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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-24-13 08:24 AM
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3. In fairness to your neighbor of long ago, she was not spouting only Birch stuff.
Edited on Sun Nov-24-13 08:25 AM by No Elephants
Her government had been telling her since WWII ended that her worst enemy was Communism, that Communists were were everywhere and every attempt to change the status quo to give the oppressed more was "creeping socialism."

But, as to this article, I found it amazing that Perlstein never mentioned the run up to the Iraq War, as an example of the dangers of sychophantic media.

Also, the run up to the Wall Steet bailout, although that was not as dramatic, given that Paulsen was claiming it had to be done ASAP and both parties were pretty much on board (of course), with a quibble or two on the Democratic side that putative Secretary of Treasury Geithner tamped down PDQ.* So, there was only a week or two of saturating the media for that.

*Putting Party above what you see as your duty to Americans in general is now so prevalent on both sides that only your personal self interest trumps it. Hence, we have Dodd telling us that he was going to stick a provision about executive compensation into the bailout, but Geithner told him not to, so he (Dodd) deleted it, to his later regret.

What is interesting to me is that Dodd apparently thought he was exonerating himself with that tidbit, instead of making it clear that he put Geithner above what he (Dodd) saw as his duty to American taxpayers. And also threw that same party under the bus later, trying to have it both ways.

Dodd could afford to throw the party under the bus somewhat, because he was not going to run again. Then again, I don't imagine that he became head of the motion picture industry after leaving the Senate because of his great knowledge and experience in the motion picture industry. Honestly, we need to make lobbying illegal. Fat chance our legislators will do that, though.

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