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Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day

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  • If the public votes in a new Congress that rejects the idea of helping to create demand in the economy because they think it didn't work, then the new Congress could do things that cause a depression.
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  • Five Things People "Know"
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  • People Are Allergic to the Facts
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Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

There are a number things the public "knows" as we head into the election that are just false. If people elect leaders based on false information, the things those leaders do in office will not be what the public expects or needs.

Here are eight of the biggest myths that are out there:

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1) President Obama tripled the deficit.
Reality: Bush's last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama's first budget reduced that to $1.29 trillion.

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Five Things People "Know", Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future
The things that people "know" are very different from the "reality-based" things those of us reading a blog like this know, and those things seem to always, always serve the corporate right.

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People Are Allergic to the Facts, Tom Jacobs, Miller-McCune.com / AlterNet

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  • New research finds we trust experts who agree with our own opinions, suggesting that subjective feelings override scientific information.
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  • Insanity Is Deja Vu All Over Again
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  • Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
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Updated Special Report | 2010 Mid-term Election Guide

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  • Walk away from the Democratic Party and back progressive, third party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves. -- Chris Hedges
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  • 2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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David Horsey

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Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day, Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future

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  • If the public votes in a new Congress that rejects the idea of helping to create demand in the economy because they think it didn't work, then the new Congress could do things that cause a depression.
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  • This stuff really matters.
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  • Five Things People "Know"
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  • People Are Allergic to the Facts
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Duty to Warn: Lessons from History to Guide AntiFascist Voters, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

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  • What Can Happen if We the People Let Down our Guard and Vote for Our Future Oppressors
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  • Excerpts, without comment, from Milton Mayer’s “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45”
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  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America
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Duty to Warn: Don't Vote for Your Future Oppressors, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest

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  • Who should freedom-loving people vote for?
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  • Advice for citizens who still have hope for America
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Advancing the Progressive Agenda in November: Don’t Vote Dem! David W. Culver, Evergreene Digest
Walk away from the Democratic Party and back progressive, third party candidates until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

The left has lost its nerve and its direction, Chris Hedges, Philadelphia Inquirer | PA
If the left wants to regain influence in the nation's political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party, even if Barack Obama is the (president), and back progressive, third-party (officials) until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we become slaves.

U.S. Midterms: Political Freak Show, Cliff Schecter, Huffington Post
I'm you, dear readers. Well, actually, I'm not. But I'm also not a witch, so at least I've got that going for me.

Ignorance as Authenticity, Joe Klein, Swampland

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  • There is something profoundly diseased about a society that idolizes its ignoramuses and disdains its experts.
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  • People Are Allergic to the Facts
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Empire of Illusion, Jeff Dietrich, The Catholic Agitator

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  • It's all about spectacle and debauchery. People are so disconnected from reality that they don't know how to read what is happening--they cannot grasp that the walls are tumbling down--and so they retreat into absurdities. This is the disease gripping American society today.
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  • Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
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  • Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline
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Lessons of the Obama Debacle, Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus

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  • The failure of progressives (is) to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis.
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  • Our side has been derailed (but) ... we can fight back to political relevance.
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Anti-tax fervor undermines the common good, Neal Peirce, Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA

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  • Facing yawning deficits, many years of tough sacrifice and reckoning lie ahead of us. But to use that as an excuse to eviscerate government functions left and right, or push down taxes just when government needs them to remain solvent, represents a strange kind of patriotism.
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  • The Myths of Austerity
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  • Hey Tea Party-Republicans: The Founders Are Not Your Guy
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2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun.org<>
What the Democrats Could Have Done
Scaring Us To The Polls

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The Truth About Civil Servants

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  • The shiftless paperpusher fattened on your tax dollars doesn’t really exist.
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  • By the Numbers, Public Workers Defy Anti-Government Stereotypes
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Michelle Chen, In These Times

Want to get a disgruntled worker really mad? Just point to his arch enemy: the civil servant. You know, the shiftless paper-pusher fattened on our tax dollars.

