Saturday, October 20, 2018

Lies Republicans Tell, over and over and over

Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda said, 
"The most brilliant propagandist technique… must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over and over. “  
He exploited the lowest instincts of people – anger, fear, racism, xenophobia, and class envy. Aided by the effects of the Depression and with sober psychological calculation he led the masses wherever he wanted them to go.  And that’s exactly what Trump and the Republicans do today.

Lying and deception is the basis of Republican technique including personal attacks, defamation, half-truths, name-calling or any other technique that is based on dishonesty or deception.   A simple slogan is repeated until it is taken as truth… “death panels” or asking “where are the jobs”, as if they themselves have no obligation to create employment policy.  Republican senators rail about immigration, “the federal government has failed to protect this nation’s borders.”  They ARE the federal government.

Republicans take elements of truth and false generalizations and merge them to supplant the accurate perception.  In other words...REPUBLICANS LIE!

1.  REPUBLICANS LIE ABOUT HEALTHCARE:

Republicans tell too many lies about healthcare to repeat.  They convinced people that the new measures would boot them out of their private insurance into a government-run program; that it was really being established in order to give"reparations" to African Americans and to create "death panels" for old people.




Republican States Attorney’s across the country filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the mandate,  a Republican idea, supported in the past by Sen. Grassley and Sen. Orrin Hatch. In 2018, they finally succeeded in getting rid of the mandate assuring that insurance rates will go through the roof.

Now they’re claiming to favor coverage for pre-existing illness while Trump’s Justice Department is arguing in court that the Affordable Care Act’s protections for pre-existing medical conditions are unconstitutional and should be nullified.  The doublespeak in mind boggling.

Republicans gave the Iraqis universal healthcare.  So why is it too much to give to American taxpayers?

2.  REPUBLICANS  LIE about the effects of regulations on business.

In their annual Doing Business" report  which ranks 190 countries and determines how “business-friendly” they are,  The World Bank ranked the United States number 4 in the “ease of doing business category“ under Obama. Under Trump, the U.S. has fallen to number 6.

According to 65 percent of respondents  to a Wall Street Journal survey of economists, a lack of demand, not government policy, was the main impediment to increased hiring.

McClatchy reached out to owners of small businesses to find out whether they indeed were being choked by regulations as Republicans constantly claimed; whether uncertainty over taxes affected their hiring plans and whether the health care overhaul was helping or hurting their business.

None of the business owners complained about regulation in their particular industries, and most seemed to welcome it….”.  Many of the businesses pointed to how the Obama stimulus kept them afloat.

3.  REPUBLICANS LIE about drilling and the Keystone XL Pipeline:

To let Republicans tell it, the oil supply and employment in the industry was stymied by Obama.  It is a lie.

From The Los Angeles Times:


“.... the United States reduced net imports of crude oil last year by 10%, or 1 million barrels a day. The U.S. now imports 45% of its petroleum, down from 57% in 2008, and is on track to meet Obama’s long-term goal.

Imports have fallen, in part, because the United States increased domestic oil and gas production….Production in 2012, about 5.6 million barrels a day, was the highest since 2003.

The U.S. has been the world’s largest producer of natural gas since 2009, the report says. Use of renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar has doubled since 2008.

The report credits administration policies for the improvements. It cites initiatives such as the higher fuel efficiency of passenger cars, the jump in renewable energy output, and improved weatherization of 1 million homes.

4 REPUBLICANS LIE about taxes and tax cuts.

Federal taxes are considerably lower since Obama became president. According to The Tax Policy Center, nearly 90% of all taxpayers got a tax cut and almost 100% of those in the $50,000 income range.  No taxpayer, anywhere in the United States has seen a tax increase since Obama became President.  

To be fair, there have been tax hikes on tobacco products, sun-tanning services and there are tax increases associated with the Healthcare legislation,  but these are not taxes imposed on individuals and most of the healthcare legislation in question will not be enacted until 2014.

After President Obama’s State of the Union address, where he called for the “Buffett Rule”: a requirement that millionaires pay at least 30% of their income in taxes, the richest man in America, Bill Gates weighed in,
“The United States has a huge budget deficit, so taxes are going to have to go up...And I certainly agree that they should go up more on the rich than everyone else.  That’s just justice.”
Trump’s answer to the deficit was to increase it with huge tax cut for corporations and the rich.

5REPUBLICANS LIE about voter fraud

After the 2000 Florida election debacle, Congress established a body called the Election Assistance Commission to improve voting and democracy in this country.  The bi-partisan committee spent a year doing research to produce a draft report, but after submitting the draft in July 2006, committee members were barred from further participation.

The research found widespread agreement that allegations of fraud through voter impersonation at polling places were greatly exaggerated. But the commission did find reasons to be concerned about voter intimidation.  Under pressure from Congress, the report was finally released, but only after the Republican general counsel assumed primary control over rewriting the report.

The report garnered very little attention because during the time of the commission, claims about voter fraud and efforts to advance the cause of strict voter identification laws were at a fever pitch in Congress and the states.  Some U.S. attorneys were fired because they failed to pursue poorly supported voter fraud cases.


6.  REPUBLICANS LIE about the debt and deficit:

They love to say, President Obama controlled the Congress and got everything he wanted for the first two years of his term.  President Obama had a majority in the Senate for only 4 months, at the end of his first year.  Besides, what’s their excuse, Republicans had the House, Senate and Presidency (Bush) for four (4) consecutive years!

They have total control again and have accomplished absolutely nothing for the American people.

7.  REPUBLICANS LIE  about Ronald Reagan


Reagan policies contributed to the Savings and Loan crisis
He increased the size of the federal government by 7%. So much for small government.
The federal deficit ballooned to the largest peacetime deficit in history
Under Reagan, the debt ceiling was raised 17 times
He signed the largest tax increase in the history of the nation; He raised taxes 11 times
Reagan turned the U.S. from a creditor nation to a debtor nation

Reagan signed a measure to allow pregnant women to terminate pregnancies that endangered their “physical or mental health.” (Therapeutic Abortion Bill)

Reagan signed a bill that made immigrants who'd entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty.

He had the largest federal workforce in history.

I’m always prepared to listen to any fair and balanced arguments...no matter what party it is because everyone has a good idea sometimes. but I just can’t stomach the Republicans. 

Republicans lie about Democrats
Republicans lie about Hillary Clinton
Republicans lie about Nancy Pelosi
Republicans lie about climate change
Republicans lie about immigration
Republicans lie about Medicare
Republicans lie about Social Security
Republicans lie about lying

This article was originally posted in 2012, but is an excellent example of how quickly we forget and how little changes.

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