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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:28 AM

The GOP Plan to Flush Your State’s Economy Down the Toilet

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The GOP Plan to Flush Your State’s Economy Down the Toilet

The new “red-state model” seeks to turn your state into Mississippi.


February 11, 2013 |

The GOP has plans for a comeback. But it may cost you a lot. The idea is to capitalize on recent Republican state takeovers to conduct an austerity experiment known as the new “red-state model” and prove that faulty policies can be turned into gold.

There will be smoke. There will be mirrors. And there will be a lot of ordinary people suffering needlessly in the wake of this ideological train wreck.

We already have a red-state model, and it’s called Mississippi. Or Texas. Or any number of states characterized by low public investment, worker abuse, environmental degradation, educational backwardness, high rates of unwanted pregnancy, poor health, and so on.

Now the GOP is determined to bring that horrible model to the rest of America.

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Republications have been eyeing the Tar Heel state with interest due to its recent swing status in presidential elections. The state was also the target of a gerrymandering strategy that worked out wonderfully for the Republicans, but not so well for democracy. Sam Wang, the founder of the Princeton Election Consortium, wrote recently in the New York Times about how Republican redistricting thwarted Democratic voters:

"Although gerrymandering is usually thought of as a bipartisan offense, the rather asymmetrical results may surprise you....I have developed approaches to detect such shenanigans by looking only at election returns. To see how the sleuthing works, start with the naďve standard that the party that wins more than half the votes should get at least half the seats. In November, five states failed to clear even this low bar: Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. ... In North Carolina, where the two-party House vote was 51 percent Democratic, 49 percent Republican, the average simulated delegation was seven Democrats and six Republicans. The actual outcome? Four Democrats, nine Republicans — a split that occurred in less than 1 percent of simulations. If districts were drawn fairly, this lopsided discrepancy would hardly ever occur."

The lesson of North Carolina tells you that the GOP red-state model is based, first and foremost, on efforts to flagrantly disregard the will of the people. NC’s discount-store mogul Art Pope, a longtime GOP donor and champion of free-market fundamentalism, has been appointed state budget director by the new Republican governor, Pat McCrory. In an incredible display of money buying political influence, Pope has gone well beyond his donor-counterparts in other states. Instead of just funding the politicians he wants, he has gone for direct rule by occupying government himself. Tax repeal is the centerpiece of his announced plans, but his hatred of public investment means he has much more than that in store for one of the most progressive states in the South. Pope is said to be more powerful than the governor, giving rise to the term “Pope administration” to describe the new political reality.

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Hissyspit Feb 2013 OP
Selatius Feb 2013 #1
cantbeserious Feb 2013 #2
WinkyDink Feb 2013 #8
def201 Feb 2013 #3
n2doc Feb 2013 #4
Hissyspit Feb 2013 #5
kelliekat44 Feb 2013 #6
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 #7
lastlib Feb 2013 #14
valerief Feb 2013 #9
pscot Feb 2013 #15
marions ghost Feb 2013 #10
Coolest Ranger Feb 2013 #11
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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:47 AM

1. This would fit the definition of a proto-fascist state in my book.

It's not a true one-party dictatorship for the fact that people still have a choice at the ballot box, but the victories are clearly weighted in favor of a single dominant party. The icing on the cake is that the dominant party either colludes with or is a subsidiary of major private and business interests.

In modern parlance, we would call collusion between state and corporate power corporatism. The generation that fought World War 2 called it fascism.

The only difference is this fascism actually finds the presence of elections and a loyal opposition party useful. It makes people think they're still free and that they have a choice. As long as people are kept in the thrall of such an illusion, the business interests that control this structure will face less chance of resistance from the workers.

Care must be taken to preserve the fragile veneer of democracy. Blatant rigging of elections would invite a violent response. The leadership in Iran found out the hard way when they so blatantly rigged their parliamentary elections of 2009 that many people called foul. They gained back control of the situation by beating the population into submission, but people inside Iran know they're dealing with a dictatorship now. Their eyes are open.

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 05:11 AM

2. More Citizen Subjugation To Benefit Business And Corporations - All Wealth Rises To The Top

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Response to cantbeserious (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:36 PM

8. Began with the unConstitutional use of Eminent Domain for private profit.

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 07:15 AM

4. The GOP Way- perpetual financial crisis

Cut taxes for the rich, raise them on the poor. Then when revenues fall short, cut education and social services. Then cut taxes for businesses and the rich some more. repeat until state is full of ignorant, fox-brainwashed fetus worshippers. Blame everything on 'democrats in Washington' and 'illegals'.

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:12 AM

5. Kick nt

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 10:20 AM

6. "House of Cards" all over the US.

Federal disaster dollars should now only be given as MATCHING state dollars. That would make them think differently.

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:31 PM

7. This is exactly what Brownback is doing to Kansas

and it sucks.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 10:07 AM

14. indeed it does!

"Brownbackistan" is rapidly becoming a Petri dish of rampant, unregulated capitalism--and the lower- and middle-class citizens are paying the price! Reduced services at greater cost; education cut brutally; wages depressed--it's becoming a Kochtopia there. And sadly, Missouri (my home state) wants to follow that model...

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 03:25 PM

9. Red state = Dead state. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:13 AM

15. Good one

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 03:47 PM

10. Yes--let what has happened in NC be a warning...

it is a calculated effort to steal elections, and to steal states.

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 07:21 PM

11. it's going to take a miracle to turn us blue in 14

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 07:56 PM

12. This has that ALEC

Feel about it. And that Dominionism feel about it. All that dirty money and influence peddling.

Our Governor, mentioned getting rid of our income tax, during the state of the State. Idaho is already so far gone.
They are gutting education as we speak.

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 09:49 PM

13. .

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