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Monday, September 26, 2016

I often think it’s comical 

How Nature always does contrive 

That every boy and every gal 

That’s born into the world alive 

Is either a little Liberal 

Or else a little Conservative!

–from “Iolanthe,” by Gilbert & Sullivan

 

Here’s the latest alarming dispatch from the frontiers of knowledge: Scientists say that Republicanism may be a congenital problem. Well, not scientists, exactly, but journalist Chris Mooney, whose latest treatise, “The Republican Brain, The Science of Why They Deny Science—and Reality,” has got suggestible Democratic brains all atwitter.

Explaining his findings in Mother Jones magazine, Mooney writes that, bewildered by right-wing irrationality, he found it “impossible to ignore a mounting body of evidence—from political science, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and genetics—that points to a key conclusion. Political conservatives seem to be very different from political liberals at the level of psychology and personality.”

Wow! You think? Almost needless to say, the professors who study these things credit liberals with personality traits tending to make one popular at say, an art gallery cocktail party, while conservatives are made of sterner stuff. “The evidence here is quite strong,” Mooney insists. “[L]iberals tend to be more open, flexible, curious and nuanced—and conservatives tend to be more closed, fixed and certain in their views.”

He appears not to notice that these are loaded terms.

So here’s my first question: How do evolutionary psychologists explain why such different human types evolved in Mississippi, say, as opposed to Massachusetts? And if all the creative, intuitive types inhabit New England, then how come Mississippi (Southern chauvinism alert) has produced far more than its share of great writers and musicians over the years?

The answer, of course, is that psychologists make no such claim. How could they? No evidence exists that would assign different personality types to different parts of the country. (Much less to different countries, but hold that thought.) It follows that such insights as Mooney produces about the cognitive styles of Republicans vs. Democrats are far less useful than he thinks in explaining American political dynamics.

Debating Mooney on his blog, Kevin Drum makes a related objection, observing that “temperament is universal, but Republicans are Americans. And it’s Republicans who deny global warming and evolution. European conservatives don’t. In fact, as near as I can tell, European conservatives don’t generally hold anti-science views any more strongly than European progressives.”

  • My take on conservative thinking is a little different. At the heart of conservative thinking is a strong aversion to change by many. In their quest to avoid change, they will be very creative in coming up with arguments that show new ways dangerous and wrong.

  • The quagmire explained…..

  • Jerpell

    Conservatism are the principles this country is founded on, Liberalism is a disease!

    • Conservatives are they ones the founders fought against and broke away from in order to found this country.. The Tories were Conservatives. Enlightened progressives wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Conservatives are still trying to hand the Government over to moneyed interests and disenfranchise the poor.

    • ceverettham

      I thought I would never see a comment on this page that made sense.
      Thank You

    • Obviously a guy like Zimmerman is a conservative, for him the killing of the unarmed black teenager was in self defense…

      • Jerpell

        Hispanics and Blacks have always been at each others throats, nothing new there!

        • EdC

          And rich Whgite are always there to stur it up

          • Jerpell

            You do mean the left wing news media fanning the flames of racism as always to try and make a news story, and the non thinking liberals fall right into their little trap….OUCH!!!

        • Do you know this for certain…

          • Jerpell

            Prove me wrong!

          • I don’t have to prove anything i grew up around hispanics all my life to this day i have never had a problem with an hispanic i am 45 years old and have never ever seen heard anything about blks and hispanics at each other’s anything…YOU NEED TO PROVE THAT ONE…

          • Jerpell

            I don’t have to prove it, Zimmerman and Trayvon proved it for me…

          • that is the most idiotic thing i have ever heard Z was an over zealous NWP carrying a gun and really should have listened to the dispatcher when he was told to back off the police were coming… And somehow i don’t think Tray said hmm there is a HISPANIC following me let me run..Like i said HISPANICS AND BLACKS HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH EACHOTHER.. And like i said grew up with Hispanics WONDERFUL CULTURE AND PEOPLE I KNOW BETTER THAN YOU DO,SO DON’T EVEN GO THERE……AGAIN I AM GOING TO NEED YOU TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER THAN THAT…

          • Jerpell

            Hmm…Nice try… Zimmerman was a Hispanic with a gun out looking for trouble, Trayvon was a black man out probably looking for trouble and took offense to the Hispanic with a gun and started beating up on the guy and the rest is history…See…Now I’m sure you agree that the two races will never get along. Hmm I think that’s called racism!

          • LMBO are u serious you want to go there NICE try home slice not going there that incident should have never happened Z was an over ZEALOUS NWP who should have listened to the dispatcher when he was told to back off that the police where on the way..And somehow i doubt if Tray said HMM THERE’S AN HISPANIC FOLLOWING ME LET ME RUN FROM HIM…. bLACKS AND HISPANICS HAVE ALSWAYS GOTTEN ALONG AND WILL CONTINUE DESPITE Z AND TRAY CASE ….Remember that ……nice try though..Again i am going to need some proof…ALL I WANT YOU TO DO IS BACK UP WHAT YOU SAY…

    • JulieZ77

      Yet another nitwit right winger that isn’t aware of the fact that liberals are quite aware that the Neo-Confederate mentality is in no way, “conservative.”

      • Jerpell

        It amazes me how this President (Obama) has divided Conservative against liberals, I mean we’re at each others throats, and he’s managed to do the same with racism. He uses race as a political tool, he could have done so much for race relations instead he divides pitting one against another and has brought race relations backwards 50 to 60 years, take your frig-gen blinders off….This is NOT a man I can support. I’m not a Romney fan but at this point any warn body other than Obama is fine with me. This country is divide up enough, the healing must begin at some point!

        • give me an example of how this Prezident has divided anything this has been going on forever and a day class warfare has been here long before me..It’s just come full circle now…And as far as RACISM hell yeah it’s up but its not because of anything he has said or done,THE TRUTH HAS A WAY OF REARING IT’S UGLY HEAD ABT THIS COUNTRY. And it’s rearing it’s ugly little head..So with that being said if you can’t give ME A BLACK WOMAN an example of how President Obama HAS DIVIDED this country,then find something else to cry about because as a person of color i know how to call it for what it is..BULLSHIGGADDY.. ………..he could have done so much for race relations instead he divides pitting one against another and has brought race relations backwards 50 to 60 years, what are in hamsandwiches are you talking about,GOOD OLD USA WAS NOT THE MOST LIKED COUNTRY,WHO DID WE HAVE TO THANK FOR THAT..At least now we have a favorable view it’s not 100% but it is certainly much better than what it was and thats common sense knowledge… Like i said don’t give me SAMATICS, TALKING POINTS ETC JUST THE FACTS WILL DO……

        • hybrid80

          Is there any woman you would support? Ann Coulter maybe ?
          or Palin perhaps? Then again what does a “warn” body look like? Obama tried to appease the Republicans like yourself, and lost the House, —- so much for healing!

    • EdC

      Why don’t you go back to faux news station Conservative Principles and Christain Conserveatives, are both Oxy-morons, Emphisis on Moron

      • Jerpell

        Our great President Obama has succeeded , we are now at each others throats, blacks, Hispanics, and whites are all envious of each other, he’s got the middle class and the so- called rich hating each other, he has Rep. and Dem. at each others throats, we are now supposed to hate big oil, we now are to think that corporations are evil….Constant hate, divide and pitting one group against another. If this is what you want to support, Have at it!

