Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Why so tame, Newt?

In the news:
Gingrich brands Democrats 'party of food stamps'

"It's perfectly fair to say they are earning the title of the party of food stamps," he said. "By contrast, we have historically since Ronald Reagan of 1980 been the party of job creation."
Never mind that, at least for the last 2 decades, the Democrats had much greater job creation (a metric which is not all that meaningful, but it's the one people use).

What puzzles is not that Gingrich says these things. Lots of people do. But that he gets invited to the television shows to opine.


When the party of slavery, Jim Crow and the KKK calls Republicans racist, they have no business complaining when the Republicans call them the party of food stamps.

Who invented food stamps anyway? Republicans?

By Anonymous jms, at 10/07/2010 6:42 AM  

Who gave poor people decent nutrition? Yes, it was Democrats, and I don't think that's such a bad thing as jms seems to. He's also "forgetting" that when the Civil Rights Act was passed, the GOP got a whole bunch of new members, as ex-Democrats joined the GOP once the Democratic Party voted to take steps to end or at least mitigate racism.

By Anonymous anthrosciguy, at 10/07/2010 11:41 AM  

Who invented food stamps? Robert Dole among others...Hey about those "credit cards" for Food know the onesthat Citi-bank gets a fee for.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/07/2010 8:24 PM  

Who gave poor people decent nutrition?
Norman Borlaug, not food stamps.

A lot of those "new members" were Democrats who were disgusted when the Democratic Party decided to "turn the tables", substituting pro-black discrimination for anti-black discrimination, instead of renouncing racial discrimination altogether as the Republicans did.

Those "new members" who left the Democratic fold were the honorable Democrats. Why would large numbers of racist Democrats leave the Democratic party and join the Republican Party, which was founded on opposition to slavery and, as fierce critics of segregation, a major part of the reason why the Democratic Party was forced to give up Segregation in the first place?

No, the Democratic party lost members in the south because it refused to end racial discrimination and simply "rebalanced the scales", putting a finger on the other side of the scales of justice to ostensibly make up for all the time the finger was on the other side.

You are repeating one of the big lies of a generation. The Democrats adopted an unprincipled policy and lost membership. The Democratic explanation, as always, is to simply tar their defectors as racist.

Transparent and boring. There must be other cards in your deck.

By Anonymous jms, at 10/07/2010 11:55 PM  

JMS, the FraidyCrats will continue to call out the Racists...even if it does "bore" you...Shouldn't Pig Newton point out the "big bank role" in food assistance, and welfare too. Here in Nevada we take an interest in this sort of scam.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/08/2010 12:32 AM  

You call out individual racists all you want. I'll start by calling some out right now. The late Robert Byrd, and the prominent Democrats who lionized his racist, malignant career after his death.

How about Jesse Jackson? Al Sharpton? Their stock in trade is the political currency of the left. Racism and envy.

Who would you consider the most prominent racist Republican?

Leftists love to whitewash the past and presentracist history of the Democratic party by waving your hands and saying, "Racists? They all converted to Republicans. No racists left here. No sirree!". This is crazy because it makes no ideological sense. Apparently the lack of coherence in the theory doesn't bother liberals.

Nothing new there. They important thing is that they believe themselves.

By Anonymous jms, at 10/08/2010 1:37 AM  

jms should read Gene Robinson's column in today's WaPo to be reminded of the Republicans' Southern Strategy that jms seems to espouse. Of course, jms is not that prominent.

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 10/08/2010 4:15 AM  

jms blithered incoherently, ...the Republican Party, which was founded on opposition to slavery...

Right. Because in the history of political parties, no political party's agenda/purpose has EVER wandered in the course of roughly 150 years.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/08/2010 10:27 AM  

a few years ago in missouri, conservatives proposed cutting medicaid. white voters assumed the cuts would only affect urban blacks. lo and behold, the cuts ended up affecting rural whites as well. that's why mo has a democratic governor now.

i bet conservative whites who are relying on food stamps, instead of taking offense, are assuming newt is using code for blacks on welfare. boy are they in for a surprise if republicans gain power.

By Anonymous omen, at 10/08/2010 6:25 PM  

Omen --

You are asking me to believe that rural whites who were receiving Medicaid assumed that Medicaid cuts would only affect inner city blacks and were unable to notice that, you know, they were on Medicaid too.

Yeah. Because they are that dumb. Must be nice being so much smarter than them.

