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No More Hummer Nation
New York Times ^ | 3/31/09 | Maureen Dowd

Posted on 04/01/2009 7:34:58 AM PDT by steve-b

You know you're in trouble when Old Europe chastises you for being too socialist. But, hey, nobody's perfect — except maybe Michelle Obama, who landed in London with a huge Obama entourage, wearing a daffodil yellow dress and looking like a confident ray of U.S.A. sunshine.

As President Obama renegotiates the terms of American leadership this week in Europe, those of us left at home struggle to get over our affluenza. That condition, the bane of the middle class, is defined in a book of the same name as "a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more."...

I heard a French scientist on a radio show once explain that Americans would always insist on supersizing things because our "reptilian brain" likes things big. We're still big, as Norma Desmond said. It's everything around us that's collapsing and shrinking....

That's the big nettle we're grasping. How big do we need to be to still feel American? How big can our national debt grow? How big can our cars be? And how big is our clout abroad these days? Will Michelle's style in Europe make as big a splash as Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's?

The cowboy push by W. and Dick Cheney to be a hyperpower and an empire left America a weakened and tapped-out power, straining to defend its runaway capitalism even as it uneasily adapts to its desperation socialism.

How do we come to terms with the gluttony that exploded our economy and still retain our reptilian American desire for living large? How do we make the pursuit of the American dream a satisfying quest rather than a selfish one?...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: anticapitalist; automakers; communism; generalmotors; hummer; reddupe; starkravingsocialism; suv; usefulidiot
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1 posted on 04/01/2009 7:34:58 AM PDT by steve-b
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To: steve-b

There are rules...


2 posted on 04/01/2009 7:36:32 AM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: Do not invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: steve-b

3 posted on 04/01/2009 7:37:34 AM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: Do not invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: steve-b

4 posted on 04/01/2009 7:38:15 AM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: Do not invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: steve-b

Michelle is perfect all right. A perfect POS who can now sort of like our country.


5 posted on 04/01/2009 7:39:37 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year military veteran of Navy, Air Force, and Army.)
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To: steve-b
$40,000 Hummers - out

$2,000 Tata Nanos - In


6 posted on 04/01/2009 7:39:40 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Communist China is doing more to foster capitalism in their country than our politicians are doing.)
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To: JRios1968

I love the Maureen Dowd rule.


7 posted on 04/01/2009 7:40:02 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: JRios1968

8 posted on 04/01/2009 7:40:38 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (FOBO)
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To: mnehring

OK, where’s the pic?


9 posted on 04/01/2009 7:41:31 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 72 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: OB1kNOb

Death Trap.


10 posted on 04/01/2009 7:41:50 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: steve-b

Simply put...How BIG can the OPPRESSION of FREEDOM get?


11 posted on 04/01/2009 7:42:50 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: OB1kNOb
My legs are too long for that midget car.
12 posted on 04/01/2009 7:43:02 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: mnehring

13 posted on 04/01/2009 7:43:33 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: steve-b

Maureen Dowd and Hummers.....

Nahhhhhh, not gonna touch that one


14 posted on 04/01/2009 7:44:09 AM PDT by misterrob (FUBO----Just say it, Foooooooooooooo Boooooooowwwwww. Smooth)
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To: steve-b
“I thought it was absolutely bizarre,” said Maryann Keller, an independent automotive analyst, adding that “it was aimed at people who didn’t know what to do with the money they had. It was discretionary spending by males who clearly had other cars in their garages.”

Sexist pig. " According to Dayna Hart, manager of Hummer Communications in Detroit, about 40 percent of the buyers of the mid-size H3s are women..."


15 posted on 04/01/2009 7:44:30 AM PDT by Nick Danger (This post is made of 100% recycled electrons)
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To: mnehring
"I love the Maureen Dowd rule."

It's the only reason that I read these threads.

16 posted on 04/01/2009 7:44:48 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: null and void

17 posted on 04/01/2009 7:44:52 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: steve-b; abb

I wait for the days when the Slimes and this pos posing as an oped writer swirl down into the liberal cesspool.


18 posted on 04/01/2009 7:45:02 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: OB1kNOb

Somebody’s been posting a lot of pictures of $2000 Tatas...


19 posted on 04/01/2009 7:46:10 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: Eagles6

20 posted on 04/01/2009 7:46:43 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I don’t really want to know the answer to that question.

this woman is a Dhimmi of the first order


21 posted on 04/01/2009 7:46:43 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: OB1kNOb

“President Obama must nurse us through our affluenza, addressing both our visceral need to be big and our cerebral decision to be leaner — and much, much smarter.”

I can see Modo on her knees playing Madonna in the like a prayer video and Obamachev as Jesus.


22 posted on 04/01/2009 7:47:51 AM PDT by y6162
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To: mnehring
I love the Maureen Dowd rule.

Almost as much as I like the Ann Coulter Rule. Which I now feel obligated to obey.


23 posted on 04/01/2009 7:48:00 AM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: Do not invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

Wait a bit. Doesn’t the Maureen Dowd rule call for pictures of Maureen?


24 posted on 04/01/2009 7:48:58 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 72 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: steve-b
Will Michelle's style in Europe make as big a splash as Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's?

LOL.. yea, but Carla is actually a "good looking" woman.

