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Old 10-01-2013, 03:46 PM   #376
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I think it was CNN who ran a poll where only 10% of Americans have a favorable view on Congress.

Boy, what a mess.
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How recent is that data? I'd like how they got higher than 0% after this clusterfuck.
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I saw it on my CNN app the other day. Yeah, I'm amazed too
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I think it was CNN who ran a poll where only 10% of Americans have a favorable view on Congress. Boy, what a mess.
That will likely be the case as long as Congress isn't controlled by one party.
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race isn't the whole story. but it's part of the story.
I guess the biggest racist would be Barack Obama then.

The White GOP House has only voted to delay Obama care, it's the president that has actually delayed for at least a year important portions of the law. With zero legal authority to do by the way.
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I guess the biggest racist would be Barack Obama then. The White GOP House has only voted to delay Obama care, it's the president that has actually delayed for at least a year important portions of the law. With zero legal authority to do by the way.

INDY, can you tell me, when it comes to the Establishment GOP vs the Tea Party, who are the Sunnis and who are the Shiites?
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The White GOP House has only voted to delay Obama care, it's the president that has actually delayed for at least a year important portions of the law. With zero legal authority to do by the way.
So, what are these important portions that the president has delayed? Are you referring to the mandate on employers to ease the paperwork burden on those companies that already provide health insurance, thus reducing the administrative load and bureaucracy? Or are there other important portions that are delayed.
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That will likely be the case as long as Congress isn't controlled by one party.
It's usually a good thing - it forces the president of either party into the center (think Reagan's success and Clinton's success after 1994).

But the political environment today is so acerbic and re-election driven, neither side wants to compromise because when they run for another term, the challenger from their own party will portray them as a "traitor" to their cause.
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But the political environment today is so acerbic and re-election driven, neither side wants to compromise because when they run for another term, the challenger from their own party will portray them as a "traitor" to their cause.
Actually, this is pretty much only a problem in the Republican Party at the moment. The Democrats have no such purity test like what the Tea Party is intimidating Republicans with. Which is why you're seeing such a deafening silence from moderate Republicans - they're afraid that if they don't toe the Tea Party line, they'll get replaced by someone who will.

The Tea Party is acting like mob "protection" within the Republican Party right now. Walking into the friendly neighborhood shops of its politicians and telling them "you know, it'd be a shame if something happened to your shop..." Which is appallingly brazen when it's contained to just one party, but unfortunately the Republican Party, unable to control the beast they've created and desperate to appear unified, have acquiesced to the extremists in their party and used the same extortionist methods on the rest of the country.
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Also, right now there are very gerrymandered congressional districts, thanks to Republican governors. While this obviously hurts Democrats and it's part of the reason why the Dems actually won the popular vote but not control of the House, interestingly enough it has come to hurt the Republicans as well.

The Republican members of congress in these gerrymandered districts are all uniformly terrified of being primaried by the craziest tea party member around. And when a district is so gerrymandered, you actually reduce the proportion of moderate republicans (or independents in cases where they can participate in the primary) who will be voting, thus essentially ceding that district to the biggest crazy around. Interesting dynamic.

At this point the only salvation I see is for the Tea Party to split off and form its own third party.
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Also, right now there are very gerrymandered congressional districts, thanks to Republican governors. While this obviously hurts Democrats and it's part of the reason why the Dems actually won the popular vote but not control of the House, interestingly enough it has come to hurt the Republicans as well.
Exactly. This is an enormous problem with electoral dynamics at the moment.
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If It Happened There ... the Government Shutdown

By Joshua Keating

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30:

This is the first installment of “If It Happened There,” a regular feature in which American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries.

WASHINGTON, United States—The typical signs of state failure aren’t evident on the streets of this sleepy capital city. Beret-wearing colonels have not yet taken to the airwaves to declare martial law. Money-changers are not yet buying stacks of useless greenbacks on the street.

But the pleasant autumn weather disguises a government teetering on the brink. Because, at midnight Monday night, the government of this intensely proud and nationalistic people will shut down, a drastic sign of political dysfunction in this moribund republic.

The capital’s rival clans find themselves at an impasse, unable to agree on a measure that will allow the American state to carry out its most basic functions. While the factions have come close to such a shutdown before, opponents of President Barack Obama’s embattled regime now appear prepared to allow the government to be shuttered over opposition to a controversial plan intended to bring the nation’s health care system in line with international standards.

Six years into his rule, Obama’s position can appear confusing, even contradictory. Though the executive retains control of the country’s powerful intelligence service, capable of the extrajudicial execution of the regime’s opponents half a world away, the president’s efforts to govern domestically have been stymied in the legislature by an extremist rump faction of the main opposition party.

The current rebellion has been led by Sen. Ted Cruz, a young fundamentalist lawmaker from the restive Texas region, known in the past as a hotbed of separatist activity. Activity in the legislature ground to a halt last week for a full day as Cruz insisted on performing a time-honored American demonstration of stamina and self-denial, which involved speaking for 21 hours, quoting liberally from science fiction films and children’s books. The gesture drew wide media attention, though its political purpose was unclear to outsiders.

With hours remaining until the government of the world’s richest nation runs out of money, attention now focuses on longtime opposition leader John Boehner, under pressure from both the regime and the radical elements of his own movement, who may be the only political figure with the standing needed to end the standoff.

While the country’s most recent elections were generally considered to be free and fair (despite threats against international observers), the current crisis has raised questions in the international community about the regime’s ability to govern this complex nation of 300 million people, not to mention its vast stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

Americans themselves are starting to ask difficult questions as well. As this correspondent’s cab driver put it, while driving down the poorly maintained roads that lead from the airport, “Do these guys have any idea what they’re doing to the country?”

Potential government shutdown: How would the U.S. media report on it if it were happening to another country?
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Actually, this is pretty much only a problem in the Republican Party at the moment.
Because the Democrats have the presidency. I don't believe for a moment that the Democrats (referring to the ones in the House and Senate) are so virtuous they would support a Republican president in today's climate. Maybe at moments in the past - but not today.
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Because the Democrats have the presidency. I don't believe for a moment that the Democrats (referring to the ones in the House and Senate) are so virtuous they would support a Republican president in today's climate. Maybe at moments in the past - but not today.


does the behavior of the Democratically controlled house form 2006-2008 under GWB compare to what is going on today?

does the behavior of the Democrats from 2001-2006, when they were in the minority in both houses and didn't have the presidency, compare to what's going on today?

when we seek to appear neutral or unbiased, despite one party's objectively unprecedented and unhinged conduct, we lessen the consequences of such conduct. there has to be opprobrium leveled at the extremism we see, lest it becomes normalized through equivocation. and then it gets more extreme and more extreme, and the parties seeking to be unbiased stray further and further from common sense.
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