SFBG Radio: The right's agenda failed


Today Johnny has a profound revelation at the gym: For 30 years, the right wing in this country has had its way. Almost every part of the right's economic and foreign-policy agenda -- tax cuts for the rich, cuts in welfare, deregulation of financial institutions, dramatic increases in the military budget -- has come to pass. We've seen, and we see today, the results of that agenda. It doesn't work. So why does anyone still take it seriously? Listen after the jump.

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I'll tell you this much, 30 years ago Reagan got a certain segment of the Democratic Party's base, the so-called "Reagan Democrats" or "Hard hat Democrats" to join his camp. Now, I grant you in 1980, it was a landslide for the B-actor who once played second banana to a chimp. Still, in many of those states, it was the Hard hats that helped him gain enough to capture that county and state. Fast forward three decades and the state of the hard hats are much bleaker. One wonders if they knew back then what they knew now, if many of those votes would have gone Ronnie's way.

Let's look at the results:

* loss of manufacturing jobs
* explosion of the national debt
* trade deficits
* retirement systems' stability and viability (both the old pension system and your 401k) called into question.
* inequality gap that makes us look like a banana republic
* poor state of Medicare/Medicaid

I could go on, but just those listed here are major issues that have greatly affected the Hard Hats.

Posted by Johnny Venom on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

No more cold war.
No more 20% mortgages
No more 15% pa inflation
No more unions strangling the nation

The successful have done much better as a result.

The failures have done much worse.

Meaning we're a meritocracy now, not a socialized European nanny state.

Posted by Wally on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

Wally, I seem to have misplaced my cookbook--what's that recipe for "Republican Ass" again?

It is pretty much all you eat.

Posted by guest on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

weak abuse masquerading as rhetorical argument as a concession speech.

So, thank you.

Posted by Wally on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

But you are completely full of shit.

Therefore, logically, one would assume a steady diet of Republican ass.

In 1981, the US was the world's leading creditor nation. By 1989, the largest debtor.

2 years after Reagan's massive tax cuts, unemployment stood at 10.8%, up from 7.7%, 8 quarters earlier. Before 1982, it was inconceivable that there would be armies of homeless people on America's streets, by 1986, all cities were overrun with them.

The CIA has stated emphatically that Soviet military spending did not increase at all in the 80's as a percentage of GNP, driving a rather large hole through the ludicrous argument that Reagan had anything at all to do with the collapse of the USSR. Rather, that nation imploded, as the same CIA had predicted in 1958.

The collapse of America's banks occurred under Reagan and Bush2. Wealth inequality reached a 75 year high under Bush2 as well, leading any aware being to ask the obvious question:

It is a near certainty that Wally is not wealthy. Yet, Wally's deep devotion and worship of the same people whose "trickle down" has not yet and never will reach him is unshakable. Which brings us back to his insatiable appetite for the rich fellow's cornhole--what do you think your allegiance to your oppressor has brought you?

Posted by guest on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

Reagan didn't win the cold war, the USSR collapsed under its own inertia.

Reagan with the help of liberals closed the nut houses, he was saving money and they said that mainstreaming would work. Both were a fail.

And of course, starting in the 60's Europe and Japan began to fully recover from ww2 and were competing with American industry. The USA was making the Vega while Japan was making the Honda Civic. The USA was making rolling boats while European's were making quality high end cars. etc...

As in the case of the USSR, Reagan was around when other nations caught up with our economy.

Posted by meatlock on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

Both of them stated quite clearly one salient point: Every idea the American Right and their think tanks ever dreamed up has been tried in the last 30 years--and all fully funded, too.

None of them have been successful, except at creating a welfare state for the very wealthy and stagnation for the rest of us.

Posted by Paul Patterson on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 7:58 pm


Posted by meatlock on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

The right's agenda is to run the table and they're succeeding because there is no coherent response.

A majority of Americans are not libertarian capitalists, they want a moderated meritocracy where the rich do very well and the poor don't live in squalor at any stage of their lives.

The political and media systems are set up to run the table and that's what is happening.


Posted by marcos on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

I would argue that the right has, indeed, gotten what it wanted even on abortion rights. The real right (the ones in power -- not the ones with tea bags hanging off of their hats) actually wants abortion to be legal. And why do they want this? So that they can use it as a wedge issue at every election. To convince single-issue voters to vote for Republicans (for instance otherwise liberal Catholics who believe abortion to be immoral).

What many people fail to understand is that the Republicans controlled two out of three branches of government for 12 years and three out of three for eight years. If they had really wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade, they could have just passed a law to have done so. But then they would have lost their wedge issue.

Posted by Arturo on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

Would then block that law.

At this point the only way to overturn Roe V Wade would be the amendment process or a group of supremes who would allow it to be overturned. Either case not likely to happen in the near future.

Posted by meatlock on Mar. 02, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

right's agenda fails. left crashes budget in less than three years.

hurray for liberal spending and military cuts. why am i paying twice as much for cigarrettes, yet the gov't can't afford to pay the military? i don't remember this problem when taxes were lower~. but hey. put a guy like obama into office and he can figure it out right? step one, let hillary clinton do what she wants. step two, send all money out of the country, step three, dismantle the military.

can't wait for step four. invite another nation into our political offices to make laws for us (because liberals love~ laws, so long as they don't apply to them)

oh sorry. forgot this was a hug and tickle left wing website... forgive my intrusion.

why do we keep electing morons like clinton, bush, and obama? we're getting steadily worse, and the only thing that's being made clear is that republicans and democrats are all out to destroy our country.

i'm not a left or right wing-ist. i'm a patriot.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 21, 2011 @ 8:26 am

Hey Patriot,

Don't come here looking for sympathy. You'll find it in the dictionary between 'shit' and 'syphilis'. If you're really that miserable why don't you kill yourself? Unless, of course, you're Catholic.

Always there for you,


Posted by Guest h. brown on Mar. 21, 2011 @ 11:56 am

that's a bit harsh. For the record, smoking patriot, we encourage multi-dimensional debate here, and if you read any of the comments you'll hardly find uniform liberal succor.

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Posted by marke on Mar. 21, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

If the Demopublicans and Republicrats are going to outsource good jobs and insource cheap labor, why limit that to just the economy, why not outsource government to where it can be done cheaper, without the burdensome regulations of democracy, and insource cheap government workers from the global south to get rid of those hideous unionized public workers?


Posted by marcos on Mar. 21, 2011 @ 2:52 pm