Thursday, November 26, 2015


(Image is from primecutssault.ca.)

I wish all of my readers a very happy Thanksgiving Day. May your day be filled with fun, food, and time spent with people you love -- whether they be family or friends.

A Thanksgiving Survey

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, Public Policy Polling gives us a fun survey. The survey was done on November 16th and 17th of a random national sample of 1,360 registered voters, with a margin of error of 2.7 points.

They asked those respondents who the presidential candidate would be that they would most or least like to have at Thanksgiving dinner. Hillary Clinton turned out to be the candidate most wanted for Thanksgiving dinner at 24%, while Donald Trump was the candidate least wanted at 46%.

Of course, you can't do a poll without asking some serious questions, and PPP did. They asked whether the side dish at Thanksgiving was appropriately called "stuffing" or "dressing". I've always called it dressing, but it seems I'm in the minority. About 51% say it's stuffing, and only 34% believe it's dressing -- and that holds true across all political lines.

They also asked what was the best pie to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. No surprise, pumpkin pie was the winner at 27%, with pecan and apple tied for second at 17%.

Now we know -- a Thanksgiving turkey should be served with stuffing and pumpkin pie.

Modern Thanksgiving ?

Political Cartoon is by Chan Lowe in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Hillary Clinton Leads By Nine Points In Iowa

Yesterday, I brought you the results of the Quinnipiac University Poll with Iowa Republicans. They have now released their survey of Democrats -- done between November 16th and 22nd of a random sample of 543 Iowa Democrats, with a margin of error of 4.2 points.

Hillary Clinton is leading Bernie Sanders in Iowa by about 9 points. It looks to me like that is due to Clinton's very strong support among women. Sanders leads among men by 9 points, but that is eclipsed by Clinton's 21 point lead among women. This bodes well for Clinton, since women usually vote in larger numbers than men.

Feeding Refugees

Political Cartoon is by Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Most GOP Candidates Are Out Of Step With Their Supporters

These charts were made from a recent Public Policy Polling survey -- done on November 16th and 17th of a random national sample of 670 registered Republican voters, and has a margin of error of 4 points.

Polls have shown that the Republican candidates are out-of-step with the general public on a whole host of issues. That's why they have resorted to scare tactics over terrorism -- because they don't really want to go head-to-head with the Democrats on domestic issues.

But this poll shows they are also out-of-step with many of their own supporters on some issues. It turns out that 81% of all GOP voters want the background check loopholes closed for gun buyers -- and that goes for the supporters of all the 10 most viable GOP candidates. The percentage is the lowest for supporters of Cruz and Huckabee, but even for them the support for closing those loopholes is 70% (a pretty significant majority).

Then we have the issue of raising the minimum wage. About 56% of all Republicans would support a raise to at least $10 an hour. And seven of the ten major candidates have a majority of their supporters agreeing to a raise to $10 an hour. The supporters of only three candidates (Fiorina, Cruz, and Carson) don't have a majority supporting that raise -- but the smallest support is still at least 41% among them.

None of the ten GOP candidates with the most support wants to close the background check loopholes for gun buyers, or raise the minimum wage at all -- and that puts them at odds with their own supporters.


Political Cartoon is by Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Most And Least Popular Senators In Their Home State

The Morning Consult Poll did a survey of every U.S. senator in their home state. The chart above shows the results. You can go to the Morning Consult website to see the sample size and margin of error for each state. The most popular Democrat is Bernie Sanders (83%), and the most popular Republican is Susan Collins (78%). The least popular Democrats are Bob Menendez and Gary Peters at 37%. The least popular Republicans are Mitch McConnell and Ron Johnson at 38%.

Jeb Can Fix It ?

Political Cartoon is by Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Question Your Beliefs

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Open Your Mind

The U.S. Is Marching Steadily Toward Another War

This chart is from the Gallup Poll. The latest poll was done on November 22nd and 23rd of a random national sample of 1,017 adults, and has a margin of error of 4 points.

The chart shows a troubling trend. This nation is moving toward another full-out ground war in the Middle East. I'm sure the Paris tragedy (and the Republican claims that terrorism can only be prevented by another ground war). Currently, nearly half (47%) of the public is ready to accept that new ground war.

