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Krauthammer Revives Reagan Small Government Myth

In his Friday column, Krauthammer warns Republicans, “Don’t underestimate Barack Obama.” He frets that “the net effect of 18 months of Obamaism will be to undo much of Reaganism.” Because of “the creation of ruinous deficits as far as the eye can see” which “are not easily reversed,” Krauthammer worries that taxes (now at their lowest level since 1950) may have to be increased:

There just isn’t enough to cut elsewhere to prevent national insolvency. That will require massive tax increases — most likely a European-style value-added tax. Just as President Ronald Reagan cut taxes to starve the federal government and prevent massive growth in spending, Obama’s wild spending — and quarantining health-care costs from providing possible relief — will necessitate huge tax increases.

Sadly, Charles Krauthammer must be confusing Ronald Reagan with someone else. Not only did the size of the federal government continue to grow under the Gipper, but the national debt tripled during the fiscal nightmare that was the Reagan presidency. Reagan was, as Timothy Noah wrote in Slate in 2004, “the man who taught Republicans to be irresponsible.”

Chuck is in trouble if they start fact checking his columns before they publish them, but there is probably little chance of that. I would like to thank Chuck for providing another opportunity to show that Saint Ronnie was more myth than fact.

The wing-nuts say jump and WaPo asks how high, Wash Post gives New Black Panther story new life
– Just when the peddlers of the phony “corruption” claim are discredited, the paper restores their credibility

Writing in the National Review, Thernstrom also noted the relative thinness of the case against the NBPP: “The legal standards that must be met to prove voter intimidation — the charge — are very high. In the 45 years since the act was passed, there have been a total of three successful prosecutions. The incident involved only two Panthers at a single majority-black precinct in Philadelphia. So far — after months of hearings, testimony and investigation — no one has produced actual evidence that any voters were too scared to cast their ballots. Too much overheated rhetoric filled with insinuations and unsubstantiated charges has been devoted to this case.”

Thernstrom even took a veiled shot at the Republican activist at the center of the storm, J. Christian Adams. In the Washington Times, Adams accused the Obama administration of “corruption” in reducing the charges against the NBPP, and shrieked: “The dismissal is part of a creeping lawlessness infusing our government institutions. Citizens would be shocked to learn about the open and pervasive hostility within the Justice Department to bringing civil rights cases against nonwhite defendants on behalf of white victims. Equal enforcement of justice is not a priority of this administration. Open contempt is voiced for these types of cases.” Thernstrom notes that Adams provides no evidence of his charges and suggests he and other conservatives should “get a grip.”

I agree with Alexander to a point: I wish the Post had used its considerable resources to do what Media Matters has done, and debunk the phony right-wing charges against the Obama Justice Department on this case.

I agree with Joan that the new Black Panthers – all eight or nine of them – are assclowns, but it is hard to believe they represent some massive effort to intimidate voters. The only people that seem to have been intimidated are the little purple people swimming around inside J. Christian Adams’ pointed little head.

Wallace Presses Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN)On How He Can Call The Stimulus A ‘Failure’ In The Face Of Job Growth

Basically, Pence seems to be saying that because unemployment hasn’t been completely eradicated, the stimulus must be a failure. But it’s important to remember the hole the country had to dig itself out of from the Bush administration, and the fact that unemployment would be even higher without the stimulus:

Many Republicans continue to go around and pretend that the stimulus hasn’t created any new jobs, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Last week, ThinkProgress attended a job fair hosted by Rep. Eric Cantor where the businesses in attendance had received more than $52 million in federal stimulus funds. Other Republicans who voted against the stimulus have similarly had no problem taking credit for its success.

Just before they make you drink the kool-aid and jab an ice pick in your brain in order to become a wing-nut you have to swear that when the facts get in your way just lie your ass off.

Scott Brown’s Facebook Fans Are FURIOUS At Scott Brown Again. This is the same bonehead who would not vote for FinReg unless they removed the amendment that made the banks pay for their own recovery fund. This is just one comment on little Scottie from FaceBook from conservatives,

* Mr Scott Brown – I want my 50.00 back that I sent you. You lied to us, you are a liar.
Please send me my money back ASAP.

Which made me think of a terrific business idea. KEYBOARD DROOL CLEANER FOR CONSERVATIVES.