Posts Tagged ‘Ronald Reagan’

The Conservative Zero-Sum View Of Social Democracy

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In the United States of America, any talk of expanding the social safety-net is met with ardent opposition from conservatives. In their view, a growing welfare state is antithetical to freedom and liberty. They believe it’s a zero-sum game. Before Medicare passed, Ronald Reagan warned of the dangers of what he called socialized medicine. “[B]ehind it will come other government programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country until one day as Norman Thomas said we will wake to find that we have socialism.” Never mind that Medicare was not and is not by any definition…
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Sep. 17, 1986: Justice Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court Confirmation

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On September 17, 1986, Antonin Scalia, facing virtually no opposition, was confirmed 98–0 by the Senate. President Reagan’s uber-conservative nominee was confirmed with lightning speed. Now, you may be wondering what the political party makeup was at that time. In the 99th United States Congress, Republicans had 53 members and Democrats had 47 members. So yes, Republicans did indeed control the Senate, but that ultimately didn’t matter, as Democrats went along with Scalia’s confirmation. Fast-forward to 2016, after the death of Justice Scalia, and Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, says the current president shouldn’t even bother to nominate Scalia’s replacement,…
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Republicans Won’t Tell You, But They Believe Government Is Working Fine

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Congress with low approval? Americans increasingly disillusioned by large institutions like government? — This is a wet dream for Republicans, and a cruel reality for the poor and disenfranchised. Hey Republicans, when you say government is the problem, what do you do when you are elected to office? — Do you work tirelessly to improve the efficiency of government services? Or do you instead underfund vital services, obstruct, stamp your feet, and well, basically act like belligerent and ungrateful assholes nearly 100% percent of the time? And to my liberal friends, next time you are scratching your head, wondering how Republicans can do…
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The Question: Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Four Years Ago?

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If there is one line that Republicans would like to see permeate beyond last week’s Republican National Convention and into this week’s Democratic National Convention and beyond, it would be the question: Are you better off now than you were four years ago? This of course is the famous Ronald Reagan question during his closing remarks at the close of a 1980 presidential debate. It defined that election and Republicans would like it to define this election. The question is flawed, yet that flaw is what makes it so effective. The flaw is that people have a tendency to dwell on the…
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7 “Facts” Conservatives & Republicans Repeat that Are Not True, Do Not Work, and Do Not Make Sense

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There is a lot of nonsense bouncing around the conservative echo chamber. Below I present “facts” that conservatives love to repeat over and over even though they have no grounding in reality. And while this is clearly far from a complete list, it offers a glimpse into the fact-starved void that is the conservative bubble.