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Main Street in revolt (Salena Zito)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | November 3, 2012 | Salena Zito

Posted on 11/03/2012 10:55:03 PM PDT by neverdem



The homemade sign for Mitt Romney in the yard of a well-manicured but modest home in Leadville, Colo., forlornly signals the fracture of another onetime supporter of Barack Obama.

If Romney wins the presidency on Tuesday, the national media, the Washington establishment and the bulk of academia will have missed something huge that happened in “flyover” America under their watch.

It is a story that few have told.

It reminds one of the famous quip by New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael following Richard Nixon’s landslide 1972 victory: “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon.”

Two years after suffering a historic shellacking in the 2010 midterm election, Democrats astonishingly have ignored Main Street Americans’ unhappiness.

That 2010 ejection from the U.S. House, and from state legislatures and governors’ offices across the country, didn’t happen inside the Washington Beltway world.

It didn’t reflect the Democrats’ or the media’s conventional wisdom or voter-turnout models. So it just wasn’t part of their reality.

In Democrats’ minds, it was never a question of “How did we lose Main Street?” Instead, it was the fault of the “tea party” or of crazy right-wing Republicans.

Yet in interview after interview — in Colorado, along Nebraska’s plains, in small Iowa towns or Wisconsin shops, outside closed Ohio steel plants and elsewhere — many Democrats have told me they are furious with the president. Not in a frothing-at-the-mouth or racist way, as many elites suggest. They just have legitimate concerns affecting their lives.

These Main Street Democrats in seven battleground states supported Obama in 2008. Now they are disappointed by his broken pledges: Where is the promised bipartisanship? How could health-care reform become such a mess? What direction is the country going in?

Their overriding sentiment is uncertainty over where the president is taking the country. They have no idea but get the feeling it isn’t the direction that traditional Democrats want.

They certainly haven’t gotten guidance from the president’s re-election slogans: class warfare, a hyphenated America, spreading the wealth around.

Over and over, these folks expressed unhappiness that fixing the economy doesn’t seem to be Obama’s focus; they have noticed that those in charge have high opinions of themselves but aren’t taking responsibility for the lack of progress.

It took Romney just 90 minutes, in a debate hall just a three-hour drive from that Leadville home’s sign, to convince many Americans (including many Democrats) that he passed their threshold test.

He came across as a qualified alternative to Obama who believes in their vision of an exceptional America and convinced them he can win.

And, just like that, “flyover” America was ready to vote its conscience.

What a shame that those from Kael’s “special world” don’t grasp the vicious cycle of their growing disdain for those alienated by their own actions.

They create dangerous narratives through Twitter and on TV that polarize and promote the rigidity of their ideology rather than introspection.

Never once have Main Street Americans heard Washington elites ponder, “What did we Democrats do to lose the confidence of so many voters?”

Plenty of traditional Democrats have voiced such concerns but are not being heard.

Conversely, Romney seems largely to have figured out what he did wrong in 2008 and what George W. Bush did wrong previously.

Obama’s progressivism no longer seems universal, upbeat and forward-looking; instead, it appears divisive, shrill and based on the worst kind of shortsighted power calculations.

Yesterday’s “special world” liberals, such as Kael, could be gently chided for their heart-in-the-right-place, head-in-the-clouds idealism.

Yet it is something else altogether to have today’s arbiters of political correctness order you to march “Forward” to a future with less promise, fewer choices, more intrusive government — and to justify it by telling you to accept that the new normal of high employment, low growth and diminished world influence is good for you.

Is it any wonder that Main Street America is in revolt, since no one is telling its story?

Perhaps election night will tell it, at long last

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama

1 posted on 11/03/2012 10:55:06 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Here’s are some of my signs up thru election day.

“Revenge the Benghazi 4: Vote for Romney”

“Remember the Benghazi 4 on Nov. 6th”

“Honor the Benghazi 4; vote Republican on Nov. 6th”

Hold up 4 fingers when you go into the voting place. When someone asks what they mean, say “Benghazi 4”. If they don’t know the story, tell them.


