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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Those Silly Republicans and their Democratic Debt

Hello Papamoka Bloggers! Since I seem to have drifted into my summer season, which is more about playing outside than writing about politics, I'll still do my best to get angry about something. Let's see, how about what I like to call the most recent Republican Brainwashing Initiative (RBI 2.0). Let's face it, the majority of them (non-tea-party-folk) have been relatively silent for a while. I think that seems to be changing.

I think our Republican friends are beginning to stir a little more these days. It seems they've been listening to FOX "News" (RBI central) long enough now [since their election losses] for some of their more heinous brainwashing to take full effect. At least in my world, they've begun to share. They're beginning their usual blame game, and unfortunately facts have little to do with how they assess or assign blame.

The lies have begun to flow like girly-poop in a man-sized Texas toilet. In the same way Ronald Reagan's fake legacy blossomed after a a few years (I guess they forget faster these days - must be the drugs in our water), George W. Bush is beginning to emerge as a competent president who ran a highly successful foreign policy and economy. The signs are there that he is destined for honor and glory within the party. I must admit, you have to admire them for their ability to turn anybody, even the biggest loser, into a hero.

Unfortunately, and equally perplexing, President Obama is now the one responsible for everything bad that's happening in the world - especially the bad bits they're mostly responsible for.

I could ramble on (as I usually do - to get the facts right) with a laundry list of BS they're beginning to buy into again, but that would be exhausting for all of us, and I want to go play outside. So, let's focus. What are the far-right screw-ups - the ones who drink their own Kool-Aid - really annoying me most about these days? What propaganda pisses me off the most?

I know! It's that latest false factoid being spewed on FOX "News" day and night these days - not to menation the lesser media minions. Hannity, O'Reilly, Cavuto and the rest are all talking about it ad nausea. They even have their creepy-crawlies Coulter and Matlin carrying the water on other networks. I guess it must be an edict from the top, wherever that top is these days.

What is it? It's their claim - which my friends and family now believe - that Barack Obama has now contributed more to the federal debt than any president before him. It's BS, but they keep saying it.

The claim is outrageous. It has no bases in fact. The federal debt remains the responsibility of the Republican Party, since their leadership created over 90% of it. Barack Obama has contributed to less than 1% of the federal debt so far, and his annual budget deficit is still overwhelmingly the product of George W. Bush.

A matter of fact, George W. Bush is responsible for contributing the most to the federal debt. Now that's a fact you can take to the bank.

Of course, the far-right will ignore the obvious facts. A matter of fact (sorry, it's a fun word), I'm pretty sure we'll have somebody crapping those very same Republican BS-talking points in response to this very post.

As always, the Republicans are lying to the American people and to themselves. As you can see by the chart above, George W. created the largest annual deficits in American history. Incredibly, those annual deficits would be even higher if war borrowing had been included on the federal books. Barack Obama has included those negatives since taking office, which has increased the debt

I know it had to be done, but I wonder if the Republicans will get away with painting us with their own stink of irresponsibility. Unfortunately, our own honesty may become a liability in 2012.

In my humble opinion, because of these and other lies, the Republicans have no honor. They are liars, plain and simple. The Republican leadership/elite will do or say anything to regain their power, and that includes massive doses of propaganda. We can only hope the American people will not fall for it again. "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." Let's hope that shame remains a distant memory.

Just to be clear, the facts about the federal debt are simple. I have reviewed them on this blog numerous times. The overwhelming majority (over 90%) of today's federal/foreign debt was created during the leadership of the Republicans. They borrowed to lower taxes. It was done mostly under Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and George W. Bush. Bill Clinton lowered the debt. Those are the facts (see the chart below).

Like most Democrats, I can't stand the way President Obama is forced to spend to salvage today's broken economy, but to blame him for the debt is tantamount to blaming the Democrats for starting the Iraq War. They may have been involved to some degree, but the blame lies clearly at the feet of the Republican Party.

I will probably be writing about some of the other bits and pieces of propaganda the Republicans are pushing these days, but let's leave those for another time. Today it's all about the way they're lying about the money.

