I don’t want to alienate anyone with the following harsh rhetoric.
I know that some who still call themselves Republicans, and even some who carry the Republican banner in this forum, are truly decent and well-meaning people. And I hope that those who have been caught, in what can be thought to be outright lies or hypocrisy, are merely getting their news in the wrong places and are the victims of occasional lapses in memory.
You shouldn’t state over and over that Governor Scott Walker’s policies are creating jobs for Wisconsin. Not when we have lost jobs for 6 straight months and have the worst jobs record in the country. And you should not accuse Democrats of petition fraud, if you signed twice last summer for a fake primary candidate. Thankfully, others have already stepped forward to challenge these false and duplicitous statements.
In these highly charged political times we should heed some advice found in this forum a few weeks ago. We need to do our homework, and try to find out the truth about what is going on with the political system in this state and this country. Unfortunately, the media climate in this country makes it impossible to completely trust any source of information. There is so much opinion masquerading as fact, like there is so much faith wishing it was science. But all is not lost.
Look at the big picture of what has happened over the last 30 years. Read some actual news stories. Read books by investigative journalists and whistleblowers, double check the data on government websites, compare what politicians say to what they do. And for the sake of the nation, stop listening to Rush Limbaugh and watching Fox News.
Instead, for fact-based commentary, take in a little of the MSNBC evening lineup, and for enlightening humor, some Daily Show or Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Do these things, and eventually, there can be only one conclusion. Republicans do not live a fact-based world. Here are their two biggest lies of the past few years.
First, they say President Barack Obama has done nothing to create jobs. Yet in fact, it is the Republicans who ensured that Obama’s stimulus plan was whittled down to a size where it could no longer deliver what it was meant to do. Some economists said then, and the vast majority say now, that it was not big enough.
Then the Republicans say Obama has created a huge national budget deficit. It will be the ruin of this nation. The truth is, he needed to spend money to stimulate the economy, in a recession and with a deficit he inherited. There was little choice but to increase government spending. But Republicans refused to raise taxes on the wealthiest to pay for it.
Few economists say that repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy will kill jobs, but Republican politicians all do. They are the biggest liars. Americans should stop listening to them, and stop voting for them.