in. In Louisiana it's $1.78 and in Virginia it's $1.51. Yet in all these states, the GOP is built on demonizing the federal government-- and instead of a strong and vigorous Democratic push back, we find weak and craven Blue Dogs like Travis Childers (MS), Bobby Bright (AL), Glenn Nye (VA), and Charlie Melancon (LA), as well as arch-conservative Senator Mary Landrieu (LA) validating the absurd Republican propaganda.
Can republican obstructionism be morally justified?
In 2008, our nation experienced the most devastating blow to the economy in nearly 80 years. When President Obama took office, the country was hemorrhaging nearly 600,000 jobs per month, and instead of helping address the crisis, the Republicans in the Congress united to obstruct any and all actions taken by Democrats. This complete refusal of an entire party to participate in the process of government is without precedent. Is there really any moral justification for self-serving obstructionism?
I don't have the resources to do a statistical analysis, but here's an example of what I'm talking about - NPR news at the top of the hour has headlines, and audio snippets. My recollection is, if the President of the United States was to be heard on air, that 'snippet' always is first.
It seems to me that this President [as well as Democrats generally] gets short shrift, even at NPR. In this case, at the 10AM 'news headlines', two Republicans were given audio snippets first, and the President the last one.
All spin all the time, Unfair and Unbalanced. We've been lied to.
Here’s the narrative you hear everywhere: President Obama has presided over a huge expansion of government, but unemployment has remained high. And this proves that government spending can’t create jobs.
Here's what you need to know: The whole story is a myth. There never was a big expansion of government spending. In fact, that has been the key problem with economic policy in the Obama years: we never had the kind of fiscal expansion that might have created the millions of jobs we need.
Ask yourself: What major new federal programs have started up since Mr. Obama took office? Health care reform, for the most part, hasn’t kicked in yet, so that can’t be it. So are there giant infrastructure projects under way? No. Are there huge new benefits for low-income workers or the poor? No. Where’s all that spending we keep hearing about? It never happened.
The gop infused media narrative of the Tea Party as a grassroots organization angry about the size of government and wasteful spending doesn't fit the facts.
This is the Tea Party in a nutshell: a movement of angry reactionaries marked by zealous intolerance of anyone who doesn't fit their demographic profile of a real American, combined with a sociopathic desire to enforce the proper punishment on anyone who doesn't live up to their old-time Judea-Christian values of crime and punishment.
The gop infused, MSM media we have shoots down so called White House Smears of the Chamber of Commerce, but didn't shoot down the Bush White House assertion Saddam Hussein had tons and tons of WMD and were about to use them on us.
Prelude to war
Suskind reports that the head of Iraqi intelligence, Tahir Jalil Habbush, met secretly with British intelligence in Jordan in the early days of 2003. In weekly meetings with Michael Shipster, the British director of Iraqi operations, Habbush conveyed that Iraq had no active nuclear, chemical or biological weapons programs and no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
Alabama State Senator Hank Sanders doesn't have a state wide media platform to inform voters and tell them what they need to know instead of what the media wants them to know.
Alabama is the only Deep South State to maintain Democratic majorities in both houses of the legislature. This feat has been accomplished in spite of the fact that only one Democratic governor has been elected since 1982 and the Alabama Supreme Court has been majority Republican since 1996. Moreover, eight of nine Justices are Republican. It was nine of nine before 2006. The chain of Republican attorneys general has been unbroken since 1994.
In addition, five of the seven current statewide Constitutional offices are Republican (governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, and state auditor) with only two being Democrat (lieutenant governor and commissioner of agriculture). In short, the Republican Party has been dominant in Alabama for the last two decades. However, the Alabama Legislature has remained Democratic in spite of this dominance.
But there is a determined assault on the Democratic legislative majority. Control of the governorship and the Supreme Court is not enough for them. My mama would say, “For some people, 99 ½ won’t do. They gotta have a hundred.” That means taking the Alabama Legislature.
Two years ago, Governor Bob Riley announced that his number one political goal was to establish a Republican majority in the Alabama Legislature. He has focused on that goal with laser beam intensity. He has raised millions of dollars to further this goal. Many of us strongly believe that the assault on bingo establishments created by the Constitutional Amendments as well as the federal criminal investigations related to bingo are part of this plan.
This election will set the political table for years to come. For one, those elected will redistrict the Alabama Legislature. This will strongly influence the makeup of both legislative bodies into the third decade of this century. It is a well known fact that whoever redistricts has a much better chance of winning elections during the next twelve years. Therefore, this election is not just about the next four years but the next twelve.
Annoy the Media. VOTE Democratic. HOPE won in 2008!
Keep HOPE Alive in 2010!