They are mistaken if they really think defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria will prevent terrorism. It won't. Terrorists have never needed to control a country to commit terroristic acts, and they won't in the future. If anything, defeating ISIS in the Middle East will only increase their desire to commit terrorist acts.

Republicans, and too many Democrats, like to pose the conflict in Iraq and Syria as a fight against terrorism. It is not. It is really a religious war -- fought by different sects of islam. It is a battle to see which religious beliefs are going to be dominant in that area -- and that is a battle the United States (or Russia and the Western nations) should not be engaged in. This is a war that shouldn't be fought at all -- and if it must be fought, should be fought by the islamic nations of that area.

Americans have a basic misunderstanding. They view this as a fight against terrorism and for freedom. They seem to think we are there to protect the liberty of Middle East nations. But there is very little liberty or freedom to protect there. And most muslims in that area see our involvement very differently. Many, if not most, of them see this as another christian invasion of the muslim world -- a modern version of the crusades.

We have no business fighting this war -- and neither does Russia, or the Western European nations. We do need to fight terrorism, but you can't do that will military troops. That can most effectively be done through good intelligence gathering, law enforcement action, and a cooperative diplomatic effort.

Dispensing With Liberty

Political Cartoon is by Adam Zyglis in The Buffalo News.

Iowa GOP Race For President Is Still Very Volatile

The Quinnipiac University Poll has done a new survey of Iowa Republicans on their presidential preference. They surveyed 600 Iowa Republicans between November 16th and 22nd, and the poll has a margin of error of 4 points.

The poll shows that Ted Cruz has surpassed Ben Carson in Iowa by 5 points. Cruz is second only to Donald Trump by 2 points -- but with the poll margin of error being 4 points, the best we can say are that Trump and Cruz are virtually tied. Rubio finished in fourth with 13%, and all of the ten other candidates finished with 5% or less.

What can we glean from this poll? First, that Iowa is still very volatile. I don't think I've seen two Iowa polls in a row with the same results. Second, this seems to be boiling down to a four-man race (Trump, Cruz, Carson, and Rubio). Third, unless something changes, no GOP candidate is going to emerge from the Iowa caucuses as the clear leader.

Controlled By Fear

Political Cartoon is by John Cole in the Scranton Times-Tribune.

GOP Uses "Political Correctness" To Dodge Tough Issues

There are tough issues in this country that need to be discussed. The problem is that only one party seems willing to face and discuss those issues. The other party (the Republican Party) doesn't want to do that -- probably because they have no good answers to the tough questions. Instead, when they are asked tough questions about real issues, they retreat behind the shield of claiming they are being attacked because of "political correctness". It's not true, but just a way to avoid defending their indefensible positions.

Eugene Robinson (pictured) has written an excellent op-ed piece in The Washington Post about this. He writes:

