They’re at it Again

So Paul Ryan and the Republicans are at it again, releasing their budget today, which basically revisits their debacle of last year, turning Medicare into a voucher system where the vouchers wouldn’t actually be able to pay for health care insurance, and laying the ground work to slash social security. Why? They say so they can slash the deficit, but of course if you look at the specifics of plans by Romney, Santorum, of Gingrich, they would all increase the deficit. The real reason, it seems, it to continue the flow of money upwards, stealing more from the middle and working classes to give to the rich. Their version of class warfare. They’ve learned nothing from the austerity measures in Europe which by any measure have not worked. Roger Hickey at has a good take on it today. The title of his piece is “Ryan, GOP Unveil Suicide Pact Today, Rejecting American Majority.” It is certainly true that their plan rejects the American majority (and, we must always remember, it isn’t necessary or the only way out of our fiscal mess; it is just the way that puts all the burden on the middle and working classes, even though the crisis was caused almost entirely by the monied class). I’d like to believe he is right that it is a suicide pact, and I’m not so sure, simply because they will have tens of millions of dollars of invisible Super PAC money to misinform America and brainwash people into thinking this is a good idea. They couldn’t get over the hump last summer, and the fact they are trying again I think shows that they know this time they are ready and have the Super PAC money ready to go. And they know these disinformation campaigns take a little time, and you have to keep going back to the well. I watched Game Change, the new HBO movie about Palin, over the weekend. I bring it up here only because it reminded me that just four years ago Republicans accepted the science of climate change. They may have dithered over how big a role human activity played, and they accepted the scientific consensus that it is happening. Today of course, such a stance of accepting the scientific consensus disqualifies you from even participating in Republican discourse. So now, in the face of just as much counter evidence as they face in denying climate change, they are pushing austerity, pushing that we have to destroy the social safety net to avoid the country going bankrupt, etc. etc. And it is just as untrue. And it is not difficult to believe that half the country will be buying it hook, line, and sinker by the summer.
Once again, the battle between reality and fantasy has been engaged. It will be a hard fight, and those of us in the reality-based community had best be ready if we don’t want to live completely in the land of truthiness.


About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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