The Right Picks Another Fight With the Truth, Gets Clobbered

Intellectual giant of the Right Bill Kristol will no longer be darkeing the door of the NYT. Henceforth Colonel Chickenhawk will be crawling back to Fox and The National Review where there will be no scurtiny of his opinions, no factchecking editors and the only feedback will be a slap on the back from other members of the herd, Will Obama Save Liberalism?

Since Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980, conservatives of various sorts, and conservatisms of various stripes, have generally been in the ascendancy. And a good thing, too! Conservatives have been right more often than not — and more often than liberals — about most of the important issues of the day: about Communism and jihadism, crime and welfare, education and the family. Conservative policies have on the whole worked — insofar as any set of policies can be said to “work” in the real world. Conservatives of the Reagan-Bush-Gingrich-Bush years have a fair amount to be proud of.

What a glorious warrior is that Kristol knight, beating that straw-man liberal with an alternative reality. Communism and jihadism are both too rigid, cold and violent for liberal tastes. One of Stalin and Mao’s first acts in terms of policy was to hound liberals to either prison or death. Bill Clinton did away with welfare, now all we have is an assistance program for children of poor mothers who must work forty hours a week to get that and cannot receive that aid for more then five years during their lifetime – the chances of such people getting better job skills and mov’n on up are remote to non-existent. Conservatives with the complicity of many Democrats have reduced secondary education to teaching to the test, not producing educated citizenry – in researching yesterday’s post,  Boehner, Kyl and Company have another thing in common – they vote against any bill that helps working class kids get a college education – is that what Bill K and his fellow villagers of Wingnuttia are proud of. This is a common fallacy in Conservative thinking, they always fail to see how helping our fellow citizens move up in terms of education helps us all. Democrats can be disappointing on many the nuts and bolts of many issues – see FISA and telecom immunity, but most Americans know, regardless of their party affiliation, that Democrats have always and will continue to be the pro family party. Not simply in the hollow rhetoric espoused by the elite of right-wing punditry like Kristol, but on real bread and butter issues like jobs, education and health-care. Kristol acknowledges that liberals have won, but still can’t figure out why. Which is part of the reason he’s not continuing at the NYT and why Democrats will gain more seats at the federal and state level in 2010. If Kristol and the hard Right that now controls the reins of the Republican party can’t figure out the fundamentals of why they’re wrong, keep picking fights with the truth, they’ll continue to lose. If the Right should by some miracle actually reemerge as real republicans with an honorable agenda, they’ll have done so by ignoring the Kristols of the Conservative movement that lead them to the side lines; where they now whimper and moan about the good old days of Conservatism that never existed.

Of course Kristol had to be obtuse and try to snatch some few syablles out of context by president Obama as proof the Right won, UM, WHAT’S YOUR ALLUSION HERE, MR. PRESIDENT? IT’S SO CRYPTIC AND OBSCURE, I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT

If punditry matters, and sinse that is all Bill does for a living, let’s assume he thinks it does. Why has he treated the art of punditry with such contempt, Kristol Makes His Fourth Factual Error In His New York Times Column, ‘Kristol Ball’ Breaks: Stevens Will ‘Hang On In Alaska,’ McCain Will Conquer The ‘Path To The Presidency’, Bill Kristol in a nutshell, The NYT’s latest Kristol embarrassment.

The Truth Wins Again

CNN’s Henry advanced GOP criticism of stimulus package based on purported CBO “study,” ignored Dems’ response

Summary: On Lou Dobbs Tonight, Ed Henry reported that a “study” from the Congressional Budget Office “was suggesting that a lot of the spending proposals in the original [economic stimulus] plan would not really take effect for a couple of years, so it wouldn’t clearly help create jobs in the first two years of the president’s administration.” However, the director of the Office of Management and Budget stated in a letter that his agency’s “analysis indicates that at least 75 percent of the overall package … will be spent over the next year and a half” — which Henry did not report.

This is currently a popular meme on the Right. Just last night Chris Wallace, doing his best impression of Bill O’Reilly was practically screaming and certainly brow beating Sen. Chuck Schumer that the bulk of the stimulus package would not be spent for years. Patently false.

Bad Faith Economics

The true cost per job of the Obama plan will probably be closer to $100,000 than $275,000 — and the net cost will be as little as $60,000 once you take into account the fact that a stronger economy means higher tax receipts.

Next, write off anyone who asserts that it’s always better to cut taxes than to increase government spending because taxpayers, not bureaucrats, are the best judges of how to spend their money.

Here’s how to think about this argument: it implies that we should shut down the air traffic control system. After all, that system is paid for with fees on air tickets — and surely it would be better to let the flying public keep its money rather than hand it over to government bureaucrats. If that would mean lots of midair collisions, hey, stuff happens.

It is one of the great ironies of the current the national discourse that the Right can and does make the wildest connections between things – the belief that correlations, even thin ones, are the same thing as cause and effect, but cannot make common sense connections between spending for the common good and the benefits that individuals and we as a society reap. Our Bush legacy deficits are proof that Republicans love to spend the average working American’s money and just as obvious they suck at using that spending where it does the most good.