Really, now, is that constructive? Or does it just help, like this thread and the opinion piece that spawned it, ensure that this manufactured animosity continues?
Now, looking at the "unless" factors for a moment; corporate subsidies? Yes, it's clear that there have been absolutely none, nope, not all all, zilch, nada, zero of those during the past three years. General Motors has always been Government Motors, right? To the second contention; wars. I don't know how you define war but it seems that since the State Dept. began a systematized destabilization of our allies war has actually increased in the past three years. And do you not see the slow, steady march to war that is being drummed into us by government and the media (both right and left)? Or do you really think that Syria is for humanitarian purposes because Assad used chem weapons on his people. Oh wait, imagine that- so did Saddam. Iran? Ever see it in the news? Clearly, its the republicans.
The media is manupliating the public to keep them riled up and screaming about nothing while the government continues to tighten the screws on each and every one of us. Except we don't notice, do we? No, today they tighten the screws on the right and the left cheers, tomorrow vice versa and at the end of the week there are no more screws left to be tightened. We are being split apart on purpose by stories, and the furor they create, on purpose.
Let's see.. the automotive industry bailouts are always smaller, and I hate to point it out they have a MUCH better history of repaying the loans they get. Whereas the BANKS have taken the money and ran. They have bought their way out of criminal offenses and NO ONE (Democrat/GOP) have pushed really hard to get people prosecuted for the obvious fraud that led up to the housing crisis.
'Deregulation' has been the byword of conservatives forever. I've always been more of a fan of Ronald Reagan's 'right sized' government over 'smaller'. It was a bipartisan congress and a democratic president that repealed Glass-Steagell and left us vulnerable to the mayhem of the last decade in the banking industry.
Now with the 'Citizen United' decision freeing corporate purse strings you'll see smear adds from 'non-profits' fronting for big industry. The big money companies, and folks like those lovely scamps the Koch Brothers, will be able to buy ad time with zero accountability or disclosure.
Conservatives use folks like Santorum to get the fringe element, who otherwise wouldn't vote, to back their candidates. Barring a really really NASTY secret in his closet, I see Santorum being a BP.
As for the inference that we destabilized Syria and Iraq.. yeah.. I guess we did. You see back in the cold war... when the US fought the USSR through proxies, we backed them. Along with a lot of other 'aggressor' states. But when we started 'downsizing' government that meant the payola stopped. Without that cash, and the leverage it brought, it was hard to control folks like Saddam (which is why he invaded Kuwait..for real estate and cash)
And fyi.. Subsidies you don't pay back.. Detroit paid off their loans before..and will do it again. I doubt the superbanks will do anything of the sort. And if they could get away with the same 'pass the bill' poison bonds issue they did for YEARS that created the mortgage crisis, they'll do it again.
Santorum is a faceman for the patsies they know will vote for a 'righteous man', one that the monied interests will own.
Of course I see Romney getting the nod instead. He's, by the way, one of 'the money men' himself. His networth, depending on the source, is somewhere upwards of 200+ million.