        • hybrid80

          How true, BP and Enron need a standing ovation, and Wall Street should be put up for the Nobel Piece Prize

  • BillNewcott

    Thank goodness liberals never succumb to magical thinking. Otherwise, we’d never have come to these universally accepted truths:

    The amount of money spent on education is directly proportional to the quality of said education.

    Engaging belligerent foreign governments in creative negotiations is always the best way to change their behavior.

    Borrowing money from another government is the best way to reduce domestic debt.

    If the government requires automobile manufacturers to build electric cars, then everybody will buy electric cars.

    A government employed health care bureaucrat will always make decisions in a more timely and fair-minded manner than a commercially employed health care bureaucrat (using DMV offices as a model).

    • Russ49

      When little money is spent on education, you can’t expect all students to graduate, a prepared labor force, low crime rates, or many to go on to higher education.

      Diplomacy is always cheaper than war, both in money and blood.

      In a global economy, it is inherent on the countries with surpluses to, make loans to others to keep the world economy from collapsing. Additionally, the more interconnected nations become, the less likely they are to start a war with their trading partners.

      If the government does not require a certain number of electric cars be produced, and the mileage of gas vehicles be improved, the country will be at a greater disadvantage to OPEC countries than it already is.

  • Askeptic2012

    One can at least speculate, that the regional distribution of know-noting conservatism conforms to the areas of the country that, prior to Brown v. Board of Education, were heavily segregated, and thus had imposed upon them school busing, to which they reacted by sending their children to white christian madrassas, thereby overexposing those populations to fundamentalist christian nonsense.

  • This probably has little to nothing to do with this article except to say Republicans suffer from some kind of incurable mental malady.
    What kind of malady do they have when a certain Republican politican whose name I missed says,
    “Obama better hope that his teleprompters are bullet proof?” Sounds like he’s promoting the asassination of our duly elected president, by the people of America. Sounds like treason!
    Then take Ted Nugent whose lyrics shows him to have the opinion that women are nothing but objects to be sexually exploited, had this to say, “I’ll tell you this right now: If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said. “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?
    Nugent, speaking at the organization’s annual gathering over the weekend, praised NRA members but warned that if they did not “get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.”
    “If the coyote’s in your living room, pissing on your couch, it’s not the coyote’s fault. It’s your fault for not shooting him,” he said.
    This sounds like he’d asassinate President Obama if he thought he could get by with it. The Secret Service should lock this man away. He like the majority of Republicans seem to have the view that Amerian voters opinions don’t matter only their view does. They can’t accept other peoples opinions even if they are the majority of Americans. This too tetters at the point of treason. So they give into childish names calling and false accusations such as “birthers, American-hating, Muslims, and communists” all of which they’ve had 3 1/2 years to prove yet they still have offer no proof. Very closed minded indeed.
    I don’t appreciate people who think our President should be asassinated. They are very sick individuals and are dangerous to Democracy. I also think Obama being black has brought the closet racists out like little children. Get over it and accept differences to your race, religion, politics, sex and sexual preferences.
    If you don’t agree with Obama then do the right thing and vote him out, not turn to animalistic mindset of violence, hatred and murder.
    On last thing. Ted Nugent’s view of women reminds of the Stoneage image of a caveman with a club over one shoulder dragging an unconcious women by her hair to his cave. The good old Republican view that women only two places they belong. In the kitchen and in the bed.
    OBAMA IN 2012!

    • EdC

      You are so correct,(right is getting stupid) but we do have as you say, the racest coming out of the closets, that was the Republican intention, and that lie about guns that the NRA is pushing, about Obama, who actually gave gun ownership more freedom, is scaring gun owners. Again a Republican intention. However the point is that these idiots can’tvote him out, because that aren’t enough of them so they creat lies and storys about him, and the threaten him, and as we have recently seen proved that you might be still able to kill a black and get away with it. Just hope he hasn’t got a gun also, and is better with with it, but Republicans don’t stop there, Remember Sarah Palins’s cross hairs target, and what happened in Arizona. The right thinks its right because it IS the Right. and yes I have been actually told that. BUt more that that the right claims God and the Bible yet they seem to believe that it doesn’t apply to them. The sixth commandment thou shall not kill, i guess that ony applies if you are not a Christain Conservative.

    • montanabill

      Barack Obama is pretty safe for one reason: Joe Biden. I’ll give him credit for a smart decision there. However, he will be a one-term president.

    • @ Syd if i could hug you i would that was very well stated…BRAVO

      • I could use a hug after the night of tossing and turning, worrying about our great president and thinking about what to say. Thank you sonjad!

        • Anytime but don’t worry about him he will be OK..I have faith in the man upstairs…

          • Grandpa_In_The_East

            There isn’t a man upstairs.

          • Grandpa_In_The_East

            There is no man upstairs.

          • There’s no one upstairs alright thats why none of you blow hards can step up with not a beep NOT a response NOTHING BUT but ridicule and foolishness when ya ready to step let me know GRANDPA……I stand buy what i say,i say what i mean and mean what i say……

    • B4Real2012

      NOW, this is being 4 REAL R Smith. Thank you so much. I could not have said it better. One of the sadest things is that it’s difficult for some to see who is actually 4 real and at least trying to do his best to get us ALL together as One Nation, in general. However, conversely, the frightened “children” as you said, have done nothing but become OBSTRUCTIONIST then still try to TURN THE BLAME on the one person who has actually be working toward getting the mess cleaned up that was undoubtedly left by the Bush-Cheney crew as if we didn’t know who had the “SURPLUS” The fact of the matter is, The President actually gave the Repubs too much leverage, initially, but at this point, the only thing they did in retur was to show their unjustified hatred, no matter what he tried to constructively do. Sad situation. Just looking forward to another 4 years of having a President that I am Proud of and who is looking out for me and YOU, in spite of it all. OBAMA 2012, INDEED!!

    • cpatc

      I agree sir. There is so much hate for americans; even if they don’t know you are Democtat. personally, I’m tired of it. So, if you are republican, stay away from me. I don’t appreciate what y67a’ll did to me when Nixon, Reagan , and the two Bush’s were in office, and now I’m pretty angry about it. Wise up and understand that the upper “4” percent wilnot do anything for you after you help elect their man.

    • Grandpa_In_The_East

      “Republicans suffer from some kind of incurable mental malady.”

      We are all born Republican. We feel we are in the center of the universe and all the people are supposed to serve our every need. Why else would they be there? As we get older we grow out of it and become full grown Democrats. However some, for whatever reason fail to grow up and they remain Republicans. If they have children, well they, too remain Republicans.

      Take Mit Romney, for instance. I rest my case.

