“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.” — Benjamin Franklin
Prof. K. explains how we screw up by forgetting or something. Actually, we clearly don’t and maybe are such imbeciles now can’t learn:
A quick note on polling and voting: as more and more polls come out showing that the public does not, in fact, hate public workers and their unions, there’s been a stock answer — namely, that the real poll took place in November, so who cares what a thousand or so people say now.
Aside from the fact that this reveals a complete failure to understand the statistics of polling, what it really gets wrong is what the election represented. Voters were not, in fact, asked to vote on what Republican governors like Scott Walker are now trying to do; in a real sense what we’re seeing is a case of bait and switch.
And here again, I find myself flashing back to the Bush years. In 2004 Bush won a national election by posing as America’s defender against gay married terrorists; as soon as the election was done, he declared that this gave him a mandate to … privatize Social Security. Not so much, it turned out.
Doomed! Something else a majority of Ameroicans disagree with Teabagger pols about. Too late! They’re running (ruining?) things now! The time has passed….
Doomed! Getting rid of government stimulus (as replacement for absent private sector stimulus like jobs and a healthy housing market) actually accomplishes no good. It’s a proven fact.
Doomed! The War Against the Middle Class: How our leaders want to further wreck the housing market:
The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan, the steady favorite of American borrowers since the 1950s, could become a luxury product, housing experts on both sides of the political aisle say.
Interest rates would rise for most borrowers, but urban and rural residents could see sharper increases than the coveted customers in the suburbs.
Lenders could charge fees for popular features now taken for granted, like the ability to “lock in” an interest rate weeks or months before taking out a loan.
Charlie Sheen is now making more sense than John Boehner — Teabagger leader Judson Phillips. This is wrong and disturbing in so many ways….
Again, Big Banks cannot earn a profit, they can only steal them.
When you have a disaster and react to it by enabling a repeat, what do you think you’re going to get? The New York Fed wants a repeat of 2008.
Pardon the cynicism, so what if the whole world is watching; how has it actually helped things?
The lies of Rupert Murdoch; just the latest: