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Shutdown Prompts Emergency Declarations In Utah : The Two-Way : NPR

And just think the citizens of Utah have their Senator, Mike “laughing stock” Lee, to thank, in part, for the government shut down.  Betcha former Senator Bennett would not have been so ridiculous when it comes to shutting down the government.  The Tea Party activists, who ousted Bennett, argued for a smaller government with less economic intervention.  But now its Utah’s Governor who’s pleading to “President Obama to reopen the region’s National Park areas.”  I wonder if the “don’t-tread-on-me” gang, when complaining about that big bad government that should be “small enough to drown in a bath tub” wanted a government so small that it couldn’t  provide resources that would allow “four Utah counties” to be “dependent on National Park and public lands visitors.”  No that would make a portion of Utah part of Mitt Romney’s 47%ers.  Now from county officials in Utah you have “pleas “for Congress and the administration to get the parks open.”  The clown Teabagger Senators have advanced the conservative falsehood to the point where it is now hurting large segments of their states, the falsehood that in the United States of America, we do not have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  Cut it blindly, like a clown in an operating room and you risk “losing as much as $300,000 a day in tourism spending and tourism-related tax revenue.” But with these devil-take-the-hindmost, Ayn Rand disciples, the belief is that government should not be concerned with things like that because we are running deficits, even as they collect $174,000 a year and take advantage of excellent healthcare made accessible by the government. 

Shutdown Prompts Emergency Declarations In Utah : The Two-Way : NPR

Lee Atwater’s dog whistle may kill Mississippi’s Insects

The silence of a significant portion of Mississippian Republicans illustrates how responsive they are to the smaller-government and free-market dog whistles. They should be howling at the obstruction of Medicaid expansion. Smaller government should be anathema to Mississippians when you consider the state’s median income ($$36,919 vs. $50,054 U.S.), and per capita income ($28,845 vs. $38,611 for the country), when you consider the number of people who supplement their income by joining the national guard, when you consider the state’s farm subsidies, when you consider the boon to ship building the government has been for Mississippi (Ingalls Shipbuilding is the state’s largest private employer). And then there is the irreconcilable differences between the call for free markets and all of the afore-mentioned government intervention. We won’t get into the godsend that the government programs Medicare and Social Security have been to Mississippi and how the “free market” god couldn’t have cared less no matter what it’s disciples claim. You began to understand how the dog whistle works when despite the reference to voters and some of their constituents as bugs (coming out of the woodwork to receive government subsidized healthcare) RepubliCons still get so much support from the poor in Mississippi many of whom count themselves as Republicans. You see Lee Atwater summed it up best: Make sure you’re “talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.” In light of the fact that not everyone who would get access to healthcare under Medicaid expansion is black, that Atwater dog whistle may prove deadly to some of the people responding to it.

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