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Tea Party’s “spending” blindness: How dumb bias is killing Thad Cochran’s hard sell
salon.com ^ | 6/19/14 | Jim Newell

Posted on 06/19/2014 2:58:05 PM PDT by cotton1706

The talk of the town in the bizarre Mississippi GOP Senate primary — which now, for what it’s worth, involves a character named James “Scooby Doo” Warren – is why Thad Cochran’s appeals to seniority and pork and his standing on the appropriations committee aren’t quite appealing enough. Mississippi receives the largest return on tax dollars sent to Washington, of all states, and it’s not unreasonable to suggest, as Cochran has been doing, that without him, procurement of said funds may prove to be more difficult. Especially when he has an opponent, in state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who actively rejects the sort of “spending” that Cochran does on behalf of the state.

“Spending.” It’s a powerful attack word in Republican politics. Washington does too much “spending,” therefore the people in Washington need to be ousted. That’s about all a Tea Party challenger needs to say and all a Tea Party voter needs to hear; further explanation of what this “spending” is need not be explained, because no one is listening.

We here at Salon have been nursing a little theory about why Cochran’s appeals to all the federal cash he brings home haven’t been working over the crowds. We’re afraid it’s more cynical than the Tea Party-preferred explanation that their values, and their virtuous, thrifty natures, prevent them from accepting this dirty money. Or that “crony capitalism” and the Export-Import Bank is really what grinds their gears about Washington. What if it’s just that they don’t think they’re getting any benefit from this money, and that whatever “spending” they’re seeing is just that from welfare bums? The New York Times offers some evidence to back up this theory in its latest dispatch from the state:

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 06/19/2014 2:58:05 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

The liberals can’t seem to believe that the people would want to throw out a democrat-like republican.

But that’s exactly WHY the people want to throw him out.


2 posted on 06/19/2014 2:59:38 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706; WKB; Lil Flower; Din Maker; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; ...

MS Ping

If anyone else wants to take over pinging these, please do. The MS Ping list is on WKB’s home page. I cut and paste it each time. But these articles are coming too fast for me to keep up. Lol


3 posted on 06/19/2014 3:01:47 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: cotton1706

The entire political and media establishment just can’t understand why Cochran’s appeal as the guy who can shovel more money to Mississippi isn’t working. They view it as bizarre. Isn’t it a good thing that the voters of Mississippi aren’t voting to get more government spending shoveled their way? Isn’t this evidence that maybe we can put some people in Washington who will cut spending rather than stick their snouts in the trough too??? Our government and politics is so completely screwed up and rotten that its scary.


4 posted on 06/19/2014 3:02:11 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

“Isn’t this evidence that maybe we can put some people in Washington who will cut spending rather than stick their snouts in the trough too”

Yes.


5 posted on 06/19/2014 3:05:49 PM PDT by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
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To: cotton1706

Future Hall of Famer Farve Fulfills Favors For Felonious Fauna Offender
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3169826/posts

Thad Cochran: I Grew Up Doing ‘All Kinds of Indecent Things with Animals’
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/12/Thad-Cochran-I-Grew-Up-Doing-All-Kinds-Of-Indecent-Things-With-Animals


6 posted on 06/19/2014 3:09:05 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: cotton1706
We’re afraid it’s more cynical than the Tea Party-preferred explanation that their values, and their virtuous, thrifty natures, prevent them from accepting this dirty money. Or that “crony capitalism” and the Export-Import Bank is really what grinds their gears about Washington. What if it’s just that they don’t think they’re getting any benefit from this money, and that whatever “spending” they’re seeing is just that from welfare bums?

In other words, don't listen to what those tea partiers are saying, listen to our made up explanation instead.
7 posted on 06/19/2014 3:12:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cotton1706
Mississippi receives the largest return on tax dollars sent to Washington, of all states...

That's what the liars at the commie rag Salon claim. It's a deliberate falsehood intended to smear one of the most consistently Conservative of all states. I know Mississippi quite well. One of my good friends from college days back in the early 1960s is from the Magnolia State. When I visit him and his family there, I'm impressed with the state's work ethic, distrust of an overreaching federal government, the kindness of the people and the full churches on Sunday morning.

Go Chris go! Go Mississippi go! Don't let the lying Yankee liberals get away with their anti-freedom lies!


8 posted on 06/19/2014 3:15:26 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: cotton1706

If there was no deficit, Salon may have an easier sell. But we all know that the government spends more than it takes in, it doesn’t just redistribute it. People actuall know that one day, the bill will come due.


