Republicans and Reality: Divorced and Loving it!

Mitche McConnell: I'm So Clueless I Could Cry...
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The Party of Speculative Fiction, formerly known as the Republican Party, is outdoing Hollywood in their distortion of reality. The difference is that Hollywood is making an honest attempt to entertain. Everyone knows it’s fake. The Republicans, however, are making a dishonest attempt to mislead, and they want people to believe it’s real.

But it’s not. Every day the reality gap grows wider and wider.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, says that he will introduce legislation to ensure that nobody ends up paying higher income taxes in 2011.

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McConnell: “We can’t let the people who’ve been hit hardest by this recession and who we need to create the jobs that will get us out of it foot the bill for the Democrats’ two-year adventure in expanded government.”

What planet is Senator McConnell living on where the rich have been hardest hit by America’s economic woes?

And why wasn’t he laughed out of the Senate?

There are a number of problems with his statement.

  1. The rich were not hardest hit by the recession;
  2. the “trickle-down” theory of economics is demonstrably false ; and
  3. to which “two-year” adventure in expanded government is McConnell referring?

More and more, Republicans insist on creating a fantasy world that has nothing in common with the reality in which we all operate. They invent something, and then invent “facts” to support  the fantasy tale. It’s all as true as a prince rescuing the princess in her tower from a dragon.

Dragons don’t exist.

Neither does Republican reality.

McConnell is not the only aspiring author of speculative fiction in Congress.

Eric Cantor: I'm certain my math is right...

Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), the House Minority Whip, who has already demonstrated his belief that trimming $1 million over five years will fix the deficit, refused to be outdone issued his own statement saying that he would focus on keeping the Bush era tax cuts for everyone.

Cantor: “I will do everything in my power to stop President Obama and Speaker Pelosi from raising taxes on working families, small business people, and investors.”

  1. President Obama is not raising taxes on working families; he is extending tax cuts for working families;
  2. It is the Republicans who are blocking efforts to help small business people; and as President Obama has repeatedly pointed out, most small business owners do not make in excess of $250,000 a year.

President Obama outlined small-business legislation which would:

  1. create a $30 billion lending fund to help provide cheap capital to community banks;
  2. provide $12 billion in tax relief to small businesses between 2010 and 2020; and
  3. provide $1.5 billion in grants to state lending programs.

Incredibly, Republicans are using the following argument to reject the Obama plan:

Since the Democratic plan doesn’t to ENOUGH to help small business owners (they say), they refuse to vote for it, thus refusing to help the small business owners at all. Apparently, in Republican reality, it’s more helpful to not help.

Of course, given their opposition to government spending, it is difficult to imagine they could conjure a way to help small-business owners at all. Magic doesn’t exist; neither does government spending without increasing the deficit while also cutting taxes.

That’s what got Bush in trouble in the first place: Spending + Tax cuts = Increased deficit

But then Republicans seem to have erased Bush from their collective memory. Or maybe, as the history of the past 40 years has shown, the Republicans believe only they have the right to increase the deficit.

The Republican fantasy scenario has reached unbelievable proportions. It is a wonder they can keep straight faces as they tell their bald-faced lies.

McConnell again: Americans “have had it” he insists. “They are tired of Democratic leaders in Washington pursuing the same government driven programs that have done nothing but add to the debt and the burden of government.”

Of course, as President Obama has pointed out, keeping the tax cuts in place for the wealthy will add 700 billion to the deficit and Boehner’s own economic plan several trillion. It is difficult to make an argument that these Republicans are interested in lowering the deficit. Reagan didn’t. Bush didn’t. Boehner doesn’t plan to.

Clinton, however, did – the only president in the past 40 years to do so. And he was a Democrat. And they hounded him out of office. Just as they plan to hound Obama out of office if they get control of Congress.

So THEY can “pursue the same government driven programs that have done nothing but add to the debt and the burden of government” and live happily ever after in the la la land of their fantasies.

13 Replies to “Republicans and Reality: Divorced and Loving it!”

  1. Great post Hraf! What a riot. The great chasm between what they do and what they say. It’s been utterly mind-blowing. I’ve never witnessed such blatant distortions of reality for so long before. I being to question their collective mental health.

    BTW, my Mac baby has refused to turn on for days now! Am seeing Mac doctor today. Will try not to freak out on them. Thank goodness for my smarty pants phone that I curse on daily basis but is suddenly looking a lot better…..

  2. Thanks, Sarah. I just read this stuff and my jaw drops. I could do an article like this every day and never run out of material. Best part is, unlike the Republicans, we don’t have to make it up to make headlines. We just report what they say. It’s great.

