The Brainwashing of right-wingers

by Ben Hoffman

Republicans and neo-conservative pundits have brainwashed the right-winger in America and have defined arguments to use to get more corporatists in power. Here are a few of those arguments that I’ve run across in the blogosphere:

  • If someone is critical of large corporations, claim that person thinks corporations are evil.
  • If someone supports President Obama, say Obama is that person’s messiah.
  • All things government are bad. If a private company does the same thing for twice as much, that’s okay.
  • Spending three trillion dollars on wars is okay, but spending half-a-trillion on job creation is runaway spending.
  • Blaming Obama for the economic crisis is okay, but if someone correctly claims the collapse of the economy happened during the Bush administration, say that person is “playing the blame game.”
  • Claim the economic stimulus cost a trillion dollars and we are laying that debt on our children (even though only about 300 thousand dollars have been spent so far and it’s a five year program that consists of about 288 billion dollars in tax cuts).
  • Claim Obama increased the federal deficit by over two trillion dollars his first year (even though 2009 was Bush’s final fiscal year).
  • State emphatically that we must stop all this spending that is creating huge deficits (even though the huge deficits are primarily the result of Bush’s tax cuts, reduced revenues due to high unemployment, and increased payouts for unemployment benefits).
  • Claim the Democrats gaining control of Congress in 2006 caused the collapse of our economy. (If you’re asked what bills they passed caused the collapse, just ignore the question. There are none.)
  • Claim we need to get back to the Constitution (even though there were serious violations of the Constitution during the Bush administration and things like a state regulating immigration is a direct violation of the Constitution).
  • Claim socialism is destroying our country and taking away our freedoms (even though we’re the least socialized modern nation in the world).
  • Claim Obama lied when he promised unemployment wouldn’t go above 8.5% if the stimulus was passed (even though he never made such a promise).
  • Claim the stimulus is a complete failure since unemployment is still at almost 10% (even though the stimulus boosted gross domestic product by 2.1% to 2.7% and unemployment would be about 11% now without the stimulus).
  • Claim the Community Reinvestment Act caused the collapse of our economy (gotta blame Carter, somehow).
  • Claim the GSEs caused the collapse of our economy (even though no legitimate economist agrees with that).
  • Claim that Obama and the Democrats are making the market hostile to private businesses (even though Democrats want to extend the Bush tax cuts for most small businesses and the stimulus included a popular small business loan program).

That’s all for now…

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31 Comments to “The Brainwashing of right-wingers”

  1. Funny! And too true! I believe these talking points are shown subliminally during episodes of Glenn Beck and The O’Reilly Factor. Otherwise, who would believe such obviously ridiculous ideas?

  2. •If someone is critical of nationalized health care, claim that person is a cold-hearted b*tch.

    •If someone is critical of President Obama, call them a “racist.”

    •All things profit-seeking are bad. If the government does the same thing for twice as much, that’s okay.

    •Spending $850 million dollars on clean energy jobs in China, $75 million on “smoking cessation activities, $400 million for the CDC to screen and treat STDs, $650 million for the digital converter box coupon program (among a hundred other things including African genital washing classes) is okay, but spending 3 trillion on a war that is fought to protect Americans is not. However, I will concede that the main focus of the war now is not protecting Americans but rather nation-build for a people who believe in stoning adulterers and killing those who desecrate the Koran. The war is so expensive because it’s not a war. It’s a neverending mission of nation building with suicidal rules-of-engagement. If you want to know what is a quintessential “liberal war”–Afghanistan is it.

    I’d go on, but my eyes hurt.

    • [Spending $850 million dollars on clean energy jobs in China]

      You can thank the Republicans for that. They defeated the “buy American” provision for the stimulus.

      • Description of Poisoning the Well (The Liberal favorite)

        This sort of “reasoning” involves trying to discredit what a person might later claim by presenting unfavorable information (be it true or false) about the person. This “argument” has the following form:

        1. Unfavorable information (be it true or false) about person A is presented.
        2. Therefore any claims person A makes will be false.

        This sort of “reasoning” is obviously fallacious. The person making such an attack is hoping that the unfavorable information will bias listeners against the person in question and hence that they will reject any claims he might make. However, merely presenting unfavorable information about a person (even if it is true) hardly counts as evidence against the claims he/she might make. This is especially clear when Poisoning the Well is looked at as a form of ad Homimem in which the attack is made prior to the person even making the claim or claims. The following example clearly shows that this sort of “reasoning” is quite poor.

