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You and I are stupid

Because John Kerry says so:

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A testy U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday blamed clueless voters with short attention spans for the uphill battle beleaguered Democrats are facing against Republicans across the nation.

"We have an electorate that doesn't always pay that much attention to what's going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what's happening," Kerry told reporters after touring the Boston Medical Center yesterday.

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Kerry made the remarks on voters following questions about U.S. Rep Barney Frank's re-election campaign and queries about securing federal funding for the Hub hospital.

"I think a lot of the anger today - while it's appropriate because Washington is broken - is not directed at the right people," said Kerry. "Barney is prepared, as others are, to explain what we're doing. I think when people hear the facts and they see what we're doing, it frankly makes sense."

If only we were as smart as these elitists, all would be well.


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"so people are influenced b... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what's happening"

Hope and change come to mind.

"people are influenced b... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what's happening"

John "Reporting for duty" Kerry complaining that Americans didn't fall for his "For a stronger America" slogan in 2004.

"They gave me a hat," Mr. Kerry says. "I have the hat to this day," - John Kerry lying in the NYT about his non-existent trip to Cambodia.

Yeah, John. We're the ones who are stupid and don't care about the truth. Right...

Change you can believe in? ... (Below threshold)
John:

Change you can believe in? Yes we can? Hope? He's completely correct in 2008 the country fell for a used car salesman with a pocket full of hope and change. Let this be the time when the oceans receed and earth begins to heal..... Jez god please save us from the likes of idiot Kerry (T) Traitor Party.

Thank God, they keep talkin... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Thank God, they keep talking. It's not so much that John F'n Kerry puts his foot in his mouth every time he opens his mouth. It's how he gets his other foot in there with it. And to think, except for a few votes in Ohio, this knothead would have been President. I say, keep talking all you liberals, keep talking.

"We have an electorate t... (Below threshold)
914:

"We have an electorate that doesn't always pay that much attention to what's going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what's happening,"


Does he mean like "I actually voted for the 86 billion, before I voted against it"?

Yeah, I see what you mean lurch. Worked wonders for you.

So go french kis... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

So go french kiss a rattlesnake, Johnny. I'm sure there's more than a few vets who would applaud that move, me among them.

Kinda looks like all us "stupid ones" finally woke up. Enjoy November, pal--you're gonna realize just who is stupid at last.

I want you and all your ilk with your collective noses stuck against the windowpane, asking how did this happen. And I want it there for decades to come.

Hey John! When are you goi... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hey John! When are you going to release ALL of your military records?

Loser. The people are paying attention John. That's what you don't like.

Being a native of MA, I cha... (Below threshold)
J:

Being a native of MA, I challenge you to ask the voters in your area (I assume you are a MA native, also)if they know the three branches of government and what function they perform. Then ask if they understand the corollary between the policies passed by our government and the effect that has on our economy. Go ahead, ask. And don't let your jaw hit the pavement in amazement.

Yep the Dems are desperate ... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Yep the Dems are desperate when they trot out all the losers that ran for President and lost or in Jimmy Carter's case, a one termer, to make comments that have no basis in fact. Is there a special place in hell for these loser? If not there should be. I would not be surprised, if the Dems preform a seance to bring back the opinion of George McGovern.

The irony of course is that... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

The irony of course is that people who vote for Democrats -- all of whom literally are too stupid to think straight -- won't be able even to grasp the irony.

John Kerry: We have an ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

John Kerry: We have an electorate that doesn't always pay that much attention to what's going on,

really? From a Poll released July 15, by Pew

Few Know Roberts is Chief Justice

Fewer than three-in-ten (28%) correctly identified Roberts as the chief justice of the Supreme Court. More than half (53%) do not know, while small percentages choose other options: former Justice Thurgood Marshall (was never chief Justice and died in 1993)(8%), former Justice John Paul Stevens (6%) and Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (4%).

