Thursday, September 23, 2010

We Conservatives Use Our Lizard Brains;

The Huffington Post writes: There is a new book out called Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. The authors write about how people make choices and decisions about their health, their money and their happiness. They talk about the two systems of the brain that people use -- the automatic brain, which harkens back to the more primitive lizard brain, and the reflective more rational part of their brain. They note that voters often react with the automatic lizard response to political choices. They even say "How can people be simultaneously so smart and so dumb?" Why do they act against their own self interest? They do it because they are not thinking with their rational brain, they are making off the cuff, instant judgments about people and policies, often without even realizing that they swallowed the sound bite whole.
From Glenn Beck's "The Blaze":  As the intellectual Left struggles to understand why the majority of the country is standing athwart the Obama administration’s signature attempts at “fundamental transformation,” they’ve apparently agreed on one thing: we’ve all got lizard brains.
It turns out, according to people such as President Barack Obama and liberal media magnate Arianna Huffington, that many people are acting so irrationally because their brains are not fully developed and in times of uncertainty, we revert back to this “reptilian” way of thinking. (It couldn’t have anything to do with people actually disagreeing with them…)
During a recent appearance on The View, the president himself used this elitist line of thinking to try and explain the apparent rampant racism present in today’s society:
More recently, Huffington yesterday warned of the dangers of “lizard brains” in today’s electoral politics, blaming them for people’s so-called irrational support of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell:
Gather your armies ad:
[Do you recall Barack Obama campaigning for the Presidency while repeatedly saying that "Bush's" war in Iraq was the wrong war?  He opined that Afghanistan is the important war that we must not lose?  So do I.  So here he is saying that he is not looking for a strategy for victory, but instead an exit strategy.]  From the NYT:  A new book, “Obama’s Wars,” by the journalist Bob Woodward, depicts an administration deeply torn over the war in Afghanistan even as the president agreed to triple troop levels there amid suspicion that he was being boxed in by the military. Mr. Obama’s top White House adviser on Afghanistan and his special envoy for the region are described as believing the strategy will not work.
The president concluded from the start that “I have two years with the public on this” and pressed advisers for ways to avoid a big escalation, the book says. “I want an exit strategy,” he implored at one meeting. Privately, he told Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to push his alternative strategy opposing a big troop buildup in meetings, and while Mr. Obama ultimately rejected it, he set a withdrawal timetable because, “I can’t lose the whole Democratic Party.”  [While I have no argument with an exit strategy, it should be following a victory.  Being reelected should not be the rationale for decisions on war.]
Politico writes: President Barack Obama was heckled multiple times during his speech at a Democratic fundraiser in one of the country’s most Democratic cities.
Demonstrators held signs that said “Broken Promises” and interrupted his speech to protest AIDS funding and the stalled repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the policy banning gays from serving openly in the military that Obama has promised to lift.
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American Spectator writes: The CBS affiliate in Denver reports that the Census Bureau paid about $100,000 in airfare, meals and hotel for 140 of its administrators in the West to gather at a Las Vegas luxury hotel to confer on "lessons learned." Rep. Mike Coffman, a Colorado Republican, saw it differently:
"It's impossible to argue this without saying these folks took a vacation and they took it at taxpayer expense.... I mean I think it's the equivalent of theft," said Coffman, who insisted the Census Bureau could have saved taxpayers money by gathering the same information from administrators by conducting online and written surveys, phone conferencing and a host of other data-gathering methods that would not involve congregating in Las Vegas.  [$100,000 here, $100,000 there - pretty soon it adds up.  All the while we the people are told by Obama that times are tough (except for him).  At least he gave a little back to Vegas, a city whose economy took a nosedive following Obama's castigation of those who would go there for a meeting.]
Barack Obama famously said: "I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking."

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