Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Something to Think About Before Voting Today


So who stole the government? What makes some people feel more disenfranchised now than they were, say, during the presidency of George W. Bush?

After all, it was Bush who inherited a budget surplus and left behind a suffocating deficit—I’m not being tendentious, just stating the facts. It was Bush who launched two wars without making any provision in the budget to pay for them, who proposed and won an expensive new prescription-drug entitlement without paying for it, who bailed out irresponsible Wall Street firms with the $700 billion TARP program.

Bush was vilified by critics while he was in office, but not with the suggestion that somehow the government had been seized or usurped—that it had fallen into hands that were not those of “the American people.” Yet this is the tea party suggestion about Obama.

– Eugene Robinson
"Race and the Tea Party Ire"
November 1, 2010

Related Off-site Links:
U.S. Election Campaign Ends Amid Deepening Economic Crisis – Patrick Martin (
World Socialist Web Site, November 1, 2010).
U.S. Midterm Elections: Machine vs. Momentum
– Gary Younge (The Guardian, November 1, 2010).
War Should Be an Election Issue
– Amy Goodman (TruthDig.com, October 26, 2010).
A Minnesota LGBT Voter Guide
TheColu.mn (October 30, 2010).
The World is Safer Without a Republican House
– Juan Cole (TruthDig.com, November 1, 2010).
Disappointed Gays Unlikely to Shun Democrats at Polls
– Nichola Groom (Reuters, October 30, 2010).
A Good Reason for Gays to Keep Democrats in Power – Evan Hurst (TruthWinsOut.org, November 2, 2010).
The Phantom Left
– Chris Hedges (TruthDig.com, October 31, 2010).
Judgment Day for Christine O'Donnell and the Tea Party – Ed Pilkington (The Guardian, November 1, 2010).
Can Obama Win Back America? – Jonathan Freedland (The Guardian, November 1, 2010).
The Decay of American Democracy
World Socialist Web Site (November 2, 2010).

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