15 Amp Rovian Politics

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15 Amp Rovian Politics

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Lee Atwater and Karl Rove can take credit for the partisanship of America’s 21st Century politics.  By playing on the ignorance of the masses, the lack of critical thinking, the fears, the prejudices, and the perverted glory people find in righteous indignation at the expense of others – Atwater and Rove changed the face of American politics.

Allow me a moment to give a personal account of ignorance masquerading as intelligence.  Many, many years ago, in a neighborhood far far away, my future ex-wife and I bought a house.  We moved our two young children into that old house in an old neighborhood – the one that was in our price range.  Some of you you may relate to buying a home that did not exactly meet your living needs – but rather fit your budget.

Our old house had been built in the late 1800’s but had been upgraded with the most sophisticated electrical wiring of the late 1930’s.  Do these terms mean any thing to you – 65 Amp service to the house, 60 Amp main breaker, a panel of 15 Amp breakers?  Let me explain.  When that house was rewired there were no electric refrigerators, let alone microwaves and blenders.  A 15 Amp circuit was deemed more than sufficient to handle any electrical need.  So much so that the electrical box did not have a place for 20 Amp breakers.  The manufacturer of the electrical box went out of business – no new parts could be bought – that was about the time we bought the house.

As a young father in a family with a single income I had more time than money – so home repair was learned on-the-job, as they say.  Fortunately, I had graduated from the Electronics Institute in Kansas City and knew something about electricity.  Our wiring was old with crumbling insulation.  I ran new Romex wires but was limited to hooking them up to the 15 Amp breakers.  We plugged our refrigerator in and it worked fine – until we ran the microwave at the same time the refrigerator was on a cool cycle.  I had three circuits rewired before I realized that I could mount a new box beside the old and run some 6 gauge wire to it to charge it.  After that all new circuits were wired to 20 Amp breakers.  But the damage was done in the minds of the women.

The women of that family hoot and chortle and gasp for breath recounting my misfortunes with wiring.  I had tried to explain the difference between a 15 Amp service and a 20 Amp service many times – but understanding was much less fun than pointing and laughing.   I let that issue go long ago.  But Atwater and Rove brought it back to the surface.

There are some really good folks who do not understand banking derivatives.  Many do not understand compound interest.  To say that people understand the actuarial science of health insurance premiums would be too much.  Fundamental issues of our Eco system relating to climate change are not difficult – but it does require some thought.  Atwater and Rove understood this lack of ability to think critically about complex issues – so they invented their own language around the issues that would serve to bolster the Republican Party.

Here is an example – a horrendous hurricane resulting from raised temperatures in the ocean is explained as God punishing our people for moral indiscretions.  The moral indiscretions happened to be in the Democratic Party platform.  This was a very convenient way of declaring the virtues of God as being perfectly in line with industrial pollution.

Another horrendously misleading concept is that of reducing taxes on the very rich – the idea is that these rich folks will gladly use that extra cash to hire more help with their ever expanding front lawn.  The idea is that rich people are looking for more ways to put the poor to work.  Put in the correct Rovian context – the poor people bought the idea.

I doubt that Karl Rove had any idea that he would be so successful – he was hoping for a couple of extra percentage points in the vote count – what he got was a movement.  And the Republican Party is about to pay the price.

Sadly, ignorance and closed-mindedness rule the day.  But Rove overlooked an old axiom of humanity.  You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time. but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.  The some who can be fooled all of the time are not enough to win the presidency – and those who have been fooled are  not going to be forgiving.

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  1. Our Tax System Explained:
    Bar Stool Economics

    Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

    The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
    The fifth would pay $1.
    The sixth would pay $3.
    The seventh would pay $7.
    The eighth would pay $12.
    The ninth would pay $18.
    The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

    So, that’s what they decided to do.

    The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.” Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

    The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.

    But what about the other six men – the paying customers?How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’

    They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would
    be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

    And so:
    The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
    The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
    The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
    The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
    The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
    The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

    Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

    “I only got a dollar out of the $20,”declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,” but he got $10!”

    “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I got”

    “That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

    “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”

    The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

    The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction.Tax them too much, attack them for being
    wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

    For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
    For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

    and you my sir truly the ignorant one, if you think that these backwoods hick Americans are not critical thinkers. a sleeping giant
    of center right Americans are beginning to awaken

    btw i didnt write the above beer thing

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