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Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People
American elections feature an epic struggle between actual people trying to express their views in the face of fictional "people" (i.e., Corporations) trying to buy influence. I want to highlight topics such as corrupt money in politics, campaign lies and dishonesty, voter suppression.
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World Leader Outraged By Romney's 'Racist Statment'

World Leader Outraged By Romney's 'Racist Statment' | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch...
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Romney and the Go-For-Broke Election | RealClearPolitics

<<In the process, the right hopes to redefine middle-of-the-road policies as "left wing," thereby altering the balance in the American political debate.

What should alarm both liberals and moderates is that this is the rare election in which such a strategy has a chance of succeeding. Conservatives have their opening not because the country has moved far to the right but courtesy of economic discontent, partisan polarization and the right's success in defining Obama as standing well to the left of where he actually does.>>

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Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives

Why Liberals Are More Intelligent Than Conservatives | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Liberals think they’re more intelligent than conservatives because they are.  By Satoshi Kanazawa, evolutionary psychologist, in a provoctive article published in Psychology Today.

 

I'm sure this is intended to generate protest and controversy, but I hope the last paragraph of the article is not overlooked:

 

<<Incidentally, this finding substantiates one of the persistent complaints among conservatives. Conservatives often complain that liberals control the media or the show business or the academia or some other social institutions. The Hypothesis explains why conservatives are correct in their complaints. Liberals do control the media, or the show business, or the academia, among other institutions, because, apart from a few areas in life (such as business) where countervailing circumstances may prevail, liberals control all institutions. They control the institutions because liberals are on average more intelligent than conservatives and thus they are more likely to attain the highest status in any area of (evolutionarily novel) modern life.>>

 

 

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ALEC Exposed - Alec Exposed

ALEC Exposed - Alec Exposed | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Center for Media and Democracy has EXPOSED over 800 "model" bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporations and politicians through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
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Dinesh D’Souza new movie 2016: Obama’s America looks to uncover Barack Obama’s deep and hidden socialist and communist roots.

Dinesh D’Souza new movie 2016: Obama’s America looks to uncover Barack Obama’s deep and hidden socialist and communist roots. | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Twenty minutes into a new conservative documentary about Barack Obama, there’s a moment that’ll break a birther’s heart.

 

<<“On August 4, 1961,” says D’Souza, “Barack Obama II is born in the Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu. His birth is recorded in two local newspapers.” *** There are no conspiracy theories about Obama’s birth, religion, Social Security number, passport, or college transcript.>>

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Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs

Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

About $59 billion is spent on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent on corporate subsidies. So, the government spent 50% more on corporate welfare than it did on food stamps and housing assistance in 2006.

 

Many politically well-connected corporations are also parasitically draining their share of fiscal blood from your paycheck before you ever see it. It’s called corporate welfare. The intent here is to figure out which presents the greater burden to our federal budget, corporate or social welfare programs... [MORE]

 

 

[Perhaps before we think about raising taxes on people--any people--we should first think about stopping subsidies for corporations... -MC]


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KK's comment, July 28, 2012 10:40 AM
"more" link to read the rest does not work - bad gateway?
Michael Charney's comment, July 28, 2012 10:43 AM
Site seems to have crashed; my apologies. I'll keep an eye on it...
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What drives the Obama doubters and haters?

Here is a very measured, concise, factual refutation of birthers and other consipiracy mongers.

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The Conservative Onion

The Conservative Onion | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Excuses within excuses for not taxing the rich.  <<For several days running the central theme of the Romney campaign has rested on a complete lie. I understand; going on about the dishonesty can get boring. But we should step back often to look at this remarkable spectacle. I really don’t think there’s been anything like this in American political history: a presidential campaign, with a pretty good chance of winning, that is based entirely on cynical lies about what the sitting president has said. No, Obama hasn’t apologized for America; no, he hasn’t denigrated achievement. Yet take away those claims, and there’s nothing left in Romney’s rhetoric.>>

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Why The Bush Tax Cut Vote Was So Important

Why The Bush Tax Cut Vote Was So Important | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
During and after yesterday’s big Senate tax vote, I noticed some observers were pretty quick to diminish the magnitude of what transpired, and what Harry Reid managed to accomplish.
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An Unconventional Argument

An Unconventional Argument | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Article argues that the push for a consitiutional convention to address campaign finance issues is doomed to failure.  Interesting analysis of the various steps that have to be taken to succeed in mounting such a convention and how those steps are unlikely to result in the action activists are seeking.

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Voter suppression: 'I'm a better citizen than any of them. I'm not going to quit'

Voter suppression: 'I'm a better citizen than any of them. I'm not going to quit' | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Florida is at the centre of a concerted bid to restrict citizens' right to vote.
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Media Yawns as Obama Launches Another Flagrantly Dishonest Attack Ad | Freedom Report

Media Yawns as Obama Launches Another Flagrantly Dishonest Attack Ad | Freedom Report | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
One way to immediately put your opponent on defense is to simply lie about them.
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Nancy Pelosi Escalates Call For Citizens United Constitutional ...

