PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,

today's top read

"The Republicans in Congress are currently claiming that we can't possibly devote $12 billion to extending unemployment benefits, because we don't have the money in the budget to pay for it and we have to balance the budget, while simultaneously claiming that we can't possibly let the Bush tax cuts expire, because it's worth going deeper into debt to give millionaires and billionaires a $700 billion tax break. These are not positions that can be held at the same time by any kind of rational human being.

"And the more the Republicans try to insist that they are, the clearer the evidence of their insanity gets, because the rationales they cite are wrong. Demonstrably, provably wrong – tax breaks to millionaires don't promote job growth (if they did, would we have lost 8 million jobs since the tax breaks were enacted?) and they don't stimulate the economy (unemployment benefits do, actually, because the poor have to spend every dime they get and can't save anything, while the rich can just toss that money on the pile.) These people are trying to argue a policy that's incoherent by citing rationales that are incoherent. They refuse to acknowledge reality when reality conflicts with their belief system, and if that isn't a textbook definition of insanity, it’s close enough for everyday life. When did it happen?"

Tags: 2010, news, quotes, welcome to america

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