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The Polarization of Politics in the US   [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-9-10 08:40:33 |Display all floors
I think politics is a mirror of our own obsession with "Reality" TV shows, there is nothing real about the games that are played, it is a construct of directors and planners who, as rightly pointed out, keep the focus on issues that are meaningless to a nations long term prosperity and matter only to those whose lives are vapid and selfish.
Great ideas are pooh poohed for being too liberal or too conservative, labels that polarize people into voting with a knee jerk reaction based not on considering the issue but a misplaced sense of identity as a particular type of person. The poor wait in the wings, the media stir the pot to a boiling hissing soup that splatters and burns with its vitriolic contents.
The people are outraged, because they are told by their leaders they should be, the herd forgets about the original issue and a tax break is declared to keep the CEOs happy.

Life goes on and the poor die under bridges and starve in over mortgaged homes they can no longer afford.

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Post time 2012-9-10 17:00:30 |Display all floors
JFenix Post time: 2012-9-8 01:35
Well the only thing they have argued about over israel is 'who is the better friend'....

Domestic ...

See from oversees elements of the US Republican party don't seem too far off from the sort of extremism previously associated with the middle east. The religion may be different, the issues may be different but they sometimes seem just as irrational

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Post time 2012-9-10 17:37:23 |Display all floors
on polarisation of u.s politics. let me quote rafael corea in saying "theres a bigger difference between what i think in the morning, vs what i think at night, than the differences between republicans and democrats

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Post time 2012-9-11 03:32:46 |Display all floors
expatter Post time: 2012-9-10 02:41
And no one in America asks where the dollars are going and why ........

Just what to do wit ...

I think a lot of people are asking where the dollars are going.

The whole debate is over how to fix the economy and get out of debt.

Government spending and responsibility is in the spotlight like no other time.

Well....at least domestic spending that is...

  
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Post time 2012-9-11 03:35:40 |Display all floors
beijingshots.co Post time: 2012-9-10 17:37
on polarisation of u.s politics. let me quote rafael corea in saying "theres a bigger difference bet ...

so true my friend , both parties are right wing oligarchs club 1% with no regard for 99%

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Post time 2012-9-11 03:45:41 |Display all floors
This post was edited by JFenix at 2012-9-11 03:46

Here's another good article:

Republicans complicit in the ‘failure’ they rail against

Paul Krugman’s excellent column today hammers away at the Republican Party’s “obstruct and exploit” tactics against President Obama. His prime example is the American Jobs Act that the president unveiled at a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8, 2011. Thanks to GOP obstructionism, the bill was dead on arrival.

Krugman cites a report from the consulting firm Macroeconomic Advisers that estimates the legislation would have added 1.3 million jobs by the end of this year, had it been enacted. That the bill went nowhere has given Republicans a cleverly cynical argument against Obama.

“And now, having prevented Mr. Obama from implementing any of his policies, those same Republicans are pointing to disappointing job numbers and declaring that the president’s policies have failed,” Krugman argues. “Think of it as a two-part strategy. First, obstruct any and all efforts to strengthen the economy, then exploit the economy’s weakness for political gain.”

That exploitation might make for great politics, but it’s hurting people. At a time when people are clamoring for work or have given up looking altogether, what Republicans have done and are doing is unconscionable.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) talked about the divisions in Congress when he met with Post writers and editors last week in Charlotte. But when he was asked if the Republicans today weren’t employing the same tactics used by the Democrats during President George W. Bush’s tenure, Hoyer provided a history lesson from when he was House majority leader that should not go unheeded.

A Republican president, a Republican secretary of [the treasury] and a Republican-appointed head of the Federal Reserve on Sept. 18, an election year, partisan year, came to the Congress of the United States, led by [then-Speaker of the House] Nancy
Pelosi and [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid, and said, “Our country is in deep trouble and if you don’t act we’re going to to into a depression.”

Nancy Pelosi; Harry Reid; Steny Hoyer, majority leader; Dick Durbin, majority whip: What did we do?

We said, “Mr. President, we’re going to stand with you. We’re going to get the votes.” We cast the most difficult vote arguably any member of Congress has cast on the bailout, in a bipartisan fashion.

What did the Republicans do? They walked away from their country. And they walked away from their president, as they walked away so many times....

Because Republicans had it in for Obama before Day 1, they are complicit in the failures they rail against. Would that the GOP cared enough to put the country and Americans ahead of politics and their electoral fortunes.


  
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