Monday, November 21, 2011

@SenatorBurr : David Frum speaks for the common sense wing of our party

David Frum,  who worked in the George W Bush White House,  is out with a real eye opener of an article in New York Magazine.   I feel at ease after reading David's article.  I am not alone.  I am not the only Republican stunned that our party has been hi-jacked by right-wing extremists who are pushing a dangerous economic and social agenda.  There are others in America like me.  We're the level-headed crowd who use common sense.  We just don't have a voice in our party - except for David.

A few lines from David's article where I found myself shaking my head in the affirmative:
  • In the throes of the worst economic crisis since the Depression, Republican politicians demand massive budget cuts and shrug off the concerns of the unemployed.
  • In the face of evidence of dwindling upward mobility and long-stagnating middle-class wages, my party’s economic ideas sometimes seem to have shrunk to just one: more tax cuts for the very highest earners.
  • Today, stimulative fiscal policy that includes tax cuts for almost every American is “socialism.” In 2001, stimulative fiscal policy that included tax cuts for rather fewer Americans was an economic­-recovery program.
  • Some of the smartest and most sophisticated people I know—canny investors, erudite authors—sincerely and passionately believe that President Barack Obama has gone far beyond conventional American liberalism and is willfully and relentlessly driving the United States down the road to socialism. No counter evidence will dissuade them from this belief: not record-high corporate profits, not almost 500,000 job losses in the public sector, not the lowest tax rates since the Truman administration. 
  • Republicans held more power for longer than at any time since the twenties, yet the result was the weakest and least broadly shared economic expansion since World War II, followed by an economic crash and prolonged slump.
  • The reality is, however, that the big winners in the American fiscal system are the rich, the old, the rural, and veterans—typically conservative constituencies. 
  • John McCain got 58 percent of noncollege-white votes in 2008. The GOP polls even higher among that group today, but the party can only sustain those numbers as long as it gives voice to alienation.
  • The business model of the conservative media is built on two elements: provoking the audience into a fever of indignation (to keep them watching) and fomenting mistrust of all other information sources (so that they never change the channel). 
  • But the thought leaders on talk radio and Fox do more than shape opinion. Backed by their own wing of the book-publishing industry and supported by think tanks that increasingly function as public-relations agencies, conservatives have built a whole alternative knowledge system, with its own facts, its own history, its own laws of economics.
  • We used to say “You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.” Now we are all entitled to our own facts, and conservative media use this right to immerse their audience in a total environment of pseudo-facts and pretend information.
And the grand finale:
  • In the aftershock of 2008, large numbers of Americans feel exploited and abused. Rather than workable solutions, my party is offering low taxes for the currently rich and high spending for the currently old, to be followed by who-knows-what and who-the-hell-cares. This isn’t conservatism; it’s a going-out-of-business sale for the baby-boom generation.
It's a great article.  It explains how our State got saddled with such a pathetic excuse for a Republican Senator.   Richard Burr is a right-wing nut job,  kept in power by rural,  uneducated whites.  And if he has his way,  our economic future is extremely bleak.  Those uneducated white folk think otherwise,  but they're clueless as to what will unfold economically if Republicans don't make a radical change in course and start taking a common sense approach to the issues driving our economy over a cliff.

Senator Richard Burr will vote a course that ensures economic disaster for America.  And when it unfolds,  those dumb white folk have only themselves to blame.

North Carolina deserves better than Republican Senator Richard Burr.

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