Good losers and bad losers

Great post by "Big Steve" today.  I'm just going to borrow my favorite parts:

 I have come to the belief that much of the grumbling over the past year
in US politics is due to the fact that the Republicans are sore losers. 
That's right, they are LOSERS.  They lost the election, and now they
lost a major policy battle.  The strange thing is that over the course
of time, folks of a certain persuasion have felt entitled to rule and to
win.  But rule number one of democracy is that sometimes you lose and
you have to accept it. 

Democrats are good losers.  Hell, we are great losers.  We are used to
losing elections and getting tossed out of power, losing major policy
battles and moving on.  Despite the fact that the Democrats dominated
Congress for much of the postwar period, Republicans, perhaps due to 12
years of rule from Reagan to Bush I, have become used to ruling.  The
entire Clinton administration seemed to be one big hissy fit because the
GOP candidate came in 2nd.  Hey, at least, Bush and then Dole didn't
finish third. 

So, now we have some death threats, minor actors of violence and so on
in the aftermath of the health care vote.  What these Americans forget
is that the Revolution's key slogan was No
Taxation Without Representation
, not We
Must Always Get What We Want
.  What the founding folks
wanted was Taxation with Representation.  Representation does not mean
winning–it means that your views are represented, that folks you vote
for are involved in the decision-making process.

Love that last point, so I'll end my excerpt there  

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Too big to fail

I'm not sure I've done any posts on financial regulation, so here's a first.  I've long been intrigued by the "too big to fail" problem and without too much knowledge on the subject, it's struck me that "too big to fail" is "too big."  This article is a very wonky, but very clear explanation of the too big to fail problem.  From what I've read from trusted bloggers on the matter, we're not addressing this significantly, but now I can understand exactly what they're talking about.  And, now I definitely believe that too big to fail is too big. 

 

Keep it Classy, GOP

I suppose that after all the hysteria from the right over health care, we should not be surprised that many Democratic members of Congress have received death threats and had their offices vandalized.  Are Republican lawmakers and media talking heads responsible?  No.  Do they bear some responsibility?  You bet.  When you go about whipping your followers into a frenzy over mythical "socialist takeovers" "death panels" and "Armageddon" is it any wonder that the less mentally stable of these rubes are going to take stupid, violent action.  It's also a nice rebuttal to the "both parties do it" nonsense people are always throwing about.  It's not like it was attack of the liberals after Bush's tax cuts.  The Huffington Post has assembled some of the more over-the-top quotes complete with video.  I also really like this compilation of Republican quotes on major legislation from the past.  Needless to say, somehow America remained a democracy even with Bill Clinton's budget!  Of course, nothing beats Ronald Reagan's doom-saying on Medicare: ""[I]f you don't [stop Medicare] and I don't do it, one of these days you
and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our
children's children what it once was like in America when men were
free."  You'd think people would stop believing the ridiculous Republican rhetoric on this stuff.  Well, at least the smarter people, do.  Unfortunately, this time the dumbest have turned violent. 

 

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