      Grandpa

    • A little update on the National Rifle Assocations POSTER BOY TED NUGENT.
      First I want to make this perfectly clear. I’m a Vietnam Veteran who VOLUTARILY enlisted in the Marine Corp and VOLUNTEERED to go to Vietnam. I served in 68 & 69.
      I am totally disabled with PTSD which is no joking matter. I live with it still.
      TED NUGENT bragged about how he got out of the draft back when he did his disgusting deed. For a week prior to reporting in he wore the same pair of pants. He didn’t use the bathroom in a normal manner, instead he urinated and defecated in his pants then went in to report. They declared him unfit for service. What a FILTHY COWARD. Yet he bragged he would shoot all the hippies.
      Once again I stress, he is the poster boy for the NRA and as far as that goes for the GOP along with Rush Limbaugh who s**** himself too. Also, Mitt Romney said it was an interesting time meeting Ted. Mitt said nothing about Ted Nugents threat to Obama’s life.
      OBAMA IN 2012!

  • Yes there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats. The Repubs believe they are better than the common man and belive they are right when obvously wrong. The Demos are usually smarter and have a respect for others even the poor. The Repubs are scared of everything and try and frighten others with their retric, while Demos will give in and accept others views.

  • Russ49

    Hopefully, a lot of baby boomers from the north will retire in the south, thereby diluting the strength of the evangelical know nothings, eventually making the country completely Democratic. Go OBAMA 2012!!!!

  • dardyl

    There is a reason for the age old saying “died in the wool democrat”. It is because no matter the situation or controversy, there is no reasoning that reaches a democrat. They cry and moan, rant and rave, and judge and condemn every discussion point. They say things like “FDR saved this country and I won’t bite the hand that feeds me” meaning of course he started many of the social programs that continue today. I suspicion that democrats suffer from the same mental disease that republicans do, but only they believe it is strictly a republican malady. Democrats are the worst about raising a cry and hue about any slight or opposition that comes their way. They claim racial discrimination, deceit, manipulation, and treachery when there is an issue and they get bad press or ratings. They are the worst whiners ever. Nothing budges them, and they believe republicans are genetic! See what I mean?

    • hybrid80

      I think you just made the case for the article. All the Republicans think they want is a Market Economy for a constitution, no loyal opposition, no social programs, and a President who knows his lines, and steps up to his marks on time (hint Reagan) and a Military strong enough to pound Democracy into any weaker sovereignty.

      • dardyl

        Nowhere did I say anything like that. I merely pointed out that Democrats can be as stubborn in their point of view and as immovable as posts were saying Republicans were. They can be as unreasonable as people were saying Republicans were. It isn’t congenital, it is the way people on both sides cling to their opinions. It is BOTH parties that won’t hear.

        • hybrid80

          This sounds like the party line, you know Congress is deadlocked by
          “politicians”, so throw them all out. Republican members just take one for the team when getting tossed.
          Now new Republican Reps. who would not be held responsible for the old mess and are no worse than new Dems., can get elected by SuperPacks.
          This is a playbook that even the dumbest in the party can follow and the controlled media can easily slant their coverage to feature a deadlocked Congress without blaming the Republican for negating or nitpicking all and every proposal put up by the Dems.

          Disraeli I believe used this tactic in the British House of Commons. He is the one who said “A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy”

          • dardyl

            I never said throw them all out. It is very clever twisting my words. I am not championing any side. I’m saying there is enough blame to go around. I could throw quotes at you all day long too, but we would still be at a stalemate. I’m saying there should be some honest communication from both sides and help America out of her present circumstances. BUT nobody will listen and we remain the same. It can’t be all one side’s fault. Each side has taken turns in power and the more we change the more we remain the same. I don’t think when they are bargaining for their way, they should be able to bring up the past. They should begin at that time and go forward and find a solution. Everyone starts with a new slate.

  • quasm

    Mr. Lyons;

    If conservatives are so fixed in their dogma and liberals such realists, why do liberals cling to such programs such as the ‘war on poverty’ which is a documented disaster?

    Dik Thurston
    Colorado Springs

    • maryinbama

      The War on Poverty is only a “documented disaster” in the minds of conservatives. Prior to Johnson’s programs, 50% of Americans lived below the poverty line. Now that figure is 15%. I would say that lifting 35% of Americans out of poverty was a resounding success.

      • teabaggers use that straw man at all times.

  • howa4x

    The people who run the Republican party are extremely cynical. They know there is a danger in what is happening with the weather, but are paid big dollars from the oil and gas interests, so they trot out and deny climate science. They are also not opposed to medical break throughs, and want the latest used on them. It’s just that to win they have to appeal to a group that are climite deniers, have strong Christian beliefs, and are pro war and guns. All you have to do to get this group behind you is to express your faith, promise not to take away their guns, and constantly say that America is the greatest country as it is and the problems are made up by liberals who by the way threaten your lifestyle. They have been using this mantra since Nixon created the southern strategy. Be careful what you wish for. This base once existed in the Democratic party, and were actually the Klan in the southern states. Republicans were seen as invasive, and eastern snobs. Remember Ike was the 1st to send troops to integrate Little Rock High, but as the democratic party became more anti war and more pro women they left. Now they are burrowed into the Republican party, and brought their Klan mentality with them. They want purity and are trying to oust party icons like Dick Lugur. The southern group linked up with the mid and western groups to form the party we see today. Their veiw of Christianity was born in racism and justified slavery in the south. In the mid west it was just plain that god is the master and everything happens by his will, and the far west it’s just leave me alone, and want the Feds out of their lives so they can damage the enviornment as much as they want. This is what Mitt has to appeal to, and why we saw him lurch right ward. To them the center is purgatory, and they will try to keep Romney looking rightward. Problem is the rest of the country exists in the center. Romney is the wrong man for this time

  • majong13

    Most Republicans I know are more self-centered, but are not aware that they are. That’s the problem.

    • Jerpell

      Most liberals I know are major racist and are not even aware of it, That’s the problem!

      • majong13

        You are projecting, but let’s just agree to disagree.

        • Jerpell

          Sounds good, start the grill up and have good steak!

      • hybrid80

        I think the real problem is your choice of friends

  • stsintl

    When I became a US citizen in 1970, I went to register to vote. I was asked whether I wanted to register as a Democrat or a Republican. Since I didn’t know much about either party, I registered as an Independent. When I got back to my office, I asked my boss if he could tell me the differences between the two parties. He said, “It is simple, Democrats are Robin Hoods, they steal from the middle class to take care of the poor. On the other hand, Republicans are Hoods Robbing the middle class to take care of the rich.” It is amazing how true this has been over the last four decades. From Reagan’s tax cuts to Bush’s tax cuts, the trickle down economics hasn’t worked. Over the forty years, Republicans held the White House and political power for twenty eight years. They added $ 7.7 Trillion to the national debt, while 34 million jobs were created. On the other hand, Democrats held the White House for twelve years. They added $ 1.7 Trillion to the national debt, while same 34 million jobs were created. In conclusion, tax cuts for the rich do not create jobs. They only shrink the middle class. What is needed is a MILK [Middle Income Labor Ketch] party to protect the interests of the middle class and neutralize the TEA party.

