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Tea Party: Bad for Business
I have been listening to the new KMJ 580AM to see what's changed since they lost all those national talk shows, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the others. The biggest difference I heard was ads for national products are way down and nearly every ad I heard was not only for local businesses, but for businesses who make it a point to be Republican and tout conservative values in the commercial itself.
If I have a choice, I would rather spend my money at a place of business that reflects my political affiliation. Businesses who advertise on KMJ seem to have the same philosophy. But, the only problem with doing business with only Democrats or Republicans is that you reduce your customer base by perhaps 50% or more, locking in potential failure.
In February 2012 Dan Walters of The Sacramento Bee wrote a column titled:
GOP may want to rethink it's message
It's still on my refrigerator. Bullet points were:
- GOP voter registration in California losing three percentage points in just the last four years and now trailing Democrats by a whopping 13 points.
- Meg Whitman's loss to Jerry Brown, despite outspending him by tens of millions of dollars.
- Redistricting stole a whole bunch of gerrymandered districts from Republicans and made them equally divided between registered Dem and Rep voters.
- Voters decided to make CA budgets approved by a simple majority instead of the two-thirds making the Republican minority even more powerless.
"Were California Republicans a biological genus rather than a political one, they could demand special protection under laws protecting endangered species..." - Dan Walters Fresno Bee 24FEB12
The Central San Joaquin Valley being an exception to that shrinking conservative political power.
After the Fiscal Cliff agreement between the Republicans and Democrats yesterday the stock market shot up 300 points. The NYT: "Wall Street responds to deal with big gains"
But I heard the commentators on KMJ and other right-wing talk shows poo-pooing the rise in the markets. Delayed Xmas bump they said. Not restraint and uncertainty being removed. Yet, uncertainty was what they whined about all last year. Uncertainty caused by them blocking everything and anything Obama wanted. Blinded by hate and serving an inflexible tired old dogma is insurance of political failure. Even Hurricane Sandy Relief of a mere 60 billion shot down by the Libertarian faction of the party because any spending by the government is too much.
Staunch conservatives, Rep. Peter King and Governor Christie both openly angered by this Tea Party controlled Congress, complained about their refusal to give Hurricane Relief when their constituents are devastated and cry out for federal funds to rebuild. These two insiders know that it’s a lie to say the Federal Government is bankrupt. The USA is the greatest, most wealthy corporation on the face of the earth. Truth is all our financial woes are relatively easily solved and there are indeed funds available for hurricane relief.
Rep King: "These people have no problem finding New York, the Republicans, when they're trying to raise money, they raise millions of dollars in NYC and New Jersey. They send Gov. Christie around the country to raise money for them and I'm saying anyone who gives one penny to the Republican campaign committee should have their head examined. I wouldn't give them one penny based on what they did last night."
"There's only one group to blame for the suffering of these innocent victims: The House Majority and Speaker John Boehner. New York deserves better than the selfishness we saw last night." - Gov. Christie
Some of my liberal friends wonder why I listen to KMJ and Fox News. It's because I want to know what their arguments are because it’s those arguments in the marketplace of ideas that will determine our future. If one side or the other is flawed on a particular issue it will eventually come out and the American people will make the right decision.
It is my opinion that selfish, cold-hearted Libertarianism is bad for our country. Not only are we less safe because of all the guns but we are also less prosperous because they are willing stall the economy just to keep Obama from looking good.