Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Romney's vague against the machine

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That's actually Jon Stewart's second segment in this "Vague Against the Machine" set, but the first (here) had a lot of extraneous stuff. And I didn't want to post three video clips. :)

Besides, these two get the point across, don't you think? Here's the third:

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You know, I just can't believe this is working for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I mean, how dumb do they think we are? For chrissake, we just went through all this with George W. Bush!

Like Romney,  Bush claimed that his tax cuts would not favor the wealthy. Like Romney, Bush claimed that they'd actually lower the deficit - in fact, that we'd run completely out of deficit to lower!

Bush, too, was eager to go to war. He was trying to drum up a war with Iraq even before 9/11 gave him the opportunity (not that Iraq had anything to do with that, of course). And to armchair patriots, a good war is always fun, provided they don't have to pay for it in any way.

And no, Bush wasn't going to make anyone pay for it. The Iraq War would just magically "pay for itself." For the first time in our history, we went to war without raising taxes to actually pay for it.

But we were supposed to just trust the Republicans. We were supposed to just trust that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (they didn't). We were supposed to just trust that our wars would "pay for themselves," somehow (they didn't). We were supposed to just trust that tax cuts for the rich would magically make our deficits disappear (they didn't).

And now, Mitt Romney is doing the exact the same thing! It's just incredible, isn't it? How could any of my fellow Americans be dumb enough to buy it this time? After all, we're not talking about ancient history here!

True, the Republican Party is trying to pretend that George W. Bush never existed (after fervently supporting everything he did). And true, the Republican Party is faith-based, so they refuse to learn from experience. Despite the complete and utter disasters of the Bush administration, they still have faith in their dogma.

But what has happened to the American people that Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the entire Republican Party isn't just laughed off the political stage? If the experience of George W. Bush didn't teach us anything, what will?

And when Romney and Ryan do say something that's not vague promises, it's almost always a bald-faced lie. Every independent fact-checker agrees. They've just been lying. Paul Ryan's convention speech was absolutely astonishing in his simply repeating one lie after another, and Mitt Romney did the exact same thing in the debate!

That's not even in question. Every independent fact-checker agrees. So what is wrong with us here in America? What has happened to my country? Every year, I'm more astonished at how far we've fallen.


Chimeradave said...

I'd be interested to see that tax loophole chart. Any idea where it is from?

WCG said...

This one, John? It's from the Wall Street Journal, but I didn't bother looking for the original, especially since the Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch now. (Actually, I don't think you can access it there without subscribing, anyway.)

I just googled "top ten individual tax breaks" (images) and that was the first page with the chart. No doubt there are other sources, too.

Chimeradave said...

That's it. Thanks Bill.

WCG said...

John, FYI, I kept thinking about that chart, so I finally wrote a blog post about it (here).