  • Don’t try to put a medical spin on the “Good Old Boy Club” they are what they are, their in breed! This greed that they never have enough and dam the poor of this society, comes from their roots and up bringing. Their smug and righteous attitudes as in the biblical days, they were born into privilege and the opinion of society doesn’t matter. Remember this just didn’t start, it’s always been this way, their just taking their sheets and pointed hats off and america is just waking up to them and finally seeing them for what they are and the people are saying enough is enough. But until we go to the poll’s we can talk till were blue in the face, it doesn’t matter, they don’t hear us and are hell bent on doing what they’ve been doing, and that is pocketing the wealth of this nation, out sourcing and what ever they can to continue the divide of wealth in this nation. The only way to make a change, is to vote the republican party and the tea party out of office! and that’s not just the federal level, it’s the states that’s changing the face of this nation. We have to go to the poll’s and vote these extreme Republican’s out our state house’s and turn out as never before in November. It’s time to have our voice’s heard, pull that lever and make a change!

    • Keith…You’ve made very good points. The fact remains that Republicans opened the door to outsourcing American jobs to COMMUNIST RED CHINA. Why? Cheap labor so that big businesses can make more profits ignoring the fact that Americans can’t finds jobs, thus the unemployment rate that we have.
      I wonder just how many American jobs the Chinese have? I’d be willing to bet if they were returned to their rightful place Americans would all be employed plus be able to have perhaps second jobs.
      The Republicans cry Communists at the Democrats, but they are the ones in bed with them!

    • montanabill

      You had better take another look. The majority of well-to-do people were not ‘born into privilege’. They worked their way there. And the fact that you even believe such nonsense is a testament to your resentment of people who put in the time and effort to succeed.

      • You are just WRONG. Eductaion is an indicator of future earnings. the #1 indicator is DNA. what family you have been born into. True economic mobility In America has become so rare in America since 1982 that they are almost novelty stories, Other than entertainment(including sports). That is the sad fact of America in 2012. you want the American dream? it moved to Germany and northwestern Europe. I bet you think by stating FACTS that I’m ripping America. I’m not. It seems that conservatives looks at America like a child looks at their parent, They are infalible and can do wrong. Liberals look at America like a parent looks at a child, sees the POTENTIAL, and ability and wants it to reach it for EVERYONE, not just a few. and when AMerica does wrong, we aren’t so simple minded and jingoistic that we are incapable of taking a critical eye.

        • montanabill

          Sorry to disappoint you, matt. Education is important but desire and work ethic are needed to do something with it. I and a good many of my friends are just exactly what you say can’t happen in America. Born to very poor families, we learned to work, put ourselves through school, failed at times but persevered and eventually succeeded. Even Mitt Romney, while he may have had a famous father, had to work to succeed because the stock he inherited was worth very little. The rate of new U.S. millionaires created every year is astounding, even in this economy.
          “Germans are widely considered to be risk-averse, and Germany is hardly the first country one associates with entrepreneurship. “The entrepreneurial culture is much more advanced in the U.S.” than in Germany, according to Walter Grassl, partner at Munich-based venture capital fund Munich Venture Partners. For typical middle-class Germans accustomed to long-term employment in their field of training, entrepreneurship is often seen as complex and overly fraught with risks.”
          [email protected]

          • hybrid80

            Typical Republican view, the poor are too lazy. Please define work as in Romney digging in the coal mines or what?

          • montanabill

            You can read his history for yourself, although you are not likely to because that might upset your fantasy cart.

          • hybrid80

            Is that what Romney did for a living ?— went around upsetting fantasy carts and squirreling the goods off to the Caymans. What exactly did he do? besides making a lot of money. I am afraid he is just like the rest of his ilk, dead scared of Obama’s policies, so that their only stated goal for the election is to defeat him. There is absolutely no plan forwarded as to how they will go about resolving the world wide catastrophe caused by your great successful Republicans.

          • montanabill

            I think you will find that just enough people are dead scared of Obama’s policies that he will be faced with starting a new career path after the election. Maybe he could find a real job for a change to see what it is like to work for a living. By the way, you don’t know the first thing about money in the Caymens, do you? Here’s suggestion: send some money over there that you haven’t paid taxes on and then don’t pay the taxes. Don’t worry, it is a place to avoid taxes. All Democrats know that.

          • hybrid80

            And their solution for the economic situation is what?
            Details please, beyond just a budget cutting taxes to ruin social programs

          • montanabill

            Well, I could give some snarky answer like Pelosi gave when we wanted to know what was in the ACA, and she said that we have to pass it to find out, e.g. you have to elect Romney to find out. However, while drastic action is needed to cut budgets, not enough is proposed by the Republicans. Economic growth is a necessity. As a business owner, my desire is to see the absolutely outrageous number of regulations rescinded. Everyday, faceless unelected bureaucrats create regulations for every industry and every aspect of our lives. Most are good intentioned, but never well thought out and create a bigger problem than they were intended to solve. And they never go away. ACA happens to be the basis for thousands of them. Both parties are guilty on our debt, but a $5 trillion increase in just 3 years?!!!! The interest of the debt alone will do more damage to monies for social programs than any budget cutting. The best idea presented thus far is the one where all automatic increases are stopped and every agency, department, committee, etc. takes a 1% cut in real spending. Then a 1% cut next year. In a few short years, maybe 5, the debt would be really under control and coming down sharply. ACA has to be repealed and the Republicans and Democrats have to address health care realistically. It will have to be a free market solution so that people will still have choices about their health care. A single payer solution eliminates all options in which if you don’t like a government decision about some aspect of your care, tough. The real truth is that under this President, the economic recovery that could have happened, hasn’t. You will have to take it on faith, but when Romney is elected, you will see our economic stagnation turn into rapid growth as businesses finally breath a sigh of relief and start investing again. Also, take a look a Louisiana education. There, both Democrats and Republicans have cast aside the teacher union way of doing things and real progress in minority education is taking place. Believe me, if, once re-elected, Republicans fall into the same old trap of spending more than the government takes in, I’ll be just as adamant about throwing them out. We can’t have a good defense or social programs without greatly reducing the debt and having a balanced budget. And as a final note, over many years, I have watched as more and more people became less self-reliant. It has not served the country well.

          • hybrid80

            What is the point about “free market” health care choices if you can’t afford any of them?
            What’s the connection between a good defense and social programs? Methinks we are trying to muddy the waters here.
            I wonder who caused the economic disaster in the first place — any idea?
            Finally the good old new party line “throw them all out” Then nobody will know anything about the new members bum rushed in by Republican Super Pacs.

          • Grandpa_In_The_East

            montanabill,

            Please take note: The educated person has already proved his or her dedication to the tasks at hand and need no lessons from you on the matter of hard work.

            Do you deny that? If so, please explain.

            Grandpa

          • montanabill

            Absolutely. Some people are educated by memorizing text. They passed tests, but didn’t learn to think. Others, including people who didn’t go far in school, learned to do research, compare ideas and think. I have hired a significant number of PhD’s. Some of them could be flexible and apply themselves to tasks that weren’t directly related to their narrow path of study. Others just couldn’t. If the task at hand took them a little out of their field of competence, they became useless. There are a great many people who work very hard, but don’t have a real plan or goal. Without a goal or a plan to reach it, you can work as hard as you want whether you are educated or not and you will likely not change your circumstance.