2 posted on 11/03/2012 10:59:45 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Should have been:

“Revenge for the Benghazi 4: Vote for Romeny”

and

“Avenge the Benghazi 4; Vote Republican”


3 posted on 11/03/2012 11:01:00 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: neverdem
It reminds one of the famous quip by New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael following Richard Nixon’s landslide 1972 victory: “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon.”
I remember. My parents never thought too highly of Nixon, going back to when he was Ike's VP. But they also knew what a disaster a McGovern admistration would've been.
4 posted on 11/03/2012 11:03:22 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper; LibLieSlayer
Hold up 4 fingers when you go into the voting place. When someone asks what they mean, say “Benghazi 4”. If they don’t know the story, tell them.

BTTT

5 posted on 11/03/2012 11:04:57 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Salena Zito; upchuck
Never once have Main Street Americans heard Washington elites ponder, “What did we Democrats do to lose the confidence of so many voters?”

Plenty of traditional Democrats have voiced such concerns but are not being heard.

I'll take that Pauline Kael quote as a good omen. I can't wait for the wailing and gnashing of teeth!

6 posted on 11/03/2012 11:15:46 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: Impala64ssa
I remember. My parents never thought too highly of Nixon, going back to when he was Ike's VP. But they also knew what a disaster a McGovern admistration would've been.

Accordingly, Nixon floated the currency, gave us the EPA, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

Of course, McGovern would have abandoned Vietnam to the communists...

The irony of it.

7 posted on 11/03/2012 11:18:46 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us choices: convert or kill, submit or die.)
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To: Impala64ssa
...what a disaster a McGovern admistration would've been.

Agreed. To this day, I am forever grateful that my vote for George McGovern as a nineteen year old skull full of mush, didn't amount to anything.

8 posted on 11/03/2012 11:20:07 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Carry_Okie

“Accordingly, Nixon floated the currency, gave us the EPA, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

Of course, McGovern would have abandoned Vietnam to the communists...

The irony of it.”

Wow!! Great post...well said


9 posted on 11/03/2012 11:26:07 PM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember Brian Terry...)
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To: onyx
Hold up 4 fingers when you go into the voting place. When someone asks what they mean, say “Benghazi 4”. If they don’t know the story, tell them.

With my left hand. My right hand will be in my pocket less I forget civility.
10 posted on 11/03/2012 11:29:24 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Carry_Okie

McGovern and Nixon: A reminder that the two main political parties, switching back and forth, have aimed primarily at increasing their own power while reducing the freedom of the individual citizen. Being elected and re-elected is far more important to all of them than preserving the Constitution.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 11:59:42 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: neverdem

As the economic situation worsens, I’m here to warn conservatives that this wrath will turn back on the GOP and conservatives if they don’t produce results.

Producing results will require breaking rules of the “conventional wisdom” inside DC. For example, immigration will have to be restricted to reduce the surplus in the labor pool. We’ll have to examine our trade policy - and why “free trade” is neither “free” nor working for us. We’ll have to examine our tax system, as well as take ruthless axes to spending on “stimulus” projects that are useless twaddle (like green energy).

All of this has to be addressed ASAP - and we’re not yet talking about the entitlement beast that is devouring the US budget, nor public employee pensions that cannot be sustained, etc.

I seriously doubt that much of this will actually be addressed with real solutions. There are too many self-indulgent interests who place themselves and their interest ahead of the interest of the entire country and have decided that they’re going to seek financial gain through rent-seeking. They control the fiscal and monetary policy of the US now, and they don’t give a rat’s rear end what happens to the schlubs in flyover country.


12 posted on 11/04/2012 12:00:52 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: neverdem
...liberals, such as Kael, could be gently chided for their heart-in-the-right-place, head-in-the-clouds idealism.

Their hearts may be in the right place, but their heads are stuck somewhere else.

13 posted on 11/04/2012 12:45:49 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: All

{I remember. My parents never thought too highly of Nixon, going back to when he was Ike’s VP.{

“There are no American combat troops in Cambodia. There are no American combat advisers in Cambodia. There will be no American combat troops or advisers in Cambodia.
President Richard M. Nixon, November 1971

just sayin


14 posted on 11/04/2012 12:54:24 AM PDT by Einherjar ( Asking only workman's wages I come looking for a job But I get no offers...)
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To: neverdem; MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

What color are our uniforms this time?