25 posted on 04/01/2009 7:52:25 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: BikerJoe

I just read about them yesterday, so this was my first post. I admit, it’s certainly pricked my interest if not but to buy one and keep it for emergencies when gas goes to $10 a gallon. I mean, heck, it’s half the cost of a good 4-wheeler. The engine has to be uncomplicated, so that even I could repair it when times get tough. Maybe I could put it in the trunk of my Buick and use it in case of breakdowns. ;-)


26 posted on 04/01/2009 7:52:47 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Communist China is doing more to foster capitalism in their country than our politicians are doing.)
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To: steve-b

Bump


27 posted on 04/01/2009 7:53:41 AM PDT by DFG
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To: y6162

“President Obama must nurse us through our affluenza”

I believe “affluenza” is a Rush invented term.

Is Modo a closet listener?


28 posted on 04/01/2009 7:53:44 AM PDT by y6162
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To: steve-b
Capitalism lives on luxury and excess.

While the socialist spends all his time rationalizing and telling people they have more when they have little or nothing.

This article is a prime example.

You should be happy to have a 500 sq. foot apartment, a small efficient car, crappy health care, a $hitty retirement that keeps you right above starving....... That is paradise for the socialist thinker ultimately.

29 posted on 04/01/2009 7:59:01 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Nick Danger

You know what really killed this country? The feminization of it. And it’s too late to go back. I’m embarrassed of the things I hear from my women friends. Ignorant, ridiculous feelings kind of crap that does nothing but make everyone else feel bad. YES, in their attempt to make everyone feel good, turns out NOBODY feels good. Women, yeesh. (Yes, I’m a woman.)


30 posted on 04/01/2009 8:02:06 AM PDT by Hildy (Dr. King had a dream. Obama has an ELF who has a “plan”.)
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To: Nick Danger

You know what really killed this country? The feminization of it. And it’s too late to go back. I’m embarrassed of the things I hear from my women friends. Ignorant, ridiculous feelings kind of crap that does nothing but make everyone else feel bad. YES, in their attempt to make everyone feel good, turns out NOBODY feels good. Women, yeesh. (Yes, I’m a woman.)


31 posted on 04/01/2009 8:02:09 AM PDT by Hildy (Dr. King had a dream. Obama has an ELF who has a “plan”.)
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To: misterrob

Remember Nina Burleigh..she offered to give Bubba a hummer if he’d keep abortion legal...


32 posted on 04/01/2009 8:02:14 AM PDT by ken5050 (Obama wants a 900% tax on Aspirin. Why, you ask? It's white, and it works...)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

Thank you.


33 posted on 04/01/2009 8:04:18 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: Travis T. OJustice

Thanks Travis, that’s my favorite pic so far.
These Dowd threads are great, I skip the words and go right to the pics.


34 posted on 04/01/2009 8:05:15 AM PDT by LeavingNewYork
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To: steve-b

They’ll have to take my H1 out of my cold dead hands.


35 posted on 04/01/2009 8:05:31 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: steve-b

Now they have gone to far. No more hummers. I was so looking forward to the next one.


36 posted on 04/01/2009 8:07:35 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year military veteran of Navy, Air Force, and Army.)
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To: OB1kNOb

I shouldn’t have responded to YOUR post. The Tatas in your picture weren’t the ones I was referring to...:-)


37 posted on 04/01/2009 8:09:15 AM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: BikerJoe

Oh, those! Those are $20,000. ;-)


38 posted on 04/01/2009 8:12:49 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Communist China is doing more to foster capitalism in their country than our politicians are doing.)
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To: Hildy

Wow, I’m shocked, that is an outstanding post!


39 posted on 04/01/2009 8:14:21 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: y6162

I immediately assumed so, BECAUSE it was RUSH, who yesterday, discussed how Hummers were selling wildly in IRAQ but to be off the market HERE...


40 posted on 04/01/2009 8:15:06 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Conservative and fighting for freedom and liberty....whether you like it or not.)
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To: Piquaboy

March 14, 2010, Steak and a Hummer Day (one month after that damn stupid St. Valentines day.


41 posted on 04/01/2009 8:15:26 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: LeavingNewYork; Eagles6

My pleasure!


42 posted on 04/01/2009 8:16:20 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: GeronL

American’s “reptilian brains”?????? STFU you who represent the “reptiles” of America....the left.....who do you think brought the world PROGRESS???????


43 posted on 04/01/2009 8:18:15 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Conservative and fighting for freedom and liberty....whether you like it or not.)
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To: goodnesswins

She has just bashed Americans for wanting to be better off.


44 posted on 04/01/2009 8:21:40 AM PDT by GeronL (http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: Hildy

You have my utmost admiration and respect for voicing that opinion. - OB1


45 posted on 04/01/2009 8:29:48 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Communist China is doing more to foster capitalism in their country than our politicians are doing.)
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To: OB1kNOb

Tatas are often found in pairs.

46 posted on 04/01/2009 8:34:17 AM PDT by uglybiker (AAAAAAH!!! I'm covered in BEES!)
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To: uglybiker; a fool in paradise
The Eyetalians were first 50 years ago. Fiat 600 Multipla:

(And note that the Indians did it backwards!)

47 posted on 04/01/2009 8:37:35 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Its cute!
And it actually looks like it has a useful payload...


48 posted on 04/01/2009 8:40:12 AM PDT by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: steve-b

Mo, whad'ya mean, no more hummers...

49 posted on 04/01/2009 8:43:26 AM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: Eagles6
It's the only reason that I read these threads.

I read MoDo threads for the articles.

50 posted on 04/01/2009 8:57:09 AM PDT by TurtleUp (Turtle up: cancel optional spending until 2012, and boycott TARP/stimulus companies forever!)
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