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The Myth of Republican Fiscal Responsibility

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     To understand why Republicans make ridiculous statements like this, you have to realize that Republicans do not operate in the same fact-based reality as the rest of us.

 

·        “...[W]hen we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality... we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”-- Karl Rove (a.k.a. “Bush’s Brain)

 

·        “A compelling story, even if factually inaccurate, can be more emotionally compelling than a dry recitation of the truth.”--Frank Luntz, conservative consultant and pollster

 

     Throw in the old adage: If you tell a lie enough times, it becomes the truth--and that is how Republicans have created the myth that they are better for the economy than Democrats. That is why Rush Limbaugh is paid $50 million a year to repeat their lies over and over, and why Fox News broadcasts Republican propaganda twenty-four hours a day. They know that if the American public ever learned the truth about which party is better for the economy, it could be the end of the Republican party.

 

    This myth of Republican fiscal responsibility lost all credibility during the past eight years, as Americans watched the Bush Administration bring us to the brink of economic catastrophe, by cutting taxes, waging wars, borrowing and spending, while Wall Street engaged in an orgy of unregulated greed. So, the Republicans did the only thing they know how to do. They invented a new story:

 

·        They’re sorry. They realize they have strayed from their bedrock principles of fiscal responsibility, but they have learned their lesson and promise to once again follow the divine teachings of their Patron Saint, Ronald Reagan. Then, all will be well. Republicans will win elections again and they will save the nation from the economic disaster caused by Barack Obama and the Democrats.

 

     The problem with the Republicans’ new story is the same as with their old story--Republicans have never been the party of fiscal responsibility and the Ronald Reagan they worship is the biggest myth of all.

 

 

 

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