    Sorry to hear about your Mac baby. I use a PC and I’m in love with my ASUS laptop. I hope you Mac gets better soon. Maybe the doc can turn it into a PC? :)

  3. Cough cough. Mac v PC huh? :-) Danger!
    As for these clowns, the legislation that Obama is proposing has tax credits for investments of small business at 100% . Hard to figure what else the Republicans could want. It also improves credit which gets money moving which shores up the economy, so I’m not buying their baloney. They said they wouldn’t vote for it unless the richest keep their tax cuts so how exactly is that small business oriented? Oh, I always forget the Joe the Plumber definition of small business: an entity you don’t own that does not make 250k profit even if you did, but one which you fantasize will some day when maybe you own it and therefore, stands must be taken. Rah rah. Also, Joe the Plumber and the Republicans seem to be deficient in math and accounting. That’s 250 profit…..Unless they have some sort of funny math they need to share with the rest of us where they keep all incoming money and never have labor, vendors, or equipment to pay. Oh, why did I even ask that? As Warren Buffet proved, as a wealthy man, he paid a much smaller percentage on his taxes than his secretary and he did his taxes himself, not trying to do any funny business – just using the write offs available to him courtesy of Bush. That’s not right and he said so. Not all wealthy people feel above contributing to society.

  4. Even the great bronze one had to admit that only 3% of the “rich” create jobs for the lowly worker bees. And being as they have been living under the current tax cuts since Bush , why are they not creating jobs?

    With every argument the Republicans seem to bury themselves deeper. And I agree that the Republicans have no plans of lowering the deficit. Just look at their opposition to health care which will lower the deficit. What makes me wonder is, what do they get out of it? Just something to use against the Dems when the Dems can show that it’s the Republicans that are not doing anything?

  5. I so wanted to bring up Joe the Plumber when I wrote my piece but I decided that would be an entire article in itself, so I’m glad you did because the rhetoric surrounding that hoopla is very relevant to the discussion. It all just adds to the fantasy aspect of the Republican argument, if just making up a bunch of stuff and repeating it qualifies as an argument or a plan of any kind.

  6. “the great bronze one” LOL I laughed so hard when I read that, Shiva. And we have to remember that Cantor the Clown insisted the American people don’t want health insurance. He said town hall meetings proved it! So yeah, he tells me the sky is blue I look up first.

  7. Town halls were stacked with people. The deck was stacked and despite the misinformation the repulicans put out about it, the people are finding there is no government run health care.

    There is nothing funnier at tea bag rally’s than seeing signs that say take away the government healthcare. Uneducated propaganda ridden flea bags

  8. Town halls were stacked with people. The deck was stacked and despite the misinformation the repulicans put out about it, the people are finding there is no government run health care.

    There is nothing funnier at tea bag rally’s than seeing signs that say take away the government healthcare. Uneducated propaganda ridden flea bags.

  9. I worry about the same thing. It just means we have to work harder to get the message out there. Write letters, sign petitions, donate if you can, write and read articles like this, post to FB and Twitter and talk to friends, write letters to editors, or work on a campaign for somebody running on a platform that makes sense. We have to trust in the “wisdom of crowds” – a wisdom that is what makes democracy work in the first place. I think there is some truth to the adage that “every country has the government it deserves.”

  10. If by chance the Party of No wins back Congress in November, it will be a huge loss to this country. In their demented assessment, it would mean a validation of all their destructive stupidity especially during the last 10 years. They are not bothered by their obvious detachment from reality, because they view it as a winning strategy. This strategy is not about governing effectively, but about the short-sighted goal of winning at any cost. They need to be decisively defeated, in a way that leaves no doubt that their antiquated, bankrupt ideology is being rejected wholesale.

  11. I agree, Anne, though I have no doubt they will continue to claim to represent the majority of Americans. They seem unfazed by their previous losses. Reality can’t pierce their fantasy bubble, or if it does, they just plug their ears, cover their eyes and keep up the incantation, “no, no, no, no, no…”

  12. Maybe it’s wishful thinking. Maybe I am just paying more attention, but I am starting to get the feeling that younger people are beginning to take notice of the danger coming towards them. My son, daughter and their friends are energized by the notion of showing up to a “Restoring Truthiness” rally possibly being conjured up by Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. They get angry when Jon Stewart shows a Fox News clip that is cut up to put words in our President’s mouth. More and more people seem to be speaking up against the right wing’s distortions and lies. Once this Country’s citizens take to ridiculing something, the race is on! First it will be Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, then with a little luck, it will be every right wing nut-job on the ballot.

    My favorite post of the day on Facebook- “Tea Parties are for little girls who talk to their dolls”.

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