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Viscount LaCarte

Awesome post and insights Lance. I will be adding your argument to my own repetoire.

Here is a really nice bit of satire, courtesy of Mr. Cranky.

Daniel Koenig

Excellent analysis, Lance. My father contended that Republicans were so enamored of their parent's fawning over their first successful bowel movement as children - "look at what a nice pile you've made" - that they spend their entire lives focused on making a nice pile and little else.

coturnix

I just love your way with words! That car metaphor is something to remember for the next time I see the Uncle and the Brother-In-Law!

blue girl

GREAT post Mr. Mannion --

And Daniel K: AWESOME comment. That is too funny.

(Lance, don't be jealous of the all caps -- oh, wait...I can. fix. that. OK -- equal kudos all around --:)

Lance

Hey, Daniel, no upstaging the blogger! And no making him laugh so much he spits out his coffee either!

Coturnix,

Thanks. I'm kind of fond of that one. In fact, it's so good I'm worried I must have stolen it from somewhere unconsicouly. But I have the notebook in which I worked it out through several drafts---and the notebook's from 15 years ago! So I'm pretty sure it's my own.
The idea behind it thought isn't mine. Lots of people have noticed what the Republicans have been up to since Nixon.

Blue Girl, you and I need to talk.

carla

The title of this post reminds me of a class I took in college entitled "American Political Economy". The prof categorized the Presidential candidates (yes..I was in college during the Mondale campaign..geezerette that I am). Mondale came out as the most positive candidate..best able to manage the needs of the country.

The fact that he lost so badly is a tribute to the disgusting politics of Lee Atwater.

Greg

Most excellent metaphor!!! The single-best description of Republicans I've ever seen. My old favorite was:
Republicans: Know that God gave them two feet, but refuse to use them to move forward.
Thanks for a great post (as usual)!

Jennifer

I, too, loved the car metaphor and have passed it on giving credit where credit is due.
On a different note- and this may be old news, but did you know that if you type "failure" into Google you get GW Bush's bio as a top hit??? Someone's having fun!

Pepper

It's also bad economics. Fiscal conservatives in particular don't get the basic concept of prevention.

Like Nawlins ... imagine if someone had invested in the levee. Sure would have saved a lot of money. THAT would have been thrify and prudent.

The next time a Republican tells me they're good with money, I'll have to suppress a giggle. And the next time a Republican calls me a hedonist, I'll say they are truly the "eat, drink, be merry, for tomorrow the rest of you die" crowd.

hilzoy

Excellent. One minor point: Lowry is by no means the first to blame it on liberals. The most amazing version I've heard is here. It's a video of one Mark Williams, talk show host; here's my transcript of one of the things he said:

"The American black population has been the prototype for an entire race of people being turned into a group of dependents of the government. And these people you saw at the Convention Center, the people who were trapped there -- trapped, I'm using that word very loosely -- screaming 'we want help, we want help', for four or five days, yet they didn't bother to even try to help themselves. Unfortunately, in this country the Democrat party, the same party that fought a civil war to keep slaves, filibustered a hundred years to prevent the implementation of civil rights, has now completed the reenslavement of blacks by turning them into passive, totally dependent economically, and for the common sense to walk out of the way of a hurricane, on the government."

Words fail.

Earl Bockenfeld

I, too, loved the car metaphor. Another good summary of GOP ethics from Driftglass, Fuck Everybody But Me!

John Scalzi's essay on 'Being Poor offers a great post to remind us that, there are things you endure when poor that you never forget and still, there are things that others have endured that I can hardly imagine.

Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.

Being poor is getting angry at your kids for asking for all the crap they see on TV.

Being poor is hoping the toothache goes away.

Being poor is Goodwill underwear.

Being poor is a six-hour wait in an emergency room with a sick child asleep on your lap.

Being poor is knowing where the shelter is.

Being poor is a heater in only one room of the house.

Being poor is hoping your kids don't have a growth spurt.

Being poor is people angry at you just for walking around in the mall.

Being poor is never buying anything someone else hasn't bought first.

Being poor is people wondering why you didn't leave.

Exiled in NJ

An amazing little essay, and made more amazing in that you avoided quoting Scott Fitzgerald on the very rich, or using "I've been rich, I've been poor" which Jeeves lists perhaps six sources for authorship.

Seems to me people's wealth reaches a tipping point at which they can't bear to lose any of it, and thus they turn to the party that wants to keep the tax man at bay, allow them to die and pass on their mother lode untouched, and in general, be real pricks.

The key to their success is that through appealing to the emotions of many who have not reached that same tipping point, they have convinced them to vote GOP. If Rove, Atwater, deLay, Cheyney and Bush had been around 70 years ago, Tom Joad would have been working to repeal the 'Death Tax' rather than moving his tribe to California.

mac macgillicuddy

Idiot fathead Rush Limbaugh has also been ranting about how the hurricanes have exposed a "failed welfare state" that was created by liberals.

They all sound like my 8-year-old who (only sometimes) fails in his reponsibilities and then says, "I didn't make the mess, someone else did!" The implication being that he should be excused from his responsibility.

(Incidentally, often he did make the mess -- but, he's 8!!!!!)

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