Cutting thru the Propaganda Fog
Since the New Deal, Republicans have been on the wrong side of every issue of concern to ordinary Americans; Social Security, the war in Vietnam, equal rights, civil liberties, church- state separation, consumer issues, public education, reproductive freedom, national health care, labor issues, gun policy, campaign-finance reform, the environment
and tax fairness. No political party could remain so consistently wrong by accident.
The only rational conclusion is that, despite their cynical "family values" propaganda, the Republican Party is a criminal conspiracy to betray the interests of the American people
in favor of plutocratic and corporate interests, and absolutist religious groups.
Why? Because they're evil GOP bastards!
Exposing the ugly truth
about the Republican Party's diabolical plot to replace constitutional democracy with an oligarchic
It's the only rational explanation!
Why does the Republican Party zealously pursue policies so obviously counter to the best interests of ordinary Americans?
It can only be
Need more proof that today's Republicans are evil bastards?
Who Is 'Any Person' in Tribunal Law? It Could Be You.
It Can't Happen Here? The Case for Ballot Tampering in the 2004 Elections
The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis
It's official: Gore won Florida in 2000
The Florida Republican Recount Riot: A Consortium report on how paid
GOP operatives circumvented the democratic process through mob violence
Timeline of Bush administration's Iraq war lies
Caught on Film: Bush rhetoric versus reality
The October Surprise: The Reagan campaign committed treason against the US to ensure the defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980, and got away with it
Whitewashed: Reagan's neocon genocide in Latin America
How heretical cult leader / convicted felon Sun Myung Moon achieved such influence over the Republican Party (and shameless televangelist lackeys like Jerry Falwell)
Bill Moyers on media consolidation and the decline of American journalism
Theocracy Watch: American Taliban endangers freedom from religion
List of influential right-wIng think tanks & foundations
Jack Hughes Essays
Compare these analyses to the pap you were fed from the corporate media.
State of the Union: Disaster (Feb. 2006)
Iraq: Staying the Course with Lies, Arrogance and Stupidity (Dec. 2005)
Bush, DeLay & the GOP Sociopathocracy (Oct. 2005)
Fighting for the American way of life: Can freedom survive when democracy fails?
Bush, the GOP, Good, Evil and the Culture of Perpetual Scandal (Jan. 2005)
Election 2004: The death of American democracy; or, are Americans too dumb to vote? (Nov. 2004)
Forget 'Liberal Bias' -- for the Busheoisie It's 'Reality Bias.' (Oct. 2004)
Mythology versus Reality: Re-Fighting the Vietnam War (Sep. 2004)
The Fantasy-Camp Presidency of George W. Bush (July 2004)
The Secret Transcript of the Secret Meeting of Cheney's Secret Energy Task Force
Is Karl Rove Suffering from Spin Fatigue? (April 2004)
Grouse Media and the GOP Propaganda Machine (Feb. 2004)
George W. Bush: When Hatred is Justified (Dec. 2003)
The Banner Flap & Bush's Pattern of Deception (Nov. 2003)
Iraq: Not Going According to Plan (Sep. 2003)
An Open Letter to the DNC (June 2003)
Republicanoids, and Why They're Such Evil Bastards (May 2003)
Bush & Iraq: A War in Search of a Justification (April 2003)
Trent Lott and the GOP's Dirty Little Secret (Jan. 2003)
Bush Wags the Dog (Nov. 2002)
The "Under God" Pledge of Allegiance Flap (July 2002)
IE or Firefox
Keeping GOP Honest
Progressive Radio Links
The Ed Schultz Show
The Young Turks
The National Memo
The Daily Howler
Charles P. Pierce
The Brad Blog
Protect Our Elections
Black Box Voting
The Rude Pundit
The Daily Kos
THE DARK SIDE
Little Green Footballs
People for the
for the Separation
of Church & State
Stop Iran War
Con Web Watch
From the Dark Side
The 912 Project
Council of Concerned
Hall of Shame
Evil GOP Bastard of the Month
Brainwashed Rubes Now In
Control of the Republican Party
The Republican "Base"
Back in the day of the so-called Gingrich Revolution the Republican Party began pandering to Christian fundamentalists by offering sops on abortion and other religious issues. It was then that Republicans abandoned policy in favor of propaganda -- becoming completely irrelevant to actual governance and instead concentrating solely on their own political survival.
Ironically, their propaganda has been too successful. A generation of pervasive and increasingly deceptive right-wing propaganda has made the Republican base, i.e., the Tea Party, so simultaneously disinformed (due to their self-restriction to right-wing propaganda sources) and so radically absolutist as to become politically incoherent. Faced with the prospect of defending the indefensible, the Republican Party has instead pursued their only possible strategy for victory: Democratic voter suppression and election theft.
Samuel L. Jackson:
Wake the F*ck Up!
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An American Hero: Rep. John Lewis'
Cautionary Speech to the DNC
The Big Republican Lie About Taxes and Spending
If Republicans want to run the government like a business, why do they keep "selling" below "cost"?