Only about a third of Americans (34%) know that the government's bailout of banks and financial institutions was enacted under the Bush administration. Nearly half (47%) incorrectly say that the Troubled Asset Relief Program - widely known as TARP - was signed into law by President Obama

["We have an electorate tha... (Below threshold)
davidt:

["We have an electorate that doesn't always pay that much attention to what's going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what's happening," Kerry told reporters after touring the Boston Medical Center yesterday.]


A perfect explanation of why Kerry is in office.


I am ashamed that I share a... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

I am ashamed that I share a first name and middle initial with this guy.

And Steve C., when you cite your statistics it might behoove you to consider that the American education system, including college schools of education, are absolutely dominated by liberals. Therefore it is not surprising to see what people, on average, don't know. The point you miss is that knowing these things doesn't mean squat when you've lost your job due to government regulations and interference, something all too common under the liberal Democrats we have had in power. And I'm sure you thought the American people were smart (on average) when Obama got elected.

It's hard for me to take se... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

It's hard for me to take seriously any comment from a man who uses marriage as a financial bailout program as well as behaves in a way to avoid taxes he has helped enact. Sorry John.

Imagine this clown in the W... (Below threshold)
oldpuppymax:

Imagine this clown in the White House for the past 4/6 years!!! Thank you FOREVER, Buckeye state.

If jfk were a "moron", it w... (Below threshold)
xiphos:

If jfk were a "moron", it would be a marked improvement.

No matter how f'en stupid h... (Below threshold)
Roy:

No matter how f'en stupid he thinks the voter are, they were still smart enough not to vote for him.

Sure, John F. Kerry, the o... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Sure, John F. Kerry, the other Kerry as his habit, could have expressed himself more tactfully, but are math departments dominated by liberals?

Those who advocate restoring the temporary Bush tax cuts for the rich,/those who make more than $200,000 a year, are considered non-elitists (because they are the blue dog Democrats or Republicans, while those who want to let them expire are criticized as being elitists, the other Democrats...doesn't make much sense but then when have the GOP ever made much sense?

As Krugman wrote the other day,

"Never mind the war on terror, the party's main concern seems to be the war on arithmetic"

On Thursday, House Republicans released their "Pledge to America," supposedly outlining their policy agenda. In essence, what they say is, "Deficits are a terrible thing. Let's make them much bigger." The document repeatedly condemns federal debt -- 16 times, by my count. But the main substantive policy proposal is to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, which independent estimates say would add about $3.7 trillion to the debt over the next decade -- about $700 billion more than the Obama administration's tax proposals.

Those who answer 2+2 =4, are they considered elitist? while the GOP rationalizes it isn't important.

The late Irving Kristol, one of the intellectual godfathers of modern conservatism, once wrote frankly about why he threw his support behind tax cuts that would worsen the budget deficit: his task, as he saw it, was to create a Republican majority, "so as Kristol said, political effectiveness was the priority, not the accounting deficiencies of government".
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Steve,Go read some... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Steve,

Go read some economic history. Yes tax cuts could theoretically reduce revenues, but historically they actually result in increased revenues because people use their money to create more wealth and end up paying more taxes even if they are paying at a lower rate.

Reagan lowered taxes and federal revenue tripled. GWB cut taxes and federal revenue increased.

If you want to reduce a deficit cut taxes and for God's sake STOP SPENDING! the problem with congress is that when we have increase federal revenues these guys spend it like junkies looking for a fix.

Steve, Stop looking like an imbecile and educate yourself.

This is off topic, but it i... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

This is off topic, but it is a fundamental issue you raise, jim m. Yes lower taxes on the poor and middle class help the economy because those on a lower or middle income put the extra they have in their pocket back into the economy, helping to increase business revenue and correpondingly more jobs. However the rich don't distrubte the extra money proportionally per dollar, to the same extent- This makes sense, if you are already a miliionaire you already can't spend all the money you have, for your goods and services; so having an extra fifty thousand at the end of the year will likely go into bonds or offshore savings, trust funds or gold or something. I could have links for this if you wanted. Here is one, slightly related on total income, I was just reading today.

