Republican idiocy

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From the file labeled "dwindling opportunities":

Some wise words by Alexandra Sirota:

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The NC DHHS quagmire deepens:

It's worse than you think:

Pittenger happy to gamble with the economic future of the country

Not unlike ransom demands from a kidnapper:

“We’ve really moved beyond Obamacare,” Pittenger said Monday. “This whole debate has really moved into the debt ceiling.”

He said he supports Republican efforts to push for spending cuts or changes in entitlement programs in exchange for supporting a higher debt ceiling.

Pittenger also said the shutdown could end if Senate Democrats agree to some changes involving the Affordable Care Act, including delaying the deadline for individuals to sign up.

"In exchange" for paying our bills on time? If Robert Pittenger tried to pull this stunt in one of his development deals, where he refused to pay contractors for work they had already done unless they promised to quote him less in the future, he would find himself in court before the next full moon with his assets tied up in a knot.

The Republican Party: three-headed monster

Soon be included in the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual:

For all that, this is a deeply divided base. Moderates are a quarter of those who identify Republican, and they are very conscious of their discomfort with other parts of the party base.

Their distance begins with social issues, like gay marriage and homosexuality, but it is also evident on immigration and climate change. Fiscal conservatives feel isolated in the party. Evangelicals who feel most threatened by trends embrace the Tea Party because they are the ones who are fighting back. They are very in tune politically, but the Tea Party base is very libertarian and not very interested in fighting gay marriage.

This is a fairly extensive report, and well worth the read if you can stomach it. But the authors appear to be exploring differences in the ideological makeup of the three groups with an eye towards potential future problems of solidarity, and I'm not so sure they are as different as they'd like to believe. Take, for instance, their supposed positions on gay marriage and abortion:

Pope and McCrory are clueless about handling Federal shutdown

Happy talk in the eye of the storm:

State Budget Director Art Pope sent a memo to state agencies outlining how the delay in federal funding would be handled, although he said the state was still trying to get a handle on specifics. "The state is required to follow federal guidelines on the use of federal funds during the shutdown," Pope said.

"One example of this is the administration of the federal Social Security Disability program," Pope said. "The disability payments are already funded, but you still need to administer the claims for payment."

The Social Security Administration has already notified the state that those claims processors will stay on the job.

Then why even bring that issue up, if it's not really an issue? Because that's the way propagandists work; you can see it demonstrated in third-world dictatorships all the time. You scare people with something that doesn't exist, and when the hammer fails to come down, the people think you're taking care of them. But the real problems never get addressed, or they're blamed on somebody else. The key thing to take away from this entire story is the second part of this sentence:

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Like fish in a barrel:

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