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Why the Republican Party’s Narrative on Income and Voting Failed

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by ALEX KLEIN, The Daily Beast

 

From the fiscal cliff to immigration, the Republican Party remains sorely divided over its post-loss platform. The “blame Romney first” camp is making a lot of noise about a kindler, gentler GOP and slamming their former frontman for an epic “47 percent” fumble.

 

But that’s a tough sell. How do you dispatch a party’s favorite worldview—that of right-leaning “makers” and left-leaning “takers”—when the guy who popularized it got the VP nod and is now the de facto leader of your congressional caucus? Tearing a whole party away from the calming logic of bought-off voters is tough, and many on the right are still stuck on the idea. After Obama’s victory, Bill O’Reilly explained, “There are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff, and who is going to give them things? President Obama.” Rush Limbaugh—without whose booming, car-journey-defining voice no GOP realignment will be possible—doubled down, giving the “gifts” line a literal, Christmas-season spin: “It’s just very difficult to beat Santa Claus,” he said. “People are not going to vote against Santa Claus ... [Obama voters] got more stuff than other people.” Ann Coulter said Obama’s America was “interested in handouts.” And as Bill Whittle put it, “Republicans should commit to their own story.”

 

So while Bobby Jindal and a handful of others may want to sweet-talk single women and Hispanics, in the base-stoking (and primary-deciding) conservative media, the Paul Ryanist argument is proving resilient. Together, it makes for an appealing economic determinism: find out how people will vote by measuring their income and federal entitlements.

 

But the Republican Party must ditch this line of thinking. Sure, it’s divisive. But more important, it’s empirically false. We’ve already shown how the makers-takers narrative breaks down on the state level: the amount a state’s average citizen gets in federal dollars has no bearing on how that citizen votes. But of course, states are lumpy, with pockets of wealth and poverty. So now we’ve drilled down a level. With the help of the National Priorities Project, I’ve compiled per capita–spending and median-income data for almost every county in the United States. (Those figures come from the 2010 Consolidated Federal Funds Report.) And for the first time, we’ve compared how America’s counties voted with how much their average resident makes a year and gets from the federal government. The data set covers 2,707, or more than 90 percent, of America’s 3,033 counties.



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Daniel Mayeda's curator insight, December 12, 2012 9:10 AM

Excellent analysis based on actual election data destroying the GOP's favorite explanation for why Romney lost: "takers" and poor people voted for O.  But will Republicans turn to reality and change their approach?  Seems unlikely.

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Business Advice from a 19th Century Paris Madam - Really? Madame Alexandra's Rules of Business - Jan Moran

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Part non-fiction, part fiction, Madame Alexandra’s Rules of Business: The Enduring Principles of Business Success dispenses ageless advice.

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A clever little book that should be a business standard...

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Sun shines on #MoralMarch as massive crowd sings "We Shall Overcome"

The emergence of the sun from behind cloud cover for the first time on Feb. 8, 2014 was taken as a sign by many from the faith community, and inspired an emotional moment for most of the tens of thousands who attended the Moral March on Raleigh. The freedom song "We Shall Overcome" had just shifted into "we are not afraid" as the day's first sunlight pushed through the clouds.

VIDEO BY: Emily Frachtling, Rhett Rebold, Eric Byler, Annabel Park


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 22, 7:51 AM

This is about the new restrictive voting policy in North Carolina and the Moral Monday push back from thousands of NC citizens there that has been occurring for months on Mondays. Money in politics is behind the push to find ways to take the voters out of the vote. We voters are the Wild Card that could undermine the influence of money in politics and policy shaping.


Restrictive voting mandates have been pushed in a growing numbers of states. One must ask how does shortening early voting and Sunday voting and other types of changes prevent voter fraud which really has not even been demonstrated  anyway? It just prevents many from voting.


The proven fraud only occurred in registration to any noticeable degree because people were paid by the numbers they registered. Mickey Mouse and the dead people they registered did not actually show up to vote. Had they have shown up I'm sure someone would have noticed. Some might add that deleting voters in Florida and counting chads may have been the last seriously potential voting fraud and having voters photo IDs really would not have prevented that. Others might say the MItt Romney's son owning the voting machines could have also posed more serious risk of voter fraud then recruiting lots of people to physically walk into voting booths and personally lie about who they are, so that they might wait in line over and over and do that multiple times on the same few days or weeks. Think about it...How much would you have to pay people to do that?