And, it is a myth that rich, smart entrepreneurs like Ted Turner risk their own money, they risk other people's money.

Still out of context Steve,... (Below threshold)
epador:

Still out of context Steve, You are unable to do better.

"And, it is a myth that ric... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"And, it is a myth that rich, smart entrepreneurs like Ted Turner risk their own money, they risk other people's money."

No it is not a myth. They do at times risk their own money as well as at times risking other folks money. It's called venture capital and the risk is inherent in the venture. You are making your money available for some hotshot to risk in his/her idea. If you don't want to win or don't want to lose you don't invest in risky ventures. You put it in treasuries or money markets or CDs

Steve, were you alive to se... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Steve, were you alive to see the economic growth that took place after the Reagan tax cuts? Or did you just have your head up your rear then too?

DaveD, read the Malcolm Gla... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

DaveD, read the Malcolm Gladwell article`The Sure Thing, How entrepreneurs really succeed', I linked to. He his one of my favorite writers, and if you have ever been involved in a new business venture, particularly a failed one, he makes a lot of sense. Learn from the mistakes of others, you don't have the time or money to make them all yourself.

The economist Scott Shane, in his book "The Illusions of Entrepreneurship," makes a similar argument. Yes, he says, many entrepreneurs take plenty of risks--but those are generally the failed entrepreneurs, not the success stories. The failures violate all kinds of established principles of new-business formation. New-business success is clearly correlated with the size of initial capitalization. But failed entrepreneurs tend to be wildly undercapitalized. The data show that organizing as a corporation is best. But failed entrepreneurs tend to organize as sole proprietorships. Writing a business plan is a must; failed entrepreneurs rarely take that step. Taking over an existing business is always the best bet; failed entrepreneurs prefer to start from scratch. Ninety per cent of the fastest-growing companies in the country sell to other businesses; failed entrepreneurs usually try selling to consumers, and, rather than serving customers that other businesses have missed, they chase the same people as their competitors do....
John F kerry, yes I was but... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

John F kerry, yes I was but it took about three years, and the front man, budget director for trickle down/supply side Reagonomics but rising defecits, David Stockman is singing a totally different tune now, saying it as a different situation.

David Stockman, the Former Reagan Administration budget director lays out a plan for economic recovery by cutting spending, raising taxes, and allowing for years of austerity.

Stockman: There was one or two years, OK, but the theory, if you go back to the 1960s or 70s, was we would have surpluses or balances [during] most of the time in the good years, and then when we needed to stimulate the economy in a downturn we would do that, but we would balance our affairs over time. We didn't do that. We just added and added and added to the debt. Today we...have $9 trillion worth of federal debt,...but we also have two or three years of absolute gridlock in front of us if the Republicans rout the Congress this fall -- which I think they will. Nothing will be done until 2013, which means that, really, we're not going to get a grip on the federal deficit until Fiscal Year 2014. There's three or four trillion more of debt that's baked in the cake. You add local and state debt, which is public debt, [and] we have $16 trillion of debt baked in the cake -- 100% of GDP. We're in a Greek-scale factual circumstance.

John F NOt Kerry, The Stoc... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

John F NOt Kerry, The Stockman link ;the accumulated deficits/debt of 2010 are a lot worse than 1981.

tax cuts could theoretic... (Below threshold)
john:

tax cuts could theoretically reduce revenues, but historically they actually result in increased revenues

Myth.

