“(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.”

  

Author: PRAIRIE WEATHER

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  1. Keynesian stimulus used to be uncontroversial in Washington; every 2008 presidential candidate had a stimulus plan, and Mitt Romney’s was the largest. But in early 2009, when Obama began pushing his $787 billion stimulus plan, the GOP began describing stimulus as an assault on free enterprise—even though House Republicans (including Paul Ryan) voted for a $715 billion stimulus alternative that was virtually indistinguishable from Obama’s socialist version. The current Republican position seems to be that the fiscal cliff’s instant austerity would destroy the economy, which is odd after four years of Republican clamoring for austerity, and that the cliff’s military spending cuts in particular would kill jobs, which is even odder after four years of Republican insistence that government spending can’t create jobs.

    WOAH.

  2. Soooo … Where is the link with evidence the deficit is shrinking?

    Talk about bait-and-switch in headlines. Throwing out a game-changing statement like that without any evidence or data or any statement to say where its coming from, and using it to draw readers in to an unrelated partisan screed. This is blogging at its worst.

  3. Barky, I thought the same thing. I looked around the internet to try and find a corroborating article and couldn’t find one.

  4. I found a corroborating article without much effort.

  5. ok, i guess i must not have tried that hard. Thanks for the link. :)

  6. I found this, which is a much better graph. It is inflation-adjusted, but not as a % of GDP. I find the “% of GDP” measurement to be idiotic and involves fiscal legerdemain, the very thing that caused all this mess in the first place.

    http://www.davemanuel.com/hist.....states.php

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