Archive for February 2nd, 2010

NRA: The Early Years

How it all began:

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(From Married To The Sea)

February 2nd, 2010 at 06:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics

A Third Party Emerges

As I predicted, it looks like we are indeed seeing the rise of a third party, but it’s not quite what I expected.  It’s a lot more powerful, too:

For the first time in recent history, the lobbying, grassroots and advertising budget of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has surpassed the spending of BOTH the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee.

This is significant. It means that the Great Transition has already begun.  In the days following the decision in Citizens United, campaign finance experts predicted that the decision would open the floodgates of money for trade associations like the Chamber of Commerce. The influx of corporate money, according to some, would weaken the power of the political parties and candidates and lead the political parties to become less important. Republican lawyer Ben Ginsberg went so far as to say that the parties would be “threatened by extinction.” And Ginsberg supports the CU decision!

As it turns out, the surge of contributions into the U.S. Chamber has already caused its budget on lobbying, grassroots and advertising to surpass that of both the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee for the first time in recent memory. According to The Center for Responsive Politics, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its national subsidiaries spent $144.5 million in 2009, far more than the RNC and more than double the expenditures by the DNC.

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Fantastic.  This can only be good for America…

February 2nd, 2010 at 11:37am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics

Welcome To Bathtub America

So what does it look like when government is shrunken down to the size where it can be drowned in a bathtub?  It looks like this:

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.  Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

The article goes on:

Colorado Springs is slashing its budget for public safety, essential services, transportation and parks and recreation.  Community centers and public pools will be closed.

Land-use planning?  Gone.  Zoning?  Who cares!  Building inspection …  They don’t need that!

Amazingly enough, it turns out that governments actually do a lot of useful stuff, and private enterprise doesn’t step in to fill the gap when it shuts down.  Who knew?

Enjoy your libertarian utopia, folks, and think about how much more awesome it would be if the federal government shut down too.

February 2nd, 2010 at 07:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Republicans


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