Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Another GOP Myth - Debt Vs. Spending Spin

First, let me explain something I learned about theory. There are no grey areas. This is why - Remember the old Buddhist/Taoist symbol for yin and yang?
There are two sides to everything. In Buddhism, that ancient theory is called "dependent origination", which means anything you cause or create automatically creates an opposite. That means two of everything. That also means there is NO SUCH THING as a grey area.
Now, when they say spin, there is no such thing as spin. It is either truth or not truth. Saying that something is spin or "biased" is saying that it is not true, which means it is a lie. That is not truth. In learning critical thinking we must always discard bias, cultural conditioning, and reliance on the opinion of authority figures in order to find the truth, especially in matters of science and "natural" science or completely when solving any mathematical problem. Siddhartha Gautama, the historical original Buddha, has been credited with saying, “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” This is actually the first step in learning critical thinking.
Now after that long preface (sorry), I will show you what some people call SPIN and show you the difference.
As was pointed out to me long ago, what the GOP does when confronted on any lie is called rationalizing. Let's look at the word rationalize, paying close attention to the last syllable. R-A-T-I-O-N-A-L LIES. That is what they do.
When someone talks in platitudes of apples and oranges and tries to do what obviously is a con job on us, that is manipulation, not explanation.
In example, when someone recently was talking two me about the subject we were discussing, climate science, they interrupted with some nonsense about the "debt" during the present administration and tried to use the "national debt" as if that was "presidential spending". Let me define the difference. Debt is something that is already there and accumulates - spending is something one does. Of course, trying to frame the question as "Debt of the Present Administration" instead of what it actually is, being a "National Debt" that was accrued before by the previous administration. That is a lie.
That would be the same as if you used a 200 year old wood pile that has been accumulating logs and kindling for the entire two hundred years and threw a stick on top of it, and then someone who wanted to blame you said, "You made that pile higher than it has ever been."
So what? What has that got to with who created the pile?

That pile (of debt - not the B.S. the "spin people" try to establish) is created by government spending. That government spending is created by congress, not the president. But some members of congress who are the main spending "masters" are quick to blame whoever is in the White House for their own actions.
The "trickle down" myth that Ronald Reagan sold people years ago has been debunked, not only by the people who it was supposed to trickle down to, but by the vast majority of social activists and public figures, including actual economists, not speculators, who expose the myth that all rich people "share the wealth" on a regular basis. They always point to people like Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey who are both philanthropists and public figures who are generous. Donating to a non-profit for a tax write off at no expense to yourself isn't the same thing.
The businesses who were supposed to use the temporary tax holiday they received during the Bush administration to be able to afford hiring people, instead are hoarding the money and laughing at us. As I said, it isn't spin, it is a lie.
So, when anyone is trying to tell you that the National Debt is the result of the spending of the president or this administration, be sure to look at who actually spent what and how much is being spent. A lot of people were screaming for tax cuts for rich people and corporations, now they have them and had them for eight years of the Bush administration, during which jobs disappeared by the hundred thousands. The tax cuts were supposed to be a "temporary tax holiday" to encourage hiring, instead they have become a source of income for tax shelter lawyers and a source of multiple income for people like Mitt Romney, who trickled his money down to the Cayman Islands.
So, the words "Job Creators"? Another lie.
The same people who are walking away with our jobs and money have lots of back up. When you hear the word "deregulation" that is another "job creation" type myth. Be very afraid. Unless you want to be living in poverty, drinking muddy with radioactive petroleum waste in it, and wishing you had a government that had protected you from this, you need to stop letting congressmen deregulate the things that have kept us safe for over a century. The reason we keep having these financial crises is because some congressmen are deregulating the people who create the crises through greed. They have deregulated (removed or made useless)the same regulations that were put in place after the great depression to keep from having another financial crisis.
Goldman Sachs has been at the center of every American financial crisis, including the great depression. Why are they still in business? Because some people profit everytime they get bailed out.
If you think I am lying to you, look up the names "John McCain and Phil Gramm and you will see where most of the problems started. And if you look up the "Global Financial Crisis" you will see it was avoidable, and therefore was not a mistake, it was a conspiracy calculated to devalue America, instituted by the people who profit from it.
If you don't believe that - then you must believe that rich people got that way by accident.
I also wish to point out that the Global Financial Crisis and the subsequent bank bailouts happened during the Bush Administration, during September of 2008, the last six months of George W. Bush's term in office, you will probably remember John McCain leaving the debates with Obama to rush back to Washington to help get the Republicans to vote for it. So, the words "Obama Bailouts" is another lie like the "Birther Mythology" that has already been debunked. The "birther mythology" was invented during the 2008 election as a diverstion, to deflect from the fact that John McCain was actually born in the Panama Canal.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

How To Decipher Republican Talking Points

Here are some Conservative/Republican talking points the right always uses and the progressive terminology that they actually mean.