      • Actually, the Republicans who did vote for the stimulus are peeing in their pants when it comes to the election.

      • [Actually, the Republicans who did vote for the stimulus are peeing in their pants when it comes to the election.]

        Oooooh, you lie. You’re going to go to hell now for lying. Two of the three Republicans who voted for it aren’t up for re-election until 2012 and the other one was defeated in the Democratic primaries (he switched parties). You’re going to burn in hell with all the other lying right-wingers.

      • Oops, my bad.

        I should have said the Democrats who voted for the stimulus are peeing in their pants. 🙂

        lol

      • Too late. You’re going to hell. Neener, neener. 🙂

      • You know what I think it is? I have equated Democrats with RINOs, and so sometimes the two parties become mixed in my mind. 🙂

        I should have just said the “moderates” who voted for the stimulus…

    • If someone is critical of nationalized health care, claim that person is a cold-hearted b*tch.

      Not really accurate, although denying what the rest of the industrialized world has to its citizens does seem a little punitive.

      I will concede that the main focus of the war now is not protecting Americans but rather nation-build for a people who believe in stoning adulterers and killing those who desecrate the Koran.

      Yet given the contents of your blog and posts here, a theocracy is what you rally for. Basing government on any faith or religious precept is a bad idea.

      • The rest of the industrialized world often comes to America for the most rare and specialized and risky procedures. Lord knows Canadian politicians do it all the time.

        And nothing I have ever said in my blog could be misconstrued as pro-theocracy. Just because I have very strong personal beliefs about faith and religion doesn’t mean I want the government to be theocratic.

        I just wish people could be moral. That’s all. (But that certainly can’t be forced without the government becoming totalitarian. And anyone who knows me knows what I think about totalitarian ideologies.)

      • [I just wish people could be moral.]

        Like the saying goes… Self-righteousness is always accompanied by hypocrisy. Better rest up for your big day tomorrow of not working for a living. 🙂

      • Ben, I’m a person too, you know, therefore I qualify as one of those “people.”

        Don’t try to play God by judging my heart, Ben.

        I really think you read far more into my words than what I ever meant by them.

        To be moral does not mean to be perfect. It means one tries to conform to a standard of right behavior.

        P.S. It is rather boorish of you to comment on what I “do [or do not do] for a living.” Perhaps I do nothing. Perhaps I own a company. Perhaps I scrub toilets. Perhaps I live off a trust fund.

        Whatever it is that I do, if I’m not leeching off you or anyone else, what difference does it make? And if I am leeching, so what?

      • [To be moral does not mean to be perfect. It means one tries to conform to a standard of right behavior.]

        Ah, as long as you go to church on Sunday, it will sop up all the bad things you did the rest of the week.

        [Whatever it is that I do, if I’m not leeching off you or anyone else, what difference does it make? And if I am leeching, so what?]

        It makes a big difference. You want other people’s wages to be reduced to slave wages and you don’t even work. That’s EXTREMELY hypocritical.

      • Natassia: on health care, I would agree that wealthy people from all over hte world come here for the most ‘rare and specialized proceedures”. That’s what we do very well, that and trauma medicine.

        What we don’t do well is stuff like keeping babies healthy and thier mothers alive. We don’t do well with actual ‘health care’. The rest of the Western world does a much better job at a far lower cost.

      • Just because I have very strong personal beliefs about faith and religion doesn’t mean I want the government to be theocratic.

        Your definition of moral is suspect. As you advocate for certain classes of people not to have the same rights as everyone else. I suspect it is because you take the words of your personal sky daddy seriously and try to make them work here in the 21st century.

        Perhaps I did conflate your views with supporting theocracy. My apologies for misconstruing your intent. I correct my statement, you rally against the secular state and thinking by adding delusional religious beliefs to the mix it will somehow make it better.

        The rest of the industrialized world often comes to America for the most rare and specialized and risky procedures. Lord knows Canadian politicians do it all the time.

        If you have exceptional means the US healthcare system works *great*. For the majority of people though, not so much.

