US Congressional Mid-Terms Reader

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A selection of US blogger commentary found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you’ve been reading (and writing!) in the comments.

  • What Price Ignorance?
  • – “Simple-and-stupid is the fashion this election year, sadly.”

  • Robert Reich: ‘We’re losing our democracy’
  • – “The perfect storm: An unprecedented concentration of income and wealth at the top; a record amount of secret money flooding our democracy; and a public becoming increasingly angry and cynical about a government that’s raising its taxes, reducing its services, and unable to get it back to work.

    We’re losing our democracy to a different system. It’s called plutocracy.”

  • NYT v. the world: WikiLeaks coverage
  • – “In fact, American conduct goes beyond mere indifference into active complicity, as The Guardian today reports that “fresh evidence that US soldiers handed over detainees to a notorious Iraqi torture squad has emerged in army logs published by WikiLeaks.”

    Media outlets around the world prominently highlighted this revelation, but not The New York Times:”

  • GOTV: Eight False Things “Everybody Knows”
  • – “If the public votes in a new Congress because a majority of voters think this one tripled the deficit, and as a result the new people follow the policies that actually tripled the deficit, the country could go broke.

    If the public votes in a new Congress that rejects the idea of helping to create demand in the economy because they think it didn’t work, then the new Congress could do things that cause a depression.

    If the public votes in a new Congress because they think the health care reform will increase the deficit when it is actually projected to reduce the deficit, then the new Congress could repeal health care reform and thereby make the deficit worse.”

  • Bullshit
  • – “Murray’s imaginary U.S.A.Time and again, this essay describes as “mainstream” or “quintessentially American” things that the vast majority of Americans don’t do: living in a small town (80% of Americans don’t), reading Harlequin romances (85% don’t), watching The Price Is Right or Oprah (more than 90% don’t), belonging to Rotary or Kiwanis (99+% belong to neither.) It isn’t just “elites” who don’t do these things; the average person doesn’t do them. (Nor follow NASCAR.) They’re not even majority behaviors among the groups where they’re more prevalent: the rural-and-small-town, the poorly educated, the old. So Murray’s quarrel is actually with the REAL mainstream America, is it not?”

  • Just what is Glenn Beck telling them?
  • – “This is the person the Tea Partiers say makes them “think and rethink” everything they know. So is it really such a big surprise that they see nothing wrong with hiring private thugs to push Democrats and “the liberal media” out of their campaign events? They think Democrats and liberals are literally Nazis.”

  • Tell all the truth, but tell it slant
  • – Who’s spinning whom?

  • For your Doorknocking — Dave Johnson’s “eight false things the public “knows” prior to election day.
  • – I like these kinds of lists.

  • What defines a terrorist anyway?
  • – “Luckily we don’t live in a country where religious fanatics use the power of the state to control women. And I’m sure we have nothing to worry about if these people gain total control of one of the two political parties in the nation.”

  • What’s Happening to the Republican Party II
  • – “So for me, there are three interesting questions. The first is which model – if any – wins? That is, not necessarily which model wins out in the current election, but which model proves so attractive over the next decade or so that it reshapes party organization on both sides of the aisle.”

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  1. Jon Stewart’s Rally To Restore Sanity is nigh (not so keen on the ableist title) before the actual polls open on Tuesday. The Guardian has a nice piece on suggested placards.

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