Politics

  • The National Memo » Arithmetic For Republicans: Why Boehner’s ‘Offer’ Just Doesn’t Add Up
  • Psychodrama Queens, Revisited – NYTimes.com And Krugman writes in this article (the emphasis is mine) …

    A while back I worried that the Obama administration actually believed in pundit fantasies, those elaborate psychodramas supposedly going on in voters’ minds as they contemplate whether Obama has reached out enough to the center or whatever. My point wasn’t that voters are stupid; it was that people have lives, they aren’t following politics at all closely, and they vote based on broad perceptions of where politicians stand, not on the kind of thing that pundits obsess about.

    At this point the Obamians seem to have learned better. But I couldn’t resist flagging a couple of examples of what voters really know. First, Public Policy Polling found that 39 percent of voters have a view, pro or con, about Simpson-Bowles. Not bad, you might think. But a quarter of voters also hadviews on Panetta-Burns, a plan that as it happens doesn’t exist.

    I quote this because it relates to something else I picked up on and and read about this morning…

From the you just can’t believe it true thermonuclear naivety department…

And the irrational paranoid fear on the wacko far right that UN Black Helicopters are coming to challenge our sovereignty drives Republican Senators to reject a treaty protecting the rights of Persons with Disabilities world wide…
And some more on this ridiculous Black Helicopter paranoia…
Back to the other news & opinion I been reading….
  • Harold Meyerson: In this election, makers beat takers – The Washington Post

    …Obama won overwhelming backing from the most productive and innovative sector of American capitalism. Romney won the backing of finance and casinos, whose contributions to American productivity and well-being are more difficult to discern, and which are industries based on reshuffling resources in games the house almost always wins. Obama, if you will, won the makers; Romney, the takers.

 

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