  3. Socialist Democrat pundits have brainwashed the left-wingers in America and have defined arguments to use to get more socialists in power. Here are a few of those arguments that I’ve run across in the blogosphere:

    * If someone is critical of Big Government takeovers,bailouts,and graft to unions, claim that person thinks corporations good so they must be destroyed so you have no choice. They are pure evil.
    * If someone disagrees with President Obama, call them a racist.
    * All things corporate are bad. If a the government does the same thing for twice as much, that’s okay. Or Gives CEO’s 7 Millions a year and fat pensions. That’s ok too. Just as long as it’s not an evil Corporation doing the same thing.
    * Spending three trillion dollars on job creation is okay, but getting nothing but 10% unemployment and higher costs and taxes on job creation is right-wing spin.
    * Blaming Bush for the economic crisis is the only thing. Everything since Jan 20,2009 is also Bush’s Fault.
    It will be Bush’s Fault in 2109.
    * Claim the economic stimulus cost a trillion dollars and we are laying that debt on our children
    because after all the money comes from the Chinese money fairies and we can just spend our way out of debt.
    And the hundreds of stimulus frauds and the $162 Million unaccounted for is no big deal.
    Recipients of 352 federal stimulus contracts, grants and loans have failed to report how they spent the money, the status of their projects or how many jobs were funded, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
    * Deny Obama increased the federal deficit by over two trillion dollars his first year .
    The Deficit when Bush left was 10 trillion. Now it’s over 14. Gee, I guess that was Bush’s fault after all. 🙂
    * State emphatically that we must do more of this spending that is creating huge deficits (even though the huge deficits are primarily the result of Obama’s tax increases, reduced revenues due to high unemployment because of job destruction policies by Obama and Congress, and increased payouts for unemployment benefits). But let’s not mention the 3% unemployment of government workers and the massive unsustainable levels of government union pensions and the bailouts they have gotten. No, we want to focus on our own talking points.

    * Claim the Republicans gaining control of Congress in 1994 caused the collapse of our economy.
    (If you’re asked about the Community Reinvestment act and strong-arming of banks the we Democrats passed causing the collapse, just ignore the question.)
    * Claim we need to get back to the Constitution (just ignore the the Health Care Mandate!!and things like a the federal government saying if we want to ignore the law we can and FU if you don’t like it!).

    That’s all for now…But we’ll be back for more. We have barrels upon barrels of Lame Duck Poison stored up for after the Election.
    And if we miraculously survive we have plenty of 19th Century Energy solutions, mandates, edicts, and taxes waiting for you.
    So Vote Democrat!

  4. FY 2010 “Bush” budget: The deficit for this year would surge to a record-breaking $1.6 trillion, according to a congressional official who had access to a White House summary document. That deficit would easily top last year’s then-record $1.41 trillion gap.

    The congressional source, who spoke on condition of anonymity before the budget’s official release, said the deficit would remain above $1 trillion in 2011 and would average 4.5 percent of the economy over the next decade, a level that economists consider a threat to long-term economic prosperity.

    I guess Really is still President, because the FY2010 budget is by the current president and not the last (even by liberal talking points). 🙂

  5. I would think that evaluating a performance of the past president is a lot more fair than evaluating the current president whose job is not complete. I don’t remember anyone blaming President Bush for the bad economy in 2000-2003, when he took over. In fact I clearly remember everyone (including the “mainstream media”) agreeing that President can’t do anything to affect short term job outlook. But now that his two terms are over, we can clearly see the results of his “long term” plan.

    • I don’t remember 2000-2003 being that bad.

      If I wanted a job, I walked into a store and got one. And if I didn’t like it, I quit and found another one the next day.

      And I was still a teenager.

      And the housing market was just booming. Of course, even at the age of 17 I could see that the bubble would eventually have to burst. (My mother was a real estate agent at the time who got out of the business before the housing market crashed. It didn’t take a rocket science to know it was going to happen.)

  6. WASHINGTON – A government investigator says 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each went to people who were either dead or in prison.

    The Social Security Administration’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that $18 million went to 72,000 people who were dead. The report estimates that a little more than half the payments were returned.

    The report said $4.3 million went to a little more than 17,000 prison inmates.

    The payments were part of the government’s massive economic recovery package enacted in February 2009. Under the law, the $250 payments were sent to about 52 million Social Security recipients and federal retirees.

  7. Boy they’re really laying it on Ben. So let me say I found truth in every bullet point. And that’s rare for me; I always find something to disagree with.

    This one however, is right on. I’ll only add ‘amen’.

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