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NY-26: The Demise of Both the GOP and Tea Party Begins!

May 24, 2011

(UPDATE – Democrat Hochul pulls off upset in New York congressional race”)

The following headline of hope and great joy was released by the Associated Press this past weekend, to the delight of most true Americans…

Democrat Surges in Poll Ahead of N.Y. Special Election.

The story was as follows…

A congressional race that may test voter support for a controversial Republican plan to overhaul Medicare remains tight before Tuesday’s special election, with a new poll suggesting that the Democrat now has a slight edge.

The special election to fill a House seat in upstate New York was supposed to be an easy victory for Republican Jane Corwin, left. But support for Democrat Kathy Hochul, right, is growing. Democrat Kathy Hochul has been campaigning in the western New York district against the House GOP plan to remake Medicare. She had support from 42% of likely voters in a survey released Saturday, compared to 38% for Republican Jane Corwin.

Republicans have long represented the district, so gains by Democrats are being closely watched well beyond the region.

The poll, conducted by the Siena Research Institute, surveyed more than 600 likely voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

In a Siena poll three weeks ago, the Democrat had trailed the Republican candidate by five percentage points.

Support for a TEA PARTY candidate appears to be fading (much like the entire, corporate led movement). Businessman Jack Davis was picked by 12% in the most recent poll, about half the support from the prior survey.”

And this recent news is now joined by the announcement today that all challenges to the recall of three GOP State Senators in Wisconsin have been exhausted and that now recall elections WILL BE HELD!

Between the GOP choking up a sure thing in upstate New York, and Scooter Walker about to lose his Republican majority in the Wisconsin legislature, the only thing that could possibly make it any worse for the Republicans would be for Tim ‘ZZZZ’ Pawlenty to announce he’s going to seek the GOP Presidential candidacy….OOOOPS! Never Mind!

Thanks to you Koch Brothers. And thanks to your wealthy, corporate brethren. While we have had to suffer the incompetence that is the earmark of your candidates, most of them from the ever pandering GOP, you have shown true Americans how much we stand to lose if we don’t stand up and fight to save our country from your selfish corporate interests that would destroy our democracy in pursuit of the all mighty dollar. That you have fooled so many Americans through your lies, deceit and fear mongering, into doing your dirty work under the guise of the Tea Party is something we will never forget, AND NEVER FORGIVE!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2011 1:18 am

    For someone who purportedly disdains faux intellectualism, I notice you seem unable to bypass the ad hominem attack (the lowest and most questionable form of “argument”), as well as making wildly unsubstantiated assumptions about the background of those who disagree with you.

    And if you had read further in your Wikipedia research, you would have seen that the genesis of Keynesian economics did in fact begin in the 19th Century but was later codified by Keynes, as well as the now fairly substantiated fact that it’s failed in many European countries and has been only revived in 2008 in the US, with terribly wasteful and mixed results, first under Bush’s Paulson and even worsened under Obama.

    Oh, and another bit of unrevisionist history for you, it was not FDR’s use of Keynesian economics, but WWII, which got us out of the Great Depression. And 2008 was the culmination of insufficient government regulation of corporate greed, as well as a Democratically controlled Congress which refused to rein in Fannie and Freddie, thus beginning the collapse of the house of cards. There’s plenty enough blame to go around.

    And, yes, corporate greed is bad and should be regulated but not strangled by government, but government grown too big is tyranny. To paraphrase Jefferson, a government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.

    So, you keep the hopey-changey thing. I’ll keep the Constitution. Have a nice day, my liberal friend.

    • May 25, 2011 6:42 am

      Yes, the lack of regulation is widely shared, but then again I didn’t assign ownership to anyone, you just assumed. Oh, and another thing, you don’t own the constitution ‘my conservative’ friend (talk about ad hominem attacks, sheesh). We all do. Except the tea party distorts it’s meaning and twists it in ways it was never intended to try and triangulate and justify an agenda that is counter to the very foundation of the Constitution.

      Now I know that some would like to believe WWII alone spurred the economic expansion, but that is not completely true and frankly, childishly simplistic. Yes, it served to help pull us out of the depression,and resulted in the US being in a dominant position worldwide, both of which contributed to the massive growth. But it ignores other contributing factors before and after the war, many largely led by the evil government. Like the public works programs under FDR before the war that brought electricity, plumbing and communications to rural areas and ushered those Americans into the twentieth century. Or Ike’s initiative that built the interstate highway system that suddenly made it easier for the economy to grow through greater access of products and materials (I know, he had to lie about it being essential to our national defense, but even then there existed a core of selfish conservatives more interested in keeping their wealth rather than invest in that enabled them to get rich). And of course, there was that frightening social experiment, the GI bill, which provided average Americans access to higher education, a place previously reserved for the children of only the wealthiest families, with the result being an explosion of a solid middle class and a society of educated people that fueled creativity and innovation never before seen. And I know you are smart enough to know all this (I have visited your well thought out, though philosophically disagreeable website), but you choose to either deny or marginalize them to fit your narrative.

