Tag Archives: 2012 Election

Small Government and Family Values

Ok, there are plenty of explanations for the recent blue-washing of the country. Let’s go through them:

I get to wave my blogging wand over to pronounce all explanations reasonable.

And here’s the executive summary: GOP political and media institutions are in mortal danger of  irrelevancy to the contemporary and future USA.

As Ta-Nehisi Coates memorably rocked it, “This is not a ‘branding problem.’ This is a ‘problem problem.’

So how do you solve a problem like America?

Good thing Thinker for Hire’s on the job with a few suggestions.

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In Case My Last Post Was Too Coy

I eagerly, anxiously, happily, and optimistically voted for Obama again. By mail. Early.

He dramatically expanded rights and benefits for same-sex couples.

He gave affordable, quality health care coverage to tens of millions of seniors, children, and working people while instituting cost-cutting measures that will reduce our budget over time.

He regulated Wall Street.

He reduced the deficit.

He made the biggest infrastructure investment in generations.

He ended the war in Iraq and committed to the same in Afghanistan.

He prevented a depression.

He understands complexity.

He accepts scientific consensus about the grave dangers of climate change and will prepare us to mitigate the damage we’ve already done to our planet.

I may quibble with some of his decisions, but I generally agree with his values.

That’s it from me about politics until we know how this drama will end.

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Is Obama a Centrist Republican?

Insofar as any exist. Which I know they do, in a Snuffleupagus sort of way.

Let’s consider some facts:

Obama loves business so much that he believes that market forces will improve our schools. And slow down climate change. And make quality health care more accessible.

He plans to bomb the what-what out of Iran if they don’t stop their ballyhooing and enriching. And his escalation of the drone program looks more like Elmer Fudd’s big gun than Bugs Bunny’s big carrot. Ruthlessness, collateral damage, kill lists. Everything Glen Greenwald says.

He didn’t fight, much, to regulate Wall Street, much.

Obamacare leaves the private health care industry infrastructure not only intact, but stronger. He booted out the “public option” without asking much (anything?) in return, despite the economic and moral costs of this decision.

Plus, Chris Rock.

I realize that our country has trended gently (the GOP more aggressively) rightward, such that, say, acknowledging in public that human-caused climate change is both a scientific fact and an urgent global crisis makes one a traitor to the nearly half of us red-staters.

But even in this bitterly partisan context, Obama’s pro-business and pro-war presidential actions do not smell lefty. At all. Not even close.

And yet…

 

 

What 3d world dictatorships systematically keep people from voting? Right. Swing state ones.

 

 

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Comparing Candidates, Philanthropy Style

Is anyone undecided still?

If so, you should review the best comparison of the candidates on almost every important domestic issue is from the nonprofit sector’s top publication, The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

It’s weak on foreign policy, but it does offer helpful information about both candidates’ approaches to foreign aid. Guess which dude wants to shuffle off even more foreign aid into the private sector?

Meanwhile, Here’s Joss Whedon on why he supports Romney. I thought our society was headed like a blazing rocket into an alien apocalypse. But Whedon makes a good case for zombies.

“They’ll be out there, and they’ll need brains.”

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Tired of Numbers, But Happy That Debates Are Done

Girlfriend is tired, you guys. Tired of numbers used as hammers. Tired of 5 trillion and 5.4 percent and 270.

Look what happens when you know numbers:

That’s right. You get 5 trillion lumps on your head instead of in your coffee, where they belong, unless you live in NYC.

 

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