To anyone who is thinking about voting for Romney/Ryan, or any other Republican this season, largely on their economic plans and rhetoric on fiscal responsibility and without regard to their other policy stances, I have a message for you:
Wake the hell up.
To have an idea of what will really happen if Republicans win a majority of the contests this year, we need only look back to the midterm elections only two short years ago. The “Tea Party-backed Republicans who stormed into the House and into state legislatures around the country promised to focus on jobs and fiscal responsibility,” much like they are doing this year. But once elected into office, their true MO becomes clear:
5. Disenfranchising as many voters as possible using voter id laws, specifically to win elections
Absolutely none of this has anything to do with job growth and economic recovery. In fact, pushing these policies often comes at the expense of the more pressing economic problems we face.
The point is this: the modern day GOP has no other way to grasp the more general class of voters needed to win elections than by focusing on the poor economy. But all their other agendas often go against the majority of these voters. Somehow, they’re able to convince people that if you vote for them on this one issue, then they’ll be fine with not pressing all these other issues that would make them look bad. They’re trying to do it again this term, and if it works, it’s going to result in the same bullshit.
Don’t let them keep winning with this strategy.
He probably ain’t doing it for Romney’s autograph.
Meanwhile, the median household US income is approximately $26672.
$100 million / $26672 = 3749.
One man using 3749 households’ worth of money to sway one election.
I could probably go the rest of my life without hearing a better joke than that.
Sheldon Adelson donates $10 million to Mitt Romney. (h/t Daily Show)
American Politics is officially a joke.
Several supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) sustained injuries while being arrested during the Louisiana Republican Party’s state convention over the weekend, in a conflict that engulfed the meeting after Paul’s supporters overwhelmed other delegates and voted in new leadership, only to be ignored.
So now there are two entirely different sets of delegates, one selected by the Ron Paul alternative convention and one selected by the regular convention, and there’s going to be a big fight over which ones will actually represent the party in Tampa. A similar problem is going on in Nevada, where the RNC has threatened to block the entire state delegation from the national convention after Paul supporters took it over.
I think overall, the best thing for American politics would be to abolish the two-party system. It’s just ludicrous to think that two parties is sufficient to best represent such a wide range of people that we have in this country, and only serves to divide us in purely-artificial ways. Of course, the two parties are the only ones who could make such a change, so it’s just as ludicrous to think that it would ever happen in our lifetimes. Still, this story goes to show that it is something this country desperately needs.
And no, I do not think bi-partisan politics is the same thing.
If you are a Wisconsin resident, and you understand that Scott Walker had to be recalled, and you did not show up at the polls, then you are my enemy. You are everybody’s enemy. You are worse than the yahoos who wanted him to stay and showed up and voted, because at least they participated in the process.
Even in 2010, a non-presidential election year, $3.6 billion was spent on all federal elections.
In American Politics, there are no financially responsible politicians.
Since Reconstruction ended over 200 years ago, African-Americans have only been represented by:
In that same span, African-Americans have always represented at least 9.7% of the US population.
Taking the same approach for gender is undoubtedly worse.
If we truly want a government representative of the overall country, we need to work more toward reducing disparity between the demographics of the country and the representatives themselves.