Damn, that's alot of Socialists! Via.
There it is, in black and white, red and blue. Takers and makers, moochers and givers, socialists and ...
Wait. Just. A minute.
Oh my GOD! Look at that chart! What's become of this country of ours?! The Red State Socialists are winning! The Takers are Taking! Taking OVER, that is! Hide the kids! Everybody panic!
Or, just get a grip and realize that the government is there to represent us (aka elections), protect us, keep us safe, help us, and even provide opportunity. It's about time those on takers the right accept reality, take a hard look at facts, breathe deeply, and reset.
Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
Benjamin R. Barber points out the ignored truth about our politicians' ignorance when it comes to the world around us. We are told that under President Obama we will lose our way of life to a socialistic welfare state like those in Europe.
What these critics fail to understand is that most of the social democratic countries (they are not socialist) have moved back toward conservatism and are now reasonably moderate. We cannot understand how most Europeans work 40 hours per week and have six weeks' paid vacation, universal healthcare, pensions and a modern infrastructure. Not to mention lower infant mortality and a higher life expectancy.
Is that socialism? How terrible.
There are more than 6.7 billion of "them" and about 315 million of us. Just think about that.
LOL, makes a bit of difference doesn't it? H/t Mediaite.
The lighter color shows job losses/gains in the overall economy, the darker color reflects just the private sector.
I love Steve Benen. His post at The Maddow Blog needs to be read in full, but here's a sample:
[N]ote that the economy added jobs in President Obama's second year, which is more than we can say for his Republican predecessor. In Obama's third year, 2011, more private sector jobs were created than in seven of the eight years Bush was in the White House.
Even this year, after just five months, some of which have been far from adequate, the economy has added more jobs than in Bush's first three years in office combined.
And that is exactly whats the GOP wants: Government shrinkage, or as any sane person calls it, firing government workers. Which of course means firing employed people who bring home paychecks that are used to pay for things, which, in turn, boost the economy.
...Which would make the president look good, which is what Republicans are doing everything in their power to prevent.
My favorite line, though, was this:
By contemporary Republican standards, this means Bush was a far more effective big-government socialist than Obama.
Just now on Twitter, I was asked, "Do you dislike this country so much you'd re-elect President Obama, down a socialist way of life?" Actually, yes. Of course, I reminded the ignoramus that he uses our freeways, police and fire departments, and whatever else I could squeeze into 140 characters. I'm pretty sure if he has parents or grandparents, they're taking advantage of Social Security and/or Medicare. Maybe he himself is.
But I also "dislike this country so much" that I'd re-elect President Obama because he's helping the economy grow, whereas if Willard Romney were to somehow get into the White House, we'd go right back to those red bars in Benen's chart.
Americans will be "f**ked" if Barack Obama gets re-elected.
And yes, he used the "socialist" word.
I loved the Beach Boys... until now. Well, I still love their music, and I've met Brian Wilson who seemed pretty nice, but Bruce Johnston can go jump in a lake, despite the fact that he's an equal opportunity name-caller.
He should stick to singing.
Pot. Kettle. A-hole.
Them's fighting word!!! Surprised the wingers aren't all in arms, asking for Bashir's head. Maybe they're not happy about how the primaries turned out. Via.
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