or "Entitlements".... a flat as a flitter lie. Social Security was supposed to be an insurance paid for by the participants and paid back to them when they got too old to hold a job, and is the only true gov. program which is an "Entitlement". Now, illegal aliens, new emigrants, and Popeye's obese friend, "Wimpy" qualify as "Entitled". Wimpy was the first American Socialist. His mantra was, "I'll pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today". Wimpy was a poster-boy for Socialism. Half of our citizens are Winpys and the other half are Popeyes. We Popeyes are paying today for Wimpy's yesterday hamburgers. Our Government is $20 trillion deep in borrowed money debt and $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities debt. More than anything else, it was the Roosevelt's New Deal, Kennedy's New Frontier and Johnson's Great Society. Thus far, the "Great Society" war on poverty has spent far more than any other war in history. Our Government has spent $22 Trillion of our tax money and borrowed Social Securtiy funds and borrowed from other nations over the life of the Great Society Program. that's $22 thousand billion, or $22 thousand thousand million, or $22,000,000,000,000. But it has failed. Thank you Theodore, Lyndon, Bill and Barack. Actually, they were not the problem, The real problem is those gullible souls who voted for them. RB
Democrats: Left In The Lurch
The curious decline and uncertain future
of the Democrat Party
When President-elect Donald Trump replaces Barack Obama on January 20, the Democratic Party will find itself more removed from power than at almost any point since the party’s creation.
Scorned by the same voters who once embraced the New Deal, built the Great Society, and put their hope in the nation’s first black president, Democrats are now locked out of power in Washington and out of two-thirds of state legislative chambers across the country.
Simply put, Democrats’ once vaunted coalition of the ascendant — younger, multiethnic, educated, and urban — failed them in 2016, and in 2014 and 2010 before that. That coalition proved to have major handicaps, part demographic and part geographic, that have been hollowing out the party for years.
Democrats may find cold comfort in Hillary Clinton’s nearly 3 million popular vote lead and the fact that more people call themselves “liberal” than ever polled. And they can, and do, fairly protest a system of representative government that allows the government to be so unrepresentative of the popular vote. But it will be up to Democrats to solve their own problem within the current rules.
Source: Carl Klarner, Paul Levande (xenocrypt.github.io), National Conference Of State Legislatures “You can’t say that the Democrats are at their absolute historical nadir because you can’t be at your absolute historical nadir when you win a popular vote majority,” said Tom Schaller, the political scientist and author of the book “Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South.” “But you have a knife’s edge balance between the two parties and the knife is tilted towards one party for various structural reasons.”
Future demographic changes should eventually put Democrats back in the White House, but that will do nothing to solve their problems down ballot and could take more time than they can afford. To win again now, Democrats will have to beat their geographic disadvantage by holding together a diverse coalition that has already shown major signs of crackup.
Countless autopsies will be written of the 2016 election. Most will focus on the strategy and tactics of the Clinton campaign. But to understand how Democrats arrived in this mess to begin with....