POLITICAL observations & opinions

* either many of those who voted for tea-party Republicans are too ignorant to know they voted against their own interests and in total contradiction of the facts … or something else is going on … or both !!!

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 18, 2010

evidence of thoughtful informed political dialogue

Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in the NEW YORKER (11/15/10) …

  • JOBS … Frightened by joblessness, “the American people” rewarded the party that not only opposed the stimulus but also blocked the extension of unemployment benefits.
  • NATIONAL DEBT … Alarmed by a ballooning national debt, they rewarded the party that not only transformed budget surpluses into budget deficits but also proposes to inflate the debt by hundreds of billions with a permanent tax cut for the least needy two per cent.
  • PARTY OF NO … Frustrated by what they see as inaction, they rewarded the party that not only fought every effort to mitigate the crisis but also forced the watering down of whatever it couldn’t block.

some two-thirds of likely voters believed that, under Obama and the Democrats

  • middle-class taxes have gone up, the economy has shrunk,
  • the billions lent to banks under the Troubled Asset Relief Program are gone, never to be recovered.
  • One might add to that list the public’s apparent conviction that illegal immigration is skyrocketing
  • and that the health-care law will drive the deficit higher.

Reality tells a different story …

  • For ninety-five per cent of us, taxes are actually lower
  • The economy has been growing, however feebly, for five straight quarters.
  • Most of the TARP loans have been repaid and the rest soon will be, plus a modest profit for the Treasury.
  • the number of illegal immigrants fell by close to a million last year
  • the health-care law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says, will bring the deficit down.

why don’t “the American people” know these things?

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Read the entire article at … http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2010/11/15/101115taco_talk_hertzberg

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