What do we ordinary American citizens do? We do what's right, and tell the truth. Please, keep talking to your friends and family about the facts. Tell the truth about the lies. I don't care how many times we have to say it, it's important to get our message out. WE ALL NEED TO TELL THE TRUTH!

WE MUST NOT allow those at FOX "News," or similar-slimy-corrupt-propaganda-fake-news-outlets, to poison the minds of the American people. We need to keep reminding our friends and family the truth about what really happened, and most important, about what really went wrong.

Michael Boh
Papamoka's Left Coast Contributor
from Our Rants & Raves Blog

PS - I know most have to work, but I'm taking a break at noon to join a group of protesters in front of Dianne Feinstein's office on Santa Monica Boulevard at noon this afternoon. If you're in LA, please consider joining us to call on her to support a strong public option as part of health care reform. If not, please think about contacting your representatives. It's the only way to prevent the private-sector from robbing us of affordable health care. Thanks - MB

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Anonymous Frodo, switchin' channels everywhere said...

Now comes the increase in violence in Iraq, and most assuredly Mary Matalin (who always looks like she just passed gas) will be joined by Ann Coulter (who starred in the movie "Night of the Living Dead") and the usual group of sexual deviants and rich people who don't want to pay any taxes at all. Barack knew this was not going to be easy and, besides, he has 100 million Hobbits willing to turn off every TV in America tuned in to Faux News. Pass it on.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Moanin' Momma said...

It just makes you want to throw up!

Seriously, you talk about Fox News brainwashing people. I can attest to the truthfulness of this as my own son has been completely brainwashed by its propaganda. Fox News is his only source of news, and there is no reasoning with him on any issue.

We love each other, so we have to steer clear of any discussion of such issues. Any time I try to reason with him he says I am the one who has been brainwashed by the New York Times and CNN, which I consider legitmate news sources.

Fox News has taught its minions not to trust any news source but itself, while they keep using these poor people to further their ideological agenda.

My son is intelligent, but he has a naivete and innocence about him that, while touching my heart, makes him susceptible to such propaganda.

All along I have asked him only this: please get your news and opinion from other news sources as well. But, in almost every conversation we have, he quotes someone on Fox News. Recently, he told me that Gleen Beck is his new hero. When I recoiled, he asked me if I had ever listened to Beck. I told him I am just as aware of Beck’s reporting as he is. He then said I am getting “crap about Beck from the far left.” No, I told him, I am reading transcripts of his words. How could he argue with the man’s own words?

All my family and close friends are Republican and thought George W. Bush was the greatest president ever. So, I empathize and sympathize with you, Mr. Boh. But, I have had to put my love for them above my political persuasions and keep my mouth shut most of the time.

The Republican Party has nothing to offer the American people and cannot rely on its own merits, so it has to lie and distort and attack and, above all, appeal to the ignorant or innocent among our citizenry.

Fox News and its viewers likes to tout its ratings. I told my son that its numbers consist of the far right while everyone else in the country gets its news from ALL other sources – a distribution of the ratings.

I prefer honesty. The truth always surfaces, sooner or later, and I want to stand in the line that tells the truth.

5:15 PM  
Blogger by Michael Boh said...

I completely understand your position Moanin Momma. My own family interacts with me the same way. To be honest, after years of getting nowhere, I've given up. I love them, but I don't bother trying to correct what I consider to be their 'political confusion.'

What confuses me is the way they see FOX "News" as such a valid news source - along with AM talk radio. They dismiss dozens of legitimate sources and cling to spurious sources. My only conclusion has been that's who they WANT TO BELIEVE. It's almost like they're pre-programmed, or programmed (brainwashed). Facts no longer seem to have any effect. The way they embrace their "news" actually scares me.

I must admit that I'm worried about what I see as the brainwashing of a large segment of our nation. I've given up on trying to make legitimate arguments to many of their flock. That's one of the reasons why I write my blog, hoping that if I do enough homework and show my work, I might just be able to influence somebody - even them. Perhaps even some from my own family.

I guess there's always hope. In the meantime, let's be there for each other. :) Michael

9:24 AM  

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