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Instead, I find the GOP / Cons as socialistic and communistic.

The difference comes from whom they benefit and and whom they involve.

A greedy subset of the rich unionize / communalize creating and using think-tanks and their crossover corporate boards of directors in ways to effect information control and control of so-called elected officials and which elected officials manage to become officials.

They accept the resulting rich-socialized tax rates and power positions.

What they don't want is for unionization / socialization / communization to apply to all people, instead of just their socio-economic peers.

The bigger problem is that we are the same. We don't want it to apply to all people either, we just want it to apply to fellow Americans.

National debt is not a problem, interest rates are low. The trap is bigger.

1. Interest rates for borrowing are low and going lower. It's not nice having a huge national debt, but it's not our biggest problem.

We have bunches of people not working, we're better off working them while raising that debt rather than austerity and watching more people not finding work.

2. The big problem is outstanding derivatives neatly tucked in retirement accounts waiting to be cashed. By then, there will be no cash. Partly because of too many not working.

Already, cities and companies cannot pay their retirees.

The Republicans made hay out of derivatives over and over.

First, it brought up a floundering Bush economy in 2004 by borrowing against our future. (Welcome to the future.)

Second, it made their buddies in banks a lot of bucks, including our direct tax dollars.

Third, it comes due later, in the future, in a future Obama administration. Oh, yeah, we're here now. The retirement accounts across the country are going or going to go under. ***Remember what fun the fund managers had going to Hawaii to learn how to invest retirement accounts?***

Fourth, with people not working, government on the hook for retirements, Social Security will be argued as not viable. Too bad, so sad. (With a hands up Yippee from Republicans.)

Our U.S. 15-trillion dollar economy runs on about 2-3 trillion in cash. So, how much derivative cash is out there? I hear 600-1200 trillion dollars.

That's a lot of debt.

The national debt is a tiny 16 trillion in comparison.

What's so hard, they're half ill-informed. Ed Show interviews one.

They were mad at Bush because Bush was so bad he could not hide his bad effects, then they were mad at how the recall was handled.

Well, there was costly damage to the Capitol. (Media overblew it, ill-informing the voters.)

Well, we don't take handouts. (You would if your kid were dying. Others would prefer not to need it.)

Add in some push-polling, purchased street PR artists, more ads than the opposition, ... not to mention machine counted votes.

Republicans found out how much money is required to buy an election.

Welcome to DU. Now, on to the article. I see a people's fault, not religion's fault.

I do not think that religion had changed our politics, I think our politics had changed these religions. We became rich and have not used enough of that wealth to properly police our domestic enemies of our democracy which I see as our press being too close with those few who want to steal our wealth. And, these bad few have found an avenue of control in controlling what churches teach by using large donations. This is where the author's idea of fundamentalism evolves churches from teaching love and compassion to teaching that money is good and those who oppose the new teachings are bad.

Many here say that religion causes the problem. I say that they are pointing at something so as to avoid seeing the finger of blame pointing at themselves, because the problem is in ourselves.
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