The Republican presidential candidates and the far-right echo chamber have made “politically correct” an all-purpose dismissal for facts and opinions they don’t want to hear.
Take Donald Trump’s claim that when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11, “I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”
The Post’s Fact Checker columnist, Glenn Kessler, found no evidence to support Trump’s claim and gave him Four Pinocchios, reserved for the most baldfaced lies. PolitiFact gave the statement a Pants on Firerating, denoting extreme mendacity. But when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos pressed the GOP front-runner to explain himself, noting that “police say it didn’t happen,” Trump resorted to what has become a familiar dodge.
“I know it might not be politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down,” Trump said.
Ben Carson, running second in the national polls, is even more fond of the political-correctness allegation — so much so that it could be considered a central theme of his campaign. It is unclear whether he actually knows or cares what “political correctness” means. The phrase is just more verbal romaine to add to the word salad that is Carson’s discourse.
He used it when challenged on his stance that a Muslim should not be president, even though the Constitution explicitly states there can be no “religious test” for public office. “Political correctness is imposed by the secular progressives and those who wish to fundamentally change our society,” he said. “Therefore, they make things off-limits to talk about, but you know what? I’m going to talk about it anyway.”
In other words, he considers the framers of the Constitution a bunch of “secular progressives,” since they’re the ones who put a candidate’s faith off-limits. That’s not the loopiest thing Carson has said (his attempts to discuss financial reform are in a class of their own) but it’s in the top 10.
The renowned neurosurgeon took the same route Sunday when Stephanopoulos — who had a busy morning — asked him to react to Trump’s call for the United States to resume harsh interrogation techniques for terrorism suspects, including waterboarding.
“I agree that there’s no such thing as political correctness when you’re fighting an enemy who wants to destroy you and everything that you have anything to do with,” Carson said. “And I’m not one who is real big on telling the enemy what we’re going to do and what we’re not going to do.”
But Carson is a medical doctor who took an oath to heal and alleviate suffering. Or maybe he believes that Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, was just another PC lemming, blindly following the secular progressives who are leading us to our collective doom.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, asked about his view that the United States should accept no Syrian refugees, said we should not bow to “political correctness, the elites in Washington or the editorial pages of major newspapers.” Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), asked this summer whether he thought the term “anchor baby ” was offensive, told reporters “we need to stop this politically correct nonsense.” Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, after making a joke about transgender people that some found offensive, responded that “everybody wants to be politically correct, everybody wants to be loved by the media and loved by the left and loved by the elitists.”
And it’s not just GOP candidates who have the anti-political-correctness bug. Many conservative commentators have been quick to condemn the “politically correct” Princeton University students who demand that the school remove symbols honoring Woodrow Wilson — a onetime Princeton president — because of his racism.
These critics ignore the historical fact that Wilson was racist not just by today’s standards but by those of his time. He wrote that African Americans were an “ignorant and inferior race.” He lavishly praised the Ku Klux Klan and pined for the Confederacy. As president of the United States, he ordered that integrated federal government workplaces be segregated; NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois wrote of one black clerk who “had a cage built around him to separate him from his white companions.”
Yes, I’m being politically correct. But also truthful.

Fear Has Closed The Inn

Political Cartoon is by Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer.

Self-Investigation Never Works

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fear Is Not An Excuse To Ignore Our Values

Hillary Clinton Is Trusted The Most To Handle Terrorist Threat

I thought this chart was interesting. It was made from information in the new ABC News / Washington Post Poll -- done between November 16th and 19th of a random national sample of 1,004 adults, with a margin of error of 3.5 points.

The Republicans have tried very hard to scare Americans about terrorism (and have been successful in convincing a majority that we shouldn't accept muslim refugees into this country). They think this is an issue that favors them -- but that might not be true.

Note that the public trusts Hillary Clinton to handle the threat of terrorism over any of the five leading GOP candidates. And strangely enough, the candidate that comes the closest to Clinton is the one with the least chance of getting the Republican nomination -- Jeb Bush.

Lies At The "Kid's Table"

Political Cartoon is by Clay Jones at claytoonz.com.

Donald Trump Is A Liar (And A Racist And Bigot)

(These images are from The Washington Post.)

If you had any doubt about the reckless stupidity of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, this should settle that doubt. The top image is a tweet by Trump. In it, he claims that 81% of Whites that are murdered, are murdered by Blacks. Trump didn't create the image he tweeted. It was created by a white supremacist. Trump just tweeted it without bothering to check whether it was true or not.

Trump, or one of his assistants, could have easily checked on the truth of the meme. All it would have taken is a quick trip to the website of the FBI. The second chart shows the FBI statistics on the race of murderers and their victims. Note that the percentage of White victims killed by Blacks is actually only 14.8% -- nowhere near the 81% tweeted by Trump. The fact is that most victims are killed by someone of their own race (and 82.4% of White victims are killed by other Whites).

Trump didn't bother to check the facts, because he doesn't care about facts. He says what he wants to say, whether it is true or not, because he knows what the racist and bigoted base of the Republican Party wants to hear. Facts and truth are just a nuisance to Trump. He knows that his supporters won't bother to check on the truth of his remarks, because they don't care about truth either (if it goes against their preconceived beliefs). They are just happy to hear a candidate that is as racist and bigoted as they are.

This is not the only example of Trump disregarding the truth for political gain. He jumped into the lead in the GOP presidential race by demonizing Mexican immigrants -- calling the rapists and criminals (even though the crime rate among undocumented Mexican immigrants is far lower than among the general population in this country).

