As we get pass the post election analysis by the far Right – calling it analysis is generous – I was going to let all the general noise about president Obama being re-elected because he promised to give more stuff to the undeserving leeches a pass. Than conservative columnists Ross Douthat tried to sneak yet another makers versus takers column under the radar, by questioning the makers/takers dynamic as a political strategy and ending up writing the same garbage in slightly coded language, The Liberal Gloat ( linked to by hundreds of conservative sites with an ahem brother).
Consider the Hispanic vote. Are Democrats winning Hispanics because they put forward a more welcoming face than Republicans do — one more in keeping with America’s tradition of assimilating migrants yearning to breathe free? Yes, up to a point. But they’re also winning recent immigrants because those immigrants often aren’t assimilating successfully — or worse, are assimilating downward, thanks to rising out-of-wedlock birthrates and high dropout rates. The Democratic edge among Hispanics depends heavily on these darker trends: the weaker that families and communities are, the more necessary government support inevitably seems.
Those must be some nice big designer blinders Ross wears. They manage to block his view of the connection between economics – good wages and health care benefits to be exact – and the stability of home life. Hispanics and recent immigrants work longer hours with lower pay than most Americans. And why wrap up government support in Hispanics, and not in red versus blue. Douthat, like all well-trained conservatives are using some none too subtle framing. He knows or should know that red states have a higher illegitimate birth rate than blue states, and red states get more government dollars than they pay into the system. That is the bottom up view. The top down view sees wealthy conservatives reaping rewards that far exceed anything they provide in terms of economic, intellectual or cultural value. This recent report is a timely example, Hostess To Pay $1.75 Million In Executive Bonuses After Blaming Unions For Bankruptcy. yes Hostess needs to adjust its business model for a culture where moms and dads are giving their kids fruit juice and organic peanut butter for snacks. That still does not account for a business model that says the people who sit behind a desk all day should reap the largest share of the cupcake that took thousands of workers to make and distribute. Ross, also like his brethren in the church of conservative hypocrisy likes to say that America is all about rugged individualism right up to the point where they need to make a some lame argument about the deterioration of our culture. Since he uses the community as culture argument in this case, how about the social contract being ripped to shreds by the plutocratic class that has taken the nation’s capital and shifted most of the rewards to the plutocratic class.
Ross wants us to believe that the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson are working over 200% harder than the guy who polishes the floors of their luxury condominiums. The statistics tell us that if you pay those guys more, they’re marriages are more successful on average, their children less likely to have illegitimate children and are more likely to pursue some education pass high school and to earn about the same or a little more than their parents. Ross is another conservative wearing $400 shoes telling America their problem is not enough of you are pulling yourself up by boot straps that are broken because the Mitt Romneys either sent your job to Asia or is paying you just enough to survive, not to thrive.
While I’m tempted to say that Republicans just give up that crap about people voting for Democrats because of all the wonderful gov’mint giveaways, no just keep on believing the same tiresome tropes. What did Romney and Ryan run on? More government handouts for millionaires who have been whining about how hard they have it. Both Republicans promised millionaires yet another tax cut. Why, so they could put more gold in the safe deposit box. Because that is what millionaires do with tax cuts – they DO NOT create jobs, Ten Numbers the Rich Would Like Fudged
1. Only THREE PERCENT of the very rich are entrepreneurs.
According to both Marketwatch and economist Edward Wolff, over 90 percent of the assets owned by millionaires are held in a combination of low-risk investments (bonds and cash), personal business accounts, the stock market, and real estate. Only 3.6 percent of taxpayers in the top .1% were classified as entrepreneurs based on 2004 tax returns. A 2009 Kauffman Foundation study found that the great majority of entrepreneurs come from middle-class backgrounds, with less than 1 percent of all entrepreneurs coming from very rich or very poor backgrounds.
2. Only FOUR OUT OF 150 countries have more wealth inequality than us.
In a world listing compiled by a reputable research team (which nevertheless prompted double-checking), the U.S. has greater wealth inequality than every measured country in the world except for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Denmark, and Switzerland.
3. An amount equal to ONE-HALF the GDP is held untaxed overseas by rich Americans.
The Tax Justice Network estimated that between $21 and $32 trillion is hidden offshore, untaxed. With Americans making up 40% of the world’s Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, that’s $8 to $12 trillion in U.S. money stashed in far-off hiding places.
Based on a historical stock market return of 6%, up to $750 billion of income is lost to the U.S. every year, resulting in a tax loss of about $260 billion.
