Railroad map of North Carolina, 1900. Authorized by the North Carolina corporation commission.
North Carolina 1770. Done by John Collet. “Publish’d according to Act of Parliament, May the 1st, 1770, by S. Hooper, No. 25 Ludgate Hill, London.” And this map was dedicated to King George. Which makes sense as the first Continental Congress of the U.S. would not occur for another four years.
Everyone is probably suffering from convention and convention analysis fatigue so you’ll be relived to know I will not be rehashing too much of that. I did want to take up a little space to give one very typical example of how for the DNC convention and the Democratic agenda in general is assaulted by the extremists in the conservative movement. Peggy The Loon Noonan in the WSJ writes, Noonan: The Democrats’ Soft Extremism
There was the relentless emphasis on Government as Community, as the thing that gives us spirit and makes us whole. But government isn’t what you love if you’re American, America is what you love. Government is what you have, need and hire. Its most essential duties—especially when it is bankrupt—involve defending rights and safety, not imposing views and values. We already have values. Democrats and Republicans don’t see all this the same way, and that’s fine—that’s what national politics is, the working out of this dispute in one direction or another every few years. But the Democrats convened in Charlotte seemed more extreme on the point, more accepting of the idea of government as the center of national life, than ever, at least to me.
Conservatives cannot let the words that Democrats actually say speak for themselves. They like to pretend they speak some kind of English and that Democrats speak Latin. Then proceed to give an interpretation that would get an F from the Latin teacher. President Obama said nothing about making government our community that makes us “whole”. That is the pure projection of someone who has rightfully earned her nickname. The President’s full speech transcript.
And on every issue, the choice you face won’t just be between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America, a choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future. Ours is a fight to restore the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known — (cheers, applause) — the values my grandfather defended as a soldier in Patton’s army, the values that drove my grandmother to work on a bomber assembly line while he was gone. They knew they were part of something larger — a nation that triumphed over fascism and depression, a nation where the most innovative businesses turn out the world’s best products, and everyone shared in that pride and success from the corner office to the factory floor.
Peggy is part of the movement that keeps saying to the straw man Democrat they’re always fighting with, and empty chairs as well, that America can only have one identity, that their straw man multicultural agenda is bad for America. In a much nicer way Obama is saying we do have a cultural identity from shared achievements. That is now “soft” extremism. This is part of the on going childish and dangerous game conservatives play where a Democrat says something very similar to what they have said – except Democrats tend to be saner and more inclusive – and Republicans find some twisted doublespeak to use against things they say they believe, but do not believe in now just because a Democrat said it. You know what else Obama said that for some reason Peggy did not mention:
And by the way, those of us who carry on his party’s legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.
Lobbyists for corporate America spend billions in Washington. They’re not giving that money away , they’re buying the things that gov’mint can give them. There ain’t no community out here Peggy that has that kind of money, we too busy working or trying to find a job and taking care of our families. Mitt Romney and Bain were happy to benefit from that gov’mint that is so eeeevil.
The Big Dog’s speech varied from his written speech - both are here. Noonan said this speech was “beneath” him. That might have a few atoms worth of weight if it was said by someone who had any moral depth beyond her tea spoon. She is a full fledged member of the party of delusional soil-darwinism who is trying its best not to win the election on who has the best ideas, but on whether the Koch brothers and the Chamber of Commerce can buy it.
The Republican narrative is that all of us who amount to anything are completely self-made. One of our greatest Democratic Chairmen, Bob Strauss, used to say that every politician wants you to believe he was born in a log cabin he built himself, but it ain’t so.
We Democrats think the country works better with a strong middle class, real opportunities for poor people to work their way into it and a relentless focus on the future, with business and government working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. We think “we’re all in this together” is a better philosophy than “you’re on your own.”
Who’s right? Well since 1961, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24. In those 52 years, our economy produced 66 million private sector jobs. What’s the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 million!
It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because discrimination, poverty and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and new wealth for all of us.
The very reason for the existence of the conservative movement is a USA modeled on a plutocracy, with all the money, thus power at the top. That’s not soft extremism, that is an ideology that is antithetical to a healthy democratic republic.
The jobs report. Its not great, but it is not a game changer either way - Disappointing jobs report unlikely to change presidential contest
Today’s unemployment report was disappointing: only 96,000 jobs created last month, and revisions reducing the previous two months by 40,000, it was not only well below expectations but, more importantly, below what the economy needs to do to get people back to work. A lot of people are suffering in this economy, and for each of them, this is bad news.
As far as the presidential race goes, however, there’s nothing here that changes the status quo significantly. Last month, before the report was released, I said that “anything between 50,000 and 150,000 is not a very big deal politically, and it would take either an actual negative number or something over 200,000 to really shake things up.” So this number falls comfortably within that “not a big deal” range. Moreover, the headline unemployment rate number fell a bit, from 8.3 to 8.1 percent, making this a more mixed and muddled picture.
Mitt Romney, who as governor was ranked third from very last out of fifty states in job creation, and laid off thousands of workers while performing his crony capitalism magic at Bain, say these new job numbers are awful. Mitt has the same plan to create jobs Bush did. That turned out really well.
If you live in a state where a competitive race could help tip the balance in the Senate this fall, you’ve almost certainly seen ads like these, laden with menacing theme music, light on the facts and funded by the US Chamber of Commerce. The nation’s largest business lobby is showcasing bold ambitions this year in an effort to build on gains made in the 2010 midterms, when at least $33 million of Chamber advertising helped push the nation dramatically rightward. The group began placing ads in swing districts as early as November 2011. Since then, it has rolled out a campaign aimed at influencing at least fifty House and eight Senate races, and according to Politico it has set a goal of $100 million in spending for this electoral cycle.
Watchdog groups believe the strategy in 2012 is similar to that of 2010: the Chamber goes into a district, blitzes it with attack ads to soften up the opposition and then steps back to let other deep-pocket groups come in. The intent is to force Democrats to play defense across the board, thus spreading their resources thin. According to the liberal online publication ThinkProgress, twenty of the twenty-one ads the Chamber released in May were hostile to Democratic candidates.
“The Chamber has spent about $600,000 attacking me,” Tester, the farmer turned Democratic Montana senator, told me in April. “I’ve got a great small-business record. I’ve carried bills the US Chamber has advocated for in the past. [But] they see Montana as a state that they can pick up. They’re dishonest, painting me as something I’m not. They’re trying to paint me as Wall Street, as somebody who’s ‘gone DC.’ It’s about as crazy as anybody can get.”
Corporations are constantly complaining about taxes and regulations cutting into their profits. That is just so much bs. Though if they really do need money they can always stop spending millions upon millions trying to buy democracy.