Saturday, March 01, 2014

The Economist has joined the Un-Reality Community

The Economist, frustrated at the lack of movement in Congress, have decided to pretend Republicans can be reasonable.  They are now basing their recommendations on that fallacy.
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This week's story explains why President Obama is a nincompoop liberal.  They provide a number of ideas that he should embraced.  Ideas that (form the Economist) "the Republicans and President Obama can agree on."
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LINK to Article
Except Obama has tried that.  Of their 7 ideas, two deal with need job training.  More focussed and better managed.  Great idea.  Which is why President Obama has requested this in his first 4 States of the Union addresses - including the exact proposals the Economist suggests.
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One of their ideas is to embrace the new Tax proposition of Republican Dave Camp.  Which is a fine idea - it lowers taxes, reduces rates and closes loopholes.  But, the exact same day Representative Camp  announced it; the Republican Leadership disavowed it.  Speaker Bohner and Whip Cantor said it wasn't a Republican proposal (despite being written by their Chairman of House Tax Reform) and they wouldn't allow a vote on it.
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I am not saying Obama has been good or even adequate about reaching across to Republicans.  I am saying that no matter what he has down, what he has given up, what he has agreed to, the Republicans can not ever be seen to help him.  They have staked out the position he is anti-American and this position has backed them into a corner where they can't work with the President or they will lose the primaries.
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The Economist, so grounded in reality normally, would be honest to at least acknowledge this.

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