15 posted on 11/04/2012 1:16:35 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: neverdem

I don’t believe there is one thing obama could do that would convince those who still worship him to change their oppinion. And that’s scary.


16 posted on 11/04/2012 1:18:10 AM PDT by Terry Mross (To former friends and relatives. Don't ever contact me if you still support obama.)
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To: onyx

I’ve had to tell the Benghazi story 100 times this past week. I am STUNNED by how many people don’t know.


17 posted on 11/04/2012 1:02:16 AM PST by liberty or death
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To: neverdem
"....the national media, the Washington establishment and the bulk of academia will have missed something huge that happened in “flyover” America under their watch."

They "missed" nothing. There is a difference between "miss" and "ignore". It's all about psyops.

18 posted on 11/04/2012 1:40:14 AM PST by Lacey2
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To: Carry_Okie

Remember those stories and movies about the country being run by a super computer?

I think it’s time.


19 posted on 11/04/2012 1:43:47 AM PST by Lacey2
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To: Carry_Okie

The best post I have seen on this forum in ages. Just, wow!


20 posted on 11/04/2012 1:48:09 AM PST by BADROTOFINGER (Life sucks. Get a helmet.)
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To: AZLiberty

McGovern and Nixon: A reminder that the two main political parties, switching back and forth, have aimed primarily at increasing their own power while reducing the freedom of the individual citizen. Being elected and re-elected is far more important to all of them than preserving the Constitution.

this is true. but at this point we become cuba if we don’t elect romney. so, we do that first, and we get a 4 year grace period to regroup.


21 posted on 11/04/2012 2:00:20 AM PST by willywill
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To: Carry_Okie

Nixon is also responsible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).....the government’s official wealth redistribution mechanism.


22 posted on 11/04/2012 2:06:42 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

AKA the Direct Wealth Redistribution Transfer Payment System.

I like to throw that in whenever EITC gets mentioned, as many still don’t understand this. Not here at FR, but out in the world in general.


23 posted on 11/04/2012 2:20:54 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: neverdem
Democrats astonishingly have ignored Main Street Americans’ unhappiness.

They didn't ignore it, they simply tried to reframe "Misery" as "Happiness". Right along the lines of "Work will set you free"...

24 posted on 11/04/2012 3:26:50 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Carry_Okie

South Vietnam was abandoned to the communists under the Republican administration of Gerald Ford. In 2006 communist Vietnam signed a special trade agreement with the US reducing tariffs to 15% or less for most Vietnamese goods brought into the US and eliminating completely all textile and apparel quotas. The legislation was signed by Republican President George W. Bush. The Vietnamese communists we sacrificed over 50,000 lives and billions of dollars to defeat are now major trading partners. It is ironic the Republican Mr. Bush decided to sacrifice American jobs to build up the economy of still communist Vietnam. Seems like something Mr. McGovern would applaud.


25 posted on 11/04/2012 3:27:54 AM PST by Soul of the South
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To: NVDave
As the economic situation worsens, I’m here to warn conservatives that this wrath will turn back on the GOP and conservatives if they don’t produce results.

Then they'd better hail the return of strict tariff laws!

The ONLY way to get manufacturing jobs back is to price the world out of the competition.


Either that or a collapse of our monetary system.

26 posted on 11/04/2012 3:33:00 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: AZLiberty

“McGovern and Nixon: A reminder that the two main political parties, switching back and forth, have aimed primarily at increasing their own power while reducing the freedom of the individual citizen. Being elected and re-elected is far more important to all of them than preserving the Constitution.”

Yup.


