Tuesday, April 06, 2004

The Reality of the Right

Ole 'Shoot from the Hip Shot in the Dark' Berg, made a comment to my review of his newborn Northern Axis Radio show. He said I was 'killing him' when I said: "Their farfetched, twisted, and mostly inaccurate take on reality is good for chuckles once in awhile."He followed up with:
you may not LIKE the reality we discuss, but there's nothing farfetched or twisted about it. It's the indisputable truth in every way, as no other show in the Twin Cities can do.
Hmmmmmm, "Indisputable truth in every way" Would this be the real truth, or the truth according to George. I don't know if we dare get into a list of the fallacies and misleading information being spewed from this administration, but I can be sure of one thing. ANYTHING said by Rove and the boys is presented as the 'Gospel according to George"

Don't get me wrong, I don't give the Shrub in waiting that much credit to have a thought of his own that he can stick to. His waffling of late is enough to make stock in Aunt Jemima skyrocket with all the syrup needed to digest his weebeling!

During this election cycle, even the Right is willing to sacrifice their own morals and beliefs to perpetuate the misleading, unforgiving tripe of their fearful leader. I hear from them all the time 'off the record'. but you won't see them post it. This Tax and borrower is driving the economy into no man's land, but that is worth it, they say, because 'Steady Leadership' is needed in 'Times of change'

They are actually willing to toss the baby out with the bath water to hold on to the last hope their candidate has, and that is the war on terror.

The admitted and documented Republican, Richard Clarke, was even drawn and quartered by the attack dogs. To coin Berg, 'They eat their own'

Rather then grocery list let's just concentrate on the two main commercials that Rove has unleashed on the airwaves:

GAS TAXES: Kerry never voted for, nor sponsored legislation proposing such a hike. There was a single answer to a single question involving deficit reduction where Kerry mentioned he could see himself supporting the possibility. However, that wouldn't be the impression you would get from The Attack Dogs. They mislead you into thinking it is part of a broad-based tax plan. That would make as much sense as 'outing' GW's chief economic advisor, N. Gregory Mankiw.

Mankiw wrote in 1999, before climbing aboard BushCo, support for a 50-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax increase. Mankiw's article was in relations to an income tax cut proposal. Kerry, who did support a 4.6-cent increase in gas taxes, was for deficit reduction.

DEFENSE: Kerry is not weak on Defense, even Republican Senators McCain and Hagel have come to Kerry's defense on that. Even with the GOP thumbscrew brigade butchering every dissenter that breaths wrong, we STILL have member so their own party calling the kettle black. The Majority of the votes to reduce defense, which BushCo touts in their commercials, are relics of the post Cold War 'peace dividend" PROPOSED BY THE GOP ADMINSTRATION. Ironically, the current Veep, Cheney, who was then Defense Secretary, was the one who proposed most of them. Kerry supported this 1991 REPUBLICAN proposed defense appropriation bill, in a show of bipartisan 'Unite not Divide' force, and now the Repubs are using it against him. Cheney even laid into the Democratically controlled Congress for not cut more weapons systems. "Congress has let me cancel a few programs. But you've squabbled and sometimes bickered and horse-traded and ended up forcing me to spend money on weapons that don't fill a vital need in these times of tight budgets and new requirements. … You've directed me to buy more M-1s, F-14s, and F-16s—all great systems … but we have enough of them."

Also, the 1.5 billion-dollar cut in Intelligence spending was simply to regain control of already appropriated funds for a non-existent Spy Satellite. In a WaPo article from a few weeks ago, we have this:
The $1.5 billion cut Kerry proposed represented about the same amount Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), then chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told the Senate that same day he wanted cut from the intelligence spending bill based on unspent, secret funds that had been accumulated by one intelligence agency "without informing the Pentagon, CIA or Congress." The NRO, which designs, builds and operates spy satellites, had accumulated that amount of excess funds.
. . . . and people wonder why it is so hard to get things down in Washington. Even when you do the right, proper, and correct thing, it gets used against you, many years later!

Sorry Mitch, and the rest of your tribe, I am surprised you folks can figure out who's on your side.


[UPDATE] I was pointed to this NYTimes article:
"Let us rid ourselves of the fiction that low oil prices are somehow good for the United States," Cheney, 1986
read it all for the context!

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