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September 10, 2012

Remember when the two party system worked?

We do. We remember interviews and debates where the candidates actually answered the question before making an unrelated comment, and all that other cool shit that used to happen.

We really liked Bill Moyer's recent interview with Mike Loftgrin in the article  How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted, particularly this part:

"The party is really oriented towards the concerns of the rich. It's about cutting their taxes, reducing regulation on business, making things wide open for Wall Street. Now you're not going to get anybody to the polls and consciously pull  the lever for the Republicans if they say, "Our agenda is to further entrench the rich and, oh by the way, your pension may take a hit."

"So they use the culture wars quite cynically, as essentially rube bait to get people to the polls. And that explains why, for instance, the Koch brothers were early funders of Michele Bachmann, who is a darling of the religious right. They don't care particularly, I would assume, about her religious foibles. What they care about is the bottom line. And these religious right candidates, many of them believing in the health and wealth, name it and claim it prosperity gospel, believe that the rich are sanctified and the poor punished."

If fixing it were only as easy as recognizing it. Unfortunately some idiots hold onto their ridiculous beliefs harder because they so want it to be true. And that is a scary thought, because it's way easier to make more idiots...


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