Saturday, November 10, 2012

Obama - The Moderate Republican

This is the first of a couple of post on lying... in part, like the theme of this blog, it's about people who pull the public's strings, but primarily these will be a couple of post on self-reflection and lying to ourselves.

William Saletan has a good piece in Slate (HERE) entitled, "CHEER UP REPUBLICANS - You're going to have a moderate Republican in the White House for the next four years: Barack Obama".

What? 75% of the population would protest, picking their jaws up off the floor.  Saletan is insane, we know Obama's a socialist and a Muslim, or  a liberal, and a "good" Democrat.  But, as Saletan points out, the policies enacted and promoted by this president on a historical scale, put him slightly right of center along the lines of Eisenhower, Nixon, Gerald Ford... and I would argue Bill Clinton.

"A third of the stimulus was tax cuts. Once the economy began to revive, Obama offered a $4-trillion debt reduction framework that would have cut $3 to $6 of spending for every $1 in tax hikes. That’s a higher ratio of cuts to hikes than Republican voters, in a Gallup poll, said they preferred. It’s way more conservative than the ratio George H. W. Bush accepted in 1990. In last year’s debt-ceiling talks, Obama offered cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in exchange for revenue that didn’t even come from higher tax rates. Now he’s proposing to lower corporate tax rates, and Republicans are whining that he hacked $716 billion out of Medicare. Some socialist."
As conservative David Frum pointed out on Morning Joe this week, it's the conservative entertainment complex that lied to their constituents -



These are facts that the Limbaugh's of the world didn't want people to know... taxes have gone down, welfare ain't that much money (compared to what we do for the military and corporations)... Then, there's the more obvious lack of intellectual honesty that has been talked about quite a bit since this election - Republicans drank their own kool-aid.  Convinced that everyone believed as they did they made outlandish predictions about the outcome of the election.  And this wasn't just those we know are nuts (Dick Morris, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh), some of these were mainstream Republican thinkers (George Will, Peggy Noonan).

The final point I would make is about self-reflection... I wonder if Rush would consider reading, and try to understand, the dead-on points that Matt Taibbi makes in (HERE) Rolling Stone?  Has Rush become so invested in his own myth making that he can't look in the mirror and have even a moment of self reflection?  Even a moment of realization that he's dead wrong about what he believes?  I think he's too far gone, too far invested in the mythological figure he's created that is El Rushbo (my next post will point out that I think many of us are also in this position).

From Matt Taibbi's piece (emphasis mine):

"Similarly, the fact that so many Republicans this week think that all Hispanics care about is amnesty, all women want is abortions (and lots of them) and all teenagers want is to sit on their couches and smoke tons of weed legally, that tells you everything you need to know about the hopeless, anachronistic cluelessness of the modern Republican Party. A lot of these people, believe it or not, would respond positively, or at least with genuine curiosity, to the traditional conservative message of self-reliance and fiscal responsibility.
But modern Republicans will never be able to spread that message effectively, because they have so much of their own collective identity wrapped up in the belief that they're surrounded by free-loading, job-averse parasites who not only want to smoke weed and have recreational abortions all day long, but want hardworking white Christians like them to pay the tab. Their whole belief system, which is really an endless effort at congratulating themselves for how hard they work compared to everyone else (by the way, the average "illegal," as Rush calls them, does more real work in 24 hours than people like Rush and me do in a year), is inherently insulting to everyone outside the tent – and you can't win votes when you're calling people lazy, stoned moochers.
It's hard to say whether it's good or bad that the Rushes of the world are too clueless to realize that it's their attitude, not their policies, that is screwing them most with minority voters. If they were self-aware at all, Mitt Romney would probably be president right now. So I guess we should be grateful that the light doesn't look like it will ever go on. But wow, is their angst tough to listen to."
Will the Frum conservative wing of the party lead or will the conservative entertainment complex?  I'd suggest it's the latter, people have too much invested in their Tea Party Rally's and long conversations at their Sunday School classrooms about our "socialist" President to step back and ask, "have I been an idiot for these four years?"...


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