David A. Schwinghammer
· Soldier's Gap
· Mengele's Double, Chapter 9
· Seminary Boy, a memoir
· Fisher of Men, Chapter Nine
· Soldier's Gap, Chapter Three
· Honest Thief, Tender Murderer, Chapter Nine
· Fisher of Men, Chapter 8
· Honest Thief, Tender Murderer, Chapter Eight
· Mengele's Double, Chapter Eight
· Bereavement Blues
· Fisher of Men, Chapter 7
· The Wilderness of Ruin, book review
· A Beautiful Mind, book review
· Another Planet, book review
· The Three Stooges, book review
· The God Particle
· Empire of Sin, book review
· Science at the Edge, book review
· Obama, a Modern Caesar?
· Americans Need to Pull Together
· Voices of the French Revolution, book review
· Widow's Peak
· Alumni Game
· Girls Who Wear Glasses
· The Do Drop Inn
· Ode to Neve Campbell
· Jacks or Better 101
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Mona Charen decries election 'fables'.
I just finished reading a commentary by Mona Charen, a conservative commentator for an outfit called Creators Syndicate. The irony obviously escaped her when she agreed to work for them.
Anyway, Mona was harping about the ‘fables’ of the coming presidential election, and she’s not talking about conservative fables. Her first attack is the democratic contention that Obama has not been able to revive the economy because George W. Bush left him with a mountainous debt.
Well, let’s look at that shall we? Bush started a war he didn’t have to fight and put it on the Chinese credit card, then compounded the issue by cutting taxes on the order of two trillion dollars. Then there was the deregulation of Wall Street which cost us a trillion more to bail them out because they were too big to fail. Republicans would have us believe that it was Fannie Mae and Freddic Mac who caused the mortgage disaster, but Alan Greenspan, conservative Federal Reserve Chairman, and George W. Bush supported all those sub prime mortgages Fannie and Freddie guaranteed. Meanwhile Goldman Sachs insured their unwise investments with AIG, which also brought them down. AIG was huge, too big to fail and had to be bailed out or we’d been in a world depression right now. Then there’s the big lie. Bush’s treasurer got away with not counting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or the borrowing of money from social security as part of the budget. Soooo, we were really a trillion dollars over budget by the end of Bush’s term. Obama is about 1.65 trillion over, but he counted the wars. Obama also passed an 800 billion dollar stimulus program to keep us out of a depression, something Europe didn’t do, and we’re still seeing the after effects on Wall Street.
Mona also insists the Republicans didn’t block Obama’s legislation at every turn. Well, then, what was that “Just say ‘no”’ stuff about then, huh? We could have had single payer health care for everyone if the Republicans and their Blue Dog allies hadn’t settled for Romneycare. Despite what the GOP says, the Canadians love single payer health care as do the people of Denmark, and they pay half their income in taxes for free health care and free advanced education. Meanwhile Americans have their pockets picked by health care executives at every turn, even those that are supposed to be non-profit (That’s you Blue Cross). Their excuse is that you have to pay the talent in order to keep them. Carrot Top is more talented than those guys.
She also resents Obama’s attempts to tax the upper one percent. You know, Paris Hilton and the Wal-Mart heirs who create all the jobs. Republicans insist that taxing the upper one percent wouldn’t help balance the budget anyway. That’s not what’s going to happen. Here’s what should. If somehow the GOP holds their own in the 2012 election, which I doubt, Obama will let Bush’s tax cuts lapse for everybody. Why would the middle class care anyway? Yes, I know he promised not to raise taxes on the middle class, but we didn’t get that much anyway. A family of four making $38,000 (that’s kind of poor these days) got $360 during Bush’s last tax cut. That’s thirty dollars a month. You might as well buy a lottery ticket. That two trillion dollars will help a lot and get us back closer to where we were when Clinton left office, and we were paying down the national debt, before the idiots (actually they didn’t; Gore won by 500,000 votes) in this country voted for a man who went AWOL from his National Guard unit, ran two companies into the ground, was given the Texas Rangers by his daddy and defeated Ann Richards through a telephone campaign calling her a lesbian. Ann was a good governor.
Charon says Obama got financial regulation. What a lie. The GOP have been fighting Obama’s choice for chairman since the law was passed. Obama finally appointed him anyway when the Senate went home for Christmas leaving a few phonies in session. Yes, I know the democrats did that, too. But Bush made a lot more executive decisions than Obama has so far. He’s actually been trying to negotiate with the “Just say ‘no’’’ crowd.
They showed their true feeling when they refused to renew the social security cuts before Christmas. The democrats should not let the people forget that. They also made a big deal about raising the debt limit when they never had a problem with it when they were the ones who were doing it.
She also says the Democrats won’t pass Obama’s budget. If they won’t, it’s because it has some Republican nonsense in it, like messing with social security and Mecare. Democrats are tired of negotiating with non-negotiators. Obama has finally realized that these people are ideologues who actually signed a criminal’s pledge not to raise taxes. Yes, we’re talking about Grover Norquist whose good buddies Jack Abramoff and Ralph Reid stole money from the Native American gaming interests. And these two boys are supposed to be born-again Christians. Norquist won’t even reveal his donor list because he doesn’t want to subject his donors to political criticism. I doubt the gaming money can be traced anyway. It’s under a numbered account in Switzerland.
Mona also doesn’t like conservatives criticizing Romney because he’s not conservative enough. He’s certainly more of a flip flopper than Kerry ever was, but if elected he will appoint another conservative judge to the Supreme Court, and we’ve already got five of those. You know, those people who ruled that corporations were people and should have first amendment rights, making Super PACS possible. We’ve already seen what they can do in Iowa. Romney barely campaigned in Iowa, and he still won, albeit by only eight votes.
What I don’t understand about commentators like Mona is that they don’t have a problem with the conservative attitude toward women’s rights. Just take a look at the Cato Institute and the Heritage Center, two of the biggest conservative “think” tanks, and if you really want a laugh check out Tim LaHaye’s wife’s think tank. She even opposes day care.
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