[lbo-talk] American Idiocracy redux

Gar Lipow gar.lipow at gmail.com
Sat Apr 30 10:46:47 PDT 2011

Isn't general concern for the deficit and especially prioritizing it over other things new. Happening because everyone including the Democrats pushes over and over again that our problems are because of the deficit. We are watching not popular opinion push policy to the right, but the Democratic Party performing one of its core functions and pushing public opinion to the right.

On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 9:52 AM, Wojtek S <wsoko52 at gmail.com> wrote:
> My comment about Democrats was snark, of course.  But my point that
> the US pro-business government-bashing political rhetorics well
> resonates with the great majority of the US population was not.  As I
> argued earlier on this list, if someone run for a national office on a
> left-of-the center liberal or social democratic platform, he/she would
> get about 22% of the popular votes (if that) - as the survey results I
> posted seem to suggest.  From that point of view, criticizing
> Democrats that they are not liberal enough is groundless - they know
> the sentiments of the great majority of the electorate and gauge their
> standing accordingly, while ignoring the tiny liberal minority.  Doing
> otherwise is assured political suicide in this country.
> Wojtek
> On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM, Alan Rudy <alan.rudy at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM, Wojtek S <wsoko52 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> http://www.gallup.com/poll/147338/Americans-Blame-Wasteful-Government-Spending-Deficit.aspx
>>> [WS:] It seems that most Americans believe in flat earth economics.
>>> In this light, Obama's administration should be admired for their
>>> heroic stand against the idiocy of the American popular "wisdom."
>>> Wojtek
>> You mean because, about twice a year, they make staggeringly mild defenses
>> of rationalizing reductions in social spending as a counter to right wing
>> insanity, all the while moving further and further towards the insane cuts
>> approach refusing even to listen to utterly mainstream economists like
>> Krugman and policy wonks like Reich?  And because, they claim to make
>> reductions in military expenditures when all they are doing is making the
>> most minor reductions in rates of increased military expenditures? You gotta
>> be kidding me.  Or maybe your comment was snark...?
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