Progressive Terminology and Talking Points

The right has been very successful in framing the political argument by seizing the name calling propaganda game e.g. “The American Affordable Healthcare Act/Obama Care etc. Liberals need to call the Republicans to task by flinging their terminology right back to them with a twist. Below are a short list to utilize in conversations and debates with them.

Conservative Term Progressive Term or question.

Conservative / Right Wing
Free market / Fair Market
Social Conservative / Christian Talaban
Evangelical Christian / Radical Christian
Fiscal Conservative / Slash and Burn Corporatist
War in Afghanistan / Occupation of Afghanistan
War on Terror / Can you have war on a strategy?
Creative Destruction / Vulture/predatory capitalism
Social Security / Old Age Survivors Insurance (OASI)
Self made man / Can you name me a person who never had help?
Prolife / Are you for the death penalty? If so then you are prodeath.
Pro death penalty / Prodeath
Promarriage / Fundamentalist moral sex cop
Anti Gay / Bedroom police
Fox News / Fox opinions not facts
Corporate Personhood / (Can they execute one?)
Wealthy job creators / Where are the jobs?
One Percenters / Tax Evaders or Uber-rich
Let market forces prevail / Prevail over whom? The Middle-class?
Capitalism / Greed Materialism

Thursday, January 12, 2012

SHOULDN'T ARIZONA BE ASHAMED?





The state of Arizona has been notorious for electing the same kinds of crazy people to office over and over again. Let's look back in history to Barry Goldwater. Goldwater and his brother were the "country gentleman" type of political gangsters. One of their tricks that some of the Arizona politicians still use is to "Nursing Home" the election.
I don't know who invented this scam but Goldwater and those of his generation perfected it to an art.
If you wanted to win an election in Arizona, the best way was, and is still - to look at the population and decide how to manipulate the majority. When as many people as there are here come to Arizona to retire (OR die from some form of disease that the dry warmer climate offers relief from), then there is a voting percentage available that is staggering. Those are the people who can sway any local election. The trick is to drive down to the nursing homes, stuff a couple vans full of patients, take them somewhere you can fill them full of candy, ice cream, and anything else their diets won't allow anymore at their assisted living facilities, AND, while they are still on a sugar high and happy, you "ear slam" them with the message that you are for OLD PEOPLE like them and then you drive home talking points sensitive to older people who are dying, and then you drive them to the polls, as if you are doing them a favor, and make sure you tell them to vote for you, over and over again. You can get people who can't remember their own name to vote for you this way. Now most of the crooked political scam artists just use ABSENTEE BALLOTS while registering them to vote.

Senators serve staggered six-year terms. The job isn't supposed to be for life but some polticians (especially GOP in Arizona) get themselves re-elected OVER AND OVER as if they never made any huge mistakes.

BAD POLICY DECISIONS:

Just like it is wrong for a C.E.O. to give himself a bonus for doing such a lousy job that his decisions cause the company or corporation to go into bankruptcy, re-electing a senator that keeps making bad decisions is WRONG.

John McCain should have resigned after the Keating Five Scandal. He and four other Senators got in trouble for intervening in the Charles Keating case where McCain's cronie, Charles Keating, who ultimately served five years in prison for his corrupt mismanagement of Lincoln Savings and Loan. In the four years after Keating's American Continental Corporation (ACC) had purchased Lincoln in 1984, Lincoln's assets had increased from $1.1 billion a year to $5.5 billion. Such savings and loan associations had been deregulated in the early 1980s, allowing them to make highly risky investments with their depositors' money. Keating and other savings and loan operators took advantage of this deregulation. Savings and loans established connections to many members of Congress, by supplying them with needed funds for campaigns through legal donations. Lincoln's particular investments took the form of buying land, taking equity positions in real estate development projects, and buying high-yield junk bonds.
Also, there is a lot more to his military career than being a hero. The people who were actually over there at the time don't remember him that way. I grew up down the street from where he and his wife live in Phoenix, and his wife was one of my sister's best friends up through high school. I remember them using his position to financially help themselves. I was here when Jim Hensley helped invent the "war hero" myths that occupy most of any utterance of McCain's now. He starts off most answers to any question during a debate with, "Can I tell you a story about Vietnam?" Which most of us at home want to scream, "NO, Answer the question!"