Saturday, August 7, 2010

Could This Be Sarah Palin's Next Lie?

Here, we see Sarah Palin, thinking, however briefly, "Rats! Foiled again!"

Imagine it: Innovative thinking on taxation and the deficit; A bold, new proposal from the right.

Wisconsin's Representative Paul Ryan has just the plan, and Sarah Palin is sure to climb aboard, as soon as she figures out how to make the plan hers. It's Ryan's "Roadmap for America's Future," and promises, like all Republican plans, to slash taxes and slash the deficit! It must be so! The Congressional Budget Office estimates that Ryan's plan would cut the deficit in half by 2020!

But before we get too excited, let's hear from Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman:
But the budget office has done no such thing. At Mr. Ryan’s request, it produced an estimate of the budget effects of his proposed spending cuts — period. It didn’t address the revenue losses from his tax cuts.

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has, however, stepped into the breach. Its numbers indicate that the Ryan plan would reduce revenue by almost $4 trillion over the next decade. If you add these revenue losses to the numbers The Post cites, you get a much larger deficit in 2020, roughly $1.3 trillion.

And that’s about the same as the budget office’s estimate of the 2020 deficit under the Obama administration’s plans. That is, Mr. Ryan may speak about the deficit in apocalyptic terms, but even if you believe that his proposed spending cuts are feasible — which you shouldn’t — the Roadmap wouldn’t reduce the deficit. All it would do is cut benefits for the middle class while slashing taxes on the rich.

And I do mean slash. The Tax Policy Center finds that the Ryan plan would cut taxes on the richest 1 percent of the population in half, giving them 117 percent of the plan’s total tax cuts. That’s not a misprint. Even as it slashed taxes at the top, the plan would raise taxes for 95 percent of the population. ...

... The Ryan plan is a fraud that makes no useful contribution to the debate over America’s fiscal future.
Ryan's plan is ready-made for Sarah Palin: Squeeze the middle class harder and provide the rich with more tax cuts they don't need.

Can't you just hear Sarah Palin bleating, "But tax cuts create jobs?" Nonsense. Jobs are created when businesses expand because they have more orders for their goods and services.

If spending is going to be cut, there are more opportunities for savings in the defense budget. Why harm the middle class, which pays the taxes that pay for defense spending? If the middle class is destroyed, there won't be any money at all for defense spending. The best answer is to let the Bush tax cuts expire this year, as President Bush agreed that they should. Another source of revenue is to raise the cap on earnings for social security payments.

Just as Sarah Palin doesn't give a rat's ass about immigration, she doesn't care about the deficit. She's just looking for an issue to demagogue, one that will let her appeal to the uninformed and prejudiced, which is how demagogue's operate.

President Obama warned against the demagoguery of the likes of Palin, recently:
President Barack Obama said he understands frustration over the hot-button issue of illegal immigration, but warned against local authorities' "patchwork" attempts to enact reform on their own.

"I understand the frustration of people in Arizona. But what we can't do is demagogue the issue," Mr. Obama told "Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith in an exclusive interview. "And what we can't do is allow a patchwork of 50 different states, or cities or localities, where anybody who wants to make a name for themselves suddenly says, 'I'm gonna be anti-immigrant and I'm gonna try to see if I can solve the problem ourself.'"
There, you have it. Sarah Palin in a nutshell. Demagogue extraordinaire.


Joie Vouet said...

At the 2004 Democratic convention, Bill Clinton gave a speech and spent some time describing the Bush tax cuts that, he said, he didn't need.

Joie Vouet said...

Something a little more humorous: The BEST Late Night Jokes Of The Week: Palin's Cojones ...

Joie Vouet said...

There is no gratitude to the Palins, only complaints.
From The National Enquirer, via cele|bitchy:

Can you imagine? The Palins took two whole days out of what must be very busy schedules [LoLz]to go on that trip with Kate [Gosselin], only to be met with absolutely no gratitude and her nasty complaints!

Joie Vouet said...

Could this be a great coup? Here's a screenshot of Patrick Palingates leaving his blog via, from Minnetonka, Minnesota!

Interestingly, several other of their prolific commenters have been seen departing via Minnetonka. Is that a large city?

Is there another explanation for this? Feedjit does allow people to fake their location, but why would several of them choose Minnetonka?

I smell a conspiracy!

LoLz. Idle hands are the devil's workshop.

nswfm said...

Favorite comments from Cele|Bitchy (which I'd never heard of, so thanks for that):

"i was hoping it would snow and they’d be forced to eat each other. dang."

"There were obviously not enough hungry bears out there. Too bad, I hear morons are in season right now and delicious."

Anonymous said...

feedjit does let you change your location--i checked this out to find that somehow i had been logged in as commenting from edinburgh (i wish) rather where i am located. so i play with mine when i wish to be disguised. easy as pie. i've always thought palingates was not in europe, unless no one there needs any sleep.

Joie Vouet said...

Here's a report from Homer, AK. Is that the suspected ghostwriter standing to her left?

Joie Vouet said...

(... And here I am, thousands of miles away from DC out on a commercial fishing boat, working my butt off for my own business, ... So, I’ll go back to setting my hooks and watching the halibut take the bait, and when I come back into the boat’s cabin in a few hours, I’ll log back on ... . In the meantime, I’m catching fish.)

- Sarah Palin, in Homer, Alaska

Is she lying? She may be aboard a commercial fishing boat (chartered). Her "own business," part of it, is making a reality show (the rest is giving speeches). She didn't say that she's engaged in commercial halibut fishing. She may be making an episode or some scenes about halibut fishing.

Joie Vouet said...

:) Good morning, everyone.
In just a few days, I'll be working days again. Perhaps I won't be so grouchy? LoLz.

Joie Vouet said...

Patrick Palingates wrote:

Therefore it seems that it's up to the blogs to fact check Sarah Palin's statement once again.

She claims that she is fishing halibut in Homer, Alaska, for her family business.

This is what the fact checking team at Palingates has to say to that claim:

"We rate Palin's statement False."

Did Patrick accurately report what Sarah Palin claimed? If not, how can Patrick's claim that her statement is false be meaningful or even true?

Veni, Vidi, Vici said...

I believe that Patrick has called his misquote of Palin a lie. Ironical, isn't it?

He also characterizes Palin's dispute with Politifact, in his post's first sentence, as a dispute over Obama's tax cuts, writing, 'Sarah Palin recently entered into a "war of words and facts" with regarding the details of President Obama's tax cuts.' Most people understand the issue as a debate over the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, which are set to expire this year unless Congress acts to extend them.

Joie Vouet said...

Thank you, Veni ...

You've summed it up very nicely.