Daily Archives: February 13, 2011

i heart robert reich

but i really have to stop reading his blog.

this was the latest one. and it makes me sad because the republicans only look at the history and statistics that support their world-view and too many americans vote against their own best interest.

Who Says Republicans Have No New Ideas?
Quiz: Which of the 2012 presidential aspirants delivered the following words at the Conservative Political Action Convention, now underway in Washington?

“We have seen tax-and-tax spend-and-spend reach a fantastic total greater than in all the previous 170 years of our Republic.

Behind this plush curtain of tax and spend, three sinister spooks or ghosts are mixing poison for the American people. They are the shades of Mussolini, with his bureaucratic fascism; of Karl Marx, and his socialism; and of Lord Keynes, with his perpetual government spending, deficits, and inflation. And we added a new ideology of our own. That is government give-away programs…

If you want to see pure socialism mixed with give-away programs, take a look at socialized medicine.”

If you guessed Jim DeMint, you could be forgiven. He talks a lot like this. But you would be wrong. Newt Gingrich did not utter these precise words, either, although he uses much the same language and offers the same themes.

You wouldd also be wrong if you guessed Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Haley Barbour, John Thune, Mitt Romney, or Mitch Daniels. (Sarah Palin is not attending.)

But again, your mistake would be understandable because these words sound a lot like theirs. Any of them could have delivered this message…and all of them have, over and over again. It is the Republican message of 2011.

The perfectly correct answer is Herbert Hoover.

Herbert Hoover did not deliver these words at this week*s Conservative Political Action Convention, though. He delivered them at the Republican National Convention in Chicago on July 8, 1952.

That was almost sixty years ago.

Republicans have not come up with a single new idea since. They have not even come up with a new theme.

Herbert Hoover, you may remember, did not have a sterling record when it came to the economy. As president, he presided over the Great Crash of 1929 and ushered in the Great Depression. He had no idea for what to do to help the nation out of the Depression except to balance the federal budget. By the time he was voted out of office in 1932, one out of four Americans was unemployed.

By 1952, Hoover had been proven irrelevant and hidebound.

After Dwight D. Eisenhower won the 1952 Republican nomination and went on to become president, he wisely disregarded everything Hoover had advised.

Under Ike, the marginal income tax on America*s highest earners was 91 percent. Eisenhower also commenced the biggest infrastructure program in the nation*s history…the National Interstate and Defense Highway Act, which replaced America*s meandering two-lane roads with 40,000 miles of straight four and six-lane highways. He signed into law the National Defense Education Act, which trained a whole generation of math and science teachers, and upgraded American classrooms for the future. The Federal Housing Authority subsidized home ownership. The Defense Department spawned future technologies in aerospace and telecommunications.

Did the U.S. suffer fascism, socialism, deficits and inflation, as Hoover predicted? No. The U.S. economy soared. The median wage rose faster than ever before. And the incomes of America*s working class and poor rose at the fastest pace of all.

beautiful sunday

went to the corset ball in my pink and black agent provocateur basque last night. i looked smashing. unfortunately, all the photos i took of the outfit looked dreadful. *sigh* perhaps i will don the outfit next weekend and try pictures again. i am just not a pose type person! i am an action shot person!

i feel sad today. to a point of crying, really. school is SO overwhelming. i just feel like i have no idea what is going on. that though i have learned lots of stuff, i don’t remember the details like i need to, and it leaves me dumb. which is weird. often i don’t feel as smart as those around me, but i don’t usually feel dumb. this experience makes me feel like a fraud. like i am pretending to know what is going on when i really don’t. it isn’t that i don’t know anything, it is just that i don’t seem to know the right thing at the right time at the right level of detail. if you told me someone’s potassium was elevated, i could tell you what to do. if you give me a number and say “what do you do?” i would have to look up whether it was high or low first. i just don’t memorize stuff like that correctly. and i really think as i am in nursing longer, that stuff will become innate. but that doesn’t seem to be what the program wants. and it really makes me feel like i am moving towards failing. i understand how things work, how concepts are related. not just data. i realize, all i can do is keep at it. and i shall. i just wish i had a partner or study buddy. circumstances (like location and child status and previous arrangements) has kept me from building a partnership like this. if only my cats had thumbs and could hold the flashcards up.

road the cupcake for the first time since, like, october. it was awesome! it felt wonderful. i wish i could ride it to school. darn those textbooks. next weekend i will take her out again. maybe i should start looking for a trailer or sidecar for the books?