April 9, 2012
Tina Dupuy is an award-winning writer and the managing editor of “Crooks and Liars.” She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.
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What didn’t work in the Bush years to strengthen the middle-class (evident by their Lost Decade), they tell us will work this time!
Republicans love what they call "simple solutions" but it's really just the easiest possible answer to a trumped-up crisis. In short: busy work. America needs to streamline for the challenges of the future so we can remain competitive (blah blah blah). Yet Republican offers are akin to organizing all the paperclips in the office by color and size.
Mitt Romney’s off-the-cuff comments are starting to seem like Barack Obama’s bowling: Not good. Kind of spectacularly bad. Kitsch on a kind day.
You can’t run government like a business anymore than you can run business like a government. GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney burned corporations to the ground and made millions selling off the charcoal. This private sector experience is being touted as his qualification to be president. This expertise of bankaneering — corporate raiding — is so sexy to Republicans they now parrot the line, “President Obama doesn’t understand the economy,” implying Romney does because he’s been in the trenches breathing the fumes of leveraged buyouts.
Are far-right politicians saying we need civilians to have shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles “for protection?” Of course they’re not. They actually do want limits on ownership.
Now in the wake of the unremarkable ending to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (which funny enough is no longer talked about), gay rights doesn’t have the same bite. In 2005, the Supreme Court made sodomy legal in all 50 states and since then there have been absolutely no reports of anyone turning into a pillar of salt.
We have the ability — the freedom — to roam more now than ever before. And yet our upward mobility is standing still.
Calling ObamaCare “socialized medicine” truly lowers the standards on what could be considered socialized medicine. It’s like calling paved roads “government overreach;” a stop light, a “government takeover of your commute;” or a neighborhood with speed bumps, “a road to communism.”