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Politics live: readers' edition - Monday 5 August - The Guardian

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I'm not writing my usual Politics Live blog today, but, as an alternative, here's Politics Live: readers' edition.
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Attorney General Moves to Forefront of Virginia Conservative Resurgence - NYTimes.com

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Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has surprised even his most ardent supporters with several high-profile legal actions that have ignited political firestorms. (NYTImes: "Mr.
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In 2008, Obama was optimistic on race. Today showed he’s changed.

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Court renews secret U.S. surveillance program

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Detroit Bankruptcy: What Other Cities Are Teetering

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Attorney General Moves to Forefront of Virginia Conservative Resurgence - NYTimes.com

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Chris Matthews chides 'same-politics marriage' between NRA and RNC chiefs - Raw Story

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Wake up Mr PM, your silence is no longer an asset

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Obama to tap veteran envoy for Afghan-Pakistan post - Boston Globe

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From Estonia to Azerbaijan: American Strategy After Ukraine

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Washington will maintain a balance of power in Central and Eastern Europe by creating an alliance structure.


By George Friedman


As I discussed last week, the fundamental problem that Ukraine poses for Russia, beyond a long-term geographical threat, is a crisis in internal legitimacy. Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent his time in power rebuilding the authority of the Russian state within Russia and the authority of Russia within the former Soviet Union. The events in Ukraine undermine the second strategy and potentially the first. If Putin cannot maintain at least Ukrainian neutrality, then the world's perception of him as a master strategist is shattered, and the legitimacy and authority he has built for the Russian state is, at best, shaken. 

Whatever the origins of the events in Ukraine, the United States is now engaged in a confrontation with Russia. The Russians believe that the United States was the prime mover behind regime change in Ukraine. At the very least, the Russians intend to reverse events in Ukraine. At most, the Russians have reached the conclusion that the United States intends to undermine Russia's power. They will resist. The United States has the option of declining confrontation, engaging inmeaningless sanctions against individuals and allowing events to take their course. Alternatively, the United States can choose to engage and confront the Russians. 

A failure to engage at this point would cause countries around Russia's periphery, from Estonia to Azerbaijan, to conclude that with the United States withdrawn and Europe fragmented, they must reach an accommodation with Russia. This will expand Russian power and open the door to Russian influence spreading on the European Peninsula itself. The United States has fought three wars (World War I, World War II and the Cold War) to prevent hegemonic domination of the region. Failure to engage would be a reversal of a century-old strategy.

The American dilemma is how to address the strategic context in a global setting in which it is less involved in the Middle East and is continuing to work toward a "pivot to Asia." Nor can the United States simply allow events to take their course. The United States needs a strategy that is economical and coherent militarily, politically and financially. It has two advantages. Some of the countries on Russia's periphery do not want to be dominated by her. Russia, in spite of some strengths, is inherently weak and does not require U.S. exertion on the order of the two World Wars, the Cold War or even the Middle East engagements of the past decade. 



Read more: From Estonia to Azerbaijan: American Strategy After Ukraine | Stratfor 


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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, March 25, 6:01 AM

I find myself thinking as I try to understand what's happening in Ukraine and on the larger geopolitical stage that if it wasn't for fossil fuels, how much of this would matter?

 

Since parts of Europe are almost solely dependent on Russia for energy and, likewise, Russia is very dependent on energy exports for revenues, what would happen if Europe started a massive build of solar and wind farms instead of fracking or importing fossil fuels from elsewhere? Wouldn't that weaken Russia and be better for everyone except the Big Money in the fossil fuel industry?

 

And, couldn't going green be done faster and maybe even cheaper - certainly it would be cleaner - than more drilling, mining, and refining? Think about it. What would be better, trying to get Turkey to allow Azerbaijan, a fossil-fuel rich country, to build pipelines to Europe, or Europe building wind and solar farms? (Yes, I know you can't run cars on solar - or can you?)

 

Why doesn't Europe just keep going greener and tell Russia - and us and the fossil fuel industry - to put the oil, coal, and natural gas where the sun doesn't shine?

 

Green energy is abundant and available to every single country and person on the planet. Ask yourself what's really best for us and in our long term interests; dirtier and more expensive fossil fuels nations are ready to go to war over, or renewable energy, and doesn't going green take on of Putin's strongest trump cards, the issue of energy, off the table and thereby weaken Russia?


(The views expressed above are my own and do not reflect any official position or views of Coffee Party USA. Greg R., Curator, Coffee Party News.)

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Kentucky Political Staple: Barbs and Barbecue - New York Times

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Detroit Bankruptcy: What Other Cities Are Teetering

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Court renews secret U.S. surveillance program

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