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Chait writes: "Even as Democrats controlled the White House and half of Congress, they had forced Democrats to accept more than a trillion dollars of domestic spending cuts, with no new revenue at all."

Chait: 'In the summer of 2011, the conservative world was filled with giddy triumphalism.' (photo: AP)
Chait: 'In the summer of 2011, the conservative world was filled with giddy triumphalism.' (photo: AP)

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+35 # universlman 2012-12-09 16:56
There is much unfairness built into the entire system. GE pays no taxes in 2011 for instance and much of the Wall St. bailout money is spent on bonuses for a handfull of managers.

Krauthammer and his group can not understand how this behavior goes over with the hard working little guys like me. He may be smart on paper but he does not yet get the smoldering anger born in a system that is far from "fair and balanced."
 
 
+13 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-12-09 19:07
The ruling class likes people to argue about abortion, gay rights even capital punishment and especially sports anything be bread and butter issues. They like the way Obama stops race riots and to a certain extent even Hispanic anger only by his mulatto ethnicity. They didn’t like it that Obama kept talking about economics so they were planning a Republican Congressional sweep, with Republican Congress, but an Obama Presidency. But suddenly Obama began to play ball, talking about abortion, gay rights, and contraceptives payed for by the tax payer. They accidentally let Elizabeth Warren slip through. Rick Sanatorium wasn’t actually running for President he was running to keep people arguing about rape and abortion and forget they were the 99%, and off the subject also running to prevent Next Gingrich from becoming President.

As long as Obama play ball and sticks to hot button issues they can discard the tea party to the garbage can.
 
 
+1 # Dion Giles 2012-12-09 22:38
As staged as the wrestling.
 
 
+8 # NOMINAE 2012-12-10 01:18
All of this Political Kabuki Theater has a very long pedigree. A major ingredient of which is what more modern-day observers and insiders call "red meat" issues. This term derives, to no one's great surprise, from the lexicon of thieves and home invaders.

Imagine that you have a team of Dobermans in use as guard dogs on your property. If not properly trained against the ploy, some home invaders can simply distract your dogs by throwing raw red meat over the fence. While the guard dogs are "piling" on, and fighting over the meat, the burglars can simply walk past your guard dogs and take their time robbing your home.

Gay marriage, Flag burning, all of these emotional "non-issues" are "red meat" issues, and have been used since time immemorial to great advantage.

They make it a cake walk for the burglars to steal whatever they really want while the populace is foaming and fighting over the "red meat".

The entire game is rigged, and the elections, etc are staged as very effective political theater. Nothing more.

Presently, OWS is the only organization on the Globe seeking to abandon the old carcass of a system and begin anew. That makes OWS our "last, best hope".
 
 
+6 # genierae 2012-12-10 08:03
Think what it would be like if the two sides came together with the common good of the people as their goal. All that's ever discussed is who's getting the best of whom, substance has become a dirty word. And the mainstream media plays along, like the pied piper luring us to our doom. The sad thing is if the American people were made fully aware of the true aims of Republicans, their party would quickly become extinct.
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2012-12-10 11:17
Quoting genierae:
Think what it would be like if the two sides came together with the common good of the people as their goal. All that's ever discussed is who's getting the best of whom, substance has become a dirty word. And the mainstream media plays along, like the pied piper luring us to our doom. The sad thing is if the American people were made fully aware of the true aims of Republicans, their party would quickly become extinct.

Nice thought -but remember that "Divide and conquer" movie clip of Scott Walker and Twit's "47% speech?
And that's just the stuff that was leaked; can you imagine what was posited behind tightly closed doors by Curdled Rove, Grumpy Norquist and all these reactionary think tanks in their quest for a one-party state?
Damn right they should be "neutered" (Krauthammer's psycho -inflammatory, hysteria inducing terminology), or shall we say "neutralized" to be more calm.
I'd be more inclined to encourage Obama to take a page out of THEIR "scorched earth" books and roll over them with all means at his disposal, including a coalition and collaboration encompassing other progressive parties as the Rethugs used the Tea Buggers.
But I fear he's too much of a born, right-of-center mitigator for that and I fear that he'll end up as a cypher fro the status-quo.
His hands must be numb with their slap-asides by now, Surely even he can see that he can't reach out to the unreachable and should steer his ship firmly.
 
 
0 # genierae 2012-12-11 08:58
You're right rp, there's a lot of gullible people in the world, but each generation is more enlightened, more open to new ideas. I think that Republicans will soon die out as a party if they don't make a real effort to change. Personally I think we are in the midst of renewal on this planet. I think that we are in transition to a new way of life, that's why we are experiencing so much turbulence. As for Obama I think we will just have to wait and see. Life is very interesting for those who are paying attention.
 
 
+8 # bingers 2012-12-10 08:11
juliaxx
Obama will never lose because the news media and entertainment media continue to support him.

Oh really? A study of the media showed double the negative stories on Obama as on Romney. 90% of the media is conservative owned and that accounts for the reason we no longer have much in the way of investigative journalism or unslanted news.
 
 
+13 # bingers 2012-12-10 08:13
Krauthammer is a psychiatrist. I would suggest to him that he would be a great subject for a study of aberrant psychology.
 
 
-1 # Linda 2012-12-10 08:51
While I agree the joke was tasteless and childish they didn't cause this woman to commit suicide .

Obviously the poor woman had psychological problems that led her to take her own life .
A healthy person would be embarrassed but they wouldn't take their own life over something like this !
 
 
0 # Linda 2012-12-10 09:06
Its beginning to look more like a joke the Republican's and Democrat's are playing on us citizen's ,"good cop, bad cop," with the same agenda.
It is looking more and more like the Democrat's want these cuts to Social Security ,Medicare ,Medicaid and all social programs just as much as Republican's do !
I think its time we wised up and found ourselves some candidates in all races local and federal who aren't in either party ! If we don't change this red and blue system we will become less and less a part of how our government works for the people .
 
 
+3 # herman_the_german 2012-12-10 11:16
"Obama will never lose because..." ...The Country (and the 2012 Election results) support him.
 
 
0 # elmont 2012-12-12 18:27
I find Krauthammer to be an interesting case. I always disagreed with him on a number of issues, but I thought him a decent writer who generally presented the conservative view cogently and succinctly. Until 2008. Then something possessed him. He hates Obama to such a degree that he has become irrational. I do not for a moment think he is a racist, but man, he is simply incapable of meaningful discussion of Obama or his policies. I don't know why... Go figure. I just know it's a waste of time to read his columns any more.
 

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