Poll: Republicans more likely than other Americans to think poor people are lazy

THIS should come as no surprise: Conservatives often say the poor and jobless got that way because of their own personal failings, but Americans tend to blame the plain old free market. A new HuffPost/YouGov poll released Thursday finds Americans generally think both the rich and the poor ended up where they are more because of the opportunities they had in life than because of personal successes or failures. But not everyone feels that way. Republicans are far more likely to pat rich Americans on the back for their hard work while blaming...

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Wisconsin Republicans will vote on whether their state should have the right to secede

What an embarrassment! As if the Republican Party of Wisconsin isn’t humiliated enough by the strength of its Tea Party wing, now it’s going to have to live down its failure to keep the kooks from conducting an informal referendum on whether the Badger State should have the right to secede from the United States. The story is...

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Why does Rupert Murdoch claim that Fox News has saved the Republican Party?

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch made a fool of himself in two separate ways when he boasted the other day that his Fox News Channel has “saved” the Republican Party. For starters, Murdoch’s boast puts the lie to the vaunted claim that Fox News is “fair and balanced.” A news shop can hardly be balanced if it’s mission has been to shift the GOP’s ideology further to the right side of the political spectrum. And that’s exactly what Fox News has done. But more to the point, Republican Party fortunes have...

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Back in the ’90s, Republicans were advised to oppose health-care reform at all costs

Anyone who thinks that the Republican Party’s die-hard resistance to the Affordable Care Act is based on anything other than political self-interest has got another think coming. The GOP’s current stance on health-care reform did not suddenly arise with the presidency of Barack Obama. It dates back to when Obama was still teaching law at the University of Chicago and had yet to run for public office. In fact, it goes back at least¬† a whole political generation, as we see HERE: In light of Obamacare achieving its goal of 7 million...

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Old folks more likely to be Republicans and thus less likely to worry about global warming

There’s a neat — and predictable — symmetry in the results of a new Gallup poll on public attitudes concerning global warming. That symmetry¬† comports with this set of questions and answers: The politicians of which political party are more likely to dismiss mainstream scientific theories regarding global warming and climate change? Answer: The Republican Party. Which political party attracts a greater percentage of older Americans? Answer: The Republican Party. Which age cohort shows the least concern about the long-term...

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