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Archive for the day “March 4, 2012”

A Conservative ‘playbook’?

From ‘We the people’ to ‘lower their expectations’.

In a very real sense, this is the ‘culture war’ we are in right now. The role of Government IN a ‘free enterprise’ economic system.

Does Government ‘manage’ the people while limiting the regulation or ‘management’ of business?

Or does Government ‘regualte’ business so that the playing field, the access to the same opportunity extend to all while broadening the tax base so that the ‘people’ also have a level playing field, equal opportunity?

Is the standard, quality of ‘we the peoples’ lifes of equal, greater or lesser ‘value’ then business?

Gordon Lafer :

‘Why was 2011 the year that brought such a ferocious assault on labour standards? At the most macro-level, the legislative battles of the past year must be viewed in the context of the long-term economic decline experienced by working- and middle-class Americans’.

‘If the country continues in the broad policy directions of neoliberal trade, privatization, de-unionization and deregulation, there is no possibility but that living standards for most Americans will continue to decline, as the country is slowly but inexorably competed down to the level of less wealthy trading partners. This broad reality provides the fundamental background framing contemporary politics. For the economic elite, the primary political challenge is how to manage the politics of decline – that is, how to advance an ever-more-radical neoliberal agenda without provoking a popular backlash’.

‘In part, conservative business elites have encouraged a revolution of falling expectations. When people come to feel lucky just to have a job with health insurance (and then just a job even without health insurance, so long as they can pay the rent); when 25 or 35 kids in a class comes to seem fortunate because others are in classes of 50; when retaining fully funded Social Security and Medicare even without a pension from one’s job seems lucky – all these shifts serve to lower people’s expectations of the economy and their demands of employers’.

‘The great unknown in this drama is how the vast majority of anxious, insecure, non-union American workers will make sense of these issues. To this end, it is critical to understand clearly the past year’s legislative battles for what they were: the leading edge of an ambitious agenda that extends far beyond anti-unionism and that, if successful, will transform the nation to the detriment of almost everyone’.
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The Republican Primaries – ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’

Just seemd like a good fit————

Spokane County no longer ‘Paul Country’?

As a ‘Liberal’ in the land of Conservatives, I very often just like being on the outside looking in.

Spokane is and always has been a very Conservative town and County. Over the last several years, this has been ‘Ron Paul Country’.

But now this :

Gingrich – 411 – 8%
Paul – 1,340 -26%
Romney – 1,521 -30%
Santorum – 1,511 – 30%

The total for the State :

Gingrich –  5,221 – 10%
Paul – 12,594 – 25%
ROmney – 19,111 – 38%
Santorum – 12,089 -24%
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Washington State, this caucus, is just a ‘beauty contest’ with no delegates awarded.

Will that matter and especially in Ohio on Tuesday?

Personhood! – ‘forbidding every man from destroying his semen’.

‘The council for Delaware’s largest city passed a resolution by an 8-4 vote Thursday calling on the Delaware legislature, other state legislatures and the U.S. Congress to pass laws granting “personhood” rights to eggs and sperm’.

“[E]ach ‘egg person’ and each ‘sperm person’ should be deemed equal in the eyes of the government and be subject to the same laws and regulations as any other dependent minor and be protected against abuse, neglect or abandonment by the parent or guardian,” says the resolution. “[L]aws should be enacted by all legislative bodies in the United States to promote equal representation, and should potentially include laws in defense of ‘personhood,’ forbidding every man from destroying his semen.”
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This was actually a ‘protest’ vote over the current battle over women’s health care access and the absurdity that we are even discussing it.


‘Right to Vote’ in Kennewick, Wa. Republican Caucus

“I think it’s illegal,” Swenson shouted to a gathered crowd, many of whom were filming him with cell phone cameras’.

“I think it’s unconstitutional,” he said. “Our right to vote is the most fundamental right in the Constitution’.
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While you cannot be denied the ‘right to vote’, the Constitution never explicitly ENSURES the ‘right to vote’.

See :

‘This may be a conservative reading of the Constitution, but it is black-letter law. True, the Constitution contains specific, hard-won language in the 15th and 19th Amendments that forbids discrimination in voting on the basis of race or sex. But these prohibitions don’t establish a universal right to vote. Thus, Congress cannot selectively disenfranchise women in the District of Columbia but can, and does, render all of its residents voiceless in Congress by denying them representation in the House and Senate. The Florida legislature may not (theoretically, anyway) dismiss only the votes of African Americans; but as the Supreme Court kindly reminded us in Bush v. Gore, it can dismiss everyone’s votes’.

Is it nit-picking? Yeah. (GRINS!) But consider this. The Founding Fathers as they wrote the Constitution were white, of property and over 21 years of age.

Women did not vote.
Slaves did not vote.
American Indians did not vote.

In fact if you were not white, over 21 and owned property, you did not vote.

Don’t abuse the Constitution. Understand it’s purpose at the time and it’s use as the foundation for a civil society and functioning government today.

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