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This might sound harsh to those of us who still think the government has some useful functions. But bashing the government and its workers has become a favorite pastime for conservatives like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has argued that public employees enjoy undeservedly lavish compensation while their private-sector counterparts grapple with shrinking paychecks. Why should struggling families’ tax dollars finance the bloated wages of bureaucrats?

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By the Numbers, Public Workers Defy Anti-Government Stereotypes, Michelle Chen, Common Dreams
Reactionary politics have perverted the concept of "shared sacrifice" into a standoff between the public and private economic realms. But drawing this artificial divide keeps workers from finding common ground in challenging corporate power from the bottom up.

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Taking the Public Out of Public TV

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  • PBS fare differs little from commercial TV
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  • There is precious little "public" left in "public television."
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  • Choking on Its Contrived Objectivity, the Media Refuses to Take a Stand on Sanity
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  • Tell PBS: Bring Back Now!
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Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

A multi-part FAIR exposé of PBS's most prominent news and public affairs programs demonstrates that public television is failing to live up to its mission to provide an alternative to commercial television, to give voice to those "who would otherwise go unheard" and help viewers to "see America whole, in all its diversity," in the words of public TV's founding document.

In a special November issue of studies and analyses of PBS's major public affairs shows, FAIR's magazine Extra! shows that "public television" features guestlists strongly dominated by white, male and elite sources, who are far more likely to represent corporations and war makers than environmentalists or peace advocates. And both funding and ownership of these shows is increasingly corporate, further eroding the distinction between "public" and corporate television. There is precious little "public" left in "public television."

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Choking on Its Contrived Objectivity, the Media Refuses to Take a Stand on Sanity, Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

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  • We finally found out the real problem with the mainstream media: They're agnostic on sanity.
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  • The fundamental unreliability of America's media
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  • Being 'Objective' Is Killing Newspapers, But We'll Be Much Worse Off When They Go Out of Business
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  • Washington Post Will Doggedly Pursue Both Sides Of 'Should Gay Teenagers Commit Suicide?' Debate
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  • NPR Finds Right-Wing Crank to Spit on Zinn's Grave
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Tell PBS: Bring Back Now! Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
Need to Know fails to live up to PBS mission

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6 months after oil spill, much remains unknown

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  • It could be years before the spill's true effects are understood.
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  • Watch Crude Justice and hold BP accountable
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  • The Gulf Between Us
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Brian Skoloff and Harry R. Weber, Associated Press/Seacostonline.com

The crude has stopped gushing and coastlines are largely clear of the thick goo that washed ashore for months, but the impact of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history will no doubt linger for years.

Six months after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the environment and economy of the entire northern Gulf of Mexico region remain in a state of uncertainty, with overturned livelihoods, out-of-work fishermen, reluctant tourists, widespread emotional anguish and untold damage to the sea and its shores.

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Watch Crude Justice and hold BP accountable, Ed Begley, Jr., Alliance for Justice

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  • I am honored to serve as the narrator for this important film and I hope that you will join me and get involved by signing the petition,  watching Crude Justice online, or volunteering to organize a screening of the film in your city. The people we interviewed asked us to carry a message back to the rest of the country that they don’t want to be forgotten. Help us make sure that message is heard.
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  • Experts question BP's take on Gulf oil spill
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  • BP and Administration: Lies, Deceit, and Coverup in the Gulf
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The Gulf Between Us, Terry Tempest Williams, Orion Magazine

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  • Stories of terror and beauty from the world's largest accidental offshore oil disaster
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  • 6 months after oil spill, much remains unknown
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Choking on Its Contrived Objectivity, the Media Refuses to Take a Stand on Sanity

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  • We finally found out the real problem with the mainstream media: They're agnostic on sanity.
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  • The fundamental unreliability of America's media
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  • Being 'Objective' Is Killing Newspapers, But We'll Be Much Worse Off When They Go Out of Business
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  • Washington Post Will Doggedly Pursue Both Sides Of 'Should Gay Teenagers Commit Suicide?' Debate
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  • NPR Finds Right-Wing Crank to Spit on Zinn's Grave
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Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

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Pat Bagley

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We finally found out the real problem with the mainstream media: They're agnostic on sanity.

