Backed into a corner on the facts, what is a pompous conservative intellectual and a conservative flame thrower to do? a) Pretend they did not hear the truth and continue taking. This tends to work well n many situations. An old favorite of the Right in cross talk media situations. b) Talk over the member of the reality based argument. Conservatives tend to believe that the louder something is said the more true it is. Videos that feature this technique are usually titled ” Watch…..take down ( insert name of liberal here)”. Yeeeha watch our guy talk over that Democrat, we done won another debate. c) Play the civility card. It does not matter how civil the moderate Democrat, liberal, or even off the reservation Republican is, pretend that they have broken the sound barrier of rudeness. George Will and Mary Matalin decided on c with a little d thrown in ( d is the feigned outrage tactic): Oh, the shrillness of it all
Conservative commentator George Will and former White House aide Mary Matalin both directed pointed remarks at Krugman Sunday that broke with the good-natured banter common among the guests on Sunday political talk shows.
After Krugman called House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget a “fake document” and the columnist said he was “amazed that people haven’t gotten that,” Will unsheathed his verbal sword and went at Krugman.
“I have yet to encounter someone who disagrees with you who you don’t think is a knave, or corrupt, or a corrupt knave,” Will said, borrowing a phrase founding father Alexander Hamilton used to rail against those unwilling to respect the good faith of their political opponents.
“No, I’ve got some people,” Krugman said, suggesting that some conservatives are indeed intellectually honest.
“Specifics have indeed been offered,” Will insisted, referring to Republican budget plans.
That face-off followed a couple of prickly interactions between Matalin and Krugman earlier in the program.
“The Republicans are unable to actually make concrete proposals” about resolving the fiscal cliff, Krugman said, claiming they’ve failed to offer “any specifics” about how they would rein in the deficit.
Matalin called Krugman’s remark “completely mendacious.”
“Are you an economist or a polemicist?” she asked with an expression suggesting she found the Princeton professor and winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in economics to be insufferable. “Do you want to talk about economy or do you want to talk about polemics?” she said.
Will is either dumber than a barnyard fencepost of he thinks that demanding a few trillion dollars and cuts and only having a vague idea of how to get a couple hundred billion is a real plan. In Will’s ivory tower he has never had to go before a group of executives or a committee of House representative and present a budget plan. Your audience will tend to ask where the other couple trillion is coming from. The same goes for Matalin the flame thrower. A little trip in the way back machine to see how Will and Matalin behave and what they consider truthfulness,
Mary Matalin Calls Paul Krugman A ‘Liar’ For Telling The Truth – Ryan himself has specifically referred to his proposal as a “voucher” program in the past. Ryand and conservatives were publicly humiliated by the voucher proposal so they changed the phrase to “premium support”. Shame on man not acting like a trained Orwellian dog and buying into the newest propaganda from Doublespeak Central.
Mary Matalin On Sexual Harassment Herman Cain Allegations: There Was A “Grievance Industry” Where Feminists Found “A Way To Be Offended”.A woman makes an allegation against Cain, which he cannot defend against so he quits presidential run. Matalin’s first response was to smear her, label her a liar. So civil. No mendacity there.
Mary Matalin claims President Bush ‘inherited’ the September 11th terror attacks. This is the Bush who ignored the Presidential daily Brief that said terrorists likely to attack and may use airliners to do so.
Hannity, Matalin falsely claim that cutting taxes raises revenues. This is like believing the moon is made of cheese and garlic keeps vampires away. Not even conservative Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson would validate that ticket.
Matalin is obviously a far superior economic analyst than the Nobel prize winning Krugman, Matalin: ‘Arguably’ George W. Bush’s 2001 Recession Was ‘Worse’ Than Today’s. One generally uses the word arguably to make the case that there is enough daylight to make the case. The Bush Recession of 2007 was the worse economic collapse since 1929. 2001 was not even close.
George Will asserted in a Washington Post column that “organized labor’s ‘card check’ legislation” would “abolish workers’ rights to secret ballots in unionization elections.”
George Will On Public Sector Job Losses: ‘That’s Good’. Another conservative economic genius. Public sector job losses mean less demand. less demand for products and services shrinks the economy. Not a good thing during an economic down-turn. Will thinks like a knave, preaches falsehoods like a knave and so it goes. Will is echoing the failed austerity policies of Europe, The Failure of Austerity.
Remember 2008, not that long ago. The housing bubble had started in 2006 and was very apparent in 2008. Houses were being abandoned and boarded up. Wall Street has melted won. We were hemorrhaging jobs – losing 2.6 million jobs by the end of 2008. George Will, the giant intellectual of conservatism. The Republican guy with a bow tie and the keenest insights. Insights so sharp he makes an income that puts him in the top 10%. He merits that money because he is super smart and has the most civil manners – he would never partake of, propagate or pump up pure unadulterated bullsh*t. George Will is a prince who had this to say in 2008, Will: Economic Crisis May Only Be ‘A Financial Problem,’ ‘Rest Of Economy Is Doing Rather Well.’ Let us all join hands, take a moment of silence and be thankful for George Wills and Mary Matalins. America is a dumber country because of them and conservatives like it that way.
Related to the Will and Matalin Foundation drive to establish nothing but truth and civility in the public sphere is this post, that includes a video of Professor Krugman making the same point, in pretty much the same words Personal Power Dynamics- a Refresher, oh and shame on Gwen Ifil for buying into the framing of the beltway noise machine,
The squeeze is here. The outgoing hardasses among our elected officials have a limited time only to solidify the 1%’s stranglehold on the money stream. They’ve been busy the last couple of years on the cocktail weenie circuit. Witness this exchange between Gwen Ifil and Paul Krugman from last week’s Noose Hour:
THAT, ladies and gentleman, is what happens to a journalist when all they ever hear is people all around them telling them that cutting “entitlements” is unavoidable.
Every time I see crap like this, I shake my head. To me, it looks like Ifil is very sincere. She truly believes that people who do not have wealth *must* give up some little piece of whatever they have. She doesn’t question why or whether this is the best solution…
Even if there are no further and immediate cuts to the safety net – like Medicare or veterans benefits, other cuts have already been built into the budget. Yet another reason to oppose any concessions to draconian Conservative demands, Non-Defense Discretionary Programs Will Face Serious Pressures Under Current Funding Caps