A Matter Of Trust


Heard a statement today from Rick Santorum today which made me laugh.  Not “haha that’s funny” laugh, but a “haha, you must be a friggin idiot” laugh.  Sweatervestman said that if President Obama is re-elected that it would be “The end of Freedom in America as we know it.”

You heard that right, A Republican, a man of the party that brought us the concept of warrantless wiretapping of Americans and of water-boarding as a legitimate means of interrogation (coming to a police station near you?) now claims that the man who took out OBL, the greatest threat to America since the end of the cold war is somehow an enemy of the people.

How can you trust a statement like this from a republican?  They claim that the affordable health care act is a government takeover of healthcare, despite the fact that government will not take over health care.  No forcing doctors to become government employees, like in Britain.  No government paying all your bills like in Canada.  No take over, despite all their bullshit.

Republicans said that since they took control of the house they would publish the text of bills 3 days in advance of votes on the house floor.  Nope.  The ball has been dropped on this one on a number of important pieces of legislation on a number of occasions, including legislation to defund NPR and last August’s near government default.

Or maybe I could make the point by stating the lie from the Romney campaign that says The President is trying to end Medicare as we know it, or maybe  that taxing the rich will slow economic growth, when all evidence points in the opposite direction.  Or that the President  is limiting development of American oil shale, when the opposite is true.  Or that taxing the rich would not raise much money.

If you taxed those 400 richest people in America at the same rate that you and I paid, America would have half a trillion dollars extra in their coffers over the next ten years.

So when America hears Sweatervest-man, or any other Republican make statements like this, we all know it’s a giant bunch of crap.

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The hardest part about gaining any new idea is sweeping out the false idea occupying that niche. As long as that niche is occupied, evidence and proof and logical demonstration get nowhere. But once the niche is emptied of the wrong idea that has been filling it — once you can honestly say, “I don’t know”, then it becomes possible to get at the truth.

Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

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Pic of the day:  The Money Counter, by Pompeo Massani

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That’s about it from here, America.  G’night.

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