Republicans often say that government should be run like a business. If we use that business analogy, let us consider that the government's "products" are the services it provides: defense, Social Security, Medicare, law enforcement, food and transportation safety, environmental protection, medical and scientific research, etc. The "price" government charges for these "products" is the taxes it collects.
Using the business analogy, let's say the business of America was humming along nicely in 2000 -- "turning a profit," i.e., running a surplus. But the Republican economic philosophy is that "customers like low prices therefore cutting prices is good," and after the inauguration of President George W. Bush, Republicans lowered the price for government products -- by cutting taxes -- at an arbitrarily low rate below "operating costs." Imagine how this approach would affect a business in the real world. Bankruptcy would result -- and quickly.
Republicans understood that the resulting deficits were unsustainable. The costs for the products exceeded the prices they were charging to deliver them to consumers. But after arbitrarily cutting the price and recognizing that they were now generating deficits, these Republican "businessmen" reached an odd conclusion. They convinced themselves that since "cutting prices is good" then the only other explanation for their red ink must be higher operating costs -- they were spending too much.
Remember, first they were making a profit, then they cut the prices, then they started losing money, and then blamed operating costs for their problem. The possibility that the lower revenues from the reduced prices never occurred to them. Our Republican "businessmen" then reached the conclusion after careful, sober, consideration that, even after laying-off millions of workers to cut costs, they were still spending too much. So, unfortunately, they must eliminate the product lines and go out of business -- even though the products were selling like hotcakes. In a real business these would be considered either grossly incompetent or suspiciously dishonest businessmen.
Our Republican "businessmen" are so fixated on the concept of "cutting prices" that they would rather go out of business than raise their prices. Somehow, they convinced themselves that the price could be whatever the customer wanted to pay, not what they needed to pay to keep the company in business.
No business could survive if the price it charged for its products was lower than the cost to produce them. Yet since the Reagan years (with the exception of the Clinton administration and despite unanimous congressional Republican opposition) that has been the official economic policy of the US government -- resulting in an enormous national debt.
Faced with this $14 trillion dollar national debt -- generated by irresponsible "low prices" Republican tax cuts -- the Republican solution is to cut or eliminate vital and popular "products" like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. They have been aided in this scheme by an incoherent and feckless Democratic Party and a news media owned by the same plutocratic interests that control the Republican Party.
While there are always some products offered by the US government that are of questionable value, most of the big-ticket items are of obvious public utility, meet a vital societal need and enjoy strong "consumer demand" by citizens.
The Republican opposition to Big Government programs like Social Security and Medicare is not due the national debt. The national debt is due to the Republicans' opposition to these programs since they can only be financed by a system of progressive taxation -- which is the real Republican target.
Republicans know they could never attack popular programs like Social Security and Medicare directly -- it would be political suicide. So for a generation Republicans have utilized a strategy known as "starving the beast," which means depriving the government of revenue through tax cuts.
Scams like the so-called Ryan Plan, which destroys Medicare and will cut, if not eliminate, already stingy Social Security benefits are just the inevitable endgame of the "starve the beast" strategy. After decades of deliberately engineered budget deficits through insufficient taxation, Republicans now point to vital programs like Social Security and Medicare and say "Unfortunately, we just can't afford it."
But what is never mentioned in this debate about costs and spending and the debt is that we could afford it, if we just raised taxes -- especially on wealth.
We started in 2000 with annual surpluses with the Clinton tax rates, then enacted the Bush tax cuts, immediately started racking-up huge deficits, and the Republicans now try to convince us the problem is one of "over spending." Republicans could apply that economic theory to unemployment and reassure the jobless that they are just "over-spending."
The manufactured confusion over the cause of the federal deficit would be more credible if the entirely predictable result had not been foreseen as early as the 2000 presidential debates, when Al Gore rightly criticized George W. Bush's irresponsible tax-cut scheme when he first proposed it.
Why would Americans fall for such a scam? How could such an assault on middle-class interests and prosperity be so brazenly and openly perpetrated? Surely Americans are not fools or amnesiacs and remember why these government programs were necessary in the first place. Will middle-class America passively acquiesce as their country is looted in order to further enrich the already wealthy?
Unfortunately, Republicans do run government like a business in that they sell this steaming turd like modern American corporations do -- with slick propaganda and deceptive advertising on TV. Just as they lie that deficits are caused by "over-spending" instead of "tax cuts," Republicans now utilize rigid message discipline and clever distortion -- mixed with shameless lies -- more resembling a psychological warfare operation than traditional political campaigns.
Like our hypothetical Republican "businessmen," Republicans in Congress and in state governments they control have embarked on a radical program of governmental disestablishment through tax cuts and the resulting de-funding of necessary government functions. State governments across the country are staging "going out of business" sales and liquidating state assets to private corporations at bargain prices.
When democratically elected, accountable governmental power is disestablished, unaccountable corporate power will fill the void. That's what Republican blather about "over spending" really means.