Thursday, July 29, 2010
The Tortured Logic of a Liberal
The Tortured Logic of a Liberal
The following is the text of a guest viewpoint published in the Binghamton, NY Press & Sun-Bulletin
By Sid Dunn • July 27, 2010, 12:00 am
The original liberal's text is in italics followed by my rebuttals in plain text.
It is amazing how many pundits continually chide the current president at every single inappropriate opportunity. Among the examples: * The president had the audacity to be playing golf on Father's Day while BP's oil spill spewed in the Gulf. Hm-mm. Now how many days did the former president spend at his ranch in Texas? Bush seemed to spend as much time in Crawford, Texas, as he did at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Mr. Dunn completely and conveniently misses the point. Why was Obama golfing when he should have been concerned more about the oil spill? In fact, why did it take Obama more than two months before he took the spill seriously?
The president has had over one and one-half years to correct the financial crisis he inherited. Hm-mm. Now where and when did this crisis originate and on whose watch was it?
Well, how about the well-intentioned Community Reinvestment Act signed into law by Pres. Carter. Then Pres. Clinton got his hands on it and really screwed the housing market creating the crisis. He ordered banks to write mortgages to people who had no way to repay the loan. This, of course, led to sub-prime mortgages which the home buyers never really understood. They were totally unprepared when their mortgage payments suddenly sky-rocketed beyond their ability to pay. And since the interest was accruing during the “teaser” rate period, they suddenly had whatever equity they had built up simply wiped out. But Clinton couldn't stop there. He also ordered the banks to include unearned income in order to qualify the home buyer. This included welfare benefits, food stamps (it is illegal to use food stamps to pay for anything except food), alimony and child support which are totally unreliable. If the banks didn't comply, they would be severely penalized. Then there's Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which Democrats Barney Frank and Chris Dodd kept assuring they were sound despite the fact they facing bankruptcy because of all the bad mortgages they were saddled with.
The president is handling the war in Afghanistan completely wrong. Hm-mm. Now who started this war that virtually no other nation on Earth is committed to?
Ah, Afghanistan. He increased the number of troops beyond what were already there and then crippled the military with his totally irresponsible change to the rules of conduct. Also, the number of American casualties in the short time Obama has been in office skyrocketed way beyond the casualties during Pres. Bush's term. And let's not forget Obama's promise that he would “invade any country at any time with or without the country's permission to hunt down the terrorists.” He is more bellicose that Pres. Bush ever hoped to be. And by the way, NATO still has troops in Afghanistan, not just us. And, yes, he is handling it all wrong. He completely ignored the advice of the ground commander that he himself appointed. Then, rather comically, he replaced Gen. McCrystal with Gen. Petreaus who left called Gen. 'Betray Us' when Pres. Bush was in office.
The president has thrown us into too much debt. Hm-mm. Now when did the bulk of this debt come into existence? Let's see. It took someone eight years to take this country from a surplus to a deficit and now the current administration did it all on its own? Hm-mm.
I'm assuming he's referring to the “alleged” $15 trillion+ surplus at the end of Clinton's term of office. Here's a news flash, bucky, it never existed. That 'surplus' was simply the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO – which has always been mathematically challenged) estimate of the surplus before 9/11, before the housing meltdown (which I have already explained), before Wall Street crashed (thanks to the Democrats). While the economy had started to recover before the end of Pres. Bush's term. Obama maxed out the federal debt and more than tripled it in less than one year. There's an old saying, 'when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging'.
The president is a Socialist with his socialistic health care reform. I wonder what these pundits would have said when the government historically created a program called "social" Security? But of course I must be confused because none of these pundits would ever have or had any use for anything at any time called Social Security, let alone a viable health care system.
It was another socialist president, Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who created Social Security and we're still paying for that horrendous mistake. Not to sound like a broken record, but every country that has tried socialized health has failed at it miserably. Sweden, the model of socialism, is now privatizing its health care. Great Britain's health care system is bankrupting the country while patients languish and die due to the lack of proper health care. And why do so many Canadians come here for medical treatment at their own expense?
One more point Mr. Dunn conveniently forgot to mention – unemployment. When Obama took office, the unemployment rate was between 4.5% and 5%. So how did jump all the way to 10% in the short time that Obama has been in office. It has been over 9% for quite a few months already. He promised that the 'stimulus bill' would create 2,000,000 new jobs. Where are they? He also had the audacity to promise that the unemployment rate would never go above 8%?! What's with that? BTW, we're still hemorrhaging jobs thanks to Obama and his pet sycophants.
It is honorable and a constitutional right to be of one political party versus another one. But to condemn and constantly be vitriolic solely because one, in political office, has a different letter after his or her name, be it an R or D, is borderline bigotry.
Good point. Too bad you haven't learned it.
So the next time you hear one of your favorite pundits spinning a tale, like Chicken Little and "the sky is falling, the sky is falling," please try to remember that it is nothing more than a tale. A bedtime story for the bigots and the narrow-minded and for those who believe in the Fox in the Henhouse and drink the Fox Kool-aid and have tea parties. And not too Rush for and to conclusions.
Nope, no bigotry here. (I'm being sarcastic.)
And for those of you who are in the zone and have stoically read through this and consider it nothing more than liberal socialist babble, I am reminded of some of the words of one of Greta and Urban Van Susteren's closest family friend, who often said when his political career was in disarray: " .... I have here in my hand a list of 205 that were known to the secretary of state as being members of the Communist Party ...," according to Haynes Johnson's "The Age of Anxiety."
I'm still trying to figure out where he's going with this one. BTW, Joe McCarthy did prove that the administration was riddled with Communists.
Needless to say, as reality and history finally came to light, the list never existed. Seems like history is repeating itself, once again.
Actually, you're just rewriting history, something liberals love to do.
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Posted by Brett at 9:06 PM