Monday, January 28, 2013

Republicans: We Have Great Ideals, But The People Just Don’t Get Them | Addicting Info

The GOP claims to have timeless principles but rarely has it offered impartial proof that these principles work. As the Addicting Info article points out, there is no empirical evidence the supply side economics also known as "trickle down" is effective.

Oh, sure, you can always fins a partisan hacks in the Cato Institute or Fox News to say glowing thins about a GOP program, But where's the beef? Where is the proof of the pudding?

When you are in a faith-based party populated with true-believers that has little use for facts, why bother?

Mitt Romney, for example, told 533 lies in 30 weeks of his presidential campaign.

Steven Benen explained:

Mitt Romney says many, many things that are not true. He says this despite being in possession of the correct facts of the matter.
Which is to say that Mitt Romney lies. A lot. He lies more than any other national candidate for office in my lifetime. And I was born before the Nixon administration.
When the Romney campaign was confronted about its mendacity, Romney’s pollster, Neil Newhouse, said:

We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.
The GOP says it can do health care better than the Democrats, but GW Bush's Medicare part D had a lower consumer satisfaction than standard Medicare. It also has higher overhead. The Medicare Advantage prescription Drug program was an unfunded initiative. 

What about limited government? Did anyone notice any limited government initiatives when Ronald Reagan or GW Bush was president? Both presidents created huge deficits and expanded the national debt.

The big favorite of the GOP is deregulation. Many pundits says the rescission of the depression era Glass-Stegall Act was a big factor in the financial meltdown and the Great Recession. That act had created a wall between the investment banks and the commercial banks that was broken down. Phil Gramm, a TX GOP senator, was the architect of this act.

Privatization is another Republican favorite. In FL, Rick Scott wants to privatize prisons and the prison industry is happy to oblige as long as the state signs a 20-year contract.

A 20-year contract! Good grief. Who in their right mind would agree to this except "the Party of the Stupid!"

The GOP has become a party of bad old conservative ideas. Ideas that don't work.  The GOP's shift to the right brought Humpty Dumpty down in the last election.

It needs to become a more moderate party to succeed  Putting a turd in a new candy wrapper won't help the Republican Party. You are still trying to sell turds!

The GOP is deluding itself.

However, the GOP is happy to live in that conservative pineapple under the sea. It doesn't really wants to find a better box to live in.

It's easier to paint the pineapple and do a little landscaping to make things look better than they were in 2012.

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