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Jonathan Weiler is Director of Undergraduate Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Studies UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Re: “Wrapping up Iowa

Good points, David, although there was an intense battle over Iowa television as well.

Posted by Jonathan Weiler on 01/04/2012 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Specter of "voter fraud" a dismal cover for GOP efforts to disenfranchise

Yes, it's common to bring up JFK in these discussions. However, it's irrelevant to today, since that kind of thing just doesn't happen now. As for the argument that you can't have it both ways - you simply don't get the point. Voter fraud is nearly non-existent. The steps being taken allegedly to prevent it could, on the other hand, prevent significant numbers of people from voting. That's not complicated and it's not contradictory. Finally, yes seniors vote in large numbers. That fact doesn't in any way negate the concern that they will be affected by these laws. By the way, McCain won 51% of the vote among those 65 and older in 2008, not exactly overwhelming, and did less well among less well off seniors, who would be most affected. Finally, your supposition that opponents of anti-fraud efforts would thrown seniors under the bus is based on what, exactly? Any evidence at all? Or just the belief that the other side must be as anti-voting as your side?

Posted by jweiler on 10/14/2011 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Why does the right wing worship Ayn Rand?


Seriously, dude. Reading the actual article helps. Crowther wrote:

"Pundits have been delighted to note that the heroine of the new Republicans was a pacifist who opposed the Vietnam War, a feminist who supported abortion, an adulteress who preached free love, a bohemian who mocked family life and childbearing...Worst of all, for tea-stained Christian Republicans, she was a militant atheist."

Posted by jweiler on 08/18/2011 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The debate about debts and deficits is a fraud

Nobody says the Bush tax cuts account for all of our deficits going forward. But it is a simple, indisputable fact that they make up a large proportion of those deficits. If the folks in Washington who say they care so much about deficits really meant it, there is one simple, enormous step forward they could have already taken - allow those tax cuts to expire, as was supposed to happen last December. As for your claims about social security and Medicare going under in the next ten years, you're just making that up. Social Security will be able to pay all scheduled benefits, with no changes whatsoever for the next 25 years. Medicare's trust fund runs out sooner, but that doesn't mean it will go "under water." Medicaid exists as long as Congress funds it - so there is no magic point at which it goes under water.

Posted by jweiler on 08/02/2011 at 8:13 AM

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