Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Krugman: Severe Conservative Syndrome

An excellent piece by Krugman this week - Severe Conservative Syndrome - HERE

"How did American conservatism end up so detached from, indeed at odds with, facts and rationality? For it was not always thus. After all, that health reform Mr. Romney wants us to forget followed a blueprint originally laid out at the Heritage Foundation!
My short answer is that the long-running con game of economic conservatives and the wealthy supporters they serve finally went bad. For decades the G.O.P. has won elections by appealing to social and racial divisions, only to turn after each victory to deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy — a process that reached its epitome when George W. Bush won re-election by posing as America’s defender against gay married terrorists, then announced that he had a mandate to privatize Social Security.
Over time, however, this strategy created a base that really believed in all the hokum — and now the party elite has lost control."

I thought of this riding back to the office after lunch today, I was flipping the channels and ended up on Neal Boortz, but you can have the same experience listening to Michael Savage, or Rush Limbaugh, etc.  They've absolutely lost their bloody minds... I try to remember that they can't possibly believe anything they say, and that their only real mission is to get ratings, but the schtick that these bastards are saying on the radio is nuts.  It's beyond reason that anyone could look at this presidency and think it's been anything but a right of center, middle of the road, compromise machine from day one.  But, policies aside, these clowns are arguing he's evil, and depending on their mood he's either a fascist or socialist hell bent on destroying the world.  And the challenge is that millions of people, who are struggling to find their place in a dynamic global economy where technology, globalization, and demographics are completely changing the way we live, work, and learn are looking for easily digestible solutions... and it's real easy to believe that the guy who looks different than they do is freakin' Dr. Evil.    And demagogues like Boortz, Savage, and Limbaugh are all too willing to play to people's fears, and with people's lives, to make themselves rich.

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