As a result, people have had to argue against the Republican claim that it's Democrats who are to blame.
"On the one hand, Democrats get a basket full of nothing if they negotiate, and on the other, the only advantage they could possibly get from a shutdown is making House Republicans look like irresponsible and frighteningly powerful children--a trick that they clearly could not accomplish on their own."
I was mystified that they no longer seem to be able to say coherently what they expect to get from doing it, until I realized it's because hostage taking is not a reasonable tactic.
Do not believe for a second that the Republican House wanted to avoid a shutdown. Their first priority is to defund Obamacare--something Karl Rove and the Wall Street Journal said no sane person thought would succeed. So far Republicans are only willing to open the government if the Democrats, with this gun to their heads, give the Republican House the ability to repeal a law all by themselves. Checks and balances exist to prevent such threats from succeeding.
The executive branch can't fund itself: it requires Congress to pass budgets to do so. To do this, both House and Senate must each pass the same bill, which they (almost) always succeed at doing.
This time, however, Republicans in the House attached a wish-list of items that no sane Republican thought would be even close to making it past the Senate (this even according to Karl Rove). What do we conclude from this preposterous overstep? Not that the Democrats are inflexible: everybody, including House Republicans, knew what would happen. No, the House intended it to fail, and it has. They have been explicitly planning to shut down the government at least since August (see sources in the article).
It may have started in the 2010 elections, in which Republicans promised to shut down the government. In the year immediately after winning the house, they got into the habit of it, nearly shuttering the government four times, once trying to use the debt ceiling as a threat (which lead to the first credit downgrade in US history).
Their single hope is to make the Democrats look bad, and then they could try to use that public disapproval to force them to undo laws that were passed through democratic process.
Is it that you're already used to believing cultural core myths / propaganda, so it's easier to believe others? Or is it that there is something about the free market belief itself that interferes with the others, e.g. the idea that things do not affect or cause one another?
Here's the abstract of this paper by Stephan Lewandowsky and Klaus Oberauer, published in Psychological Science.
"Although nearly all domain experts agree that human CO2 emissions are altering the world's climate, segments of the public remain unconvinced by the scientific evidence. Internet blogs have become a vocal platform for climate denial, and bloggers have taken a prominent and influential role in questioning climate science. We report a survey (N > 1100) of climate blog users to identify the variables underlying acceptance and rejection of climate science. Paralleling previous work, we find that endorsement of a laissez-faire conception of free-market economics predicts rejection of climate science (r about 0.80 between latent constructs). Endorsement of the free market also predicted the rejection of other established scientific findings, such as the facts that HIV causes AIDS and that smoking causes lung cancer. We additionally show that endorsement of a cluster of conspiracy theories (e.g., that the CIA killed Martin-Luther King or that NASA faked the moon landing) predicts rejection of climate science as well as the rejection of other scientiftic findings, above and beyond endorsement of laissez-faire free markets. This provides empirical confirmation of previous suggestions that conspiracist ideation contributes to the rejection of science. Acceptance of science, by contrast, was strongly associated with the perception of a consensus among scientists."
The symbol is the thing: we need to remove the social consent that makes it ok for the biggest corporations the world has ever known to change the chemical composition of our atmosphere.
Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development When the world's most important military, financial, and political organizations chastise you for doing nothing about climate change, how would you respond? On Wed...
That's the same as the what ended the last ice age.
My children could see up to 6.3 degree increase.
How hot will it get in your lifetime? What are you going to do about it?
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