Friday, July 16, 2010

Relax, It's the Weekend!, Part 2

See the previous post: Relax, It's the Weekend!

Republi-CON's Zombie Arguments

Here is one:

"Republicans remain committed to deep voodoo, the claim that cutting taxes actually increases revenues.

It’s not true, of course. Ronald Reagan said that his tax cuts would reduce deficits, then presided over a near-tripling of federal debt. When Bill Clinton raised taxes on top incomes, conservatives predicted economic disaster; what actually followed was an economic boom and a remarkable swing from budget deficit to surplus. Then the Bush tax cuts came along, helping turn that surplus into a persistent deficit, even before the crash.

But we’re talking about voodoo economics here, so perhaps it’s not surprising that belief in the magical powers of tax cuts is a zombie doctrine: no matter how many times you kill it with facts, it just keeps coming back. And despite repeated failure in practice, it is, more than ever, the official view of the G.O.P."

Read The New York Times, Redo That Voodoo.

We'll discuss others next Thursday.

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UPDATE: Regarding the discussion of cap and trade yesterday, read the Washington Post, Can regulation beget innovation?, which argues that "Americans have shown that they can respond creatively, even profitably, to reasonable regulation."

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Local and regional: who dat for Alabama Governor; update -- FL 2010; damned if you do, damned if you don't -- Santa Rosa School District update; the nonsense of Pastor Poppins; and

Nation and international: is it time to call out racists within the Tea Party movement; fear, anger, and hatred is a great campaign strategy, but not much of a governing philosophy; praying for the rapture; Republi-CONs are sooooo gullible; get out of jail free for the Banksters; and oil spill fallout to date: lost compensation, should you get extra money after lying to the IRS?, did ya hear bout Big Oil's Big Daddy, Dick 'Chickenhawk' Cheney's secret energy task force, discounts for deepwater drilling, tell me -- the oil deposit now leaking would have provided how many days' worth of oil to Americans?, Obama's energy pipe dreams, is it time for N2N, is it God's wrath for destroying his planet?, how to plug that oil well, shocking realization that bottom-line influences corporate policy, political grandstanding, and Republi-CON 'less government' hypocrisy.

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