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  • The schism in U.S. politics begins at home (long article)

    04/08/2004 5:06:01 AM PDT · by Arrowhead1952 · 12 replies · 2,692+ views
    AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | Sunday, April 4, 2004 (In Apr 8 print edition) | By Bill Bishop
    Growing gaps found from county to county in presidential race By Bill Bishop AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Sunday, April 4, 2004 The assumption since the 2000 election has been that the United States is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. Nationally, this is still true. At the local level, however, that 50-50 split disappears. In its place is a country so out of balance, so politically divided, that there is little competition in presidential contests between the parties in most U.S. counties, according to an Austin American-Statesman study of election returns since 1948. American democracy is based on the continuous exchange of...
  • Spending isn't the problem" (Business Week Barf Alert)

    06/07/2003 4:30:31 PM PDT · by litany_of_lies · 6 replies · 171+ views
    Business Week (Subscribers Only) ^ | June 16, 2003 issue | Michael J. Mandel
    <p>For the third straight year, state and local governments across the country are dealing with weak revenues, rising expenses, and the prospect of enormous budget deficits. In some cases, the problem has grown to a staggering size: Texas had to wrestle with a $10 billion deficit, while California is still struggling with a shortfall as large as $29 billion.</p>