      • B4Real2012

        AGAIN, asstounding MB

        • montanabill

          Not too hard to tell where you stand on the income ladder. Still looking for the first step?

          • hybrid80

            How about still looking for the old boy ladder?

          • montanabill

            You won’t find that either.

          • hybrid80

            Is it in a Republican Green Zone? give us a clue

      • What exactly did Romney do that you didn’t do to make millions off the back of hard working Americans! Like Romney their daddies may have worked hard, but I am still trying to find out what Romney did except destroy jobs, destroy the lives of many workers and then send all the money he made doing that to the Cayman Islands so he wouldn’t have to pay taxes on it! Oh sorry, Romney did work if you count cheating others and cheating on your taxes WORK! Oh and sorry Romney did work, destroying the jobs of millions of people just like he wanted to do with our automobile industry! I don’t resent him, I think he is despicable! There is a difference. I am quite happy with my life and more money would not make it better, maybe worse! I wouldn’t trade my life any of those rich Republicans, and certainly not a guy like Romney. No, Montana bill I am NOT resentful. I’ d have trouble waking in the morning and looking myself in the mirror knowing how many people I screwed over to get all that money!

        • montanabill

          Since you apparently have not really looked at Romney’s record and have simply dived into the Democrat Kool-Aid, your criticism is nothing more than a highly biased opinion with nothing to substantiate it. Sure Bain capital was responsible for people losing their jobs, but you have no idea how many jobs were saved because the companies survived. Nor do you have any idea how many jobs were created by companies that were started and grew because of Bain’s capital. You also have no real knowledge of the auto industry or of GM’s real situation. All you know is that union people got to keep their jobs and it doesn’t concern you that laws were broken and the people who had supplied the money that kept those people employed for years were shafted. The story of GM isn’t over by a long shot. Don’t be too quick to count it as a success.

      • hybrid80

        Are you saying they worked their way into privilege?, and should we assume, passed it on to their children who then gave it all to the poor then worked again into privilege. How touching!

        • montanabill

          You are really clueless about success, aren’t you. I think you may assume that the children of a successful person would receive an inheritance. Whether they build on it or blow it, is up to them. If you will check, you will find that most large family fortunes are gone within a few generations. I also gather your knowledge of Romney’s history is woefully lacking.

    • Grandpa_In_The_East

      Hey, Kieth Alberson! Watch your spelling if you are speaking for the Democrats. Republicans ARE NOT “in breed.” It just seems that they are “in-bred.” Get it right.

      Grandpa

  • People from the Deep South, on weekend there’s nothing to do but to drink. As drunker they get, it’s time to go to bed… He enter his sister bedroom. 9 months later a new Republican….

  • Liberalism is a mental disorder. Belief in the religion of manmade global warming shows that disorder. There is far more science debunking Al Gore and the rest of his religious zealots than that supporting them. The reason manmade global warming (AGW for the conservatives who can understand the big words contained within) is a religion is it cannot be proven and yet people believe, with all manner of proof it doesn’t exist. So it is a religion. The conservatives distrust of scientists, not science, is directly related to this. The AGW religious zealots hijacked science and declared man as the enemy of nature and that his activities were making the planet warmer. When they got caught by the release of they emails, everyone with any intelligence, i.e. conservatives, learned to distrust scientists as they had cheated to make money and gain power. Conservatives, unlike liberals, know how to study and think for themselves and realized they were being lied to.
    Liberals, more properly known as Statists, are looking for a Utopia where the government is all knowing and takes care of all its’ citizens in a benign, altruistic way. They only feel, they don’t think for themselves. That is why thefore they are constantly trying to remove parts of the constitution, like the first and second amendments in the bill of rights. That’s the original 10 amendments for all you liberals. Statists seem to feel that they, and the government, are smarter and know better how to live our lives than we do. Too bad they only FEEL, for if they could really think, and learn, they would know that the Mayflower Compact, the governing document signed by the original pilgrims, showed liberal ideas about property and capitalism don’t work.
    It has been said on numerous occasions tha a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged. It seems to be the only cure for the disease of liberalism. The arrogance of the thought that conservatives have some kind of congenital disease shows just how demented liberals are. And the ones that voted for Obama were easy to fool. Those that plan to do so again are just plain stupid.
    Having just read the next few comments, just goes to prove my point. They rail against what someone like Ted Nugent says, but won’t say anything about how Obama is trying to stop the catholic church from its free excercise of its’ religion, and Obama and Holder trying to use Fast and Furious as a way of limiting our 2nd amendment rights. That’s the freedom to bear arms to all you liberals. They won’t decry Jimmy Hoffa Jr calling for taking out Obamas detractors while he is introducing Obama . They won’t say anything when Obama lies about how he didn’t know how bad the recessionreally was when he took office. Yes, I said lies, because Christina Romer, Obama’s former head of his economic team for all you liberals, said she told him EXACTLY how bad is was before he ever took office.
    To sum it all up is simple, liberals feel, conservatives think.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Todd… For you’re a jolly good fellow, for you’re a jolly good fellow…… HOME RUN! keep it up. The leftist nutjobs on this site cant stand sound rationale within the context of an understanding of human nature and freedom. I have debated one of them on here who openly admitted that he did not like the US Constitution because it stood in the way of “progress”. Imagine that. An honest liberal. Most of them are so dishonest it’s almost funny.

      By the way, if Fast & Furious was a Bush Admin scam, it would be the front page of every newspaper and the lead story on every news show on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSLSD until election day. ANYONE that has the most minute sense of objectivity must admit that truth. Obozo and Holder are getting away with MURDER in this scam. They have the blood of our border patrol agents on their hands and the state controlled, democRATic propaganda machine called the media is complicit. Disgusting, isnt it?

      Have a nice day!

    • hybrid80

      I think you’ve got it, — Conservatives think but don’t feel, you know like computers programmed to make money.

    • rustacus21

      The only thing we Americans need to understand is that Liberal/Progressives INVENTED America. Conservatives, on the other hand, are intent on DESTROYING this creation. If U turn off the Fox Network long enuff to do the ‘historical’ math, U’ll find that all of the above is fiction & warmed over fantasy. & Todd, don’t be upset, but 1 day U too, will be Liberal/Progressive. It’s what happens when U mature…

  • DavMS

    The problem is, Republicans just do not think for themselves or investigate comments. they just blindly follow and believe what the leaders tell them.

  • burbinite

    Not all Repubs are named Ted or even think like him. Some of us are praying daily for some light from within our party.

