Mass Fiscal Alliance, Bill Maher & Low info voters

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Mass Fiscal Alliance, Bill Maher & Low info voters

Hazel: Is cowslip com­ing? Maybe he knows.

Fiver: He wouldn’t come. He told me to stop talk­ing about it

Richard Adams Water­ship Down 1978

You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the pres­ence of all Israel, and with the sun look­ing down.’

2 Samuel 12:12

At their new loca­tion of Barber’s Cross­ing the Twin City Tea Party, Paul Craney Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Mass fis­cal alliance came and spoke about their check­list of votes.

Their voter guide mailer which went out to hun­dreds of thou­sands of homes in the state scores the entire 200 mem­ber House and Sen­ate of Mass­a­chu­setts on fis­cal issues (noth­ing social, noth­ing 2nd Amend­ment noth­ing else.) and a fur­ther 20+ votes on their site, their mis­sion? To inform vot­ers of how fis­cally respon­si­ble your rep­re­sen­ta­tive is with your money.

Mr. Craney talked about the response to the mail­ing and how his orga­ni­za­tion has been attacked as a PAC (they’re not one) accused of legal vio­la­tions (with­out evi­dence) and accused of not being trans­par­ent in their donor lists by the very leg­is­la­tors who have voted to keep com­mit­tee votes private.

I found the argu­ment Ironic, leg­is­la­tors demand­ing a trans­par­ent donor list to intim­i­date peo­ple exer­cis­ing con­sti­tu­tional rights while avoid­ing trans­parency to the peo­ple their employ­ers who they beg every two years for their job.

It the same premise behind Bill Maher rejec­tion of Powerline’s John Hin­der­racker for an event when his con­di­tion for appear­ing was a copy of the video to keep them hon­est:

I found this episode reveal­ing. Guys like Bill Maher are essen­tially bul­lies. They inter­act with con­ser­v­a­tives for one pur­pose only: to make them look bad, and serve as foils for their left­ism. The last thing they want is a real debate on a level play­ing field. The mere threat of being kept hon­est by not being the only pos­ses­sor and edi­tor of the video is enough to send them scur­ry­ing in a “dif­fer­ent direction.”

That is the essen­tial illus­tra­tion of what it means to base your power on low info vot­ers. One doesn’t dare allow the truth to be seen for fear of wak­ing the sleep­ing voter or shat­ter­ing a com­fort­able illu­sion.

The prob­lem is while you might not see or acknowl­edge these illu­sions, you cer­tainly pay for them.

Hazel:  Is cowslip coming?  Maybe he knows.

Fiver:  He wouldn’t  come.  He told me to stop talking about it

Richard Adams Watership Down 1978

You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.’

2 Samuel 12:12

At their new location of Barber’s Crossing the Twin City Tea Party, Paul Craney Executive Director of the Mass fiscal alliance came and spoke about their checklist of votes.

Their voter guide mailer which went out to hundreds of thousands of homes in the state scores the entire 200 member House and Senate of Massachusetts on fiscal issues (nothing social, nothing 2nd Amendment nothing else.) and a further 20+ votes on their site, their mission? To inform voters of how fiscally responsible your representative is with your money.

Mr. Craney talked about the response to the mailing and how his organization has been attacked as a PAC (they’re not one) accused of legal violations (without evidence) and accused of not being transparent in their donor lists by the very legislators who have voted to keep committee votes private.

I found the argument Ironic, legislators demanding a transparent donor list to intimidate people exercising constitutional rights while avoiding transparency to the people their employers who they beg every two years for their job.

It the same premise behind Bill Maher rejection of Powerline’s John Hinderracker for an event when his condition for appearing was a copy of the video to keep them honest:

I found this episode revealing. Guys like Bill Maher are essentially bullies. They interact with conservatives for one purpose only: to make them look bad, and serve as foils for their leftism. The last thing they want is a real debate on a level playing field. The mere threat of being kept honest by not being the only possessor and editor of the video is enough to send them scurrying in a “different direction.”

That is the essential illustration of what it means to base your power on low info voters.  One doesn’t dare allow the truth to be seen for fear of waking the sleeping voter or  shattering a comfortable illusion.

The problem is while you might not see or acknowledge these illusions, you certainly pay for them.