Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, April 11, 2010 11:35 pm

Gasping for breath

The deluge is not over, but the worst of it has passed, and I now have a wee bit of breathing space. So, let’s see, what has happened while I’m gone? Nothing good, it seems:

I have no idea when I’ll be back, so this’ll have to do ya for a while.


  1. I read the “scathing, incisive criticism of the teabaggers” backed up by research from the “Multi-State Survey of Race and Politics, a broad look at race relations and politics in contemporary America.”

    The survey write-up seemed even-keeled, but going out to only 1,015 residents of 7 battleground states = small sample size for so many different questions, don’t you think? I guess that’s what they meant by “a broad look.” Probably worth a deeper study, but that type of survey is the kind that you should never trust. At the minimum we would need to look at the questions.

    It is just so tiring to see the pains people go to in order to make the Tea Party group seem like a racist gang. Such a naked agenda! The motorcycle forum blew it’s cover by it’s liberal use of the f-bomb, a telltale sign of progressive/left-leaning comics and bloggers. The use of the word “teabagger” is a dead giveaway for that matter. Whomever uses the word is a MSNBC devotee for sure!

    The Tea Party group is upset about Big Government and Big Taxes. Spending is simply unsustainable. Constitutional priorities should be maintained: national defense #1. Cuts should abound. Personal responsibility should again be promoted over reliance on government programs. With healthcare, now even more Americans will be relying on government programs every day. A nightmare!

    If we take every weak group and make them more dependent, where do we end up? This year, even my white, college degreed, 21-year-old son cynically knows he doesn’t need to find himself any health care. He is not worried: either I will pick it up for him or he can find a job that might provide it. Maybe not. Maybe he will just pay the fine if he gets sick and needs some medical attention. Or he can go back to school. Super. We are raising a generation of dependents.

    Comment by Liz Reiman — Wednesday, April 14, 2010 8:31 am @ 8:31 am

  2. [[going out to only 1,015 residents of 7 battleground states = small sample size for so many different questions, don’t you think?]]

    No, I don’t think. Statistically reliable polls are routinely conducted nationwide using fewer than 1,000 respondents. It’s a bit of an art, but it’s done, and done well, all the time.

    Not every Tea Partier is racist, but many of the movement’s leaders are. And for all the individuals who joined the movement on their own initiative out of sincere motivations (most of which I agree with at least in principle, by the way), it remains largely driven and funded by corporatist tools.

    “Big taxes” are a joke; we pay some of the lowest taxes among OECD nations, primarily because we don’t have some form of nationalized health insurance. “Big spending” is no laughing matter, but let’s not kid ourselves about what got us there: two unnecessary wars and an ag-subsidy program that is the largest Marxist economic effort in the Western hemisphere, just for starters. (SocSec spends a lot of money but also raises a lot — since 1983, more than it has spent.)

    The fact of the matter is that if people want stuff, they shouldn’t bitch about paying taxes to get it. I think you and I agree on this principle (and probably would be willing to do without a number of things government currently does), but few Americans and zero politicians seem to grasp this principle.

    And if you’re worried about a generation of government dependents, you should start with the corporatists who are being kept artificially alive through taxpayer bailouts. They’re costing a helluva lot more money than health care would — roughly $400B in the case of AIG alone. Beyond that, while there will always be some people looking for a handout, most just want to make it on their own. Problem is, that has become increasingly difficult in recent years and is unlikely to get easier anytime soon. I’m going to post soon about what I think are the likely ramifications, so I won’t go into them here, but they’re not pleasant.

    And finally, you’ve got to be kidding me if you think only liberals use the f-bomb liberally.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, April 14, 2010 10:14 am @ 10:14 am

    • If you notice, the survey does not give a confidence interval for their results. When I worked for Leo Burnett Advertising, we did those reliable studies with sample sizes around 1,000. Normally, the questions were very simple: freshness vs. taste being more important as a product attribute, for example. Likewise on political polling: Bush vs. Gore with a representative random national sample of that size would give statistically significant results. I don’t see the Multi-State Survey of Race and Politics as comparable.

      Don’t get me started on the bailouts. Sink or swim, and we’d all be better off in the long run. But in the long run, we’re all dead, right?

      Re: the f-bomb culture — I cut my chat room teeth in the abortion debate room on Yahoo, and after a few rounds the pro-abortion “women’s right to choose” fans would start in with the most vile gutter language and personal attacks imaginable. Clockwork. I guess you are saying the fringe elements on the right are just as prone to the ad hominem attack, with profanity? I think we should do a national survey to a +/- 3 point C.I.

      Cheers and happy springtime!

      Comment by Liz Reiman — Wednesday, April 14, 2010 11:03 am @ 11:03 am

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