And now you think that white people receiving food stamps think that by voting conservative, the government will only cut off food stamps to black people, not them.

'Cause gosh, they're just that dumb. Unlike you.

Anonymous -- So you're claiming that the Republican party has shifted its position on slavery?


Just keep doing what you're all doing. You're strategy is great! Surely Democrats are poised for a big comeback on election day.

For now, you can go back to sleep.

By Anonymous jms, at 10/08/2010 10:49 PM  

i didn't make up what happened. you explain what a conservative state like missouri is doing with a democratic governor.

By Anonymous omen, at 10/09/2010 8:15 AM  

Some people with influence in the GOP do indeed try to rehabilitate slavery.
Argument 1: Slaves in the US lived better lives than they would have in Africa
Argument 2: By transporting them to the US they had the chance of becoming proper Christians
Argument 3 (currently peddled by Glenn Beck): Slavery was good until the evil federal government with its evil regulations perverted it.
A different path is chosen by the Texas State Board of Education: Eliminate slavery/slave trade from the (school) history books by renaming it the Atlantic Triangular Trade.
Btw, there are some official GOP candidates this year that consider stuff like child labor laws to be unconstitutional and anti free market in any case.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/09/2010 9:27 AM  

i forgot to post my favoritest bar graph. food stamps give the highest return in stimulus spending:

compiled by moody's.

(bar graph found at the bottom of this this article.)

so, newt is not only stooping to using racist code in trying to stigmatize food stamps, doing so will probably help kill off one of the most effective tools in helping to repair the economy while in the midst of a recession.

By Anonymous omen, at 10/09/2010 1:05 PM  

jms blithered, Anonymous -- So you're claiming that the Republican party has shifted its position on slavery?

No, I'm claiming that whereas at one point the Republican Party was---in the policies it advocated---friendlier to African-Americans than the Democratic Party, the reverse is now true. As anyone with a mind capable of non-literal interpretation would have understood.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/10/2010 7:57 AM  

Mmmother Jones. An unbiased source if there ever was one. No economic analysis here, just a laundry list of big spending programs, with little connecting them besides the fact that they are, you know, big spending programs which are intrinsically good. Because what could be better than a money shower?

I'm not quite sure what to make of that graph, as it is presented with no explanation as to how those numbers came to be, although we know that those numbers are extremely precise, because they are given to plus or minus a half a percent, which is really remarkably precise. Or, on the other hand, there is a 94.77% (not 94.78%) chance that the numbers could just be pulled out of someone's ass. Hmm ... the graph comes from Congressional testomony. Let me recalculate those odds.


It's almost as if the author just wrote down random government programs, arranged in the order he likes them, and assigned nice positive numbers to the ones that make him feel warm and fuzzy, and negative ones to evil Republican programs. It's as if we are reading a soft, mushy writer who has a soft, mushy spot for Great Society style government programs.

James K. Galbraith teaches economics at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin.

No clue there.

By Anonymous jms, at 10/13/2010 10:11 PM  


No, I'm claiming that whereas at one point the Republican Party was---in the policies it advocated---friendlier to African-Americans than the Democratic Party, the reverse is now true.

The GOP was in favor of school vouchers and school/teacher accountability through standardized testing. The Democrats fought them tooth and nail, and managed to get rid of private school vouchers in Washington DC. The effect of this was simple. Black children being removed from excellent schools and returned to their failed local schools.

The Republicans have 35 black candidates for the House and 3 Senate candidates. You may think that the GOP is anti-black, but these candidates all won their primaries, so apparently actual Republicans say otherwise.

By Anonymous jms, at 10/13/2010 10:27 PM  

Some people with influence in the GOP do indeed try to rehabilitate slavery.

Afraid to name names? Or is this just one of those things that everyone knows is true? Come on. Who is making those arguments besides you?

Neither slavery nor child labor is a legitimate issue in this election. According to the Democrats, as we all know, this election is a referendum on witchcraft and masturbation. Or it was last week. This week it's about denouncing that most vicious enemy of the nation, the United States Chamber of Commerce. I can't wait to see the Democratic plan shape up over the next 2 1/2 weeks. Who will be demonized next? Shriners? Carpenters? Food stylists?

It's all so exciting and mysterious in the loopy, frothy world of 21st Century Democratic politics.

By Anonymous jms, at 10/13/2010 10:38 PM  

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