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The evidence for the Republican war on the economy, our core American values and the middle-class keeps piling up, Beck And FreedomWorks Campaign Against Fred Upton: ‘Light Bulbs Are Just The Beginning’. In which it is no wonder that sites such as Think Progress and Media matters have full time employees. The delusional Right has so many myths you need full time crews just to keep track of them. I was aware they hated energy saving light-bulbs. It also turns out they have a full blown urban myth about incandescent light bulbs.

There was, in fact, no bill to ban incandescent light bulbs. Because of the advanced light-bulb standards Upton helped pass in 2007, “the incandescent bulb is turning into a case study of the way government mandates can spur innovation,” the New York Times reported last year. “There have been more incandescent innovations in the last three years than in the last two decades.”

What happened to the right-wing meme of letting the market decide. Conservatives till think the market should decide – you know, whatever they tell the market to decide. Those Americans interested in saving on their utility bill by buying energy saving products are being sucked into the vast left-wing conspiracy to save them a few dollars. As TPro notes Republicans are bucking an economic and cultural shift that would create thousands of new jobs and prepare America to compete in the global economy for the next century,

The Tea Party movement is increasingly attacking American innovation and 21st-century jobs on all fronts: Rush Limbaugh is leading the charge against the breakthrough Chevy Volt, Republican governors are killing high-speed rail, Glenn Beck is cooking up conspiracy theories about smart grid technology, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is trying to kill the wind industry, and the entire right-wing movement is convinced green jobs are going to destroy the United States economy.

Like most high school kids I had to read Moby Dick. We got into a discussion about the late 19th century whaling industry and whale oil. Commercial whalers fought the restrictions on whaling. If whalers had been allowed to continue their old ways instead of innovating and finding alternatives, eventually whales would have been hunted to extinction and the whaling industry would have collapsed. The whales gone, we would have panicked as we found new oil sources for oil lamps and bones for corsets. Modern conservatives want to put the nation in the same position with energy. They want us to stay mired in old unsustainable energy sources until we reach the panic point of unaffordable and unhealthy fossil fuels. They’re the modern whale bone corset party.

What was the great legacy of eight years of trickle down conservative economics? More poverty and less growth.(pdf)

 

Republicans - The Party of Poverty

 

 

 

While I have some reservations about Wikileaks thus far the current document dump is not reviling all that much. Even the Korean missile sales to Iran were not shocking for those keeping up with arms control issues. Marc Lynch, who has been an expert on the  middle-east for years has not found anything to rise the roof. This is not to say the documents are not a fascinating treasure trove for policy wonks,  WikiLeaks and the Arab public sphere

I don’t think that there’s going to be much revision of the American foreign policy debate, because most policy analysts have already heard most of what’s in the cables, albeit in sanitized form. The cables still generally confirm the broad contours of what we already knew: many Arab leaders are deeply suspicious of Iran and privately urged the U.S. to attack it, for instance, but are afraid to say so in public. I haven’t seen anything yet which makes me change any of my views on things which I study — the cables show Arab leaders in all their Realpolitik and anti-Iranian scheming. I never thought that Arab leaders didn’t hate Iran, only that they wouldn’t act on it because of domestic and regional political constraints and out of fear of being the target of retaliation, and that’s what the cables show. I’ll admit that I’m finding a wealth of fascinating details filling in gaps and adding information at the margins. Nobody who follows regional politics can not be intrigued to hear Hosni Mubarak calling Iranians “big fat liars” or hearing reports of the astoundingly poor policy analysis of certain UAE royals. This will be a bonanza to academics studying international relations and U.S. foreign policy comparable to the capture of Iraqi documents in 2003 (I wonder what norms will evolve about citations to these documents, which the U.S. government considers illegally released?).

