There are various recurring themes Republicans parrot ad nauseam because their supporters tend to believe fallacies over facts regardless how obtuse the GOP’s assertions. Despite the incredibly self-defeating support of tax breaks for the wealthy, elimination of the minimum wage, and cuts to services all Americans pay for, Republican voters adamantly defend GOP policies that contribute to their own decline and eventual demise. There are some Republican contentions that garner traction because the media fails to correct factual misconceptions and outright fallacies about the efficacy of the Obama Administration’s efforts to bolster the economy and create jobs.
Although Republicans have claimed Obama has presided over unprecedented spending and deficit increases, and that the stimulus has made the economic picture worse, there is nothing remotely true about their claims. As the nation waits for the President’s speech on jobs this week, there are a few misconceptions that need to be clarified again for illiterate Republican voters and GOP liars in Congress. Economic theory is irrelevant when simple common sense and reality-based facts are available that refute Republicans’ claims, and although facts are a pariah to conservatives, they inform voters that the economic downturn and slow job growth is solely the fault of Republican malfeasance.
Republicans have claimed for two years that Democrats and President Obama have spent America into a black hole that the country can only escape by continuing tax cuts for the wealthy and their corporations, and by enacting more Draconian spending cuts on programs aimed at helping the poor. According to statistics from the United States Government, spending by the Obama Administration has increased by 7.2% from 2009 to FY 2012. Spending during George W. Bush’s term increased by 88% between 2002 and 2009 and those figures refute Republican claims that Democrats increased the size of government and are spending the country into insolvency. During Bush’s term, the spending increases enriched corporate wealth, killed Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, and provided subsidies to the oil industry.
Another lie that Republicans have promoted is that President Obama has increased the nation’s debt that is responsible for the loss of jobs. First, the deficit has no impact on job creation any more than Republican spending cuts will create jobs, but the president has certainly not tripled the deficit. The statistics belie Republican claims that Obama tripled the deficit, but despite the facts, Republicans repeat their lies because they play well to their base who are too stupid to do any research to verify their party’s assertions. Part of the deficit increase Obama is responsible for was the stimulus that Republicans claim did not create one job. The stimulus created 1.1 million private sector jobs and saved the American automobile industry from bankruptcy and death. It is worth noting again, that regardless what the president does, the deficit will continue increasing because of the interest on Bush’s debt to fund two unnecessary wars, tax cuts for the wealthy, and an expensive Medicare prescription plan that continues to enrich pharmaceutical companies.
Republicans continue claiming that tax increases on business is responsible for the poor job creation environment. The president has proposed incentives and tax breaks for companies that hire new workers but Republicans have blocked his efforts at every turn. When President Obama proposed giving tax breaks to American firms to write off the cost of new equipment in 2011, and also make a tax credit for research and experimentation permanent, Republicans blocked the legislation. The president also wanted to eliminate tax breaks for companies that ship Americans’ jobs overseas, and he said that, “Republicans have consistently fought to keep these corporate loopholes open.” In fact, in 2010 the president accurately said that in the last four years, “Republicans in the House voted 11 times to continue rewarding corporations that create jobs and profits overseas — a policy that costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year.” Republicans have not only helped corporations ship jobs overseas, they are attempting to eliminate corporate tax altogether which is in itself insulting to Americans because most foreign income is not taxed and many of the largest American corporations pay little or no taxes whatsoever. Still, Republicans promote the idea that if corporations and the wealthy get their tax cuts, the job situation will improve even though they have had their taxes decreased for ten years and nothing has changed.
The Republicans blame the economic downturn on President Obama despite the S&P report that said Republican policies ruined the American economy. Republicans know their agenda is responsible for the lousy economic picture but their base believes their rhetoric in spite of the reality that is right in front of them because they are wont to believe Republican lies. Eric Cantor said in August that, “Over the next several months, there will be tremendous pressure on Congress to prove that S&P’s analysis of the inability of the political parties to bridge our differences is wrong. In short, there will be pressure to compromise on tax increases. We will be told that there is no other way forward. I respectfully disagree. As we have said from the beginning of the year, the new Republican Majority was elected to change the way Washington does business. We were not elected to raise taxes or take more money out of the pockets of hard working families and business people. People understand Washington can’t keep spending money that it doesn’t have. They want to see less government – not more taxes.” Cantor is a liar and the American public belies his claims. In a New York Times/CBS poll, 63% of Americans support new tax revenues to solve the deficit and supported ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. Of course, Republicans are not going to follow the will of the American people because they serve wealthy corporatists instead of Americans.
It is unclear who Republicans think they are fooling, because based on polling and the desires of Americans who are not teabaggers or die-hard conservatives, the American people are sick of working to pay for the wealthy and corporations’ entitlements. It is obvious that Republican views do not reflect the will of the American people, and in August, 59% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party and their economic, job-killing agenda that favors the wealthy at the expense of working Americans. Still, it does not matter to Republicans who are ramping up their rhetoric in advance of the President’s speech on jobs. Republicans have repeated their claims that unfair taxation, regulations, increased spending, and the stimulus is responsible for the sluggish economy but they may have overplayed their hand. They may convince their blind followers that President Obama is responsible for the low jobs numbers, but ordinary Americans know better. But Republicans will continue parroting their tired canards and outright lies and that is the saddest commentary. However, clinical liars are never expected to stop their abhorrent behavior; especially as long as there are ignorant fools willing to believe them.