Now he is trying to demonize the muslims in the United States. A few days ago, he said that right after the 9/11 tragedy he saw video of thousands of New Jersey muslims cheering the tragedy. The problem is that it never happened. There is NO video of American muslims cheering the devastation in New York (even though another GOP candidate, Ben Carson, says he also saw the non-existent video).

The truth is that the overwhelming majority of muslims in New Jersey (and throughout this country) are decent people and good citizens -- and they were just as horrified as other Americans over the 9/11 tragedy.

Trump lied about Mexican immigrants, about Black on White crime, and about the reaction of American muslims to 9/11. He lied because he is a racist and a bigot -- just as racist and bigoted as his Republican supporters.

More To Ignore ?

Political Cartoon is by Pat Bagley in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Bernie Is A Socialist (And So Are Most Other Americans)

As regular readers will know, I am a solid supporters of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, but that does not mean I don't like Bernie Sanders. I like him a lot. I think he's one of the two best senators this nation has in Washington (the other being Elizabeth Warren) -- and if some miracle occurs and he wins the Democratic nomination, I will happily support and vote for him.

But Bernie has a problem amongst the electorate. He has unashamedly called himself a socialist throughout his political career. That doesn't bother me, because I also refer to myself as a socialist. But it does seem to bother most voters in this country. Polls have shown that less than half of all Americans say they would vote for a socialist. In fact, more say they would vote for a muslim or an atheist than would vote for a socialist.

Those who understand socialism know this is silly, but it is still a fact. Why? Because the right-wing in this country has spent several decades demonizing socialism -- and their effort has been very successful. They have convinced most people that socialism is a synonym for both communism and tyranny (neither of which is even remotely true).

The truth is that most Americans are socialists themselves. They just don't know it, because they've never been taught about socialism, or its true values. Don't believe me? Consider the following programs -- Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, free public education, gov. help to attend college (Pell Grants), Food Stamps, and housing assistance for the poor. Do you support any or all of those programs? Most Americans support them all -- and guess what, they are all socialist programs (among many others). That means, whether they know it or will admit it, most Americans are at least somewhat socialist!

Here is part of an article by cartoonist and editorialist Ted Rall on this topic. It's well worth reading.

 When it comes to politics, Americans are idiots. Because American voters are political ignoramuses. . . .
When Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist, he’s drawing upon a tradition of Western European electoral politics in which socialist principles live alongside free-market capitalist ones, rather than a fully fleshed-out transformation of the economy into one in which the workers control the means of production. For Sanders and the hundreds of millions of citizens of the nations of Europe and their post-colonial progeny (Canada, Australia, many African countries), democratic socialism is a system that looks a lot like the United States of America.
In the ur-democratic socialist nations of Norway, Denmark and Sweden, citizens’ elected representatives propose and vote on laws — just like here.
There is no state economy. There are, like here, small private businesses and giant corporations.
So what makes them socialist? Government regulations and the social safety net. Government agencies tell power companies, for example, how much they may pollute the air and sets the minimum wage. There is, as in all capitalist societies, poverty. But the government mitigates its effects. Welfare and unemployment benefits, social security for retirees, free or subsidized healthcare make things easier when times are tough.
The United States is a democratic socialist country, albeit a lame one.
Senator Sanders wants less lameness.
In his speech, The New York Times summarized, “he said he wanted an America where people could work 40 hours a week and not live in poverty, and that such a society would require new government entitlements like free public colleges, Medicare-for-all health insurance, a $15 minimum wage, $1 trillion in public works projects to create jobs, and mandatory [paid] parental leave.”
These benefits are standard in almost every other technologically advanced nation on earth, as well as many developing countries. Democratic socialism? It’s like that old dishwashing liquid ad: you’re soaking in it.
Yet here is Sanders, in what pundits are calling a do-or-die speech attempting to fix his “I like him but America won’t elect a socialist” crisis. David Axelrod, who worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign, says, “The issue here is, is that word [socialism] a barrier for a sufficient number of voters that it creates an electoral ceiling for him?”
As far as I know, Bernie hasn’t emphasized the quality of public education in his campaign. But something is, no pun intended, radically wrong when so few Americans understand basic political and economic terms — especially when they apply to the political and economic system under which they themselves live.
By global standards, Sanders’ campaign is calling for weak socialist tea. In most European countries, all colleges are free or charge nominal fees. Socialized medicine, in which your doctor is a government employee and there’s no such thing as a big for-profit hospital corporation, is the international norm. Paid leave? Obviously. And most governments recognize the importance of public infrastructure, and not relying on the private sector to provide every job.
There can only be one reason Americans don’t know this stuff: they’re idiots. Their schools made them that way as kids. Media propaganda keeps them stupid as adults.

