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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Inside the modern GOP mind.

The GOP is engaged in a basketfull of stupid these days, though some seem to be rejoining reality in small steps.  I think the debt ceiling will get raised, though we will have a government shutdown this spring.  Because freedom.

But I recently read that Virginia is going to get rid of its gas tax, put a $100 tax on hybrids and institute a higher overall sales tax.

That's just so aggressively, in your face stupid that it boggles the mind.  If the GOP wants to keep burying its head in the sand over global warming, I guess there is nothing we can do about their willful obstruction of solutions to probably the most dire problem the world faces.

But to work concertedly to make the problem worse is just a great big "f-you" to the reality based community.  Not to mention, "Hey, let's shift the tax burden to poor people and Prius driving liberals".

You combine this with the efforts underway towards the "nuclear gerrymander" (awarding electoral college votes based on congressional districts, but only in states that Democrats win like Pennsylvania and Michigan), and you have to wonder just how far down the road Republican Rage will take them.

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