“(The deficit is now shrinking.)”
Those aren’t typos up there. That’s a quote from the excellent, long overdue piece by Michael Grunwald at Time. Recommended by (among others), Greg Sargent, Taegan Goddard and celebrated (I think) in this post at Paul Krugman’s blog, Grunwald really nails down what we’ve all been groaning about for years: the Republican party’s “defiance of reality.”
So now it’s out here, known, underlined, and filed. The next step is a series of hangings of members of the media who sustain their irreality and impose a sentence of ignorance on the general public.
Here’s how Grunwald begins:
It’s really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama’s opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan, when those same reporters spent the last year dutifully passing along Republican complaints that Obama had no plan. It’s even more amazing to see them pass along Republican outrage that Obama isn’t cutting Medicare enough, in the same matter-of-fact tone they used during the campaign to pass along Republican outrage that Obama was cutting Medicare.
This isn’t just cognitive dissonance. It’s irresponsible reporting. Mainstream media outlets don’t want to look partisan, so they ignore the BS hidden in plain sight, the hypocrisy and dishonesty that defines the modern Republican Party. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans insisted that anyone who said they wanted to cut Medicare was a demagogue, because I’m more than three weeks old.
I’ve written a lot about the GOP’s defiance of reality–its denial of climate science, its simultaneous denunciations of Medicare cuts and government health care, its insistence that debt-exploding tax cuts will somehow reduce the debt—so I often get accused of partisanship. But it’s simply a fact that Republicans controlled Washington during the fiscally irresponsible era when President Clinton’s budget surpluses were transformed into the trillion-dollar deficit that President Bush bequeathed to President Obama. (The deficit is now shrinking.) ...Time
So that’s a real start. Say it to yourself over and over again. “The deficit is now shrinking.” Chant it. Don’t let it go. You have my permission to take a break and chant “The fiscal cliff is bullshit,” too.
But then ask yourself why the Republicans want to poison us with bad medicine when the illness is curing itself. Are theydeliberate or feckless killers? Do they (as I suspect) have a reason to bring America to its knees, destroyed. (Why? Well, to rebuild the fruited plain and the city on the hill in their image using Koch money.)
If you read Krugman’s post on “epistemic closure” (I know, I didn’t either…), you are guaranteed to see the light. Unless you’re a Republican. In which case as Krugman says, “reality does have a way of making itself known, eventually, and the right really doesn’t know what to do when that happens.”