Where are the de-regulation, trickle down, tax cut fools now?
Where's Jim Mowen when you need him?
He's the guy, you may recall, who lost to Andrea Zinga in the Republican primary a while back for Lane Evan's seat.
And he's been a constant (until lately) commenter here, constantly and mindlessly defending Bush/Republican economic policy and trickle-down and tax breaks skewed massively towards multi-millionaires, while being amazingly deaf dumb and blind to any of the counter-arguments and evidence I'd present in response.
In other words, he's been consistently and near obsessively determined to defend the very policies which have led to the current economic crisis, always quick to argue that my facts to the contrary weren't true. In other words, he was a typical right wing ostrich, head firmly planted, shall we say, in the sand, while Rome burned around him.
He STILL believed that it is a great idea to allow unlimited rigging of the tax system to the point where those who already possess great wealth pay a lower tax rate than a typical secretary.
To the mind of these right wingers, there should be absolutely NO limits or regulation on any financial speculation or business practice. They couldn't be bothered when confronted with the fact that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us was widening faster, and had grown to be larger than at any time since the pre-depression era of the robber barons.
The fact that middle class workers were taxed at a far higher rate than billionaires when all taxes were considered didn't bother them either. They simply argue using income taxes only, a patently dishonest arguement.
The falling dollar, running the deficit to literally fantastical levels, all while pouring billions after billions into the quagmire in Iraq, while AT THE SAME TIME, slashing taxes for everyone but those who truly needed it, none of it fazed Jim a bit. He'd just ignore it all and regurgitate some BS talking point and throw out some phony figures put out by some group paid by the rich to argue for tax breaks for the rich.
And this crash hasn't even been felt by 99% of us. It's like getting kicked in the crotch... the pain is slow to arrive, but when it gets there, .... it hurts.
So where's Jim now? Is he left impotently sputtering about how the Democrats have had a slim majority in congress for a couple years, therefore all the Republican policies, which created the largest tranfer of wealth from the middle class to the rich in history, aren't to blame? Is he somewhere arguing that the only problem is that we didn't cut taxes ENOUGH? That spending billions of tax dollars to bail out Wall St. firms who have spent the last several years sucking up half our economy into their own Swiss bank accounts is something we have to do, since they're such a big chunk of our economy? That spending literally billions upon billions of tax dollars to help a Wall St. bank when it's in trouble is only prudent, while spending a few hundred on a family that's in trouble is some sort of communism?
These people have been wrong, they ARE wrong, and they will continue to be WRONG.
I feel quite confident that, in his own little world, he still believes the Republican fiscal policies are our only salvation, and that rampant and unlimited deregulation and slashing taxes for those who already have quite a bit of money is the only way to go.
For types like this, facts mean nothing. Reality means nothing. The country could be collapsing, as some feel it is at the moment, and they'd be still saying that the market will fix everything and that tax cuts for the ultra wealthy should continue and the corporate take-over of our entire government in the guise of the Republican party is the greatest thing that ever happened, and any change would be disasterous. (of course, utterly ignorant of the fact that we're already experiencing disaster.)
Do yourself and our country a favor. Next time you hear some misguided blow-hard telling you how great Republican economic policy is, excuse yourself and just walk away.
I've had to defend these views on a daily basis for over 3 years. Now that Bush is a demonstable jack-ass and failed president, now that Obama did indeed become the Dem nominee, and now that the very economic policies so fervently embraced by those like Mowen have lead to the biggest economic free-fall since the Great Depression, wiping out in a matter of days hundreds of billions of dollars of American assets, WHERE ARE THESE PEOPLE?
When Sarah Palin, like the helium balloon she is, finally shrivels and falls to the ground, where will the fine conservatives who thought she was the bimbo of their dreams be?
I don't expect anyone to come around every time they are proven wrong in an argument. Far from it.
But when the conservatives I've spent time arguing with here have been proven wrong over and over and over and over and over again, you'd think they'd at least get a tiny bit more humble. But what am I saying. They're the party with the commandment, thou shalt never admit error.
I don't think about it much, but when I stop to think about it, I have to admit that every position I've argued for over the past 3 years has been proven to be the right one. Everything I've said was actually happening contrary to the propaganda of the right, to the constant derision of my merry band of wing-nuts, have proven to have been reality.
My views on the invasion of Iraq, the character of Bush, the rape and pillage of our treasury and resources by the ultra rich and connected, all eagerly supported by Republicans who fought every attempt to restrain it, the dangers of allowing the wealthy to indulge their greed with no restraint whatsoever, and all the lies and BS that the Republicans spewed to defend it and villify and demean those who pointed out how senseless and dangerous it was.
I've seen the train wreck coming for over two years, yet there were always a steady supply of boobs who thought I was the one who was just a crazy out-to-lunch "liberal."
I'm just as amazed to realize it as anyone, yet I can't think of a single thing I've warned of or predicted that hasn't come true. I've been vindicated on every position and opinion I've had. If you've got an example of a position I took where I was later proven wrong or events didn't bear out my views, I'm all ears. (There's gotta be SOME... surely. But I can't think of any.)
And where's Jim Mowen? I'll be nice to you if you admit you were real, real, real, real wrong about your economic views and crazy idea that free market capitalism with little or no government intervention and regulation wouldn't end up greedily sucking up every dime they could steal in any way they could and end up crashing the economy.
And Barack Obama will become America's next president.
And I haven't been wrong yet.