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This is what they have to offer. It truly boggles the mind that the Democratic Party can continue to muster support from any quarter of the electorate when they put Nancy Pelosi out in front to lead them. Get a load of this nonsense, couched in base partisan rhetoric:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor "can't handle the truth when it comes to these tax subsidies for big oil, for corporations sending jobs overseas, for giving tax breaks to the wealthiest people in our country ? while they're asking seniors to pay more for less, as they abolish Medicare," the California Democrat said today on CNN's "State of the Union."
Have you ever watched the post-game show of pretty much any nationally televised sporting event? It doesn't matter if it's basketball or football, track or hockey. After the game ends, some sideline reporter will make their way over to the game's star and ask them to give their take on how things went.
If you've seen at least 5 of these interviews in your life, you can recite them and never need to watch another one again. They're all the same: "I thought the guys really stepped up today. We got down, but there's no quit in us. You know, you gotta dig deep and find a way to pull it out. I think when we face adversity it makes us stronger as a team. We've shown we've got heart, and we did that again today."
Same lines for every interview - though sometimes they will mix up the order to make us think that they're coming up with new material. They actually teach these little speeches in training camp.
That's exactly what politics has become. God forbid any politician drift from the approve talking points and actually reveal their own heart, mind, and beliefs. God forbid any of them speak extemporaneously and explain what they really think about a bill or law...what they like about it and what they don't. No, everything has to be poll-tested jargon that makes them about as original as Hollywood's fifteenth remake of Batman.
And for the Democrats, this is the language when it comes to talking about Republican ideas: "big oil, sending jobs overseas, tax breaks for the wealthy, attack seniors, end Medicare." Use, then repeat. If you wonder why the problems the government has created for us aren't getting fixed as the clock counts down, this is why. Everyone is living is poll-tested jargon land, and the people who speak honestly are chewed up and made to look like monsters.
But a special honor goes to Nancy Pelosi, the chosen leader of the Democrats (that should tell you a lot about the status of that party), who not only sounds like an NBA star after a game, but also demonstrates impeccable credentials for either being utterly clueless or inexcusably deceptive.
Republican resolve to fix the deficit with tax cuts is unacceptable, Pelosi said.
"In the Bush years, the Republicans said that tax cuts will produce jobs," she said. "They didn't ? they produced a deficit."
Obviously, if Nancy was interested in honesty, she would acknowledge that the Republicans believe tax cuts will stimulate economic growth (which they did during the Bush years), and when that happens, it will do what it's always done: increase revenues to the government as more taxpayers find work and begin paying taxes again. She would also acknowledge that Republican plans also call for massive spending cuts in Washington.
Nancy is right about the deficit of the Bush years: it was outrageous (though falling far, far short of what she and Barack managed to rack up when they were giving a turn at the wheel). But what Nancy hasn't told you (and won't) is that such a deficit was the direct result of profligate spending during the Bush years. Congress has never learned to live within its means, and Nancy is making clear that she doesn't have any desire to any time soon.
I guess she's too busy rehearsing her lines for her next interview.