Mar 5 Alden commented on Kent Sikh Man to Police: White Man Said "Go Back to Your Own Country" and Shot Me.
@17 Strom Thurmond led the Jim Crow segregationists out of the Democratic Party over 50 years ago. They have been Republicans ever since.
Mar 1 Alden commented on A Review of Trump’s First Address to Congress: A Fruit Loop Necklace of Nonsensical Words.
@12 If Trump actually gets a trillion bucks out of Congress for infrastructure spending, or manages to sign into law health care reform that works better than PP/ACA, or disentangles us from all those stupid wars in the middle east, I won't complain about it. In fact it would shut me right up.

But he won't do any of those things, so I can keep right on bitching, n/p.
Feb 27 Alden commented on Tacos, Standstill Traffic, and Butane: Get Yours on I-5 Before They're Gone.
"the I-5"?

*cough* Californian *cough*
Feb 24 Alden commented on The Week in Weed: Trump Declares War on Pot, Weed Goes Nuclear, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg talk 'Greenery'.
@1 More like you'll see people also on the boards of the private prison industry and related segments of the economy that make a beautiful dollar incarcerating as many Americans as possible.
Feb 23 Alden commented on Hey, Dave Reichert: Look at All of These Town Halls Where No One Is Getting Hurt.
Why would he want to show up for a meeting with people who *did* vote for him, then? He already has their votes. So, its just for the attaboys? Your argument proves too much, Sawant.

I think Reichart is correct in his assessment that showing up to these things would not advantage him. If he wants to stay out of public view for the next couple years, that's his call.
Feb 15 Alden commented on Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part Eight: Rush.
@1 *raises hand*

I did at one point pretend to not like Cheap Trick, though.
Feb 15 Alden commented on Obamacare and Why Socialism Is Good For Business.
And more on topic, @3, countries with more state intervention in health care generally get better health care outcomes for less money. If your priority is to save a few bucks, you should be rooting for single payer.
Feb 15 Alden commented on Obamacare and Why Socialism Is Good For Business.
When I was a kid, Reagan and other conservative sorts would talk argue for free market solutions because rising tides lift all boats. Forty years on, things haven't worked out that way. And they don't make arguments like that any more. We get stuff like @3 "We've got better things to do with our valuable money than spend it on health care for old poor people!". Or you even see them standing up for the dignity of money itself, indignant at the proposition that the market be harnessed to any purpose other than the concentration of capital.

What a world.
Feb 14 Alden commented on Michael Flynn: That Deescalated Quickly, Over And Out, You're Fired, Etc..
So long as he's not replaced with somebody equally demented, this greatly reduces the odds that we'll end up in a stupid war with Iran.

So long as Trump will sign the legislation they put on his desk and appoint the judges the Heritage Foundation tells him to, the GOP Congress will be content to leave Trump alone to clown around with foreign policy and build his hotel empire. There will be no impeachment.
Feb 12 Alden commented on Republican Lawmaker Uses Form E-mail to Blast People Who Send Him Form E-mails.
@15 - Well, forsooth on how people vote.

But its a bit of a shock to see a history of the collapse of the New Deal coalition that does not include a mention of the mid-century civil rights movement.

FDR did nothing about segregation because that was the price southern democrats demanded for their support of the New Deal. Truman didn't continue this arrangement, integrated the military and Strom Thurmond bolted the party in response. That's where the Dixiecrats came from - in 1948. FDR had been dead for 3 years by then.

Eventually, all those ye olde segregationists migrated to the GOP where they (or their ghosts, at least) remain to this day.

This, combined with sustained, systematic attacks on industrial labor unions (the most devastating of which has been the movement of production out of the country to jurisdictions where they're only too happy to shoot stikers dead in the street), is what broke the New Deal coalition.

There will be no recovering FDR's coalition, no matter how polite the city mice are to the country mice. Because the world that gave rise to that coalition is long gone. Farmers are just another type of industrial capitalist now.