Nancy Pelosi Escalates Call For Citizens United Constitutional ... | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

"Suffocate the airwaves, suppress the vote and poison the debate," Pelosi said of super PACs and other groups freed by the Citizens United decision to collect and spend unlimited sums.

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Romney's Economic Plan: Dubya 2.0

Romney's Economic Plan: Dubya 2.0 | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

<<To review: The way Mitt Romney's economic plan differs from what George W. Bush did is that Romney favors exploiting energy resources, free trade, having a good education system, balancing the budget (something every candidate in both parties says they'll do, but only Bill Clinton actually did), tax cuts, and less regulation. In short, Romney's program is exactly the same as what George W. Bush did. Yet Romney says, "My policies are very different than anything you've seen in the past." Right.>>

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'Dark Money,' Secret Donors Behind Half Of Independent Election Spending

'Dark Money,' Secret Donors Behind Half Of Independent Election Spending | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- In May, the conservative nonprofit group Crossroads GPS, founded by famed political strategist Karl Rove and other leading Republican operatives, ran a television ad showcasing a fictional mother who had supported Barack Obama in 2008. Yet, this is not considered a campaign ad but instead is an ad run by Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, a "social welfare non-profit."  A travesty.

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Everything most people think about the budget is wrong

Everything most people think about the budget is wrong | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The Tea Party is wrong.Defense spending and wars -- not foreign aid or government workers -- dominate the budget...
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Mitt Romney’s insults and mistakes while at the London Olympics aren’t gaffes as much as a fair representation of his worldview.

Mitt Romney’s insults and mistakes while at the London Olympics aren’t gaffes as much as a fair representation of his worldview. | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Mitt Romney’s not-so-excellent adventure abroad (“Romneyshambles,” the Brits are calling it) has been many things: shabby, hilarious, scandalous, an enlivening hoot to a dreary election season. One thing it shouldn’t be, though, is surprising.

 

<<Private-equity firms, such as Bain Capital, where Romney made his fortune, tend to view their client companies as cash cows, susceptible to cookie-cutter formulas from which the firms’ partners reap lavish fees, almost regardless of the outcome. Their ends and means breed an insularity, a sense of entitlement, a disposition to view all the world’s entities through a single prism and to appraise them along a single scale.  How Romney should have behaved in London may have been obvious to Charles Krauthammer, who studies politics; it would have been obvious to politically ambitious businessmen from more traditional lines of work or from an earlier era. But as we have been graced to see this week, it is not necessarily obvious to Romney himself.>>

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Why Mitt screws up

Why Mitt screws up | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Let's put Romney on the shrink's couch: His disastrous London gaffes reveal a deep-seated anxiety.  <<There are many ways to defend against overwhelming anxiety, one of which is to act certain about every answer given.

 

What comes out besides this sense of smiling certainty are signs of anxious contempt toward others – whether it is how the British run their Games or saying that kids who can’t afford college should borrow money from their parents. Put together, these and many similar statements – his pleasure at firing people or his belief that corporations are people (is that why he can comfortably bankrupt some?) – are all evidence of a hostility not dissimilar to stories about his bullying of others during his prep school days. At this stage, I suspect Mitt Romney is too anxious to be an effective president.>>

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Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXVII

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXVII | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

#18 is a doozy, esp. in light of his gaffe of talking about his meeting with secret British spy agency M16, which the Brits don't even like to acknowledge exists.

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‘Always the Opposite of Obama’ is a Tricky Platform

‘Always the Opposite of Obama’ is a Tricky Platform | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

This strikes me as almost too close to the truth to be satire.  What do you think?

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How the West Is Won

How the West Is Won | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

article argues that instead of seeking a Constitutional convention, activitsts ought to use ballot initiatives in the states to reform campaign laws, then electing reform-oriented members of Congress.  With such members, the chances of Congress itself of enacting reform at the federal level increases.

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Why Super PACs Make the Best Attack Ads - Businessweek

Why Super PACs Make the Best Attack Ads - Businessweek | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Why Super PACs Make the Best Attack AdsBusinessweekRepublican media strategist Fred Davis has made some of the most attention-grabbing political ads ever aired on television.
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Romney Campaign Joins Voter Suppression Efforts In Virginia ...

Romney Campaign Joins Voter Suppression Efforts In Virginia ... | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
That ad was created by the Voter Participation Center in response to outraged fluff from Virginia Republicans over voter registration forms being sent to people, and in some cases pets, who aren't eligible to vote.
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MY VIEW: Voter ID law suppresses seniors

MY VIEW: Voter ID law suppresses seniors | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Rep.Debbie Lesko spoke out recently in support of Arizona’s Voter ID law of 2004.  That and recent news of other states’ efforts in voter suppression and purging of voter rolls brought to mind my experiences when Arizona first passed a voter ID law. ...
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