COMMENT: As the U.S. descends into fascism, it is worth noting how violence directed against the Democrats goes unheeded. In Wisconsin, the Democratic We Are Wisconsin headquarters was destroyed by fire, shortly before recall elections to neutralize Tea Party Republicans were scheduled. This is a numbing continuation of the epidemic of violence  directed at Democrats in recent months, much of it lethal .
EXCERPT: The We Are Wisconsin headquarters in La Crosse, Wisconsin, was totally destroyed in a fire that started at 9:30 a.m. today and is still burning. There were staff in the building when the fire started, but all were evacuated and are safe. At this time, there is no indication of the cause of the fire.
An article in the La Crosse Tribune has photos showing the extent of the fire that spread to adjoining buildings.
State Representative Jennifer Shilling, who is running against Republican Senator Dan Kapanke in one of the state’s recall elections, is going to need assistance following this fire. The recall election is less than two weeks away and this is going to seriously impact her get-out-the-vote effort.
COMMENT: In addition to the epidemic of anti-Democratic violence, it should be noted that the impoverishment of a population propels it in a rightward direction. Taking into account the overt fascist heritage of the GOP  and understanding that fascism wasn’t an aberration , one can but wonder if the economic devastation engendered by the GOP and abetted by Obama is intended to do to the U.S. what economic collapse and politcal murder did to the Weimar Republic. Here we go folks!
EXCERPT: . . . . New research findings add complexity to the basic assumption that humans act in their own economic self-interest. By analyzing hundreds of survey questions from 1952 to 2006, Peter Enns, assistant professor of government, and Nathan Kelly of the University of Tennessee found that as inequality rises, low income individuals’ attitudes toward redistribution become more conservative. Their paper appears in the October issue of the American Journal of Political Science.
“It’s a bit of a conundrum,” Enns admits.
The researchers also examined public opinion data on the question: Should government increase spending on welfare, keep it the same or decrease it? “As inequality rose, the high- and low-income respondents on average become less supportive of spending on welfare,” Enns said. “And this is not because low-income people are unaware of inequality; our results show they are more aware of it than most people.”
The researchers found that higher levels of household income inequality in the United States generate more conservative public opinion. “We broke down pubic opinion by income group and found the high- and low-income groups responding in a similar way, both becoming more conservative when inequality rises,” Enns said. “We were very surprised to observe that the self-reinforcing aspect of inequality holds for high- and low-income groups, and how they move together in parallel over time.” . . .