Debate Definitions: Your Guide Through the Current Manufactured Madness
by Brian Wilson: The
Jack Ass Show
cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist
until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse
from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always
collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by dictatorship.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200
years." ~ Alexis de Tocqueville
Sans the olives
and goose from my last TV Endurance Run (The
Jack Ass Show) I flipped on the shadow box and was treated
to Obama's latest attack on the Republicans. During his delightful
abuse of the English language and rape of the Truth, it dawned on
me we needed some kind of "catalog of definitions" to
sort out all the lies. This debt debate is like a boxing match where
the referee has brass knuckles and a serious grudge against one
of the contestants. Even the pundits who aren't in the tank for
Obama are accepting false premises.
as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities."
Default has replaced "not raising the debt limit" in the debt
debate. There is no discussion of how the government could service
its debt and meet other obligations without borrowing more money.
Instead, we are assaulted with wild tales of heinous disasters brought
on by defaulting on the US debt.
Revenue has replaced the word "taxes." People understand raising
taxes means taking money out of their wallet. Increasing revenue
sounds as if the government is out earning an honest buck. Revenue
is doubly disingenuous because the tax increases are not about getting
more money but rather getting the Republicans to betray the people
who elected them. Obama desperately wants another Bush "read my
lips; no new taxes" moment.
Inside the beltway, anything less than a 10% increase in government
spending is cut. A 7% increase is a drastic cut; 5% increase
is a massive cut. When cuts are expressed in dollars, it
is "over 10 years." So a trillion dollars is really $100
billion or $84 billion. Even then, none of the cuts happen this
year; cuts are in the "out years." "Out years" being years when
the politician plans to be "out of office." Meanwhile,
the Debt will just keep on keepin on. just keep on going up.
The threat to delay social security checks is a case of "Were
you lying then or are you lying now?" Al Gore told us all the
social security money was safe in a lock box. If there is a lock
box full of social security money in Washington, why does Obama
need to borrow money to send out social security checks? Which brings
into question all the threats against entitlement, defense spending
and debt service which are 63% of the budget. The deficit is 40%
of the budget. Obama is really only 3% short on all those bills
he claims he may not be able to pay. (NB: key weasel word "may").
Spending Discretionary spending is 37% of the budget. This
is "walking around" money; politicians pocket change to
buy votes. Discretionary spending is 93% of the deficit but it isn't
mentioned in the debate. This is a lie by omission.
Shills are people who support Obama's debt limit agenda but pretend
to be honest, independent brokers. The primary source of shills
is TV. TV pundits and reporters alike use the lies catalogued here
to convince the American public to allow the government to tax and
spend them into oblivion and say it with me Doom.
Moody and S&P are shills. They are regulated. They owe their
continued existence to Obama and his Regulators. They lied about
the value of mortgage securities and now they're making phony threats
to lower the US credit rating.
living high and wide." ~ Theme from Rawhide
Obama is the single greatest source of lies in this freak show.
He misrepresents what he says behind closed doors. He misrepresents
everything that happens in the closed sessions. He lies publicly
about his motives. He lies about paying social security checks.
He lies about an economic recovery. He even lies about the lies
he has told already.
The shills lie about a market meltdown. At this point, the market
is so disconnected from reality no one knows where it is going or
why. (See also Meltdown,
Thomas E. Woods, Jr. for definitive information)
This lie is so old, they have to bring it out in a wheelchair.
If the Republican don't give in to the Democrats demands, it's because
they won't compromise. Surprisingly, this has always worked in the
past. According to Guinness*,"holding out for over a week"
is a new record for Republicans. *(Guinness the stout, not the List)
Offers Offers are how Obama lies during negotiations. He
is open to $4 trillion in cuts. The "What" and "How" are never explained.
Obama just goes on Prime Time TV and says "the Republicans
won't compromise." Pundit prattling ensues to round out the
"We return you now to our regularly scheduled brain
Approach This is the focus group tested version of "shared
sacrifice." It sounds much less painful but actually just the same
old Democrat song and dance of tax and spend. Imagine Obama going
on TV and saying, "80% of the American people want us to tax and
spend out of this debt crisis."
If the Republicans
haven't caved by this weekend, all hell will break loose. Spending
is Washington's power. They can't afford to lose this battle.
So how did
a routine vote to increase the debt limit turn into political Armageddon?
It starts with the Tea Party Movement. The original complaint about
taxes, lead to spending and on into the debt limit. By the 2010
elections, debt limit was on the political radar.
So along comes
the "routine debt limit vote" and the Tea Party representatives
make some noise about it. The Republican leadership thought a little
TV wrestling, make a phony spending cut deal and the hicks will
fall in line. The Democratic leadership said, if we have to get
out of our comfy chairs to fake a fight, why don't we make it a
really big phony spending cut and add a tax increase. In 20/20 hindsight,
this is the point when all parties concerned wish someone had suggested,
"Hey! Why don't we just combine our votes and cut the Tea Party
Poopers out of the picture!?" Sadly for good ole BAU (Business
As Usual), no one did.
base blew up over threats of entitlement spending cuts. The Republican
base was unimpressed by the velvet language of "revenue enchantments."
Suddenly, instead of a few redneck Tea Party chuckleheads, leadership
was facing a palace revolt by everyone not in a safe district looking
at reelection in 2012. The leadership of the two parties is reduced
to having Obama come on national TV and beg for Compromise and Balance.
miscalculation or the fickle finger of fate, leadership is screwed.
The Republicans won't raise the debt limit without a spending cut.
The Democrats won't accept a spending cut without a tax increase.
The Republicans won't accept a tax increase. Leadership can threaten
congress critters (see Steve "Tigger" Wu) and scare the B. Jesus
out of the taxpayers. When the taxpayers believe their only options
are lose some or lose all, they will beg for an increase in the
debt limit. (Current Las Vegas Line: next Tuesday)
Keep an eye
on Obama. He is going to push Stupid to new depths.
Wilson [send him mail],
nationally ignored talk show host and occasional LRC un-indicted
co-contributor, is currently annoying miniscule audiences in a number
of markets from his technically challenged studios safely outside
the dictatorship of Toledo. Brian may be endured from 3p6p at www.wspd.com.
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