  • ObozoMustGo

    All this extra nonsense stuff is nothing more than a smoke screen thrown up by the Obozo Admin as a way to keep us from talking about his abysmal and disastrous record as the failure in chief that he is. Here’s some of his disastrous record just to keep us on track…

    1) Obozo comes into office $9T in debt. 3 years later, $16T in debt
    2) 2 years complete control of the government. NO budget as required by the Constitution. Still has no budget
    3) A new bankrupting entitlement program called Obozocare jammed through congress against the vast majority of Americans who were against it (and still are) and with the blessings of the idiot Pelosi who said “we have to pass the bill before we know what is in it”
    4) Persistent unemployment that has been the worst since the Great Depression, especially among blacks and young people. His administration keeps claiming unemployment is going down, but in reality, they manipulate the formula by reducing the # of jobs available.
    5) Promises to close Gitmo…. instead, he spends $750K on a soccer field for terrorists.
    6) Gas prices are up 100% across the nation. And Obozo is so dumb he actually believes that increasing supply has no effect on prices… what an idiot!
    7) Real inflation rates are close to 8% or higher. Who measures inflation without food and fuel??????? Obozo does!
    8) SOLYNDRA!!!!!!!! need I say more?
    9) OK, I’ll say more… SOLAR TRUST!!!!! (another billion dollars of taxpayer money blown on Obozo’s attempt to be a venture capitalist).
    10) Fast and Furious!!!!! If this was a Republican Admin, all of you nutjobs that write on this web site would be going justifiably ballistic!! It would be the lead story on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSLSD, CNN, etc. etc.

    I’ll continue to refocus the discussion on what is important and not these foolish smokescreens the left throws up to obfuscate Obozo’s true failure as a socialist in the White House.

    Have a nice day!

    • hybrid80

      If you mean Obama, let me agree that he failed to clean up the mess of Republican feces. He was faced with the prospect of turning lead into gold so he could buy back mortgage loans from China. Then he failed to convince the loyal opposition in Congress that just saying have a nice day was really not the first step in a slippery slope to Socialism. Tut tut just one thing after another, no wonder you have lost a few marbles trying to turn black into white

    • This is at least the 10th I’ve seen this silly post and frankly I’m sick of it. Write a new one or get off the computer and locate something productive to occupy your time BOZO.

  • It’s unfortunate that Republicans must suffer with this attributed congenital condition,
    but they are the ones who are so opposed to Universal Health care. We can only weep for them.

  • Greed, constantly affraid and ignorance to reality are the defining characteristics of the teabagging GOP in 2012. It does seem that their policies, prejudices, and religious insanity, is just that. A mental illness. Delusional too. A LOT of poverty level republicans are deeply delusional and ignorant(“keep Govt out of my medicare”) and think they are a lottery tkt away from being in the top 1% wealth wise. Economic mobility in America is all but dead in America, Who a persons parents are is the #1 indicator of the wealth a person is likely to have in their life, and #2 is a LONG, LONG way behind(education) They are also a violent mix of Angry and Scared. Just look at their sources of info, Fox news and the Corporate media(72% of ALL media outlets in America are owned by 7 Multi-national corporations) It’s scary evil stuff. It’s filled with Doom, Gloom and “they” are getting something your not. Sprinkle in some garden variety teabagging racism and PRESTO!! the South. The way the Teabagging GOP treat women these days makes the Taliban envious.

    The 1%ers are rich and the only meaning too their lives is to get more at any cost, Destruction of OUR country, Suffering of Americans, Means NOTHING to to the Mitt Romney’s , Lloyd Blankfien’s of the world. and the UnAmerican vampires on Wall st spend their lives trying to figure out ways to squeeze every last cent out of the American People(after buying all the protection they need now that Corporations are people and $$$=Speech.) And take US Money too the Caymens or some swiss Bank(why do you think Romney wont release his tax returns and earnings. He’s been trashing American companies and American lives for decades, while his wife clues him into the suffering of poor women across America, as if she’d know.)

    “Conservatism” seems to be genetic, like a clef lip or Albinoism

    • Jerpell

      There you go! A liberal doing more name calling and hating….Hmmm, why am I not surprised!

      • I guess you haven’t been listening to Rush, Glenn, Nugent, Hank Williams, Jr, Hannity, Trump, Palin, Bachmann and the rest of the nutty tea bagger crew of haters?

      • hybrid80

        Because its true? Is that why.

  • Aww, I have a son who was brainwashed by some a hole on tv Rush Lamebone, I think. Anyhow, he sure as heck didn’t inherit it from me. I’ve been a Democrat since I was old enough to vote.

    • Jerpell

      There is a cure for your disease….Stop listening to Bill Maher…You’ve been brainwashed!

      • hybrid80

        Here’s a disease for your cure, listen to Rush and get bottom washed.

  • Look at that man in the photo above (Mitch McConnell). Its so obvious. He is a practicing necrophiliac.

  • James

    Someone forgets that the Dixiecrates took over the Republican Party. All it took was a couple of little Black Girls to walk into a White School for the Dixiecrates to change political partys. And when that happend 1000’s of Republicans became Democrates like most of my family.
    My Grandfather was the one who started our change he had old friends who were member of the Klan and they talked a lot about how they were moving over to the Republican Party to make changes in our country after JFK had sent the National Guard in to protect those kids.

    • Jerpell

      Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla…….

      • How very grown up of you, Jerp.

        • Jerpell

          Kinda sounds like a goofy loony left liberal……

      • hybrid80

        Such deep thinking and loquacious comments are the mark of the true Conservative.

  • Becoming Republican is what happens when you spend some time getting informed, educated, open minded and self reliant. On the other hand, Democrats continue to drown in the sea of incompetence, negativity, victimness, hopelessness, sucking off the govenment teat idealogy with no proven ideas or policies to improve the country.

    • Jerpell

      Very well said Linda, I’m on your team!

    • hybrid80

      Do you mean Republicans learned to swim in this sea of incompetence? Or is it : Becoming Republican is what happens when you spend some time getting indoctrinated, brainwashed, closed minded, and I am OK to heck with you Jack attitude? Then how do Republicans plan “to improve the country” — build waterfalls, plant trees, or nucleate a mountain for the coal underneath?
      The ultimate in self reliance of course is to build walls and be suitably armed to prevent your neighbors from stealing your hard earned stuff in times of disaster, after all its their own fault that they are in a position of want.

    • Wow. You are seriously confused.

  • I do believe that this study should have been published 17 days ago. Too bad he hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately, too many Conservatives I know do not want to hear anything that sounds different than they would like to believe. One of my Lunch Crew is a Republican, but he is always willing to hear the opinions of “the other side”. Another, like me, is a cradle Democrat (yeah, that’s how we used to raise them in New York State), but he gets highly upset at anything the Republicans do. Out of the five of us who eat together regularly, he is the most fun to get under his skin. Of course, as a card-carrying liberal dem survivor of the McGovern campaign, I can get away with it!

  • Greed – America’s real religion.

  • from the late 50s on, the gop has been userpt by the hard right facist old line nazi s, and the defective religous fanatics. no human with any love of freedom should ever concider voting for any republican. they are all about keeping the richest most useless pigs in clover and honey, while the working people slave to survive.from prescot bush funding hitler to bush 41 bringing us 911. it is all about power.if you want your grandkids to be ” company store ” slaves all you need do is vote republican. that way only the richest will get educated, or get medical coverage. or decent food. the rest of us will just continue as cannon fodder, and cheep labor.

  • That’s just not true. You Repubs love to generalize and stereotype but the truth is that many democrats are extremely intelligent. They work hard and respect everyone equally. You Repubs like to say say that Democrats like handouts, etc. but in my 55 years, I have never met more negative people than Republicans. They like to lie, insult, criticize, threaten, generalize and race-bait. They worship money and have disdain for the poor – then have the nerve to call themselves Christian. A greater hypocrisy I have never seen.

