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dtotire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 09:24 AM
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A Voice of Reason (Good one by Bob Herbert)
A Voice of Reason



By BOB HERBERT
Published: April 9, 2010

The Republican Party is not simply the just-say-no party. Its also a shameless advocate of the free lunch. Ronald Reagan famously told us he could jack up defense spending, cut taxes and balance the federal budget all at the same time.


George W. Bush put two big wars on a credit card. And now we have the perennially clownish Newt Gingrich, in an embarrassing rant against President Obama, assuring the deluded G.O.P. faithful that, yes, the party can indeed bring down the federal deficit while cutting taxes.

The Great Recession and the debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan have not been savage enough to reintroduce the G.O.P. to reality.

One of the reasons so many conservative Republican absurdities became actual U.S. policy was the intellectual veneer slapped upon them by right-wing think tanks and commentators. The grossest nonsense was made to seem plausible to a lot of people people who wanted to believe in a free lunch. When Mr. Reagan told the country that government is the problem, the intellectual handmaidens of the corporate and financial elite were right there to explain in exhaustive detail why that was so.



The result, in addition to the terrible consequences of Iraq and Afghanistan and the damage to Americas standing in the world, was the tremendous (and tremendously debilitating) transfer of wealth from working people in the U.S. to the folks already in the upper echelons of wealth and income. The elite made out like bandits often literally.

The liberal or progressive community was slow to counter the remarkable effectiveness of this intellectual offensive from the right. But during the 1990s and into the early-2000s, that began to change. And one of the progressive organizations that has done a really good job (but has never been particularly well known) is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary.



more:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/10/opinion/10herbert.html?ref=opinion
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randr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 09:55 AM
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1. The "Free Lunch Club" would be a fitting moniker
If only the dems were as coordinated with talking points as the reps this would go viral.
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 12:16 PM
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2. Agreed
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Stuart G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 06:49 PM
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3. K and R thanks for posting this.
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