How Republicans talk about the economy

In a sign of how long I keep tabs open in my browser, this article about How Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street is from 12/1/11. Frank Luntz, a Republican operative partly for responsible for the success of GOP messaging over the last several years, had a session at a Republican Governors Association meeting and gave a list of 10 dos and don’ts on how to talk about Occupy Wall Street.

6. Don’t ever say you’re willing to ‘compromise.’

“If you talk about ‘compromise,’ they’ll say you’re selling out. Your side doesn’t want you to ‘compromise.’ What you use in that to replace it with is ‘cooperation.’ It means the same thing. But cooperation means you stick to your principles but still get the job done. Compromise says that you’re selling out those principles.”

How Republicans talk about the economy

NPR cements liberal bias by asking GOP to back up claims

Republicans in the Senate are refusing to extend a payroll tax holiday that would be paid for with a small surcharge on incomes over $1 million. Their excuse is that it will hurt job creators. NPR asked to speak to some of these job creators who would stop hiring if their marginal income tax rate was raised.

NPR cements liberal bias by asking GOP to back up claims

OK House of Reps Says ‘Not So Fast, Flaming Lips!’

A couple months ago I passed along news that the Oklahoma Senate had heeded the wishes of 21K internet voters and made The Flaming Lips song ‘Do You Realize?’ the official state rock song. Unfortunately, the Oklahoma House of Representatives rejected the measure because of a band member’s wardrobe choice. In the end, it all worked out because the Governor overrode the House of Reps and used an executive order to give ‘Do You Realize?’ it’s rightful place among Oklahoma Rock Song Officialness.

OK House of Reps Says ‘Not So Fast, Flaming Lips!’

Why Do Charities Spend So Much Soliciting Donations?

I don’t donate a lot of money, but I try to always donate more this year than last year. One thing I’m wondering is when will non-profits will start realizing that I don’t respond to the fancy-dancy ask letters they send a couple of times per quarter. Actually, I’m pretty sure that most people my age don’t respond to those letters. I’ll give when I’m damn well ready to give, and no magnet set/holiday cards/mailing labels bullshit is going to get me to give a moment sooner. In fact, all you do is make me feel guilty when I put you right into the trash without reading you.

I understand, you have to spend money to make money. But you can’t keep spending money the way it’s always worked when there are new options on the table. This reminds me of one difference in Republican and Democrat fundraising. The Democratic fundraising crushed Republican fund raising this cycle and one cause was the HUGE advantage Democrats had in online fundraising. This, while Republicans still depended primarily on direct mail fundraising. I think the disparity in expenses is something like 30%-60% for direct mail to practically zero for online, further expanding the fundraising lead.

Non-profits should step up their game and start focusing their fundraising operations online. This will allow them to to optimize their fundraising to the people who are going to be giving more as opposed to those that are, you know, dying.

Why Do Charities Spend So Much Soliciting Donations?

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference

After the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, I didn’t quite know what to do to help myself take it all in. I found a message board called ‘Win it For’ that was started at some point before the World Series and was filled with stories from people who wanted the Red Sox to win the World Series for someone or other. I spent about 5 hours, reading it straight through, the morning after the World Series and it was the best way I could have celebrated the Red Sox winning.

On November 4, when Barack Obama was announced the winner of the 2008 Presidential Election I was searching for a similar sort of catharsis. Not so much because of Obama winning (which was nice) but because the election had been building as an event for almost 3 years ‘ from the speculation of who would run, to the announcements, to the campaigns, to the primaries, to the general, and finally, November 4th came and went. I thought maybe I’ll collect a few thoughts from friends, or collect all the Facebook status messages, or collect a few links that helped tell the story. As I thought about it, I decided I wouldn’t be able to do what I wanted without going overboard. And I won’t lie, despite my attempts at making this document impartial, there’s no way it could have been. And though I’ve tried to make its focus 11/4, Election Day, there were certain events from the campaign that creeped in.

I wanted to create something to look at a couple years from now to remember the election and hopefully present a good representation of what both sides of America were feeling on that day as evidenced by the response in the press and on the blogs. I didn’t capture everything, though I’ve certainly tried. I want to consume all of this information, have it put on a microchip in my brain. Until that’s possible, I just read a lot. I don’t know how many of these links will work in a year or 5 years, (when this doc might be helpful to show younger people who may not have ever remembered having a president who isn’t black), but here’s what I’ve got. At the bottom is a list of all the sites I used and the domains that helped.

This is a LONG post, when you get bored, bookmark it so you can come back later. There are several different sections. If you want to skip around, you can use the Contents Section below.

Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together ‘ the sources.

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Via

(The original post, with everything on one page was too long to load. Hopefully this will fix that.)

And now, finally, I can have my life back, not having to worry about politics every second of every day.

(Many, many thanks to the following websites for making the above possible. Seriously. Via Wonkette, Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish, Apelad, Soldier’s Home, Rob Pitingolo, Wired, Mark Cuban, SF Weekly, The New Republic, Change.gov, The Corner, Culture11, Daily Kos, Callie Shell, Dooce, Ed Cone, ESPN, Gawker, Gothamist, Wicked Local, Jezebel, Kottke, Nicholas Kristof, Paul Krugman, Marc Ambinder, Marketplace, Media Matters, Miami Herald, MyWay.com, The National Review, Google News, Yahoo News, New York Magazine, Obama 2008 Headlines, Opinionator Blog, Perez Hiltion, Political Ticker Blog, Politico, Ross Douthat, Salon, Slate, The Stranger, Der Souegel, Swamland Blog, Talking Points Memo, The Board Blog, Think Progress, Tucson Citizen, Z on TV, The Wall Street Journal, Michelle Malkin, Curt Schilling, AfterEllen, The American Conservative, Baloon Juice, Barry Eisler, Baseball Musings, BeyondChron, The Boston Globe, The Big Picture (Boston Globe), Brand Week, Chris Piascik’s Blogzilla, CNN, Controlled Greed, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas News, Digby, D Magazine, EbonyJet, The Economist, Bill Whittle, Wikipedia, Atrios, Chicago News Examiner, FiveThirtyEight.com, FOX News, GQ, The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Mother Jones, msnbc.com, National Journal, Saturday Night Live, Newseum.com, Newspaper Index, Newsweek, The New Yorker, New York Daily News, The New York Post, The New York Times, Patrick Mosberg, Bill Moyers Journal, Playboy, Pollster.com, Portfolio, The American Prospect, Real Clear Politics, Reason, RedState, Republicans for Obama, The Big Picture (Barry Ritholtz), Rolling Stone, Glenn Greenwald, Salon War Room, sarahpalin.com, Hello Everybody, Steven Johnson, The Daily Beast, The Next Right, The Onion, The Root, Time, Tiny Revolution, USA Today, Washington Monthly, The Washington Post, YouTube, Zefrank)

Comprehensive Election Reactions Round Up – A Reference – Via