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daa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-10 09:47 AM
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What did they vote for?
I saw this on Xero Hedge (http://www.zerohedge.com/article/my-analysis-election?u... )

1) The party with the worst job creation record in a century is now in charge of job creation. There were 23 million jobs created from 1992-2000. There were only 1 million created during 2000-2008 when the population grew by 22 million.

2) The party that presided over the biggest increase in the deficit in history, from $5 trillion to $10 trillion during 2000-2008, is now charged with reducing the deficit.

3) Republican deregulation policies favor large multinationals that have been the most profitable, because they have been the most aggressive exporters of jobs. Small businesses that generate the most jobs dont show up anywhere in this picture.

4) Without any further assistance from Washington, the states and municipalities are going to have to take an extra sharp hatchet to budgets for teachers, police and firemen, the most junior claims on local resources. The drag on the healthy parts of the economy increases.

5) Much of the campaign focused on cutting the deficit by reducing spending. Below, please find the six largest expenditures in the $3.5 trillion 2010 Federal budget:

$687 billion - Social Security
$655 billion Defense
$564 billion Unemployment and Welfare Payments
$448 billion Medicare
$287 billion Medicaid
$162 billion Debt service

Notice, first of all, that you did not see these numbers anywhere during the campaign. They should have been posted at every ballot box along with a Sharpie marking pen. Looking at the list, I see three untouchable Republican sacred cows, social security, defense, and Medicare, taking up the bulk of the spending. Debt service is untouchable. That leaves unemployment and welfare payments and Medicaid as big fat targets.

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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-10 09:59 AM
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1. ...and why were the Democrats not screaming this for the last 2 years?
This administration must be wall to wall assholes.

mark
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global1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-10 10:15 AM
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2. Why Do You Say Social Security Is A Republican Sacred Cow?....
Don't they want to privatize it? Don't they want to decrease payouts to seniors and increase the retirement age? Didn't I just hear G.W.Bush say that this has been his greatest regret as president that he wasn't able to privatize SS?

Seniors beware. They're coming after it.
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daa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-10 12:01 PM
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4. And what happened to them? They lost in 2006
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-10 10:17 AM
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3. Of course unemployment, welfare and medicare/medicaid are targets
The republicans and especially their tea-bag allies have a moral obligation to get the deadbeats off the nation's back.
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josiegallows Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-10 02:58 PM
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5. Champagne dreams
Americans vote Republican on the grounds of a free market because they think one day they'll be those big multinationals with the rights to pillage entire communities for the sake of their own.

Good luck with that.
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 11:41 PM
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6. They weren't voting for anything
They were voting against what they were told was "the problem". They will soon be very disenchanted, voting in the negative always does that.
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