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2016 Election Analysis - Part 5: The ACA
by Dave Mindeman

The ACA became a major component of the 2016 campaign, both locally and nationally. It was the Republicans favorite thing to bash. To dismiss as unworkable. To pivot to when they got cornered on something else.

But the massive amount of disinformation that has been projected onto this law has been obscene.

Let's start at the beginning. Republicans called the ACA a government takeover of health care. That is incorrect. The Affordable Care Act only provided a marketplace for existing insurance carriers to participate in and made additional mandates that attempted to move this . . .
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2016 Election Analysis - Part 4: The Big Con
by Dave Mindeman

This election was based on a big con.

The economy has been moving upward. Unemployment has been moving down. Corporations are continuing record profits. The stock market is at all time highs.

But some people have not been benefiting and those people are concentrated in the "rust belt" - the areas of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin that have been the victims of the decline of the manufacturing base in America.

Trump convinced them that it was trade policies that moved their jobs to other countries. The government didn't protect them . . .
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2016 Election Analysis - Part 3: The Electoral College
by Dave Mindeman

Because of Hillary's big number in the popular vote, there has been a lot of speculation about ending the electoral college.

That would be a logical conclusion, but I doubt that it will make a difference for Democrats in the long run. That's because I think this will be the last election that Republicans can count on any kind of electoral advantage.

Frankly, they did not have that advantage in this one until the rust belt made the mistaken conclusion that Donald Trump knew how to bring back manufacturing. That same manufacturing that is . . .
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2016 Election Analysis - Part 2: Enough Of The Hand Wringing
by Dave Mindeman

Democrats are hand wringers. It's just a fact. They nit pick and squabble in the primaries. Get uppity about platform minutia - and then start the blame game when the Party loses the election.

With Obama as President, the Democrats still had a vital say in policy for the country. But, the fact is, we have been on a losing streak where it really counts....in the states and in the legislatures.

Republicans have manipulated how we vote, who gets to vote, and in drawing the lines for voting districts. It has been systematic. And . . .
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2016 Election Analysis - Part 1: The Media
by Dave Mindeman

When evaluating this election, one of the first things to look at is the media. The Fourth Estate took a beating this year and frankly, they have not recovered.

The news media is an important part of any democracy. Without a probing and investigative media presence, we become, well, Russia.

But the MSM lost its way this year. Stuck in a corporate necessity of being profitable above all else and the emergence of Trump as the perfect tabloid candidate, they fell into the trap of monetary expediency and hype...losing the essence of their job . . .
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