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Why the Right Got It so Massively, Completely and Totally Wrong

For four years, the Right have been developing, building and constructing their own universe. There is ample evidence that Republicans continue to insulate themselves from the real world. In the Republican world the new Black Panthers are worthy of endless coverage. Sure, there are only five of these guys and 99% of all blacks in the United States have never heard of them, but to Republicans they are mainstream news. In the Republican world, the problem with United States is not that women don’t get paid at the same rate as men for doing the same job. Instead, the problem is women in the workplace. In the Republican world, we should not withdraw from Iraq. Instead, we need to use Iraq as a base to bomb Syria. And, while we’re bombing Syria, we should consider bombing Iran also. In the Republican world, it is not improbable, but impossible for a black man to grow up and become president. There must be something nefarious going on. Maybe, just maybe, that black man was born in Kenya. (In the bizarro world the Republicans live in, somehow it is easier to become president if you’re born in Kenya and immigrate to United States than if you’re born in United States. Don’t ask me to explain it.)

Just to show you how truly warped the Republican world is, Mitt Romney had his own pollsters. Now, having your own pollsters is not a bad thing. As a matter fact, it can be a good thing. But, if you ignore everybody else’s polls and only accept yours as the real, true polling in America, you’re in trouble. Now, take your time and watch Karl Rove meltdown on the set of Fox News. The only reason that Karl Rove would have this response would be if he truly believed that every other poll in the world was wrong except for Mitt Romney’s.

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Ronald Reagan and economics, Part 2

So a couple of days ago, I discussed Ronald Reagan and the economy because many Americans are under the impression that life was better under Reagan. I discussed real GDP per capita per year and found that Ronald Reagan wasn’t the best, nor even the second best. He was the third best president if we look at this economic indicator. So, today, I would like to get into something a little more personal than the GDP. Let’s look at real income.

Real median income is median income adjusted for inflation.

Just from the naked eye, we can see that it looks as if real median income took off during the Kennedy/Johnson administrations. Americans also did well during the Clinton and Reagan administrations. Again, if we look at real median income per capita per year, we come up with exactly what the naked eye is seeing in the above graph. John F. Kennedy/ London Baines Johnson came in first with 3.48 percent per year. Bill Clinton came in second with 2.49% per year. Finally, Reagan came in third with 2.45% per year.

So with these two real world measures of the economy, Reagan doesn’t come in first or second. He was the third best president in the last 50 years with regards to economic performance. Third. (Check some more facts in the book Presimetrics.)

Lobbyist? What Georgian Lobbyist?

From Think Progress:

The Washington Post takes a look at McCain advisor Randy Scheunemann’s lobbying work on behalf of Tblisi:

Sen. John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser prepped his boss for an April 17 phone call with the president of Georgia and then helped the presumptive Republican presidential nominee prepare a strong statement of support for the fledgling republic.

The day of the call, a lobbying firm partly owned by the adviser, Randy Scheunemann, signed a $200,000 contract to continue providing strategic advice to the Georgian government in Washington.

If it were actually the case that we are all Georgians this would obviously be no big deal, but in the real world it’s a bit of an issue when an influential member of a major presidential campaign is an agent of a foreign government. Georgia’s position in the current conflict is certainly a sympathetic one, but it’s absolutely crucial to keep the scope and nature of America’s genuine interests at stake, something that can be difficult to do with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake. Similarly, it’s crucial to keep the moral stakes in perspective — recalling that this is a fight over land not ideology and a fight the Georgians unwisely chose to pick — which, again, can be hard to do with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake.