Lazy apathetic red staters, who don’t become involved with listening to the issues or platforms of the parties, and who don’t decide who they are going to vote for until the last week of the election campaign get their information from many sources. Obama warned about FOX News being a propaganda organ of the GOP. Former president Bill Clinton observed on Good Morning America recently, “we may be entering a sort of period in politics that’s sort of fact free…” The GOP is lying about its empty Pledge for America . It might better be labeled “Pledging Allegiance To Failed Policies” or “”Pledge” to Rob the Middle Class: No Jobs, No Health Care, No Security”. The GOP thinks its right-wing extremist constituents have had their baser instincts stoked enough that they can believe this current, re-hashed set of lies, because they have been suckers for it for years.
Can we get one paragraph into our information free red staters? They just have to realize that giving the top 2% even more of an advantage hurts the US. Testifying before the Senate Budget Committee on September 28, 2010 CBO Director Doug Elmendorf said a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts will “reduce income” and “hurt the economy.” While net economic growth from tax cuts will be small, the “net deficit impact won’t be” because “lower tax revenues increase budget deficits and thereby government borrowing, which crowds out investment,” he said.
If, as the “Are We Entering A “Fact Free” Period in Politics and Media?” suggests then we are the victims of propaganda, what is the difference between our red staters and the Orwellian proles?
The article details how the US main stream media isn’t the way the US disseminates information currently as the article states “Former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. made a similar point about the media recently in a speech about journalism, wherein he noted, “The future of accountability journalism is now at stake – along with much else – as a tsunami of economic, technological and social change washes over the news media.”
Part of the “much else” Downie alluded to includes the fate of our imperiled democracy itself, which depends on citizens making informed – and not ‘fact-free’ -decisions. As Downie concluded, “Credible, verifiable journalism about what is important in life is needed more than ever…” Downie also said American journalism is at a “transformational moment” now, “in which a long era of dominant newspapers and influential network television news programmes is rapidly giving way to a new journalistic era in which both the gathering and distribution of news is more widely dispersed.”
The article dealt with how the writer had 2 stories about Palin, but only 1 was completely accurate.
The article states “Flash forward two years: Palin is no longer a governor but still a major figure on the national political scene and a leading contender to be the Republican nominee for President in another two years. Credible, trustworthy information about her personality, politics and policies is more important than ever.”
The lies are so obvious that the GOP gets a reliable print medium propaganda organ to disseminate misinformation for them as the article “House GOP Leadership Colluded With National Review To Blunt Criticism Of ‘Pledge To America'” indicates.
The GOP leaders couldn’t get even its own party to go along with this scam so they receive help in disseminating this misinformation as the article states “The Daily Caller’s Jon Ward reports that there is “pretty widespread” discontent inside the GOP caucus with the recently-released “Pledge to America,” citing the document’s omission of an earmarks ban and its regurgitation of many health reform elements contained in the Affordable Care Act. But, Ward reports, the House GOP leadership was able to restrain much of the internal consternation among its members by circulating a positive editorial written by the National Review.
In the editorial titled “We’ll Take The Pledge,” the National Review editors lauded the document as being “bolder” than the Contract for America. The editorial also called the Pledge “compelling,” “praiseworthy,” and “a shrewd political document.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Republican sources told the Daily Caller that the GOP leadership colluded with the National Review in prearranging the editorial.”
What does Obama think about it. He said “It is grounded in the same worn out philosophy: cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires; cut the rules for Wall Street and the special interests; and cut the middle class loose to fend for itself. That’s not a prescription for a better future. It’s an echo of a disastrous decade we can’t afford to relive.”
Obama has been attacking GOP hypocrisy for years as the October 2009 article “Media Matters: Fox News’ attacks on the Obama White House ‘have been occurring since January 20.'” indicates.
The article states “Soon after White House communications director Anita Dunn called out Fox News for being the “communications arm of the Republican Party,” Fox News senior vice president Michael Clemente said that “[i]t’s astounding the White House cannot distinguish between news and opinion programming.” But a subsequent Media Matters item demonstrated just how much Fox’s “news” mirrors its right-wing opinion. Now, a new Media Matters video documents the fact that Fox News “declared ‘war’ on the White House long before Dunn’s comments.
This is another misinformation tactic exercise by the GOP as the article “GOP’s “Pledge” to Rob the Middle Class: No Jobs, No Health Care, No Security” indicates
The article states “Congressional Republicans released their “Pledge for America” today with a press event at a Virginia hardware store, and a hardware store was definitely the right choice: If these policies ever take effect you’re going to get screwed….
Once you strip away the rhetoric, the answer is simple: Off the top, their plan is a trillion-dollar giveaway to the rich – at everybody else’s expense. Their “pledge” would slash needed spending, kill jobs and end any hope of growing the economy. It declares open season on the public’s health and safety with a deregulation agenda that would unleash BP, Goldman Sachs, and every other corporation whose risky behavior endangers us. It would lead to even more financial crashes and environmental disasters. Firefighters, cops,and teachers would be laid off in droves. The deficit would soar. We’d face a permanently stagnating economy. The middle class would wither away.
