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FDR Shows the Way

| October 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

There is an amazing video clip that I first saw on Chris Matthews show on MSNBC of Franklin Roosevelt talking about the Republicans’ approach to domestic policy. It is an exquisite clip.  A perfect critique of Republican political deceit.  I’m struck by it’s precise rhetorical construction and  the dripping sarcasm he shows, but most of all, Roosevelt’s good humor in delivering it.  He finishes up with that famous grin, so pleased with himself for delivering the shot so well.  It is a classic.

For some reason, the clip can not be embedded, so click here to watch it.

Andrew Sullivan Gets It Right

| August 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

We have met the enemy and he is us.

But its candidate – who has ensured there is no daylight between him and the more rabid parts of his party – is neck and neck with a president still in the world of reality. The GOP’s degeneration is its own fault; but that such a degenerate, irresponsible, ideologically extreme party is now, I believe, the favorite to win this election is a reflection not on them, but on us.


Romney and Taxes

| January 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Mitt Romney gave a revealing quote when addressing the fact that his effective tax rate is dramatically lower that most Americans. Explaining that he paid his taxes according to the law, he said, “The American people don’t want as their president someone who pays more than they owe in taxes.”

They don’t? Why not? Is it some kind of moral or intellectual failure to pay anything but the minimum possible amount in taxes? Apparently, for him and his ilk, it is their patriotic duty to put their money in the Cayman Islands because to pay more than you need to in taxes reflects badly on you in some way.

It shows how deeply the anti-government strain runs in the Republican mind. Remember Kennedy’s famous call to action? “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” It motivated a generation of public spirited young people. It inspired the Peace Corps. Seems kind of quaint now. Certainly, among Republicans, it’s an apostasy. I remember in the last campaign when Joe Biden said it was patriotic to pay taxes, he was ridiculed by Republicans.

So, Mitt Romney just takes for granted that Americans would think less of him if he didn’t contribute as little as possible to the government formed by the divinely inspired Constitution.

The sad part is that he may be right.

Matt Lauer Nails Romney

| January 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

This Matt Lauer interview with Mitt Romney on the Today Show yesterday was among the most revealing candidate interviews I’ve seen in a long time.  Lauer’s question about income inequality was perfectly formulated and clearly set Romney on his heels.  You can see it  in his eyes.  As a result, it showed how the Romney campaign planned to deal with this issue that was placed front and center in the campaign since Occupy Wall Street (OWS) started setting up their tents in Zuccotti Park in New York. Continue Reading

Santorum’s Values

| January 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, I met with a very bright young British conservative who has come to the U.S. in a bit of a career shift.  I was a bit taken aback by his resume which was loaded with experience working on social justice projects.  He described his work with great enthusiasm and explained the various successes he’s had working on these projects for the Conservative government in the UK.  I told him that I was experiencing cognitive dissonance in our conversation, explaining that, on this side of the pond, assisting the poor is not a high priority for the conservatives.  He, having worked with the Heritage Foundation, acknowledged as much.  In fact, he surprised when he was told to avoid the term “social justice,” by American conservatives.  He had considered “social justice” kind of like “apple pie” for us.  Not so, in the American conservative movement. Continue Reading

Romney’s Drone Attack

| January 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

While the Iowa Caucus has resulted in a bit of muddle in terms of the status of candidates at this point in the Republican nomination process, it has provided utter clarity in overall strategy by which Mitt Romney hopes to become president.  He will be matching Obama’s strategy for taking out Al Qaeda.  Here’s how.

It is a given among political consultants that negative ads work.  Voters complain about them and vow to ignore them, but there is absolutely no doubt but that voters are influenced by them…to a point.  There are two ways that negative ads can backfire.  They can simply be bad ads, dishonest, harsh or simply over the top.  In that case, the voters react against the perpetrator of the negative ad and the advantage goes to the target.  The other way they can backfire is, in a multi-candidate election, two candidates attacking each other effectively succeed in tearing each other down and the voters reject both.  Another candidate, seen as taking the high road, can sneak through.  A prerequisite of both of these scenarios is the fact that the voters know who is airing the negative ads so they can punish them. Continue Reading

Quote of the Day – Iowa

| January 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Rick Santorum:

I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.


Chicken Hawks

| December 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

Today’s Washington Post shows the utter hypocrisy and false bravado of the tea party nut jobs that are running the U.S. House.  The story is about the grumbling over the outcome of the payroll tax debacle and all their brave talk about how they act on principle and not politics.  Of course, all the messaging coming from House Republicans has been that they want a full year deal, not a 2 month fix that “kicks the can down the road.”

But here’s the key passage: Continue Reading