      As for the complete failure of Keynesian economic theory in Europe, have you actually been there? While all countries have their economic ups and downs, to say that France, or Italy or England, all economies with much greater private and government partnership than ours, are utter failures is absurd. In fact,, in some respects their economic framework is far superior, like the fact that their CEOs are prevented from earning 400 To 500 times more in compensation than their employees, something that is commonplace in the states (For example,in 2009 Wellpoint CEO Angela Braly earned over $65k in ONE day, which was more than 40% of all US household earned in a YEAR)

      Now, regarding your accusations about my smart ass comments that assumed to know who you are, if that refers to you being a corporate overlord, I admit that is a fair criticism ( hey, I got caught up in the moment). If it refers to speculating about your generation or social status, they were just speculation to make a point. But then again, you should be mindful of taking a superior tone about the nature of the discourse on both sides. Your last jab about the ‘hopey changey thing’ is both revealing, and to be honest, disappointing. Revealing in that it suggests you are simply a partisan with the singular goal being to promote a rigid point of view and dismiss all who disagree as inferior no matter the circumstance. Disappointing because you and I have had debates in the past, and as I said, I have visited your site, and I really expected more . I mean come on, that is something created by a cartoon character from Alaska, and I really had ‘hopiness’ that you were better than that.

  2. May 24, 2011 1:10 pm

    Jack Davis, a self-proclaimed but not real TEA Party candidate (he’s long been known as a Democrat and repeatedly lost), is simply a spoiler to syphon off some of the conservative Republican candidate’s votes and let the Democrat win. Hopefully, the New Yorkers of the 26th District will see through this sham and act accordingly. If not, they will deserve what they get.

    Regardless, your subject line is wishful thinking. We told everyone to wait for November 2010, and that resulted in wave election for Republicans and TEA Partiers. Wait for 2012.

    • May 24, 2011 1:36 pm

      Oh yes, I can’t wait. Good lord, we all can’t wait. Trust me. America now knows the folly of their childish temper tantrum last November. They see that they have turned the keys over to their corporate masters (read that the creators of the Tea Party and the GOP’s puppetmaasters) who will screw the average American at every turn (one can only assume you are one of those corporate powerbrokers).Your corporate led demonizing of government has served to merely obfuscate the obvious; corporate America is the much greater danger as you lie, manipulate and scare the average Joe and Janet into acting and voting against their own best interests. You are just another snakeoil salesmen (GOV’T EVIL! big business nice!) cheerleading to enrich the already rich, and scheming to defraud the already disenfranchised. I’ll bet you wrap you ass in the flag too, dontcha? Scary to think that there are so many like you who pretend to be Patriots, but who are so ready and willing to destroy this nation in pursuit of your profits. We shouldn’t fear Al Queda (because we now have a President who can handle them), we should fear you.

      • Ann permalink
        May 25, 2011 1:07 am

        You are so absolutely awesome. Your post nailed his butt to the wall. Thank you.

  3. May 24, 2011 9:44 am

    The sooner the Tea Party and the Republican Party as a whole is in the dustbin of history the better. America cannot survive in the 21st century with 19th century ideas.

    • May 24, 2011 9:47 am

      Amen to that brother!

    • May 24, 2011 12:59 pm

      Let’s see, when was Keynesian economics (which Obama pushes but which has failed everywhere it’s been tried) first devised? Why, it was in the 19th Century!

      Stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

      • May 24, 2011 2:16 pm

        Oh Lord, your attempts at being intellectual would be impressive if they weren’t so childish. From Wikipedia (yes, not the most reliable source, but sufficient here): “Keynesian economics argues that private sector decisions sometimes lead to inefficient macroeconomic outcomes and therefore advocates active policy responses by the public sector, including monetary policy actions by the central bank and fiscal policy actions by the government to stabilize output over the business cycle…Keynesian economics advocates a mixed economy—predominantly private sector, but with a large role of government and public sector—and served as the economic model during the later part of the Great Depression, World War II, and the post-war economic expansion (1945–1973).”

        Taking a flyer, and assuming you’re either Gen-X or a Boomer, the fact that you can speak freely, have an education that has provided a foundation for you to be somewhat articulate, and probably have a moderately comfortable middle or upper middle class existence (maybe even wealthy for all know), is due largely to the post-war economic expansion described above.

        But now you have been told to believe that unfettered corporate and private sector interests are best, and being the good little soldier, you followed right along despite having been a beneficiary of the exact opposite.

        Of course, in 2008 (and since) we saw the results of what is in effect, the opposite of Keynesian economics, where private sector decisions can sometimes lead to inefficient macroeconomic outcomes, only then it led to a near collapse of the financial sector and the economy. And then, as now, I worked deep inside retail banking in the U.S., and saw firsthand how and why it happened and it had nothing to do with economic theories or political dogma. It had to do with corporate greed becoming so out of control that the private sector’s champion, Alan Greenspan, finally admitted that he had put too much faith in the self-correcting power of free markets and had failed to anticipate their self-destructive powers.

        So you can take your faux intellectualism and stow it. I don’t need to bandy about economic theories and dogma to know the bottom line reality. I’ve seen it from the inside, and government, while frustrating and imperfect, is less of a danger than corporate greed unchecked.

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