That’s the future they’re offering. It’s Bush on steroids, fattened up and ready to feast on … you. If you like today’s economy, you’ll love the one these guys are cooking up.”
So, they want to give more money to the rich. Where do they reduce the budget? The article states “Where would they cut, exactly? They don’t say. David Frum, a former speechwriter for George Bush, explains why “Here is the GOP cruising to a handsome election victory. Did you seriously imagine that they would jeopardize the prospect of victory and chairmanships by issuing big, bold promises to do deadly unpopular things?”
Deadly unpopular things. At least Frum is honest enough to say out loud what other Republicans won’t: They’re going to subsidize their tax breaks for the wealthy by doing things the American people will hate. They won’t just cut the everyday functions of government that make our lives better. Returning government spending to “pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels” also means ending the repair work that’s currently being done to fix what their policies have broken. That includes getting people back to work, providing loans for small businesses, and cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico.”
The GOP is expert at catchy slogans such as “Mission Accomplished”. Why don’t the Democrats return the favor and call this, as the article states “Why not rename this pledge the “fire a cop, buy a banker his own private island plan”?
This proposal adds to the clamor of Washington voices calling to slash Social Security. In order to pay for their tax break–a giant handout to the wealthiest among us–they’ll need to welsh on the loan the American middle class gave to the government through its payments to the Social Security Trust Fund. That lack of specifics is probably why Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who wrote a much more specific plan, was notably absent from today’s event. Ryan’s plan included deep cuts in Social Security benefits and a privatization plan that puts Wall Street gamble with our retirement security.
Ryan also provided the specifics on health care that these guys won’t: He wants to convert Medicare into a voucher system, leaving individual seniors to cope with buying health insurance. He’d raise the eligibility age for Medicare, as well as for Social Security, and would raise premiums while cutting benefits. The Ryan plan would eventually cut Medicare by 76% The GOP would roll back the new coverage provided by this year’s health law while adding many seniors to the ranks of the uninsured. And some estimates suggest that half of all seniors would live in poverty under the Ryan plan.
Ryan, like Frum, committed the crime of honesty. Remember: Deadly unpopular things. Ryan’s presence would have reminded the public of what they actually intend to do, instead of hiding behind Pledge’s weasel words: “We will (require) a full accounting of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid … preventing the expansion of unfunded liabilities …”
But wait, as the old commercials used to say. There’s more.”
In addition to the initial tax cut small businesses get a second helping. There must be a reason. The article states “The Pledge also promises to give “small businesses” a tax deduction equal to “20 percent of their business income” – but, as Rachel Maddow and others have observed, their definition of “small business” includes giant corporations like Bechtel and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. That would mean another multibillion-dollar tax break for the wealthiest among us.”
You expect the worst from the GOP and you wouldn’t be disappointed. They think that enough voters are so full of hatred that they will succumb tired lies such as “They are tax and spend Democrats!” It would take the red staters less than a minute to understand that the Democrats want to give everyone but those single individuals who earn over $200,000 and families who earn over $250,000 tax cuts because giving everyone tax cuts would cause our deficits to rise too high.
The article concludes “Here’s the bottom line: They’ll raid your money to make their rich patrons even richer. The middle class will continue to wither away, and those manage to hold on will be worse off than ever. More and more people will slip into permanent unemployment, poverty, and penurious old age. More roads will crumble. More aging pipelines will explode in towns like San Bruno, Calif. This “pledge” is the oldest kind of promise in the world: the promise than con men make to their victims.”
Another article “The GOP’s real Contract With America” paints the same dismal picture saying “If elected, Republicans promise to privatize Social Security; cut back Medicare, oppose more jobs programs; raise costs for student loans; cut protections for credit card holders so banks can raise your rates; attack consumer protections for mortgage holders; defend Wall Street bonuses for bailed-out banks; oppose efforts to cut back outsourcing of U.S. jobs; support more tax cuts for the most wealthy; use taxpayer money to hire partisan Republican Congressional staff to turn the House of Representatives into a subpoena-churning partisan political operation; and bring their K Street project to seek special interest campaign money, this time in secret.”
Conservativism means using tried and true methods and the GOP remains consistent in this as the ideas that are in this Pledge to America scam are generations old.
You can’t say anything good about Boehner. He doesn’t have an original thought. He must have been watching a “Few Good Men” the movie in which Jack Nicholson said “You aren’t ready for the truth” as he is quoted as saying “The ‘Pledge’ is just to lay out the size of the problem. Americans aren’t ready for solutions.”
The GOP has nothing but contempt for its constituents, the poor lost souls who have believed their lies for generations. There is a sucker born every minute and as the GOP poll numbers rise these clods are voting against their own interests.