Updates on current events, politics, government, and culture from John Sheirer, author of the book Tales of a Real American Liberal.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

It's a cliché to say that all politicians lie. But some are really good at lying.



Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Republican Candidate for Governor, seems to have made up most or all of a sob story about a fisherman who was hurt by government regulations.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

On the issue of Ebola, Democrats favor reality while Republicans indulge paranoia.

 

With a few exceptions, the Democrat versus Republican views of Ebola have sorted themselves into a clear example of one basic difference between the two parties: Democrats favor reality while Republicans indulge paranoia.

Democrats are reality-based optimists who understand that Ebola is a serious disease, but that it's a public health situation that American medical science and good government can handle.

Republicans are fear-based pessimists who are terrified that incompetent government and arrogant doctors might kill us all, which somehow translates into voting for Republicans for reasons they can't quite explain.

The choice is clear: reality should trump paranoia. And our votes should reflect that clear choice.

Here are some of the many right-wing Ebola nightmares, just in time for Halloween.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Right-wingers can't even get half of right-wingers to blame Obama for Ebola.


Republicans want everyone to believe that government is always incompetent, so, of course, they're trying to get everyone to blame government for the Ebola situation. But the reality is that 70% Americans support the government's response, and even hard-line right-wingers can't manage to score cheap anti-Obama points on the issue.

Click here for a CNN poll showing strong support for the government response. 


Click here for the ridiculous poll that can't even get half of right-wingers to blame President Obama.

  
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Monday, October 27, 2014

The best-kept secret in American politics: Obamacare's common-sense regulations.

The common sense regulations in the Affordable Care Act have been helping us all for several years now. The corporate media, of course, completely ignore all of these benefits. Obamacare certainly isn't perfect, but it's well past time that people understand the many ways that the law is on the side of everyday Americans.
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