Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Comments Exchange That Sums It Up: The Difference That I See Is You're Exactly The Same As You Used To Be

By Manifesto Joe

There are people on this Earth who are beyond rational arguments. This is from comments on the previous post.

A comment from Anonymous:

The bottom line is, I think the American people are tired of the failures of the Democratic party.

We need some fresh faces in the Congress. The American people understand this and this is why the Republicans are predicted by polls to make big gains in the Congress in the coming elections.

The Democrats had their chance and they blew it. Now, let's give the other party a chance. If we do, then we can once again enjoy the economic prosperity that Americans enjoyed for much of 2000 to 2007.

I urge all Americans to put the partisanship and pettiness aside. Vote GOP in November. I guarantee you that the Republicans will work hard to end the gridlock in Congress and they'll end all the nasty partisanship that the American people have become tired of.

My response:

Sorry it has taken so long to respond to the second poster, but it took that long for me to stop laughing.

What you are suggesting is analogous to someone in 1933 saying that the way out of the Great Depression would be to revert to the economic policies of Calvin Coolidge.

The Great Recession, the hole we're in now, didn't happen overnight, either. The economic mismanagement of 1981-93 and 2001-2008 set us up with huge deficits, and now obstructionist Republicans are against the Keynesian policy of deficits to help pull us out of this? Since when did they become concerned? When they voted, to a member, in the House against the Clinton economic plan in 1993, which eventually produced record surpluses before Il Doofus got in there and handed out tax bonanzas to his rich friends?

To you, nonpartisanship not only means capitulation, but also Einstein's definition of insanity: repeating the same process over and over, expecting a different result.

Republicans were in power most of the past 30 years. And, since they've packed the courts with right-wingers, the Supreme Court has basically handed them back the country by ruling that it's legal for the Fortune 500 to essentially buy Congress and the presidency. They had their chance, and now it's a cinch they'll get plenty more. Once they've run us into the ground as far as they had by 1932, then maybe the American people will REALLY wise up.

1 comment:

Jack Jodell said...

Manifesto Joe,
The difference between you and "Anonymous" is that you are presenting a reasoned explanation backed with empirical data (in other words, you're presenting truth), whereas "Anonymous" is presenting only partisan slogans backed with nothing but unfounded and mistaken opinion (in other words, nonsense). And isn't it funny how many of these misguided right-wingers I see leaving comments on various blogs do so anonymously (cowardly) without any way for anyone else to know who they are or where they come from?