  • That’s just not true. You Repubs love to generalize and stereotype but the truth is that many democrats are extremely intelligent. They work hard and respect everyone equally. You Repubs like to say say that Democrats like handouts, etc. but in my 55 years, I have never met more negative people than Republicans. They like to lie, insult, criticize, threaten, generalize and race-bait. They worship money and have disdain for the poor – then have the nerve to call themselves Christian. A greater hypocrisy I have never seen.

  • The middle class has been dwindling since the 1980’s as have American wages. The rich definitely get richer while the rich sit on their money and watch it grow.

  • hybrid80

    Perhaps it breaks down more into the privileged capitalizing on the fears of the underprivileged about going to Hades or being enslaved. Conservative think tanks have outdone even Goebbels”s use of propaganda. Hot buttons can be more effective than reason. College professors, scientists, and intelligentsia in general are made the subject of jokes in which everyday patois overcomes the deepest theories. Most effective where singular behavior is held in high regard, especially if it topples authority

  • rustacus21

    Absolutely & unquestionably!!! We don’t need science to see they suffer from an absence of common decency, morality, AFFIRMATIVE virtues, combined w/that lack of honesty & ability to exist in common reality, w/the rest of humanity. Ted Nugent said the path we’re heading is to be a ‘suburb of Indonesia’, but whether he mean figurtively, literally, geographically or metaphorically, he’s absolutely bats#&t, to assume OUR Constitution would allow ANY 1 to do any worse than GWB, Reagan or Hoover, tho the rich & corporations are trying their absolute ludicrous best! The hatred he & other Conservatives is startling, which asks that science explain the sociopathy, deep psychotic-paranoia, anti-social, self-loathing, schizophrenic, prone to murderous outbursts, resulting in unprovoked attacks on those weaker/defenseless (i.e., Trayvon Martin, the Iraqi & Afghan nations, etc…), in helping them overcome their ‘madness’…

  • rustacus21

    Well, not actually “worked” their way there… There was alot of stealing, cheating, lying, bribing, possibly killing, but in no way can it be called “work”, b/c as the motivations we fundamentally ‘dishonest’ in reaching such, its more like evil genius, which takes no effort at all to master – only a heart as black as nite & blood made of venom…

  • rustacus21

    So, do U justify ‘their’ actions, meaning U agree? & it was actually Eisenhower who issued the National Guard 1st, to Little Rock, where 1 student, William Jefferson Clinton witnessed the event. I’d say his young impressionable mind was set on a correct path, as a result. Dixicrats-turned-Republicans? They supported Reagan, it’s tru, but at what cost? & Bush. & Bush. What good were the 3 to (ALL) the American people? Those of US who understand events in ‘reality’ know the answer & the historical verdict still has Clinton in the lead for the best President by far, of ALL Presidents since, well, FDR… Those Liberal/Progressives! U gotta give credit where credit is due!

  • rustacus21

    Truth is ‘name calling’?! Hate!? If reality counts 4 nothing, what’s the point? Why did the T-(for mind ‘terrorists’) Party get elected & what have they achieved, that the legislators they replaced did NOT? No answers? Yeah, I can’t figure that 1 out either… But they are Conservative (voters), so I guess we have to refer to the experts afterall… Anyway…

  • rustacus21

    Like… who? Name some, so we can agree/disagree. But U must know some, w/facts to back it up, I’m sure… Not Fox Network ‘speculation & lies’, but real, documented FACTS…

  • Joy

    Why do republicans only want do help the rich? Don’t any of them know someone who is poor?

  • Helene Gelber-Lehman

    It’s a bit over simplistic to say that Republicanism is congenital, but at it’s core there is a a dissociative element [a known, elemental psychological phenomena], the propensity for which, appears to be inherited and reinforced by dictatorial parents, teachers and peers. Independent thinking is a skill, which if not nurtured, permitted and taught, will never survive.
    Critical thinking, ie. the ability to analyze rhetoric and behavior to discern truth from falsehood, is also a skill that often must be taught to those who have been brainwashed through dictatorial and dysfunctional parenting or even biased and skewed education.
    What few people seem to know is that Hitler told all the German Jews that their homes and property would be seized and confiscated and they would all be herded into concentration camps and killed, before he did so on ‘Krystal Nacht’ [German translation, the night the glass would be broken].
    Most German Jews went into denial. A few did not. My father was one of them and told me the entire sordid truth about the mass denial that allowed so many to perish under Hitler’s regime.
    I appears that RELIGION is the culprit. All major religions have an element of “faith” which require the “true believer” to over-ride facts and perceivable reality in order to benefit from the RELIGIOUS TRACT.
    The one most glaring fallacy propounded by all MAJOR RELIGIONS is that they are THE ONLY RIGHT WAY to GOD, HEAVEN, or the pitched benefits of believing. Obviously, they are all wrong, because there are many ways to spiritual enlightenment and peace and a sense of love and oneness and connection with a higher spiritual wisdom which can guide us from the inside out.
    For this reason I am in the process of writing THE ANTI-RELIGIONIST’S BIBLE and hope the world will eventually come to it’s senses and realize that the disparity between religious belief systems, is the cause of most world disharmony and must be dissolved if we are to ever achieve WORLD PEACE. [ Oh gosh, now I’m sounding like a beauty pageant contestant, UGH!]
    The problem about religion is not the intangible element of faith, but the tangible manipulation from the pulpit[s] to ignore reality, refuse to exercise any independent thinking and listen to the likes of RUSH LIMBAUGH, whose inflammatory emotional rhetoric is designed to sway those who refuse to think for themselves.
    Only despicably people abuse their power over those who are less intellectually or otherwise gifted, to garner their support to hoodwink others for their own self-serving gains.
    Grover Norquist has engaged most of the Republicans in Congress n contractual agreements to vote against any tax increases for the rich, in exchange for his campaign contributions.
    In other words, he BOUGHT THEM. And then the Republicans accuse the Democrats of failing to recover the economy, when everything the Democrats attempted to do to accomplish that –ie, The Buffet Rule– has been undermined and sabotaged by the REPUBLICANS who are in mass denial, just like the German Jews, and lead their by PULPIT POLITICS, one of the most insidiously despicable abuses of power by religious leaders.
    What happened to separation of CHURCH AND STATE? And why aren’t all the TAX benefits and NON-PROFIT status of these religious institutions, being immediately YANKED?
    Non- Profit law doesn’t allow for lobbying, and yet PULPIT POLITICS is doing just that.
    So, yes, refusal to think, may, at the deepest lever, be congenital. BUT NOT fatal, if our education system [all over the country] required INDEPENDENT THINKING SKILLS, CRITICAL THINKING, and the ANALYSIS OF POLITICAL RHETORIC as required courses in order to graduate and to VOTE.
    We actually might be able to turn the country around, if our legislators would get on board and create a real, practical K-12 education to prepare our children to become participating citizens instead of mindless idiots who vote Republican because they refuse to think!

  • ObozoMustGo

    Bigblunder, I have only 1 response to you……..

