Hailing Obama’s budget address this week as “a victory for math” Rachel Maddow proclaimed that Obama had brought needed arguments to the table that were “sorely lacking.” Maybe she meant clarity of language like this, which would have George Orwell scratching his head: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA “… It calls for tax reform to cut about $1 trillion dollars in tax expenditures—spending in the tax code.” Guess what that means. Think it through. Give up? Maybe that’s because you don’t think every dime you have is at the good graces of government which “spends” it by letting you keep it.
From Little ACORNs: Maddow Loves The Community-Organizer-in-Chief’s Smug Budget Speech (True Twit, Part 15)
Yes, we the people have a moral obligation to lend a hand to our young, our sick, and our downtrodden, but the role of our federal government is to protect our individual rights so we don’t have to watch our backs all the time, so we can focus on other pursuits, such as bettering ourselves and the world around us.
Leftist Rule for Engaging Conservative Ideas #1: conservatives’ motives are never what they claim. It must be rigorously asserted that right-wingers are invariably driven by impulses more sinister than making people better off or trying to find solutions to the problems we face. New Republic senior editor Jonathan Chait knows that lesson by heart—on the Daily Beast, he argues that from the lowliest Tea Partier all the way up to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Right is animated by a view of “the poor as parasites” and “the rich as our rightful rulers,” a dogma we’ve picked up from philosopher Ayn Rand.
Does this dog whistle even work anymore?
Our favorite talk show host Glenn Beck recently criticized Paul Ryan, for giving a speech in which he tried to rehabilitate progressives such as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Beck’s criticism came after he read this post over at the popular conservative Hot Air blog, in which Ryan is praised for being a “real progressive.” Unlike Ryan, Beck [...]
Dear Mr. President:
I received a letter from my little boy – who lives with me but prefers to use the U.S. Postal Service for standard communication – stating categorically we do not have enough money for the purchase of Star Wars Lego and other necessities. While he didn’t state categorically this was affecting his health, [...]