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Our Old Enemies
Ignorance and fear can win elections


Many Obama supporters have been disappointed by what they see as the administration’s mildness on regulatory issues
— its embrace of limited financial reform that doesn’t break up the biggest banks, its support for offshore drilling, and so on. 
Yet corporate interests are balking at even modest changes from the permissiveness of the Bush era.

From the outside, this rage against regulation seems bizarre. I mean, what did they expect? The financial industry, in particular, 
ran wild under deregulation, eventually bringing on a crisis that has left 15 million Americans unemployed, and required large-scale 
taxpayer-financed bailouts to avoid an even worse outcome. Did Wall Street expect to emerge from all that without facing some 
new restrictions? Apparently it did.

So what President Obama and his party now face isn’t just, or even mainly, an opposition grounded in right-wing populism. 
For grass-roots anger is being channeled and exploited by corporate interests, 
which will be the big winners if the G.O.P. does well in November.

If this sounds familiar, it should: it’s the same formula the right has been using for a generation. Use identity politics to whip up 
the base; then, when the election is over, give priority to the concerns of your corporate donors. Run as the candidate of 
“real Americans,” not those soft-on-terror East coast liberals; then, once you’ve won, declare that you have a mandate to 
privatize Social Security. It comes as no surprise to learn that American Crossroads, a new organization whose goal is to 
deploy large amounts of corporate cash on behalf of Republican candidates, is the brainchild of none other than Karl Rove.

Too bad we can't get the Democrats to explain what's going on and that is the fact 
that the Republicans are super-bad gamblers - always with other people's money.

The GOP gambled with the home equity of every American when mortgage brokers were rewarded 
every time they hooked another fish into a loan bigger than they could afford.

That's a gamble they lost and every American homeowner paid dearly for it.

The GOP gambled with the retirement funds every senior citizen
when Wall Street was left to run wild and unregulated by the Bush bastards.

That's another gamble they lost and every American family paid dearly for it.

The GOP gambled with lives of 5,000 soldiers when Bush insisted that
Saddam was a "terrible danger" who needed to be stopped "right away"

That's another gamble they lost and 5,000 soldiers paid dearly for it and
another 35,000 soldiers were maimed, blinded, lost their memories etc.
Plus, now we're stuck in two expensive, never-ending wars and we can't get out.

The GOP gambled with every beach on the Gulf of Mexico when Cheney
told BP they didn't have to bother with that $500K safety valve.

That's another gamble they lost and the Gulf will likely never be the same.

I wonder, those billionaires living in their multi-million dollar beach homes
are they going to vote GOP next time?   You know they are - because Rush 
says a clean environment is only for pussies and socialists.

If the American voter had half a brain, he'd be tired of 
betting on the GOP because they're really bad gamblers.

But since the Democrats refuse to list the facts, those idiot Teabaggers
are helping the Wall Street robber barrons steal more money from us.

If those ignorant Teabaggers only had a clue - but they won't get one from today's Democrats.

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