Friday, August 8, 2014

Just politics

Perhaps the reason I've stayed away from this blog for so long is that I just don't follow politics the way I once did.  But, I went back to Evernote and found a few things I've saved of late that struck my fancy... I share below with a few comments:

  • Kinda of buried the lead, didn't you? - in the link a conservative realizes that his brethren have jumped the shark and writes a pitifully weak piece about it - but here's what should have been the lead:
            "In the age of Barack Obama, who would have been considered a moderate conservative a generation ago, it is easily forgotten that there was a radical left..." 

          Help me Rhonda, and then he butchers the "radical left" piece... but, he was dead freakin on about Obama being a moderate conservative.
  •  Have truer words ever been spoken?: US author Joe Bageant wrote in 2007 that "one of the slickest things the Right ever did was to label necessary social costs as entitlements. Through 30 years of repetition the Republicans have managed to associate the term with laziness in American minds."
  •  Obviously Mr. Paul doesn't want the R's nomination if he's challenging the myth of Reagan: from Rand Paul - "Some say, well that's fine, but there were good old days. We did at one time ... When we had Reagan, we were fiscal conservatives. Well, unfortunately, even that wasn't true. When Reagan was elected in 1980, the first bill they passed was called the Gramm-Latta bill of 1981, and Republicans pegged it as this great step forward. Well, Jimmy Carter's last budget was about $34 or $36 billion in debt. Well, it turns out, Reagan's first budget turned out to be $110 billion dollars in debt. And each successive year, the deficit rose throughout Reagan's two terms."

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