    All this extra nonsense stuff is nothing more than a smoke screen thrown up by the Obozo Admin as a way to keep us from talking about his abysmal and disastrous record as the failure in chief that he is. Here’s some of his disastrous record just to keep us on track…

    1) Obozo comes into office $9T in debt. 3 years later, $16T in debt
    2) 2 years complete control of the government. NO budget as required by the Constitution. Still has no budget
    3) A new bankrupting entitlement program called Obozocare jammed through congress against the vast majority of Americans who were against it (and still are) and with the blessings of the idiot Pelosi who said “we have to pass the bill before we know what is in it”
    4) Persistent unemployment that has been the worst since the Great Depression, especially among blacks and young people. His administration keeps claiming unemployment is going down, but in reality, they manipulate the formula by reducing the # of jobs available.
    5) Promises to close Gitmo…. instead, he spends $750K on a soccer field for terrorists.
    6) Gas prices are up 100% across the nation. And Obozo is so dumb he actually believes that increasing supply has no effect on prices… what an idiot!
    7) Real inflation rates are close to 8% or higher. Who measures inflation without food and fuel??????? Obozo does!
    8) SOLYNDRA!!!!!!!! need I say more?
    9) OK, I’ll say more… SOLAR TRUST!!!!! (another billion dollars of taxpayer money blown on Obozo’s attempt to be a venture capitalist).
    10) Fast and Furious!!!!! If this was a Republican Admin, all of you nutjobs that write on this web site would be going justifiably ballistic!! It would be the lead story on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSLSD, CNN, etc. etc.

    I’ll continue to refocus the discussion on what is important and not these foolish smokescreens the left throws up to obfuscate Obozo’s true failure as a socialist in the White House.

    Have a nice day!

    • hybrid80

      What does “Ob—-‘s true failure as a socialist in the White House.” mean?

      If you say he failed as a socialist does that mean you feel that he succeeded because he is a Democrat?

      Try to have yourself an nice unconfused day

  • Clarpark24

    As nearly as I can tell, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich just proved that evangelical social conservatives are a minority within the minority. Given the routings of evangelicals whose primary focus is Christian concern for the poor and the planet they believe God made for us. The Michele Bachmanns may soon be a minority within a minority within a minority.

    The problem is that their I’m-on-a-mission-from-God dedication to promoting their views gives them an outsized footprint at the polls and in influencing politicians. What we on the left have to avoid is matching their devotion to dogmatic purity and automatic denial of anything that deviates from their world view.

    Yes, they’re an annoyance and often a hindrance to progress. But, natural selection is already taking care of the problem. They eat their own. In the last half dozen years, they’ve driven out John Warner, George Voinovich, Mike Castle and Olympia Snowe. They’re working dilligently to hasten their descent into a third iteration minority.

  • clarenceswinney

    HOW CONSERVATIVES DESTROYED AMERICA
    Ruined our great Savings and Loan Industry
    Closed Fairness Doctrine that has allowed Mush Dimbaugh types on our public airwaves
    Closed Revenue Sharing
    Since 1980, initiated our involvement in 10 foreign conflicts
    Repealed Glass Steagall—took deposits in 7000 banks and put 80% in (10) Too Big To Fail
    Modernization of Commodities Market—from Investment to Casino Derivative Of America
    2 very dumb invasions of two of most poor -most unarmed nations on earth=OIL OIL OIL
    Ruined our International Reputation as a Do Good Christian nation to Big Bully Devil.
    Stood by as Freak Marketeers ruined our Housing Industry.
    Stood by as Casino Derivative of America ruined the World Financial Industry.
    Impeached a Great President for petty political gains that created long term animosity between two parties.
    Attempted to destroy Safety Nets that make America great middle class
    Implemented Tax Codes that permitted redistribution of Wealth to top (10%) who now own (73%) of all Net Wealth and (83%) of all Financial Wealth and take home (50%) of all individual income.
    Today, they have taken America to ranking in oecd nations as (# 2) as Least Taxed—(# 2) as least taxed corporations and horror horror (# 4) on Inequality from bottom 5 in 1980.
    Since 1980, their Spend & Borrow policies are, mainly, responsible for adding 14,000 Billion to a 1000 Billion debt
    Fought the great GI Bill.
    Fought the WWII Draft
    Installed strict laws which created 57 % of prison inmates on Marijuana use charges which make us lead the world in prison population.
    Refuse to control the drug Beer.
    There are many many more baddies.
    CONCLUSION:::: WANT TO SEE END OF AN EMPIRE YIELD CONTROL TO
    REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVES AS WAS DONE IN 2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006.
    SIX OF WORST YEARS IN OUR HISTORY. IMAGINE IF THEY HAD 12 YEARS???

  • joyscarbo

    AS A DEMOCRAT, THIS IS HOW I FEEL….

    “I know of democrats and especially those on the far left who are disappointed. Do they hate him? No. In many cases people heard what they wanted to hear. They assumed that he’d end the involvement of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They thought that all American soldiers would be home by now. They thought Obama would raise taxes on the “wealthy” and that he’d have more of an impact on the Bush economy than he has had. They thought he would stop any attempt to erode SS or Medicare or Medicaid. Instead he has said that entitlement programs are on the table. He abandoned the “public option” in favor of the mandate, in an attempt to compromise with the republicans. He walked away from letting the Bush tax cuts expire in a another compromise with the republicans so that he could get an extension to unemployement benefits. Many felt he should have been more confrontational and let the republicans attempt to defend their stands, instead Obama gave them a fig leaf to hide behind.

    Many democrats, all across the middle and left, felt that they deserved a president who would fight. A guy who would do battle over the domestic agenda that they had voted for…

    “It wasn’t a case of people suddenly deciding that the republcans are correct. It also isn’t the case that your characterization is widely held among people I’ve talked to….finding a handful of people who write blogs or online articles or even people who write for Newsweek that agree with you is not indicative of any hatred of Obama….and certainly not the opinion that he is a clown. “

  • keefert55

    This guy has written a book on facts that we all have known for years. I can remember wondering if Rick Perry had been able to remember all of those departments in the government which he planned to close if elected, what would he have done with all those unemployed, hawkish, conservatives from states like Eric Cantor’s Virginia who are sucking off the very Federal government they so ardently rail against? No doubt he would have taken his script from Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge who was in fact a Republican. “Are there no work houses, no prison?.”

  • Chuckl8

    The mistake I think the author makes is in wrongly assuming that just because the current crop of hate-filled, under-educated, racist, torch-carrying rubes call themselves “conservatives”, they are, in fact, “Conservatives.”

    They ain’t. William F. Buckley was the arch-type Conservative. The current GOP leadership and followers are an entirely different group who appropriated the “conservative” badge in the same way that “National Socialism” was appropriated by the Austrian paper-hanger in the 1930’s.

    Then and now, a convenient and outwardly innocent title is used as a shield to hide the actual intent and rationale of the anti-social rabble that will always be a part of any society.

    Are they missing a chromosome or two? Of course they are. And they are only still with us as a result of being part of a species that has learned to side-track the usual Darwinian result of being anti-social. Any other species would have driven them out and into extinction long ago.