Marc notes any real percussion are likely to be in the middle-east. I’m not so sure, other than some embarrassment. The Saudis and most of the other middle-east leaders that do not trust Iranian leadership are Sunni and/or Arab, as most Muslim are. The Iranians are Persian and Shia. The tension between the two groups is only a few centuries old. Iran is thus well aware they are surrounded and out numbered. What I do find stunning is the Right’s use of Muslim leader opinions as moral and strategic justification for nuking Iran. Conservatives had decided all Muslims are part of a terrorists cult until they needed their confidential cables to use as justification for mass murder. Arms Control Wonk also seems to find the leaks less than earth shattering, Wikileaks and “CableGate”

Although Wikileaks claims the cache of purloined cables “reveals the contradictions between the US’s public persona and what it says behind closed doors,” I am not so sure.  Indeed, what I am struck by is how close the agreement is between what the United States says in public and in private.  Sure, cables are candid — such as when speculating on Muammar al-Qadhafi’s fondness for a certain “voluptuous blonde” — but certainly not scandalously so.  To put it another way, I can’t imagine another government that could suffer 250,000 prejudicially chosen cables being posted on the internet and come off looking more sober, professional and pragmatic.

I have not gone through them all ( overwrought header but a Cliff notes version here  – Bomb, Bomb Iran: The Top 5 Most Shocking Things About The Wikileaks) there has not been anything leaked which either has not been published in some form some where or which would not be published by most news outlets. In other words no one deserves to be executed despite the bed wetting of the usual suspects, WikiLeaks: The four most extreme calls for retribution

1. Even before the latest document leak, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., was on television claiming  WikiLeaks presents “a clear and present danger to America” and touting the necessity of classifying it as an official terrorist operation under the Espionage Act. That declaration would allow the government to “seize their funds” and eventually shut the organization down. Fair to say, King wants that declaration.

[  ] …4. Calling Assange an “anti-American operative with blood on his hands,” Sarah Palin wrote  on her Facebook today that the WikiLeaks founder should be “pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda.” Whether that means dead or alive is unknown, but, for what it’s worth, there is no proof Assange’s actions have led to violence. Details, who needs ’em?

These people’s ideological cousins can be found in the lynch mob in the Ox-Bow Incident. Start hanging everyone now. No need for evidence.

In Which I Become a Conservative

Ross Douthat, an Atlantic alumnus, contends in the NY Times that the recent controversy over “enhanced” TSA procedures illustrates the dominance of partisan reflex in today’s politics. Liberals complained about excessive state power when Bush and Cheney were in charge — but now they’re happy, and it’s conservatives up in arms about the excesses of Obama, Biden, and ‘Big Sis.’ EG

Douthat – to cut to the chase – is a lying sack. Liberals as a group find the new TSA screenings an intrusion on privacy and counter productive. More here – False equivalence troops, attack!

With the recent TSA controversy, many right wingers who got full of themselves as warriors for liberty and justice, fighting the battle for white people’s civil rights to demand that only other people get man-handled at airport security.  They would prove that they totally love liberty, and all that Tea Party shit was about revolution, not about them wishing that they could live when women couldn’t vote and slavery was legal.  The only problem with this is that liberals were there first—all these freedom fighters who wanted to complain and perhaps sue had to go to the ACLU, that organization they usually condemn with all their liberty-loving ways.  Liberals were there first, they believe those rights belong to everyone, they are always fighting for them no matter who is President, and they tend to care about civil liberties even when Fox News isn’t pointing their nose in a certain direction.

Liberals still push back against Bush era polices. The outrage has died down only because most of the avenues to curtail the worse abuses – aspects of the Patriot Act, indefinite detention for anyone designated an “enemy combatants” and so forth have been thwarted by the administration’s use of “national security” to block any investigation and lawsuits. What is ironic is Douthat and his bed wetting comrades who have suddenly discovered unreasonable trespasses against our civil liberties, not only defended those of the Bush administration but pulled all the usual – disagree with a conservative and you’re anti-American bull hockey. The opposite is usually true. If you disagree with radical authoritarians like Steve King, Sarah Palin and Ross you’re probably a darn patriotic American who doesn’t think the Constitution allows too much freedom.

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