Candidates (And Their Deities)

Political Cartoon is by Ted Rall at rall.com.

There Are No Races

Monday, November 23, 2015

An Easy Choice

Bernie Sanders Joins Others In Getting Super-PAC Help

(This caricature of Bernie Sanders is by the prolific DonkeyHotey.)

Since starting his campaign for president, Bernie Sanders has bragged that he gets over 90% of his campaign contributions from small donors (those giving $200 or less). That is true, but it is also true of Hillary Clinton. But Sanders has gone further, and claimed that he gets no help from super-PAC spending on his behalf (while Clinton does benefit from that). That is no longer true.

Note this from the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation (which does an excellent job of keeping up with politician's finances of both parties):

National Nurses United endorsed Sanders on Aug. 11, and to date the group's affiliated super PAC has spent a little more than $569,000 in support of him. The spending ranges from print and online ads to printing materials, with significant buys in key states like Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. As of the last super PAC filing on June 30, the group had about $250,000 cash on hand.

National Nurses United for Patient Protection is a super PAC whose primary donor is National Nurses United, a union of more than 185,000 registered nurses across all 50 states. The super PAC also has another donor from its filing earlier this year, a 527 group called Progressive Kick, which runs donor-matching programs for progressive causes.

When this was revealed, Jeff Weaver (Sanders' campaign manager) was quick to say:

“We have not started a super PAC, are not coordinating with a super PAC, and have not fundraised for a super PAC."

I have no doubt that what he says is true -- but it is also true for Hillary Clinton and other candidates. It is still illegal for any candidate to start a super-PAC, coordinate with a super-PAC, or fundraise for a super-PAC.

That does not change the fact that he has benefitted from super-PAC spending -- to the tune of more than half a million dollars. And there will likely be more in the future.

Enemies ?

Political Cartoon is by John Cole in the Scranton Times-Tribune.

The Two-Faced Attitude Of Republicans On Terrorists

(This image of a gun show is from WFTV.com.)

Since the terrorist attack on innocent citizens in Paris, the Republican officials have been beating the drums loudly on the danger of terrorism in the United States. They have even gone so far as to try and keep Syrian refugees out of this country -- even though those refugees are largely women and children, and would be thoroughly vetted in a two-year process by the FBI, the State Department, and the Department of Homeland Security. They want Americans to believe it would be dangerous to let those refugees in (even though the refugees are fleeing from the terrorists).

But the Republicans are just playing a political game. If they were serious about protecting Americans, they would take action to keep the terrorists already in this country (and those who will come here) from easily buying firearms (and all the ammunition they desire). But they haven't done that. In fact, they have actively stopped that from being done.

It is just a fact that 40% of all the guns bought each year in this country are bought without any kind of background check being done. That's because there are some huge loopholes in our background check law for gun buyers. Anyone in this country (including psychotics diagnosed as dangerous to others, violent criminals, and terrorists) can buy a gun using these loopholes -- and that purchase would be legal (if it was done at a gun show, through the mail or off the internet, or from an individual).

And that would include those on this country's terrorist watch list. Those on that watch list could not fly in a commercial airplane (even after being thoroughly searched), but they would have no problem at all purchasing any kind of firearm (and ammunition) that they desire -- including assault weapons.

It makes no sense to deny thoroughly-vetted refugees from entering this country because of a fear of terrorism, but then to allow terrorists to legally purchase their tools of terrorism in this country. But that's the position of Republican officials.

