If a right-wing bombast falls in the forest, is it anything more than noise..

One of the cheery side-notes (for me, at least) of the McCain sleigh ride (with Huckabee hanging on to the back of the sleigh legs a’flyin’) is that the right wing really really hates this guy.   I don’t listen to Rush-mo or Hannity or any of the other right-ist savagery but I do know they all hate McCain.   The National Review (which I do read) endorsed Romney (ah,  sic transit g-l-o-r-i-a), partially because of disdain for McCain and Huckabee.

So..why so cheery?  I’m interpreting this to mean that the influence of the Rush, the Hannity and others of their ilk is diminished, or at least diminishing.

Ironically, to me, both of the remaining GOP candidates are pretty dang conservative.  Apparently they don’t want to shoot Mexicans at the border, are a bit squeamish on the torture front, and don’t fall into a sneering swoon when global warming is mentioned.

But, for the love of God, Huckabee doesn’t believe in evolution and supports the abolition of the income tax (to be replaced with a repulsive national sales tax…that house costs HOW much??).  McCain has a solid conservative voting record and apparently supports the second coming of the 100 Years War.

So, it’s not like we are getting any real moderates coming from the grand old party..just some folks that don’t march lock-step with the right right.

At the very least, I’m grateful for that much…



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9 responses to “If a right-wing bombast falls in the forest, is it anything more than noise..

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  4. …. I’m interpreting this to mean that the influence of the Rush, the Hannity and others of their ilk is diminished, or at least diminishing.

    That’s kinda how I interpret it, too.

    More importantly, I think it says something about the waning influence of the Tennessee GOP–Marsha Blackburn, Ted Welch and everyone else who has backed the losing horses. Blackburn is the worst, since she not only backed two duds, but was a turncoat, to boot.

  5. I’ve been hoping this could spell their demise.

  6. So, it’s not like we are getting any real moderates coming from the grand old party…

    Yeah, there’s a plethora of moderates on the left, though!

    I’ve been hoping this could spell their demise.

    The vicious cycle of the past decade or so will continue. Anyone remember why Dems were voted out of power? America was sick of their corruption. Now America is sick of Republican corruption so most will run back to vote Democrat. In four to eight years, it’ll shift back the other way when America gets sick of their corruption. Politicians are politicians and power corrupts them all. There’s no such thing as Mr. Smith. It doesn’t really matter who gets elected….nothing is going to change.

  7. Just a little light on your deficient FairTax understanding. As a matter of fact, Gov. Huckabee’s advocacy of the FairTax ( http://snipr.com/irsgone ) is the single most important policy position in this election. Research findings explain why:

    The FairTax rate of 23 percent on a total taxable consumption base of $11.244 trillion will generate $2.586 trillion dollars – $358 billion more than the taxes it replaces [BHKPT] ( http://snipurl.com/whatratewks ).

    The FairTax has the broadest base and the lowest rate of any single-rate tax reform plan [THBP] ( http://snipurl.com/baserate ).

    Real wages are 10.3 percent, 9.5 percent, and 9.2 percent higher in years 1, 10, and 25, respectively than would otherwise be the case [THBNP] ( http://snipurl.com/realwages ).

    The economy as measured by GDP is 2.4 percent higher in the first year and 11.3 percent higher by the 10th year than it would otherwise be [ALM] ( http://snipurl.com/econbenes ).

    Consumption benefits [ALM] ( http://snipurl.com/econbenes ) :

    • Disposable personal income is higher than if the current tax system remains in place: 1.7 percent in year 1, 8.7 percent in year 5, and 11.8 percent in year 10.

    • Consumption increases by 2.4 percent more in the first year, which grows to 11.7 percent more by the tenth year than it would be if the current system were to remain in place.

    • The increase in consumption is fueled by the 1.7 percent increase in disposable (after-tax) personal income that accompanies the rise in incomes from capital and labor once the FairTax is enacted.

    • By the 10th year, consumption increases by 11.7 percent over what it would be if the current tax system remained in place, and disposable income is up by 11.8 percent.

    Over time, the FairTax benefits all income groups. Of 42 household types (classified by income, marital status, age), all have lower average remaining lifetime tax rates under the FairTax than they would experience under the current tax system [KR] ( http://snipurl.com/kotcomparetaxrates ).

    Implementing the FairTax at a 23 percent rate gives the poorest members of the generation born in 1990 a 13.5 percent improvement in economic well-being; their middle class and rich contemporaries experience a 5 percent and 2 percent improvement, respectively [JK] ( http://snipurl.com/kotftmacromicro ).

    Based on standard measures of tax burden, the FairTax is more progressive than the individual income tax, payroll tax, and the corporate income tax [THBPN] ( http://snipurl.com/lessregress ).

    Charitable giving increases by $2.1 billion (about 1 percent) in the first year over what it would be if the current system remained in place, by 2.4 percent in year 10, and by 5 percent in year 20 [THPDB] ( http://snipurl.com/moregiving ).

    On average, states could cut their sales tax rates by more than half, or 3.2 percentage points from 5.4 to 2.2 percent, if they conformed their state sales tax bases to the FairTax base [TBJ] ( http://snipurl.com/staterates ).

    The FairTax provides the equivalent of a supercharged mortgage interest deduction, reducing the true cost of buying a home by 19 percent [WM] ( http://snipurl.com/homebenes ).

    ALERT: Kotlikoff refutes Bruce Bartlett’s shabby critiques of the FairTax ( http://snipr.com/bbrebuke ).

  8. jerry

    and now,the Democrats who should have had the election in the bag,nominate about the only person who could lose to mccain.

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