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If Barack Obama had run for the Presidency against Richard Nixon, Richard Nixon would have been the Democrat. It was Nixon who first created the Environmental Protection Agency, but after the Deep Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, it was the Obama administration using oil company estimates for the size of the spill, while silencing the EPA.

In 2008, John McCain advocated for a federal hiring freeze and expanded oil drilling on federal lands. Yes, yes, "drill baby, drill!" was their mantra. The Democrat Obama was quick to differentiate himself from the greedy and environmentally reckless Republicans. Obama supported "green energy" which turned out to mean Nuclear energy, just like John McCain. The Obama administration supports real green energy in twelve month increments, while supporting big oil in perpetuity. Going McCain even one better, Obama proposed cutting lease rates on Federal lands to stimulate domestic production, assisting the most profitable corporations on the planet. Obama instituted John McCain's federal hiring freeze in the worst economy in seventy years. At a time when the economy needed more jobs, the President chose the Republican answer and cut them.

A National Propaganda Radio reports, a deadlocked Congress is preparing for their annual summer recess. "But there is no threat of a government shutdown this time!" Those crazy Conservatives and those damn Liberals, those Unicorns and passenger pigeons of our discontent. Hulk Hogan wrasslin with Randy Savage for a big gold belt, which won't even hold your pants up.

Time marches on wearing combat boots, the war goes on forever as the defense department announces a new plan to fight and defeat ISIS. Is that Liberal or Conservative? Conservatives favor a strong national defense, but condemn budget deficits, unless they create them. Democrats favor domestic spending to improve the lot of the working people, only Barack Obama has been the most anti-labor President, since Herbert Hoover. John Kennedy raised the minimum wage twice in three years; Barack Obama has raised the minimum wage once in six, after Republicans held its head under water for a decade. In real terms, both parties favor of the destruction the minimum wage.

In 2003, the Congress passed George Bush's Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement & Modernization Act. Passed into law by both houses of Congress it offered a tangible benefit, for some seniors. At the same time, it locked in drug pricing, making it extraordinarily expensive. It was Conservative, wasteful spending and an added entitlement. But when your political philosophy says big government programs don't work, there's nothing to stop you from creating a big government program which doesn't work. It's was a blue plate special, corporate give away, payola on the half-shell, with tax cuts on the side.

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