27 posted on 11/04/2012 3:33:21 AM PST by RKBA Democrat (Leftists are the small hive beetles of the American hive)
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To: Carry_Okie

South Vietnam was abandoned to the communists under the Republican administration of Gerald Ford. In 2006 communist Vietnam signed a special trade agreement with the US reducing tariffs to 15% or less for most Vietnamese goods brought into the US and eliminating completely all textile and apparel quotas. The legislation was signed by Republican President George W. Bush. The Vietnamese communists we sacrificed over 50,000 lives and billions of dollars to defeat are now major trading partners. It is ironic the Republican Mr. Bush decided to sacrifice American jobs to build up the economy of still communist Vietnam. Seems like something Mr. McGovern would applaud.


28 posted on 11/04/2012 3:36:35 AM PST by Soul of the South
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To: neverdem

Here is a sign in my front yard “FLUSH OBAMA” right next to a toilet. Yes that is right a toilet. many photos have been taken of the sign and the toilet - only one complaint has been lodged in city hall and city hall just told the complainer (a life long democrat politician) to pound sand. this county went purple in 2008, prior to that wa always red.


29 posted on 11/04/2012 3:36:46 AM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: Elsie




30 posted on 11/04/2012 3:37:09 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: NVDave

“As the economic situation worsens, I’m here to warn conservatives that this wrath will turn back on the GOP and conservatives if they don’t produce results.”

If the gop gets the Senate and the Presidency and does what it did last time it had them, 2016 will not be pretty. Results matter.


31 posted on 11/04/2012 3:38:12 AM PST by RKBA Democrat (Leftists are the small hive beetles of the American hive)
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To: hondact200

Complaining to city hall about a noncommercial sign in your yard? The city has no ability to do anything about it: free speech and all.


32 posted on 11/04/2012 3:41:35 AM PST by RKBA Democrat (Leftists are the small hive beetles of the American hive)
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To: NVDave; onyx
Well written warning.

As the economic situation worsens, I'm here to warn conservatives that this wrath will turn back on the GOP and conservatives if they don't produce results....read the rest ofNVDave's response and warning.

33 posted on 11/04/2012 3:43:22 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Terry Mross
I don’t believe there is one thing obama could do that would convince those who still worship him to change their oppinion. And that’s scary.

Suicide might work, works for me.

34 posted on 11/04/2012 3:59:47 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: Elsie

35 posted on 11/04/2012 4:06:14 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: NVDave

>> There are too many self-indulgent interests who place themselves and their interest ahead of the interest of the entire country and have decided that they’re going to seek financial gain through rent-seeking.

Yep.

For just one small example, really “reducing the size and influence of government” translates to “firing lots of government employees” as surely as night follows day.

You can’t reduce the overreach of the EPA for instance, unless you eliminate a number of EPA initiatives and directives ALONG WITH the employees that administer them.

Who actually believes this will happen?


36 posted on 11/04/2012 4:34:28 AM PST by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: Nervous Tick
Salena is the best election reporter out there!!!! Said OBAMA must match his turnout in 08. To win. Pennsylvania......
37 posted on 11/04/2012 4:48:29 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: neverdem

I received this Bible verse and Daily Quote on my home page today.

James 4:7
New International Version

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.

- William Durant, founder of General Motors


38 posted on 11/04/2012 5:19:59 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: AZLiberty

“Being elected and re-elected is far more important to all of them than preserving the Constitution.”

Agreed. There are no “statesmen” in office these days. I was trying to explain to my 16 years old son the other day how it doesn’t matter what the issue is, neighter party will let the other have a “victory.” Meaning IF Republicans were to suddently embrace a concept that Dems had pushed for years....the Dems would block Reps attemptes to enact it (and visa verssa). It is ONLY about partisan victories now....nothing more. The Constitution is NOT revered nor anything that forms the basis of the compact that created this country. A conservative today is yesterday’s “moderate.” And a real conservative is a “radical” in the eyes of most. Hard core liberals are a true minority...but they weld and enordinate influence.

We don’t have “freedom of the press”....we have liberal control of the press.

Things are a real mess.


39 posted on 11/04/2012 5:30:00 AM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: onyx

I vow on my solemn honor to do just that.

LLS


40 posted on 11/04/2012 5:33:36 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRESS ARE NO LONGER TRUSTWORTHY OR DESERVING OF RESPECT!)
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To: Salena Zito; neverdem

Thank you Salena for writing a great article about something I’ve often pondered.


