"The Republican Demolition Derby Rolls On" ............. (With a Two Speed Transmission: Forward, Crash... and Reverse, Crash)

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" As the Republican demolition derby rolls on, I continue to be amused by how each remaining contender tries to assume the “small government” mantle.

Mitt Romney wants a government so small that it provides universal health care.

Newt Gingrich wants a government so small that it will establish a permanent base on the Moon.

Rick Santorum wants a government so small that it will fit inside a woman’s uterus.

The only real remaining advocate of small government is Ron Paul. Dr. Paul appears to be disqualified from the Republican Presidential Primary, however, because he is unwilling to drench himself with the blood of our imagined enemies, like Gerard Butler in the movie “300.”

But what about that Jon Huntsman guy? This week three different people told me, quite independently of each other, how sorry they were that Governor Huntsman never gained any traction in the Republican Presidential Primary.

I told them that they should get over it. Huntsman wasn’t any better.

It somehow counts as an act of courage for Huntsman to have tweeted: “I believe in evolution.” Of course, it would have been more courageous if Huntsman had said that to a Tea Party audience, and then they tore him limb from limb, thereby disproving the theory of evolution right before our eyes.

And evolution is not something that you “believe” or “disbelieve.” Evolution is like gravity; it’s not like Santa Claus or the Abominable Snowman. (Question: Why do they both live at the North Pole?)

Be that as it may, neither Huntsman nor any other Republican Presidential candidate has been willing to take on the hard myths. The myths that are killing us. Here are a dirty dozen, right off the top of my head:

(1) The Government can’t create jobs. (Tell that to FDR, who created four million jobs in three months.)

(2) Tax cuts reduce the deficit. (Doesn’t it bother them that a man named “Laffer” came up with this one?)

(3) A fetus is a baby.

(4) The poor have too much money.

(5) Cutting the federal deficit will end the recession.

(6) The rich are incentivized by tax cuts, while the poor are incentivized by lower wages, no benefits, an end to the minimum wage, and unemployment.

(7) An unwanted child is God’s will.

(8) Everyone who wants health insurance has it.

(9) The problem with education is the teachers.

(10) The “free market” satisfies every human need.

(11) There is no discrimination in America anymore.

(12) The distribution of wealth and income are irrelevant.

I don’t remember Jon Huntsman disputing any of these myths. And these are the ones that do the real damage. Show me a candidate who is willing to take on these myths, and I’ll pay more attention.


Alan Grayson"

Source: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/02/1070070/-The-Myths-That-Are-Killing-Us

Sacramento Dave's picture
Sacramento Dave
Nov. 27, 2010 10:46 am


I want him back in Congress if we can't have him on tv. Truth spoken to power with great wit. The Grayson rocks!

DRC's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

More mythical contradictions of the nuttiest kind. Yeah, here I am in the grip of contradictions again, so I'm with you Sacramento Dave.

To add just a few to your list :

* Why, if the repubs are the party of business why did they & dubya bush not behave in a economically sustainable business like way to profit from the immense buying power of the US governent via Medicare and SAVE MONEY for our governent - when they gave the pharmaceutical industry the incredible blank check without any negotiations for the quantities involved?

* Why do they continue to approve government spending - AND over spending -without appropriate revenues coming in? (Where on earth is their business model?)

* Why don't they save money in by placing austerity measures for themselves?

* If they think social security, & health care are socialist why don't they excuse themselves from those benefits and others they have voted for themselves?

* Why did they put in place the 2006 law regarding the US Postal Service requiring them to provide for health care benefits for thousands of people not yet born? (I gotta ask - do they do this sort of thing in their own business'? Oops, what was I thinking, I forgot most don't actually have or run a business - their wealth was generated from insider trading FROM THEIR SOCIALISTIC JOB IN GOVERNMENT - called 'Congress', 'Senate' and the underwhelming 'Judiciary'. Let's not forget the office of the President too.)

Just of a few of my musings on this. I've been looking at this through the strange deja vu glasses of my childhood when we were voting for junior high school representatives. The simplistic childishness of todays repub contenders remind me of the simplicities used to get a vote. Fortunately in those days simplistic was not stupid so I know the difference. Since this is 2012 the 'demolition roller derby' connection seems most appropriate .

Dec. 10, 2011 3:09 pm

GOP Tax Myth & Junk Economics

If there's one thing all Republican politicians are really good at, it's straight-up lying through their teeth about how their tax cuts for the rich are actually tax cuts for the middle-class.

Reagan did it, George W. Bush did it, and now that he's officially unveiled his own so-called tax reform plan, Donald Trump is doing it, too.

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