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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-01-13 02:06 AM
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6. maybe
"What in the hell happened to this nation?

Something very odd happened in the wake of the stolen 2,000 election."

Maybe. Or maybe Lincoln, FDR and LBJ were odd Presidents. I can't tell.

Anyway, it didn't take long for most of the Great Society to be undone, Medicare and Head Start being exceptions.

Now, they're after Medicare and what remains of the New Deal.

Remember, the modern Republican Party has not changed much. It has been frankly and openly for the wealthy for as long as I can remember. Used to be for the white wealthy, but that has been changing gradually. Democrats used to be the war party, but the Republicans took that over. Now, it seems neither major party minds them some war.

Jimmy Carter and a Democratic Congress got rid of some of FDR's reforms and began deregulation. A New Yorker article about the Koch brothers says that they conceived of the Tea Party in the 1980s. The 1980s was also when the DLC formed officially. The Koch brothers were one of the early donors. The 1980s were also when lobbyists grew exponentially.

The 90's were the years of Clinton, the first DLC President. They were the years when a Democratic President eliminated "welfare as we know it," helped whip Democrats to vote for repeal of Glass Steagall and signed NAFTA. The 2000s were mostly the Bush decade, with the folly of having repealed Glass Steagall caused the global economic collapse of 2008 and the Bush wars having emptied the Treasury. And, then we got Obama, who took office promising to cut entitlements.

Meanwhile, both parties got us focused on social issues, each in its own way.

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