The essential difference between the progressive consciousness and the conservative consciousness in America is that progressives, for the most part, are attempting to build an entirely new United States in which race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religious affiliation, class, relationship status and gender expression are not inherent impediments to access and equality; whereas the conservatives are trying to maintain the status quo—more than maintain it: bring it back to a time when access and equality were ONLY afforded to a select group of monied, white, heterosexual, cisgender, able-bodied, educated, masculine-performing men. In other words, progressives, for the most part, want it to be 2020; and conservatives, for the most part, want it to be 1776.
Is Michigan Tea Party-Backed Education “Reform” the Worst in the Country?
…as with much of the country, we had a huge wave of victories by “tea party” backed candidates in the 2010 election cycle, where anti-government folks consolidated control in the state Senate and took back control of the state House. They started by embracing the new governor’s priority for a business tax cut, giving up to $1.7 billion in tax reductions to business but effectively raising taxes on lower income families and removing about $1 billion in funding from education at all levels. (School operating funding is centralized in Michigan, and is determined each year by the legislature.) Schools now face this dramatically reduced funding level as the “new normal,” and funding for next year does not even keep up with inflation.
Rolling Stone debunks GOP voter fraud myths
Most instances cited by Republicans are clerical errors, shoddy reporting, wildly exaggerated/misrepresented, or not fraud at all.
Don’t show me that one time that one guy did that one thing. Show me the election that was thrown — or was even close to being thrown — by fraud.
Until you can do that, you get to shut up about how essential voter ID and voter roll purges are for America.
Source: Rolling Stone