Republicans and Socialism

So many political links, so little time. I do think I should scale these back, and focus on what I can say that nobody else is saying. On the other hand, there are so many crazies in the land, so many who are clueless about the world and their own craziness, and so many others who are unaware of what’s going on.

I have substantial links to comments by Connie Willis and Andrew Sullivan, but they will have to wait.


NY Times, Gail Collins, 5 Oct 2022: Whoops! Behold the Republican Trove of Truly Terrible Candidates.

About Walker, Bolduc, Masters.


Washington Post, Dana Milbank, 7 Oct 2022: Opinion | Think you already know crazy? Meet the House GOP Class of ’22.

About Oz, Mastriano, Walker.


Joe.My.God, 7 Oct 2022: Fox Host: College Isn’t Fun Anymore, Students Are Ugly

Yet another version of the perennial “kids these days.”


CNN, 7 Oct 2022: Republicans called Biden’s infrastructure program ‘socialism.’ Then they asked for money.

Aggregate site Joe.My.God headlines this Dozens Of Republican Reps Beg Buttigieg For Slice Of The Infrastructure Funding That They All Voted Against


The Daily Beast, 7 Oct 2022: Biden Calls Out ‘Socialist Republicans’ Now Begging for Money From Program They Voted Down

Aggregate site Joe.My.God headlines this Biden Trolls “Socialist” GOP For Infrastructure Begs


Comment: I’ve long noticed that conservatives/Republicans decry “socialism” yet are the first to ask for disaster relief money and for controls to the economy, whenever inflation or gas prices get out of hand. Do they expect the government to control the economy? Apparently they do, because conservatives will quickly blame Biden for high gas prices, even though they are almost completely out of his control. Do they want price controls? That’s been tried, and it didn’t work. What they want, it seems, is whatever flavor of socialism that benefits them personally, yet doesn’t advantage people they don’t like.


About gas prices.

Salon, 6 Oct 2022: OPEC’s October Surprise: Higher gas prices a boon to Putin, the Saudis — and Republicans, subtitled “Who benefits from higher oil prices and a new spike in inflation? Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy, for starters”

Somehow authoritarian regimes around the world favor Republicans. Why would that be?

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