4. Corporations stopped paying HALF OF THEIR TAXES after the recession.
After paying an average of 22.5% from 1987 to 2008, corporations have paid an annual rate of 10% since. This represents a sudden $250 billion annual loss in taxes.
U.S. corporations have shown a pattern of tax reluctance for more than 50 years, despite building their businesses with American research and infrastructure. They’ve passed the responsibility on to their workers. For every dollar of workers’ payroll tax paid in the 1950s, corporations paid three dollars. Now it’s 22 cents.
The wealthy would rather sit back and collect interests than create jobs. If they can make the same or more money by basically doing nothing they will and do.
Perhaps for the first time in his life Allen West will have to find a job where he is not sucking down tax payer’s money faster than Donald Trump or Rush Limbaugh can find another trophy wife, Florida Rep. Allen West(R) concedes. Now he’ll have plenty of time to form a posse and go looking for those commies hiding behind every tree in Washington.
I do not think it amazing that the Fast and Furious and Benghazi conspiracy theories have only worked in the fetid swamps of ConWorld. Democrats, on every platform that was available to us made it clear that mud was not going to stick. The Swiftboat attacks were the pinnacle of fifty years of conservatives lies and demonizing, against a decorated war hero at that. lesson learned. If Conservatives repeated the lies, half-truths and bizarre distortions ten times, we repeated the truth twelve. Reflecting on this election’s failed attempts at the same deeply immoral tactics, what have the freaks of conservatism learned? Obama got inside their pointed heads with his zen master powers of mind control and gosh, they sure didn’t see that coming, How The Conservative Media Lost The Election. The plan was to unmask Obama. It didn’t work.
And with the Republican Party now in full-throttle soul-searching mode, many in the conservative blogosphere are turning introspective as well.
“I think the right media may have erred,” Dan Riehl, a contributor to Breitbart News and longtime proprietor of Riehl World News, told BuzzFeed a week after the election. “I think we let Obama get into our heads and we wound up campaigning against him, rather than for the things we believe in.”
“It was a trap,” he added. “And one I can’t say I didn’t fall into.”
In hindsight, Riehl questioned the wisdom of devoting so much energy to combing through the president’s early life for signs of radicalism — a process that yielded few true exposés, but rather a handful of scraps that bloggers tried to spin into scandals. For example, in March, Breitbart News reported that Obama attended a 1998 production of a play about left-wing Chicago activist Saul Alinsky. The story, which was presented as a major scoop on the site, included this memorable lede:
In The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama claims that he worried after 9/11 that his name, so similar to that of Osama bin Laden, might harm his political career.
But Obama was not always so worried about misspellings and radical resemblances. He may even have cultivated them as he cast himself as Chicago’s radical champion.
“I just don’t know that America cared,” Riehl now says of this story genre. “The guy had already been elected, and our message was that Barack Obama’s a socialist that wants to control your life. I’m not arguing that he isn’t, but is that a message people want to hear?”
I probably read more conservative commentary and studies than most conservatives. What is it exactly that conservatives believe in is still something of a mystery. They’re always for low taxes. In other words they’re against paying their fair share of the cost of having a civilization. Riehl and Douthat think freedom is not free, but they think civilization is. For over half a century conservatives have staked out sole proprietorship of Family Values Inc. The war on family values is about as real as Bill O’Reilly’s war on Christmas. The biggest threat to American families is the social-Darwinism preached by conservatives as though it were the same thing as the waters of salvation. In Republispeak the quasi-religious and the far right economics of dog-eat-dog are joined at the hip and the mouth.
“My impression from the outside was that the target of the vetting effort was always the mainstream media, not really the president,” said Ben Domenech, a conservative blogger and cofounder of the long-running conservative blog RedState.com.
Domenech said conservative coverage of Obama’s first term drifted “too often toward entertainment and mockery, and too little toward the critical and hard work of investigation.”
“I think it’s a bit disappointing that the major scandals during Obama’s administration thus far have all been broken by mainstream media entities, not journalists on the right,” he added.
Wait one gull darn minute. Does Ben mean to say that conservatives – his site will tell you repeatedly that they are smarter, have the best polices, are more articulate, have a better work ethic and are just plain better human beings than anyone on the planet, spent too much time mocking and not enough time on issues. This is where Riehl’s excuses comes in handy – Obama got inside their heads and made them all his bytches. They ain’t learned nuttin. They ain’t gonna learn nuttin. That would require an epiphany, the kind of soul searching and neuron use the conservative movement has proven it is singularly incapable of having. While Google has struggled with it, Republicans might want to adopt a slogan, like do no evil. Just having a worthwhile goal in the first step to recovery for kool-aid addicts.