According to Jeff Jacoby of the Republican-controlled Townhall, the answer to America’s economic woes are to slash spending. Just that simple. Though he knows it’s not possible, the answer is not about cutting spending, it’s about where the cuts will come from.
From their own tax breaks?
Hardly. That is something that they have done already and that America has allowed them to do for at least the past fifty years, and longer. Same lies, different era.
A little ditty on Townhall’s editor, Jonathan Garthwaite, may help understand this editorial by Jacoby, which comes from the classic Republic spin garb of the Teddy Rooseveltian days. Garthwaite is leftover mind sludge from The Heritage Foundation , a foundation which states its mission as a public policy research organization is to make America more “safe and secure” (though the policies of their constituents threw America into a mindless war that made it far less safe and secure than ever); where “choices in education, healthcare and retirement abound,” (yet, it is their own policies that are slashing the budget on education, healthcare and retirement),and to “make taxes fair, flat, and comprehensible” (yet, it is conservative policies such as theirs that have made taxes unfair, and show a basic inability, on the part of the conservative species to understand the most basic principles of mathematics, economy or no economy.)
According to Jacoby’s assessment, the economic woes that currently have America in a long-term chokehold began just three years ago (June of 2008). For them, the recession actually ended two years ago, in June of 2009, mind you. The economy apparently started spiraling downhill into a recession again only after President Obama was elected and then only because Obama began to “tax and spend” like money grows on trees.
This kind of thinking and arithmetic de-ciphering only shows Jacoby’s complete incompetence at math and his unwillingness to work his economic factors and calculations correctly.
One of the major reasons Senator Barack H. Obama became President Barack H. Obama was that at the precise time that he tossed his hat into the electoral ring, the economy was spiraling into a deepening fiscal black hole (or a red bleed) that seemed to have no ending. At the time that he entered the Oval Office as President, however, the recession was headed toward Great Depression II.
Except for those who had not experienced any serious repercussions or effects from the recession in the first place. The recession ended when Bush was in office and Obama just cranked it up again and spent trillions of dollars in the space of about one year, more or less. A recession for the conservatives became “it was all just a joke folks” on January 20, 2009. The trillion-dollar deficit that they created with war was, within six months to a year of Obama’s election, all the fault of Democrat over-spending.
Apparently, Jacoby adds and subtracts numbers like Sarah Palin quotes history and constitutional law.
People did question the wisdom of President Obama putting the creatively and deceptively “set aside” war funds spent by the Republicans back into the budget so that America could see just how much the war cost us and why we were out of jobs and money, but a little basic math is in order to understand why he would do such a thing; especially when he knew he would take a big hit for it on his own watch.
Let’s go back to basics, all the way back before Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s helped Wall Street to participate in the biggest mortgage fraud and housing crises debacle the nation has ever known. Let’s even take a quantum leap back to the time before “creative bank financing” and tons of worthless commercial paper with mortgage default swaps and other such false and faked credit measures appeared. Back before the Wall Street people started tossing multitudinous zeroes on the back of worthless A-rated debenture paper, knowing that that kind of money did not exist and that America would never be able to pay it back. Let’s even go back as far as elementary math classes, sometime around 3 rd or 4 th grade. “Back to basics” means a lot more than Ronald Reagan thought it did. He was talking about racial basics from a prior slave regime, we’re talking real math.
In short, a negative plus a negative equals a negative.
If the economy is already in a recession, then adding on more recession makes it more of recession. But — when you multiply two negatives rather than add them, you now get a positive. Why is that?
Tug of war between opposites and the Rule of the Mathematical Jungle. Someone decided that multiplying negatives makes a positive and that is the only way it works.
Say the left side has 250 green chips and the right side has 2,000,050 red chips.
The side that pulls the hardest gains more leverage. If both sides tug equally, nothing is lost and nothing is gained on either side. It all adds up to zero output, which is what the GOP wants until it can regain its former Bush-era regime.
The right pulls and the left pushes back. The right wants to make certain that they not only get to keep their 2,000,050 red chips, but that they take your 250 green chips while they’re at it. Nothing is better for America, they decide, than a completely in-the-red economy that does nothing but give tax breaks to the rich and tells the poor to go straight to red 4377 — .
