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Let's see... according to Dr Lawrence Britt's 14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism which party is more fascist: 1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - R 2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - R 3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - R 4. Supremacy of the Military - R 5. Rampant Sexism - R 6. Controlled Mass Media - ?? 7. Obsession with National Security - R 8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - R 9. Corporate Power is Protected - R 10. Labor Power is Suppressed - R 11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - R 12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - R 13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - R 14. Fraudulent Elections - ??
But what I don't get is America was a free and prosperous country in the 50s, 60s, (some of the) 70s, 80s, 90s with MUCH MUCH MUCH higher taxes than we have now and I don't remember the people saying that we were being crushed by taxes. People still started companies and bought yachts and BMWs back when the top income tax bracket was higher than it is now...
I agree that entitlements need to be cut - but not to the harsh extent proposed by the Republicans. We've been in dark economic times and logic would suggest that if there was any time that welfare / support programs would be out of whack it would be now. Cutting programs isn't going to magically make everyone get jobs - we have people with law/business degrees doing low-paying clerical work because there is so much competition for jobs. To think that the only reason people without jobs haven't got one yet is selfish laziness is unrealistic.
So when Romney comes along, as part of the upper-management set, and proposes more tax cuts and more regulation then you can see why people weren't interested. The fact that his tax plans were devoid of specific details was just icing on the cake. America is already one of the lowest-taxed and regulation-free economies in the world and to say that our only problem is too much tax and regulation is, at best, too simplistic and, at worst, untrue.
So this brings me to why a lot of people didn't like and trust Romney. Upper management types with slicked back hair who drive a Lexus (yes I know i'm stereotyping but it's quite common) called people into their office and told them the company had to let them go. Not because they were a bad worker, not because they were doing an obsolete job, but because the higher-ups in the company had made a few too many risky moves and the whole house of cards was crashing down. Romney was emblematic of the big business types who were playing games with spreadsheets and stocks and real people were paying the price. In Romney's case this probably isn't 100% true, but it is true of many of his peers on boards and in upper management in many companies.
A lot of Americans lost their jobs not because they were lazy or had unmarketable skills but because the companies they worked for had over-leveraged themselves and could no longer afford short-term credit when banks and other lending institutions started collapsing. When defaulting on mortgages people were told 'It's your fault for borrowing too much' but the only reason they couldn't pay is because they lost their jobs... as a result of companies (especially the big banks) getting into too much debt and borrowing more than they could afford. But as we've seen with the stimulus and TARP - when big companies collapse under debt they get bailed out. When normal Americans do the same they get told they are irresponsible and deserve it.
I hope the Republicans understand that the 'Minorities and women voted for Democrats because they wanted more freebies and entitlements' is a lie. Sure, there are a few that might think this way, but the vast majority of voters felt that Barack Obama was more likely to help the economy and get them back to work. I know a lot of conservatives would spit chips at this assessment, but consider it like this: There is a widespread belief that the financial crisis (and resulting economic woes) were caused by... deregulation of the financial sector and tax cuts and loopholes. And you have Romney coming in and saying... MORE TAX CUTS! MORE DEREGULATION!
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