Blog Credo

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

Monday, April 13, 2015

Still Tired

Now, some people won't want to acknowledge that the choices in the 2016 election are as stark as I've asserted. Political commentators who specialize in covering personalities rather than issues will balk at the assertion that their alleged area of expertise matters not at all.  Self-proclaimed centrists will look for a middle ground that doesn't exist.  And as a result, we'll hear many assertions that the candidates don't mean what they say.  There will, however, be an asymmetry in the way this supposed gap between rhetoric and real views is presented.

This paragraph by Krugman is the most important point to be made about American politics right now.  Both parties do mean what they say, for the most part.  Maybe not rhetorically, they will fudge their words.

But their policy proposals?  Those are what they really want to do.

And the GOP's are unpopular.

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