That may be an overly-simplistic way of putting it, but the GOP’s actions are to make sure that nothing at all happens while Obama is in office. The “No-We-Can’t-Obstructionist Party” is in full G-force effect, trying to go so fast with quick sleight of hand tricks that no one notices that the heavier and more burdened they get, the lighter the opposite side gets.
Until they can find another Republican president to finish ditching the economy, nobody gets anything (except more tax cuts to spur job growth that never happened with the tax cuts they had before).
In fact, while they state that communistic (red living) is not wanted here, they engage corporate America in communistic practices toward their employees and in communistic (rule in the red ) domain over the finances and people’s livelihoods and ability to create and be treated as equal humans.
Their insistence on ditching the economy into the red instead of balancing it shows that they actually love deficit spending, as long as the taxpayers are the deficit and it doesn’t affect their own pockets. In other words, they don’t mind spending the money it takes to make the profits, as long as it’s not their own money they spend to do it and they are not required by law to reinvest it.
Their actions with NAFTA on trade agreements show that they know only how to count deposits, but not the withdrawals that go with that. They misunderstand basic accounting principles because — oops — they forgot to count all of the withdrawals that they made out of other people’s bank accounts that would eventually bring the whole thing to a screeching halt. If you constantly withdraw and never deposit, then there is no wondering why all of the money is gone, where it went, or why those that you took it from want it back; all of it.
And though the GOP states that their version of “socialism” (the one where they actually have to give back to what they socially benefited from), is not wanted here, they force the very thing they claim to dislike to materialize.
The BIG government, in order to protect the massive working classes, has to expand and spend more and get bigger in order to restore what was lost and to wrest it back from those who claim they know what we want better than we do. “I must be smarter than you, I have all my money and yours is being held ‘in God we trust’ hostage.”
It is, in fact, the job of the government to get involved in and act in cases of disputes such as these.
Big government comes about as a result of people who mistreat others who do not have as much as they, or do not have the same social advantages and privileges. People forget too often that it is taxpayer money that bootstrapped these corporate and business entities in the first place, be it front-end funding or back-end tax breaks and write-offs.
In fact, the Democrat-ruled government, without the 98-pound yellow and beach blue bums who claim to be Democrats, has to take back the money it earned from all of the totally negative factors that the conservative class has spent taxpayer billions on, and pour it back into the positive side.
If they do not do this to weight out the balance or come as close as humanly possible, the conservatives (an odd mix of socialist and communist classes themselves who want to enforce communism for everyone but themselves) will succeed in taking dictatorial ownership of America and thus ensnare it to play by their rules, or else. The hypocrisy of it is about as glaring as the hypocrisy of demanding freedom for the English American from the United Kingdom British while simultaneously enslaving the African and telling him he has no rights and is too much of an idiot to figure his way in life without their help (though, as we know, the Africans had survived for MILLIONS of years without their help).
The rest of the nation then, in the estimation of the Republican Party, has no say-so over or right to their own creative ventures or futures or lives, or that of their children and children’s children to come.
“Why if they didn’t have us rich folks who got rich off their resources to tell them what to think and do'”as would have happened in the great Soviet Republic that we hate to love so much'”this wouldn’t be the great and wonderful American Republic that it is now.” (Outfit comes complete with Nazi side faire.)
Nothing from nothing leaves nothing, so until they can turn the ship back to their “nothing is possible unless and until we say it is” hope- less and could care-less direction again, we will all suffer until we “get it.”
Problem is, we all “got it” a long time ago. Boy, did we ever get it.
That direction, as we have seen, represents gains for only one side and continued devastating losses for the other. In other words, they want all the green chips that the left has, and all of the red chips that they have, too. Simply because you have not a clue what to do with your own money.
” None for you, 250 more for me .”
Net gain for America, zero . Net gain for Republican Americans, all 2,000,300 chips. So–what are they going to do now that we let them have ALL the chips AGAIN?
What they did before, of course–what works so you can’t.
Not pay taxes on it and ship the jobs they are supposed to create with the tax breaks out to wherever virtual slavery is still allowed by international treaty and trade law.