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  •  saw a new sign in my neighborhood (3+ / 0-)
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    Mike Fitzpatrick, GOPer from PA, won back the seat from Dem Patrick Murphy in 2010. Since then he's been like all the other GOPers in Congress. In my area of Bucks County, his signs have been up all over the place during election season.

    But just this weekend, they were accompanied by a new one.

    "Vote Fitzpatrick to Protect Medicare"

    They literally just appeared within the last 24 hours.

    Fitzpatrick of course voted for the Ryan budget just like every other GOPer. And yet here he is, two days before the election, claiming that he is Medicare's biggest champion.

    They will do anything. Say anything. The Agenda is set in stone. The only debate is how to achieve it.

    •  Similar: Romney Will Lift You Out of Poverty (1+ / 0-)
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      The Romney commercial that runs in California shows empathy for all the poor and downtrodden. The "Obama Economy" will just maintain that state. But if we vote for Romney, whether he has a plan or not, we will all be saved! Because, Romney is not Obama.

      There's probably some technical terms of rhetoric to describe the fallacy of this argument, but the "truthiness" of it is on the mark. Romney certainly knew what lie to tell in the California context. A lot of people here have a lot to fear from "more of the same".

      Le nirvane n'existe pas. - Etienne Lamotte

      by breakingranks on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 02:06:56 PM PST

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    •  Also Similar at the local level (2+ / 0-)
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      In the California State races, the GOP is using union-member (Latina) nurses and teachers as spokespeople for their union-busting proposition.

      In Berkeley, the Landlord's party is called "Tenants United for Fairness".

      Big Agribusinesses is opposing a proposition by trotting out supposed small farmers. All the propositions have respectable university professors weighing in pro and con.

      My level of education is higher than most, and I personally have a hard time teasing out the implications of the lengthy proposition summaries in the Voter's Guide, and I doubt I will attempt to read all the propositions themselves.

      I rely heavily on endorsements for both candidates and propositions. However, in this election cycle the sun is constantly being painted as the moon: I don't know who to trust as an endorser, and it's impossible to believe anything any candidate says unless I "want" to believe it because it's "my candidate". Without that up front commitment to a party or candidate, I'm completely lost.

      Did I mention that my Reading Comprehension scores on both the SATs and GREs were perfect? I'm not stupid or lazy. The political world is being presented to me in a way where it's almost impossible to figure out the consequences of my votes.

      Le nirvane n'existe pas. - Etienne Lamotte

      by breakingranks on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 02:17:24 PM PST

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