Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What to expect in tonight's Republican Rocky-Horror-Show debate?

Robert Reich gives us a prediction in The Meagerness of the Republican Debates, the Smallness of the President's Solutions, and the Need for a Progressive Alternative 10/17/2011:

Republicans are debating again tomorrow night. And once again, Americans will hear the standard regressive litany: government is bad, Medicare and Medicaid should be cut, “Obamacare” is killing the economy, undocumented immigrants are taking our jobs, the military should get more money, taxes should be lowered on corporations and the rich, and regulations should be gutted.

Four years ago the most widely-watched TV debate among Republican aspirants attracted 3.2 million viewers. This year it’s almost twice that number. And for every viewer assume a multiplier effect as he or she shares what’s heard with friends and family.

Americans are listening more intently this time around because they’re hurting and they want answers. But the answers they’re getting from Republican candidates – tripping over themselves trying to appeal to hard-core regressives – are the wrong ones.

The correct ones aren't being aired.
At least not aired very well by the Democratic President and his Party. Reich follows with a laundry-list of good progressive ideas that the democratic movement in the US needs to be actively advocating.

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