Friday / Holiday Potpourri!

Just a little conglomeration of what’s going on out there!…..

From a Harvard University study….as reported in U.S. News and World Report:

The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century. Survey evidence also confirms that Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats. According to this interpretation, there is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican party. Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans,” write Harvard Kennedy SchoolAssistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam.

Just in case you were wondering….

“Let’s face it – we don’t control the news media,” …. “If this were a Republican president, you know exactly what the story would be every night, every day. It would be the high level of unemployment. They would be doing stories of all those people that lost their jobs. Now the stories are actually saying, ‘Hey, it’s not that bad being unemployed.’ It’s amazing.”

[I] do believe it would be a disaster for this country to have President Obama reelected,” … “It would be awful. Let’s face it, we have indebted our children and our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren to the tune of another $4 trillion in his failed attempt at Keynesian economics. It hasn’t worked and they want to keep doing it. And now what they’re really trotting out is they’re scaring seniors –that’s the tired old playbook and they’re engaging in class warfare. Again, I don’t see how class warfare helps improve our economy – how that helps our economy grow. What class warfare does is dispirits the producers of America. It dispirits entrepreneurs. It takes money out of their businesses and really out of the pockets of hard-working people that rely on those people for jobs….- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) at The Daily Caller

“The mean-spirited bill, H.R. 1, eliminates the National Endowment for the Humanities,” he said in a floor speech. “These programs create jobs. The National Endowment for the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.” 

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) in The Hill

This is the first time that I can remember being confronted by members of the Congress, my colleagues, who say, ‘I don’t care if I get reelected or not, I want to cut the budget by $100 billion or whatever,’” …“I’ve never seen that kind of a member before. … It’s a dangerous point of view from my perspective.”

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)

And that’s the way its….for now!





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