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That's the only conclusion that can be drawn from the refusal of mainstream-media organizations to allow their employees to attend Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity on Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C. That's right, in a showdown between nonpartisan sanity and partisan madness, the traditional media have boldly decided to... not take a stand.

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It started with Ellen Weiss, NPR's Senior Vice President for News, sending a memo <>to NPR employees forbidding them from attending the rally. The policy was clarified in a NPR blog post by Dana Davis Rehm. "Their rallies will be perceived as political by many, whatever we think," she wrote.

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The fundamental unreliability of America's media, Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com
"Political reporting" means "royal court gossip."

Being 'Objective' Is Killing Newspapers, But We'll Be Much Worse Off When They Go Out of Business, Chris Hedges, TruthDig

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  • The creed of objectivity and balance, formulated at the beginning of the 19th century by newspaper owners to generate greater profits from advertisers, disarms and cripples the press.
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  • “The very notion that on any given story all you have to do is report what both sides say and you’ve done a fine job of objective journalism debilitates the press,” the late columnist Molly Ivins once wrote.
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Washington Post Will Doggedly Pursue Both Sides Of 'Should Gay Teenagers Commit Suicide?' Debate, Jason Linkins, Huffington Post

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  • You did know that there are two completely rational sides to the debate over teens committing suicide because of homophobic bullying, didn't you?
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  • Special Report | Making Schools Safer for Gay Students
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NPR Finds Right-Wing Crank to Spit on Zinn's Grave, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
David Horowitz in All Things Considered obituary with substance-free attack

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Ignorance as Authenticity

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  • There is something profoundly diseased about a society that idolizes its ignoramuses and disdains its experts.
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  • People are allergic to the facts
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Joe Klein, Swampland

I was struck by this comment by a voter in today's (Oct 14) New York Times account of last night's U.S. Senate debate in Delaware:

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While Mr. Coons had broader range on issues and current events, he sometimes seemed mean-spirited. When Ms. O'Donnell asked whether a company he was connected to would benefit from the clean energy bill, he scoffed, “It was difficult for me to understand from her question what she was talking about.”

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That could just serve to reinforce Ms. O'Donnell's image, which has had deep resonance this election season — that of an ordinary person trying to bring common sense to Washington.

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That appealed to Alexandra Gawel, 23, a sociology major at the university who has worked her way through college as a waitress.

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“She is someone I can relate to,” Ms. Gawel said, outside the debate hall in the late afternoon. “She's not had everything handed to her.”

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This is a classic American myth, perpetrated by Hollywood, starting with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington--and it's a lovely fantasy.

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Joke Line is Making Sense, BooMan, Booman Tribune

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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I guess Joe Klein agrees with me that the single most harmful thing a politician has done to our country since the invasion of Iraq was John McCain's decision to put Sarah Palin on the ticket. The Stupid has metastasized, and we're in for a world of hurt. We could do okay by replacing our 100 senators with 100 well-educated civilly-minded people off the street. But that's not what the Republican Party is offering. They're offering a slate of kooks, cranks, and crooks. Some are exceedingly stupid. Some of them are ridiculously ideological. Some are petty criminals. Some are all three. We aren't just celebrating ignorance. We're celebrating aggressive stupidity and a climate of lawlessness.

People Are Allergic to the Facts, Tom Jacobs, Miller-McCune.com/AlterNet

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  • New research finds we trust experts who agree with our own opinions, suggesting that subjective feelings override scientific information.
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  • Insanity Is Deja Vu All Over Again
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  • Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
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