Moderate Republicans the Urban Myth

Moderate Republicans the urban myth

Roger Simon, one of the intellectual elite of Conservatism goes in search of a moderate Republican and it ain’t pretty, GOP senator: We haven’t learned

“I don’t think we have learned much from the election in terms of what people want to see,” he says. “We have the same gridlock.”

[  ]…“We need someone who speaks from the center,” he says. “Sarah Palin is not the voice of our party.”

They say that acknowledging that you have a problem is the first major step in overcoming that problem. So much for that old conventional wisdom,

“We have to become much more attuned to the rhetoric and issues that Hispanics care about,” the senator says. “We have to talk about education, family, and moral issues like gay marriage and abortion.”

[   ]…“The Democrats talked about middle-class tax cuts! They weren’t the party of the poor anymore! They weren’t the party of gun control anymore! What did Republicans want? Tax cuts for the rich! And small government,” he says.

Small government — the mantra of the Republican Party ever since Ronald Reagan — will not work anymore, the senator says.

If Republicans would just bring back the concept of government control of the uterus and have armed patrols of every consenting adult’s bedroom that’ll get them back in power. Talk about “family” is Conservative doublespeak for selling the American people on the bizarre idea that Democrats hate families and that some how this “small’ government they have talked about for decades, legislate always happy Stepford-like families. The mental backleaps required to rationalize the dysfunctional and hypocritical idea that Republican can have a small government, but at the same time one that uses government authority to enforce draconian codes of personal behavior for adults takes a pretzel like mind. They still want to be the authoritarians and to be the party of liberty. In science that would be like wanting a substance to be a solid and liquid at the same temperature. Maybe admitting that in general something is wrong is not enough. They have to come to the realization they want to stand for two opposing propositions at the same time. There are a few actual moderate Republicans that can handle some reality, they voted for Obama.

Speaking of families. How about sensible regulation to protect them from the financial disasters created by circumstances and institutions beyond their control, The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has issued this report, RECESSION COULD CAUSE LARGE INCREASES IN POVERTY AND PUSH MILLIONS INTO DEEP POVERTY

Like previous recessions, the current downturn is likely to cause significant increases both in the number of Americans who are poor and the number living in “deep poverty,” with incomes below half of the poverty line.  Because this recession is likely to be deep and the government safety net for very poor families who lack jobs has weakened significantly in recent years, increases in deep poverty in this recession are likely to be severe.  There are a series of steps that federal and state policymakers could take to soften the recession’s harshest impacts and limit the extent of the increases in deep poverty, destitution, and homelessness.[1]

Goldman Sachs projects that the unemployment rate will rise to 9 percent by the fourth quarter of 2009 (the firm has increased its forecast for the unemployment rate a couple of times in the last month).  If this holds true and the increase in poverty relative to the increase in unemployment is within the range of the last three recessions, the number of poor Americans will rise by 7.5-10.3 million, the number of poor children will rise by 2.6-3.3 million, and the number of children in deep poverty will climb by 1.5-2.0 million.

Already there are signs that the recession is hitting low-income Americans hard.  Between September 2006 and October 2008, the unemployment rate for workers age 25 and over who lack a high school diploma — a heavily low-income group — increased from 6.3 percent to 10.3 percent.

Hilzoy’s take,

To put this in perspective, the current unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) is 6.5%; it was under 5% at the beginning of this year. It reached 9% one month in 1975, and was over 9% for about a year and a half in 1982-3; otherwise, it has not come near that level since the BLS’ unemployment statistics start, in 1948. In 2007, the poverty level for an individual was $10,590; for a parent and two kids, it was $16,705. People are described as being in “deep poverty” when they make less than half of that amount. The idea that there will be 1.5-2 million kids in families making half the poverty level is horrifying.

Also horrifying will be the inevitable uptick in domestic violence and street crime that goes hand in hand with financial downturns.

Incredible Deniability

Scott Jensen is the one who filmed the scene. He’s local station KTUU’s award winning chief photographer. He told CC from KUDO radio yesterday that Sarah Palin, who was standing next to her personal assistant throughout the entire interview, chose the spot on which she stood for the “turkey slaughter interview” that quickly went viral on the internet, and received wide coverage in the news media. The turkey slaughter was already underway when the governor chose the spot. The photographer pointed out what was going on and asked her if she wanted to move. She said, “No worries.”

Several of her staff were present the entire time while the journalism-major-turned-governor spoke to the people. And then there was the actual footage of her looking at the guy while he was killing the turkeys.

This was pretty much covered on the day it happened in various reports of the horrifying pr debacle. So why bring it up again? Because now, Palin is denying it, and saying she had no idea of what was going on ten feet behind her while she gave the interview, and is basically calling the photographer a liar.

There has been some defense of Palin by both liberal and conservative bloggers. Something along the lines of this is where your food comes from – ugly reality, face up to it – many people that eat meat are disconnected from where it comes from, even one environmentalist saying at least these folks are getting their food locally and so forth. All of which are good points. Yet here Palin goes again displaying an incredible disregard for other’s sensibilities and then lying about it.

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