Thursday, August 05, 2010

The Reason Republicans Lie

It’s simple, they lie because it works.

CNN Poll: Quarter doubt Obama was born in U.S.

”The president celebrates his 49th birthday Wednesday. On the same day, a new national poll indicates some Americans continue to doubt the president was born in the United States. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, more than a quarter of the public have doubts about Obama's citizenship, with 11 percent saying Obama was definitely not born in the United States and another 16 percent saying the president was probably not born in the country.”

Unbelievable isn’t it? Over a quarter of the country still believes this nonsense -- this lie. How many do you think still believe Saddam Hussein had something to do with the 9/11 attacks? Here’s a more recent one for you. Do you realize that illegal immigration has been declining these last few years? Watch and learn.

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I’ll make you a deal. I’ll stop watching Rachel Maddow when Republicans stop lying. Seriously, I wouldn’t pay any attention to Ms. Maddow if she didn’t spend half her time (and more importantly half of her staff’s time) debunking the Republican Party’s latest lies. I spent a lot of time chasing down lies in the last election. I found it was a whole lot more efficient just to listen to The Rachel Maddow Show.

By the way, wouldn’t it be ironic if this turned about to be the hottest year on record? The same year that Democrats decided it was just too hard to pass the “Cap and Trade” Bill?

Senate Climate Bill Dies—Does the Environment Win?

”The bill that was withdrawn last week, like the Waxman-Markey bill that squeaked through the House last year and similar measures dating back to a 2003 Senate bill sponsored by John McCain, would have attempted to curb carbon emissions by creating a cap-and-trade market, a corporate-friendly approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

What? You don’t remember McCain (and Palin) campaigning on “cap and trade”? The same thing they are now opposing? That’s because you don’t watch Rachel Maddow.

Try to keep up. (Thanks for such a concise paragraph, Greg Sargent.)

”Whatever their substantive objections to each piece of legislation Republicans oppose, their larger game plan is to render government ineffective in order to deny Dems victores, create a sense that government is broken and has failed to deliver, stoke anti-incumbent fervor, and ensure that Dems bear the brunt of blame for government dysfunction.”

(Note: When I originally posted this blog, I inadvertently left off the link to The Nation article I quoted. Sorry for the error -- and my sincere apologies to The Nation.)

Don Brown
August 5, 2010

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