I am constantly amazed that politicians will say anything to anyone without regard to facts and the interests of our country.
Here is one audaciously stupid thing:
Jon Stewart’s satire is spot-on about the anti-Islam fervor in this country spewed by those — like the Governor of Tennessee — who have the nerve to say in the same paragraph that freedom of religion is a cornerstone of our nation’s laws. According to the Governor, unencumbered as he is by facts or knowledge, Islam is a culture. [Note to self: wonder about the education systems in our country.]
Stop. Think. Vomit.
Now let’s move on to the audaciously hypocritical. I have TWO things that rile me.
Jon Stewart is also spot-on about the outrageous things politicians will say just to sully an opponent’s record. For example, Jon Stewart highlighted Newt Gringrich’s decrying Obama-Reid-Pelosi socialism in the same sentence that he touts zero capital gains tax in Communist China.
Remember, Newt Gingrich famously shut down the ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT because — his own words — he didn’t like that he was put in the back of Air Force One when a delegation of US leaders went to the funeral of assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Rabin.
Remember, too, that Newt Gingrich famously carried on an affair with a staffer while pushing the impeachment of then-President Clinton over lying about extra-marital sex.
Stop. Think. Worry that people will believe him.
Bush Tax Cuts:
I think any responsible economist (and even those in the Bush Administration) would agree that tax cuts “don’t pay for themselves” and that tax cuts should only be effectuated in connection with reduced federal spending. The Bush tax cuts were in fact followed by outrageous over-spending. This is something that should have shocked the fiscal conservatives such as Sens. McCain, McConnell and DeMint, and Reps. Boehner and others, but apparently, not so much. They voted on those spending bills. Now we are supposed to trust them that they should be in charge?
Letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans lapse could reduce the deficit by $300 billion. Do the wealthiest Americans really need help in this economic climate? As one of least wealthy of the wealthiest Americans, going back to the Clinton Era tax structure will not make a material difference in my family’s life. I imagine that those wealthier than I are not counting on the tax cut either to make ends meet or go on vacation or send their kids to school or whatever.
But, listen to the GOP leaders — they want to keep those cuts. They are trying to fashion it as a tax “increase” for political gain. Another step toward socialism, they suggest.
BUT IT COULD REDUCE THE CRIPPLING DEFICIT BY ONE THIRD OF A TRILLION DOLLARS.
Stop. Think. Worry even more that people will believe these clowns.
Are you wondering where the audacity of stupidity and the audacity of hypocrisy meet, join forces and become a near-nuclear threat? Drum roll . . .