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February 1st, 2010 at 08:50pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Spamoptikon

Frank Luntz Advises Republicans To Double Down On Democratic Corruption

How else to explain this approach to killing financial reform?

Luntz continued: “Ordinarily, calling for a new government program ‘to protect consumers’ would be extraordinary popular. But these are not ordinary times. The American people are not just saying ‘no.’ They are saying ‘hell no’ to more government agencies, more bureaucrats, and more legislation crafted by special interests.”


“The American people are tired of add-ons, earmarks, and backroom deals – but they are mad as hell at ‘lobbyist loopholes,'” Luntz wrote. “You must put proponents of the legislation on the defense, forcing them to attempt to justify the ‘lobbyist loopholes’ and exemptions placed in the bill… Highlight the exemptions. Broadcast them. Remind them, ‘The legislation is filled with lobbyist loopholes that exclude certain wealthy, powerful industries from regulations.'”

This seems like a very risky messaging strategy unless you are supremely, totally confident that the Democrats won’t simply remove all the loopholes you’re pretending to be outraged about and then call your bluff.  “Okay, we’ve listened to your critique about this bill, and in true bipartisan fashion we have decided to remove all the lobbyist loopholes you find so objectionable.  So you’ll all vote for it now, right?”

Sadly, I think Luntz’s gamble is probably going to be work, since Democrats (Senate Democrats in particular) continue to show every sign that they care more about their corporate donors than even getting re-elected.  Which is a shame, because I sure would like to hear the Republicans struggle to explain why they can’t vote for financial reform without loopholes – both now, and again in November.

February 1st, 2010 at 06:55pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Politics,Republicans

Monday Media Blogging

Yes!!!  The all-time greatest Diamond Center commercial is finally on YouTube!

I’m so happy.

February 1st, 2010 at 11:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

The Senate Healthcare Bill Is JUST LIKE Social Security!

Bruce Schulman explains that Social Security was actually deeply compromised from FDR’s original vision, just like healthcare reform today, and that’s why the House should pass the Senate bill and worry about fixing it later.  That seems reasonable – after all, the Democrats were able to improve Social Security despite losing big in the next election because everyone hated it.  Oh wait.

Oh, and let’s not forget how expanding Social Security to cover farmers, domestic workers and small companies didn’t threaten powerful corporate interests in any way, just like the public option in healthcare reform.  Yes, I’m sure fixing it later will be a piece of cake, especially with the strong, competent leadership of Barack Obama and Harry Reid.

February 1st, 2010 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Politics

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