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Old 05-14-2012, 01:38 PM   #1
 
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Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem. - The Washington Post

hmmmm... seeing our conservative gov't here heading down the same path, i'd have to say i agree.

"The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.
"When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country's challenges."

David Frum offers one suggestion - perhaps an impossible one - at the end of his analysis:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/14/opinio...html?hpt=hp_c2
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So glad you shared this piece. Very interesting.
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Glad somebody finally said it!
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if only the right in the US could grasp this:

The triumph of 'hard-headed socialism' is destroying Canadian conservatism | Full Comment | National Post

The National Post started life as a very right-wing newspaper... of late, they have been highly critical of the current conservative gov't in this country. it's been very Alice in Wonderland at times reading some of their articles.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
 
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What happened in 2008 showed us that we were worshipping a false god, which shrunk, like a deflating parade float once the crowds are gone, before our eyes.
Yup.

I was traveling recently on vacation and it seemed everywhere I went, people were talking about how we now live in a plutocracy, not a democracy. They didn't always use that word, but there were rumblings and mumblings about the 1% and the middle class having to do staycations or no vacation.

The only way we could afford any kind of real vacation [ie., not just a long weekend] was to camp half the time and cook our own simple meals over a camp stove. [Although I'm grateful to have a vacation, I realize some don't get any. Heck, I didn't get any for about 5 years there.]

It occurs to me we've lived in plutocracies before [railroad baron era, for example]. It seems our government just shifts back and forth between a pale version of a true democracy and plutocracy, with plutocracy winning out most of the time, it seems. We kid ourselves with all this e pluribus unum crap. What's Latin for "whoever dies with the most toys wins"?

A lot of vacation-oriented business owners talked about how their business has dropped off significantly. The middle class cannot afford vacations like they used to, and even if they can, they cannot do special outings while on vacation, which is how these people earn their living [guided tours, meals out, etc].
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The Average Canadian is Now Richer than the Average American | NewsFeed | TIME.com
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