9 posted on 06/19/2014 3:17:15 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

The local media nearly died laughing when my congressman promised that he wouldn’t bring a lot of pork to the district back in 2010. They were sure he couldn’t win....till he won.

It was really a very simple message. We need to produce our revenue locally and we need to keep it away from Washington so we can decide what to do with it.


10 posted on 06/19/2014 3:18:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cotton1706

“Mississippi receives the largest return on tax dollars sent to Washington, of all states “

I thought that was Alaska....

I thought that was Texas...

I think the Libs always use this out and out LIE as a slam against any Red State...


11 posted on 06/19/2014 3:29:27 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Yes it’s like the state of _____ is 49th in education spending.


12 posted on 06/19/2014 3:36:54 PM PDT by Betty Jane
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To: cotton1706
Mississippi receives the largest return on tax dollars sent to Washington

How much of that is Katrina recovery spending, and the BP Macondo blow-out recovery spending?

-PJ

13 posted on 06/19/2014 3:41:50 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: GraceG
I think the Libs always use this out and out LIE as a slam against any Red State.

Indeed, it's an oft-repeated pernicious lie promulgated by the lefitst lamestream media that Conservatives states are "takers". The reality is that Dixieland and other states of like mind are net producers, paying into the pool of largess doled out to the welfare queens in places like New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, California and elsewhere where bone-headed liberalism flourishes. The map below vividly illustrates the dichotomy between "makers" vs. "takers":

The "Solid South" is back but this time in brave opposition to union scum. States like Mississippi where DemonRATs once dominated have repudiated the leftism of the past. They've now become the vanguard for freedom, liberty and prosperity by embracing Conservatism and Christian principles.

14 posted on 06/19/2014 3:42:05 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: cotton1706

Military buying ships built in Mississippi is not welfare spending you stupid commies.


15 posted on 06/19/2014 3:53:40 PM PDT by The Toll
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To: cripplecreek

Sadly, most of the country does not understand the most fundamental rule of economics: can’t eat your cake and have it too.


16 posted on 06/19/2014 3:56:48 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: re_nortex

I grew up in Chickasaw County which is just south of Tupelo. . There are no finer people than those in MS. When a disaster strikes, they get to work doing what needs to be done without government help. My ancestors came to that area in the mid 1800’s. If anyone needs help, they are there.


17 posted on 06/19/2014 3:59:30 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: MamaB

Its that way all across flyover country.


18 posted on 06/19/2014 4:11:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

They remind me of that muslim kid who could not understand why I would reject the joys of manlove.


19 posted on 06/19/2014 5:05:48 PM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: GraceG

It can always be said that State X gets the largest “return” on tax dollars, but it can also be true that some of it is still wasted money.


20 posted on 06/19/2014 5:07:12 PM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: cotton1706

“The other thing he misses, along with a lot of people who equate “earmarks” with “spending,” is that earmarks are not fresh spending. Earmarking is a means of allocating existing appropriations. Earmarks aren’t a contributor to the national debt.”

This is simply a lie, and a poor one. Earmarks are just as much a contributor to the national debt as anything else is, when the “existing appropriations” are part of a budget in deficit.


21 posted on 06/19/2014 5:10:10 PM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: re_nortex

Um, I don’t know where the map came from but the state of New Mexico has always been a right to work state for as long as I can remember. At least as long as I have been in the workforce here. At least since the ‘70’s.

SS1


22 posted on 06/19/2014 7:56:43 PM PDT by Spitzensparkin1 (Arrest and deport all illegal aliens. Americans demand those jobs back! Hoorah, Arizona!)
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To: Spitzensparkin1
Um, I don’t know where the map came from but the state of New Mexico has always been a right to work state for as long as I can remember.

Um, with minimal effort, anyone can find where an image originated. Simply just hover your pointing device over the graphic and select the implementation-dependent menu item to view the image info which is: http://www.nrtw.org/.

You may also find this article of value from Forbes concerning New Mexico where you'll see that the state is not Right-to-Work.

23 posted on 06/19/2014 8:33:31 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: cotton1706
Mississippi receives the largest return on tax dollars sent to Washington,

Oh geez, not this left wing liberal lie again. Lies, damn lies and statistics. Check their definition of "tax dollars" and exclude a hell of a lot of taxes like Soc Sec and Medicare and then add those payments to the "return".

24 posted on 06/19/2014 8:38:00 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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