If they truly wanted to prevent terrorist deaths in this country, they would go along with the wishes of about 90% of the American public and close the huge loopholes in the background check law. Doing so would save the lives of many Americans each year -- both from terrorists and other violent miscreants.

They won't do that though. They are just playing a political game with the refugees, and are getting too much money from the NRA to do anything that would actually help save lives. They are hypocrites.

The Real Monster

Political Cartoon is by Rob Rogers in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Exposing The Republican Lies About Mexican Immigration

 One of the main issues that has Republican teabaggers exited in this election cycle is the demonization of Mexican immigrants -- especially those that are undocumented. Donald Trump has led the charge against those immigrants, calling them rapists and criminals, and pledging to build a huge wall between the United States and Mexico -- but all the other GOP candidates have jumped on the anti-immigrant bandwagon.

They claim that we are being flooded with undocumented immigrants from south of the border, and it's a huge problem that is only getting worse. What they won't admit is that they are NOT telling the truth. We are currently not being flooded with a huge wave of undocumented immigrants from Mexico. In fact, the current immigration rate of undocumented people from Mexico is less than zero.

That's right. There are currently more undocumented Mexican immigrants leaving the United States than are entering it. Since 2005, there have been 160,000 less immigrants coming from Mexico than are going back there (and 140,000 has been during the Obama administration).

Not only is the rate of immigration crossing our southern border less than zero, but the number of undocumented Mexican immigrants has fallen. The number of undocumented Mexican immigrants reached its peak in 2007 (during the Bush administration) Since then, it has dropped significantly -- from 6.9 million immigrants to 5.6 million (see bottom chart), as most of that drop has been during the Obama administration.

So, not only is there no flood of new undocumented immigrants, but another lie is exposed -- the GOP claim that the Obama administration has encouraged and allowed the "flood" of new undocumented immigration.

The truth is that while President Obama has rightfully refused to split up immigrant families by allowing those families with a citizen in them to stay, his administration has actually deported more undocumented immigrants than any Republican president (and has targeted those who commit criminal offenses, which makes sense).

Don't believe the Republican claims on immigration. As usual, they are just trying to scare voters -- and the truth means nothing to them.

NOTE -- These charts are from the Pew Research Center website.

The Progression To War

Political Cartoon is by Tom Toles in The Washington Post.

New National Polls Show Clinton And Trump Still Leading

Here are the two latest presidential polls:

The ABC News / Washington Post Poll was done between November 16th and 19th of a random national sample of 434 Democrats and 423 Republicans. The margin of error for both parties is 5.5 points.

The Fox News Poll was done between November 16th and 19th of a random national sample of 366 Democrats and 434 Republicans. No margin of error was given for just Democrats or just Republicans. The margin of error for the entire sample was 3 points.

Sleeper Cell

Political Cartoon is by John Cole in the Scranton Times-Tribune.

All Workers Deserve A Livable Wage

Sunday, November 22, 2015

No Evidence Of A God

Americans Don't See The Economy As Being Fair To All

These charts are made from information in the Public Religion Research Institute's 2015 American Values Survey.

A few days ago I posted about what this survey shows on raising the minimum wage. It showed that 76% of the public supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, and 59% supports raising it to $15.00 an hour. That's good, but Americans went further. They don't think the economy is fair to everyone, and they think the government favors some groups over others.

Note in the chart above that 65% think the economic inequality in this country is a big problem. They think there should be a more fair and equitable distribution of wealth and income. About 90% thinks government favors the wealthy, and 88% think they favor corporations. But less than a majority think the government does a good job of looking out for the middle class (44%) or low-income workers (43%).

Americans aren't against people being able to become wealthy, or corporations being able to make good profits. But they think all workers should be able to earn a livable wage, and should have the opportunity to better themselves economically. They are tired of most of the new income going to the rich, while everyone else struggles for the crumbs that are left. They believe this is a rich enough country to provide a decent living for all of its citizens.

Of course, the Republicans (at least those elected to office) don't believe that. They think everything will be OK if they just give more to the rich and the corporations (a policy that has been proven to be a failure). This is why they must be voted out of office in 2016.

Spreading Fear

Political Cartoon is by Steve Sack in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.