Stories to Watch: 4/15/14.
Republicans are clawing their own eyes out in fake outrage over news that the Obama administration is adjusting census healthcare tracking. “They’[re trying to cover up what a trainwreck Obamacare has become!!!” the right is shrieking with ear-piercing hysteria. Sarah Kliff points out a big, big problem with this argument: “What’s being missed here is that the Obama administration will use the new survey questions to collect data for 2013, the year prior to Obamacare’s health insurance expansion,” she writes. In other words, the Republican Outrage of the Day is the same as what every other Republican Outrage of the Day — carefully packaged horseshit.
If Republicans were really interested in convincing people there is no War on Women, they’d actually wage war on women like Phyllis Schlafly, who inexplicably seems to despise her own gender.
The situation in Ukraine is rapidly deteriorating.
Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho tells an African-American constituent that he’s not “100 percent” sure the Civil Rights Act is constitutional. I’m not 100 percent sure Ted Yoho has a functional frontal lobe.
This one’s sure to generate an avalanche of victim cards: following an antisemitic mass shooting in Kansas, CNN crunches the numbers and finds that rightwing extremists have been more dangerous and deadly post-9/11 than Islamic jihadists. We told you so.
Finally, a few tax day facts from ThinkProgress.
[Cartoon via Truthdig]
. inspiration positive words
wait, he’s republican??? #score
Intuition! inspiration positive words
A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:
"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …" and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, "America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened" by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead "the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."
To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.
Perhaps something many of us already know, now backed by science.