The Congressional Budget Office, the [Bush] Treasury Department, the Joint Committee on Taxation, the [Bush] White House's Council of Economic Advisers and a former Bush administration economist all say that tax cuts lead to revenues that are lower than they otherwise would have been - even if they spur some economic growth.

www.factcheck.org/taxes/supply-side_spin.html

Kerry: "We have an e... (Below threshold)
john:

Kerry: "We have an electorate that doesn't always pay that much attention to what's going on"

McConnell: "We're all concerned about the fact that the very wealthy and the very poor, the most and least educated, and a majority of minority voters, seem to have more or less stopped paying attention to us."

crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/mcconnell-gop-must-broaden-appeal-or-

Rush: "If you're not outraged right now, you either don't care or are not paying attention"

freedomswings.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/rush-limbaugh-wants-stimulus-bill-to-fail-i-agree/

Beck: "I really truly believe the reason why a lot of Americans aren't paying attention to this is because..."

www.politicususa.com/en/Beck-Obama-Holacaust

If you think Kerry said something new, then you're not paying attention.

"We have an electo... (Below threshold)
"We have an electorate that doesn't always pay that much attention to what's going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what's happening,"
The DNC game plan in a nutshell...
After reading "The Forgotte... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

After reading "The Forgotten Man" by Amity Shlaes, it's pretty clear we're seeing a repeat of history with Obama and crew. All the 'progressives' who were influenced by ideas that sure sounded good but were completely unworkable in reality. One case in point, the agricultural policies that required the government to go after the Schechter brothers' chicken business.

That the folks writing the laws didn't understand how wholesale chicken buying and slaughtering worked didn't matter. After all, people who had done it their whole lives weren't smart enough to understand how important it was that government laws be followed so it be done correctly - and it didn't help matters that the government agents came in and actively started insulting them and their customers to their faces while demonstrating their ignorance of business in general.

But it didn't matter - what mattered was that THEY wrote the law, THEY were in power, and by damn they were going to make the people conform to the laws even if it drove them out of business. And if they went under, it just showed how badly the laws were needed.

The Schechter brothers fought back - taking their case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they won, and dealt a hard blow to the thought that government could manage everything effectively.

I really recommend "The Forgotten Man" - thing reads like a horror novel in spots, as time after time it showed that 'good intentions' did NOT produce good (or even tolerable) results - but that just didn't matter to the people at the top who were running things. THEY were the smart ones - THEY had to keep the stupid people from hurting themselves - and THEY made sure that the 1930s were a decade of misery and stagnation.

And Obama and his crew are playing out the same script that brought us the Great Depression. You can call 'em 'Progressive' if you want - but they haven't learned a damn thing from previous 'Progressive' failures, except that you dare not allow anyone to express dissent from your plans if you can help it.

Good call JLawson. I don't ... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Good call JLawson. I don't think Crick reads anything he can't copy and paste out of context though.

It seems to me that the por... (Below threshold)
John:

It seems to me that the portion of the public that is paying attention now, aren't too pleased with what's going on. I think that's really the problem, Kerry should be complaining that too many people are paying attention. Oh and I suspect those are the people that will actually turn of Entertainment Tonight and go vote.

Steve Crickmore, do you sup... (Below threshold)
Speller:

Steve Crickmore, do you support raising taxes on gasoline so that people will buy and burn less gasoline?

Why is it that Leftists always understand that raising taxes on a particular activity they don't like suppresses that activity but then pretend that taxes don't act as a suppressor when applied elsewhere?

Hey john, it's not that we ... (Below threshold)
John:

Hey john, it's not that we think Kerry said something new, the problem for him is it's that he thinks that's why people aren't in love with the way the dems have been running the country. No doubt we live in a country that more people can tell you names of all the boy band members but don't know who the cheif justice is, that doesn't mean that John Kerry (T) and his clown posse haven't screwed the pouch. And I will assert again that his problem isn't the people watching The Daily Report for their news, it's the people that ARE actually paying attention.

Speller we need a balance, ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Speller we need a balance, revenue increase and less government spending to lower the deficit. Stockman was Reagan's budget director and he said based on his experience, it was impossible even under Reagan to get less government spending. Borrow and spend policies, as opposed to tax are spend policies are just future taxes deferred. Unfortunately we are spending a greater percentage of our reveune just on the interest to the national debt.




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