41 posted on 11/04/2012 6:02:35 AM PST by upchuck (Our margin of victory this November 6th MUST BE greater than their margin of fraud.)
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To: Soul of the South
I don't think the U.S. is losing too many jobs to Vietnam. All of the information I've seen indicates that the growth of Vietnam as a U.S. trading partner has resulted in a huge displacement of jobs from China.

Oh, the irony of it all.

42 posted on 11/04/2012 6:22:04 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Soul of the South
South Vietnam was abandoned to the communists under the Republican administration of Gerald Ford.

Nixon was elected for the position Ford held. The point was about electing RINOs.

It is ironic the Republican Mr. Bush decided to sacrifice American jobs to build up the economy of still communist Vietnam.

The word I would use would be "typical." Bush was no conservative, but conservatism took the hit for what he did because we fell for his "pro-life" positions, which to my mind were little more than a cover.

Seems like something Mr. McGovern would applaud.

Indeed.

43 posted on 11/04/2012 7:32:25 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us choices: convert or kill, submit or die.)
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To: Soul of the South
South Vietnam was abandoned to the communists under the Republican administration of Gerald Ford.

This guide is intended to serve as an introduction to research on the War Powers Resolution, Public Law 93-148, 87 Stat. 555, passed over President Nixon's veto on November 7, 1973.

A post-Watergate Congress refused any further military assistance to the Republic of Vietnam in or about March 1975. Gerry Ford couldn't do squat.

44 posted on 11/04/2012 10:10:38 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: Sola Veritas
This problem is endemic to large institutions. As organizations grow, natural laws drive them to bureaucratic hierarchies, and the goal changes from the original organizational purpose, to maintaining the power structure and the benefits that flow to it.

This has been true since soon after the founding, but it's taken this long for the federal government to accrete enough power to destroy the economy and social fabric of the country.

The battle ahead is between the people and the government, not between Democrats and Republicans. Ironically, many Democrats understood this in the '60s, but ended up supporting growth in government regardless. Among Republicans, only Barry Goldwater believed in reducing government power.

The only way "forward" now is to cut government programs (e.g, the Department of Education, the War on Drugs, the War on Airplane Passengers), and make credible plans to drastically reduce entitlements. But this will only happen when people understand that this is in their best interests. We have a long educational row to hoe. Perhaps the economic successes of South Dakota and Texas will help.

45 posted on 11/04/2012 10:28:24 AM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: NVDave

You are dead-on right with your first part.

I’ve never been a Romney fan, you can go back a check my posts, I thought he was the worst by far the Republicans could put on the ticket.

After the campaign, I’m no longer as certain. I think he actually means to govern the way he has campaigned, including his promises. If he does that (assuming he can get Congress to go along, and I think he can) I am going to be a really happy American.


46 posted on 11/04/2012 11:04:22 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: neverdem

Poor unsuspecting Dems! They never heard of Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Dodd, Shumer, Boxer, McCaskill, Waters, Randel, Joe, the plumber, Rev. Wright, Frank M. Davis, Bill Ayers, etc. Someone failed to get the message to these poor people before they went to the polls in 2008!


47 posted on 11/04/2012 12:09:14 PM PST by jch10 (BO went to bed and let Americans die.)
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To: wardaddy; Joe Brower; Cannoneer No. 4; Criminal Number 18F; Dan from Michigan; Eaker; Jeff Head; ...
American Exceptionalism and Its Discontents - It’s not ‘American greatness’ that we claim. I think you'll enjoy the four pillars in the thread's comments.

Petraeus’s Quieter Style at C.I.A. Leaves Void on Libya Furor A surprise from the NY Times!

Scientists say it's unfair to blame climate change for Sandy A surprise from the AP!

Our choice for America’s future: The NY Daily News endorses Mitt Romney for president

Some noteworthy articles about politics, foreign or military affairs, IMHO, FReepmail me if you want on or off my list.

48 posted on 11/04/2012 12:37:28 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


49 posted on 11/04/2012 8:18:04 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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