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We Can’t Handle The Truth

1:06 pm in Uncategorized by Watt4Bob

There is no such thing as cold.

When a person dies, freezes to death, let’s say. It is not because cold creeps into his or her body, it is because the heat necessary to sustain bodily functions creeps out.

Heat is a one-way street, heat flows in one direction, when we say something “cools down”, what is actually happening is the heat it contains is flowing out of it, and into something else.

Hot and cold are therefore not a true dichotomy, they are words used to describe relative values along a single continuum, that describing the presence of heat.

There is really no problem inherent in our use of a false dichotomy in everyday discussion of the weather, but there is a problem in our political discourse that flows directly from our clinging to a perspective based on another false dichotomy;

The problem as I see it, is that we, who find ourselves so deeply troubled by the results of our government’s activities, are stymied in our efforts to affect change by our own tacit agreement that that change might be affected by participation in the supposedly legitimate dialog between the ‘two political parties’.

We are encouraged at every turn to understand that our politics can be described as the engagement between two parties whose ideologies represent opposing sides in a legitimate argument over the proper role of government, each side holding opinions that reflect their legitimate understanding of the Truth; that is, the “way things really are” and the logical decisions that flow from those understandings.

What I’m saying is there is no real dialog of opposition happening in our politics.

It is not necessary to prove, and enumerate the lies and deceptions, is only necessary to face the Truth that by this time should be burned into our hearts by the fire of disappointment;

There is no party of ‘Family Values and Fiscal Responsibility’ just as there is no party of ‘Peace and Compassion for the Poor and Powerless’.

What we have witnessed, but do not fully comprehend, is the one-way flow of Truth, and that out-flow has resulted in an almost absolute deficit of Truth in our politic discourse.

The single most important illusion resulting from this deficit is the false understanding that our politics is held hostage by an ideological stalemate.

Contrary to this almost universally believed illusion, we are not engaged in a dialectic between two opposing ideologies so much as a one-way battle between those who would like to make political decisions based on Truth on the one hand, which I would describe as “the way things really are”, and those who insist that we also entertain all sorts of ideas completely unrelated to observable reality; that is, various fabricated opinions and arguments whose only purpose is thwart the natural political impulses of those whose decisions are based on Truth.

The very most important thing we must come to understand is that the people who agree with those of us who wish to make political decisions based on the Truth, are by and large excluded from the two-party system, the government and thus the political process, and that our politicians are by and large those who have agreed ahead of time to confine the political discourse to those arguments whose only purpose is thwart the natural political impulses of those who prefer decisions be based on Truth.

The only opposition that actually exists, is between we, the 99%, utterly excluded from the political decision making process, mainly because our world, and thus our political aspirations revolve around what is real and true, and the 1% whose absolute control of our political discourse, our government and the M$M has resulted in the conditions we find ourselves working so hard to endure.

Tax-Hike Chicken, the only game in town.

8:57 am in Uncategorized by Watt4Bob

Paul Solman interviewed David Stockman on PBS last Friday, Stockman said it’s obvious that we’re entering a period of raising taxes, probably for the next decade;

PAUL SOLMAN: And now both men favor a new tax on risk-taking financial institutions, which prompted one last question for Ronald Reagan’s budget director, famous for the starve-the-beast argument, that tax cuts would force government to cut spending.
Do you still feel that way?

DAVID STOCKMAN: I think the lesson of the last 25 years is that it doesn’t work. You can keep cutting taxes until you reach the point where this year — or the year just ended, we spent $3.6 trillion, and we only collected $2.2 trillion.
So, we are now so far out of kilter that it’s irrelevant. Taxes are going to have to be raised. And the beast needs to be trimmed back. But it can’t be starved enough to even begin to cope with our fiscal problem. And this is where I think all the politicians are faking in both parties, but the Republicans especially.
The Republicans think their mission in life is to cut taxes. Sorry, game — game over. We’re now in the tax-raising business. And we’re going to be in the tax-raising business for the next decade.

Hank Paulson and Alan Greenspan were on Meet The Press on Sunday, still making believe that tax-cuts make the world go ’round;

MR. GREGORY: The–part of the fix here, according to the budget, is–has to do with the issue of taxes. Here’s how The Wall Street Journal put it in a headline on Tuesday, and that is that the wealthy face a tax increase. Those Bush-era tax cuts are going to be allowed to expire by this administration.

Secretary Paulson, is that a bad idea?

MR. PAULSON: Here’s how I look at taxes. I believe what we need is broad-based tax reform, and the kind of tax reform where there–it doesn’t discourage investments, savings or incentives for those. Right, right now we have a tax system that, that is biased toward consumption. It’s–and we as, we, we as a people save too little, invest too little, borrow too much. So I, I, I would like to see wholesale, broad-based tax reform. And I, I think that’s, that’s clearly got to be one of…

MR. GREGORY: My question is whether the Bush tax cuts expiring is a bad idea.

MR. PAULSON: Well, I’ve got to say, anything right now that is going to, that is going to, in effect, be a, a, a tax increase has got to be–has got to be questioned. And an expiring tax cut is a tax increase. But I’m going beyond that, because I really do believe that we are going to need a–to take a different approach to a number of things–taxes being one of them, housing policies being another.

MR. GREGORY: Dr. Greenspan, the tax cuts?

MR. GREENSPAN: Well, I, you know, I, I agree with what Hank is saying. I think the thing that disturbed me most in the last week or two was when the discussion was involved in, I believe, in the Senate on the issue of forming a commission–a congressionally-authorized commission, as I read it, there was a 97-to-nothing vote to exclude Social Security from the deliberations of that commission. That said to me that we have gotten to the point in this country where spending is untouchable. I have no doubts that we have to raise taxes in order to close this huge deficit. But we cannot do it wholly on the tax side because that would significantly erode the rate of growth in the economy and the tax base, and the revenues that would be achieved would be far less than anybody’d expect. We have to recognize the fact that one of the things that we have to do, as tough as it’s going to be, is that benefits are going to have to be paired in conjunction with tax increases to resolve this very serious long-term budget problem.

So, we have the inventor-father of the Republican "Tax-Cuts boost the economy" meme on PBS saying;

"Game Over" and , "We’re now in the tax-raising business. And we’re going to be in the tax-raising business for the next decade."

Then we have two of the authors of the Grand-Recession on Meet The Press chattering on about how … tax increase has got to be–has got to be questioned.

I think Stockman is dead-on, somebody is going to forced to raise taxes, and relatively soon.

So here’s my main observation,

It looks as if each party intends that it will be the other party that raises taxes first, ushering in a decade of electoral defeat at the hands of angry taxpayers.

What a game-plan, I call it The Audacity of Dopes.

The trouble is, our economy can’t stand another three-plus years of waiting while the democrats and republicans play chicken with tax policy, especially if they intend to while away the time waging wars, torturing the constitution and ignoring financial sector regulation, all the while experimenting with more financial-sector innovations, like raiding reforming Social Security and Medicare.