Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ignorant Tea Party Talking Points: U.S. is the Next Greece and Federal Budget akin to Family Budget; the Simpleton's Math

"We got to fight 'em over there so we don't have to fight 'em over here!" used to be my favorite example of the GOP pr machine distracting the ignorant masses with an absolutely false and ridiculous argument to further their illegitimate and in the case of the Iraq War, an illegal and immoral purpose.  Well step aside "fight 'em over there" you've been replaced as the numero uno asinine argument by the dynamic duo argument that is on the lips of even normally intelligent Republicans.

"What you talkin' 'bout Willis?"  Well thanks for asking, Gary.  What I am referring to is the moronic and overly simplistic and  inane notion that the U.S. is on the road to becoming the new Greece economically and the U.S. budget is akin to the household budget.  These two ridiculously false concepts are used as argument stoppers, trump cards if you will, when trying to have a rational discussion with people on the right.

This is why we have such gridlock in Washington.  You cannot have an adult conversation with someone on the right because they have been brainwashed by the GOP pr machine which reduces complex problems down to 10 second sound bytes and slogans.  I would be incredibly insulted if my party thought so little of my intelligence that it had to boil down complex concepts into kindergarten age analogies.

Balancing the Federal budget is not in anyway analogous to balancing the family household budget.  The Federal budget was never intended to be balanced on a regular basis.  That is its whole purpose.  The founding fathers ran up huge deficits for its time that took many years to pay off.  All this talk of a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget is not only stupid but dangerous.

Conflating the U.S. economic situation with that of Greece is so false for such obvious reasons I giggle whenever one of the Cracker Barrel bonobos throws it out there, like one of my colleagues did yesterday.  Let me see, the U.S. is not part of the European Union, is politically autonomous and can print its own money.  Under those circumstances, the analogy to Greece is specious and intellectually dishonest.  But hey, when your party is intellectually bankrupt I guess you run what you brung

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