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2009

Pants On Fire
Monday, 13 April 2009 05:57
by Stephen P. Pizzo

I've been on lie patrol this week. And I suggest ya'll join me as I stand guard at the border between what's really happening now and what the right wing liars say is happening right now.

Republicans are in a bind. They are out of power and no longer have access to the Bully Pulpit from which they assured us for 8-years that our lying eyes were indeed, lying to us. You know like when they used to told us the best way to regulate the financial services industry was not to regulate at all. Or when they assured us that Saddam not only had weapons of mass destruction, but they knew where they were. Or when they told us that cutting $1.6 trillion from the tax bills of America's top 1% of earners would spark a roaring. sustainable and egalitarian economy. That kind of stuff.

But alas, beginning in January conservatives lost that high wattage soapbox. But they're not gone. They've retreated to the woods where they are fighting a disinformation guerrilla war against the Obama administration and all things Democrat.

If we liberals learned anything over the last decade it's that the last thing we must do is “turn the other check,” or just “consider the source.” when these professional prevaricators go on the attack. Like any kind of fight, when the other side starts shooting, either start shooting back or you're toast.

So I'm shooting back, and I encourage you to join me in this battle. And no, it's not “lowering ourselves to their level,” unless of course we fight lies with more lies. The simple, unvarnished, documented truth will do just fine.

So, let's see what's oozed into my InBox this week from the right wing fabrication machine:

This hysterical alert came yesterday:
LET'S IMPEACH HER NOW BEFORE SHE DOES FURTHER DAMAGE!!
WHAT AN IDIOT!! -PASS IT ON!! WHERE DO WE GET THESE MORONS'

Windfall Tax on Retirement Income

Adding a tax to your retirement is simply another way of saying to the American people, you're so darn stupid that we're going to keep doing this until we drain every cent from you. That's what the Speaker of the House is saying. Read below................
Nancy Pelosi wants a Windfall Tax on Retirement Income. In other words tax what you have made by investing toward your retirement. This woman is a nut case! You aren't going to believe this.

Madam speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to put aWindfall Tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement fund, 401K and Mutual Funds! Alas, it is true - all to help the 12 Million Illegal Immigrants and other unemployed Minorities!

This woman is frightening.She quotes...' We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income, (didn't Marx say something like this?), in our country and at the same time limiting the amount the rich can invest.' (I am not rich, are you?)

(Read that quote again and again and let it sink in.) 'Lower your retirement, give it to others who have not worked as you have for it'. Send it on to your friends. I just did!!
Well! How about THAT!!? (Most right wing rants come with plenty of !!!!! and CAPS and bold type.)


The only trouble is it's a complete fabrication as only a short trip over to snopes.com would reveal to the curious: http://www.snopes.com/politics/pelosi/windfall.asp

Okay, NEXT...

The Cap and Trade Big Lie:

Tax and trade is a tax-credit trading system designed to reduce industrial carbon emissions. Republicans hate it, so they lie about.
"This proposal is going to cost the average family $3,100 dollars per year," House Minority Leader John Boehner said. "And it's higher, we flip on a light, you know in Ohio our electric rates go up at least 50 percent the day this bill passes."
Republicans even cited a study by an MIT scientist. The only trouble is they lied about it and that scientist stepped forward and called them out on it:
"It has come to my attention that an analysis we conducted examining proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Report No., 146, Assessment of U.S. Cap-and-Trade Proposals, has been misrepresented in recent press releases distributed by the National Republican Congressional Committee. The press release claims our report estimates an average cost per family of a carbon cap and trade program that would meet targets now being discussed in Congress to be over $3,000, but that is nearly 10 times the correct estimate which is approximately $340. […] Our Report 160 shows that the costs on lower and middle income households can be completely offset by returning allowance revenue to these households."(Full MIT Report HERE)
This whopper arrived in my box this morning:



The Humbling of a Superpower
by Nile Gardiner

It is hard to imagine a bigger slight to the memory of the more than 100,000 American soldiers who died liberating Europe than the image of a U.S. president attacking the "arrogance" of his own country on French soil. President Obama's speech last week ahead of the NATO summit in Strasbourg, barely 500 miles from the beaches of Normandy, marked a low point in presidential speechmaking on foreign policy. (Full Screed Here)


But alas, where were these John Revere's of American pride when the photo to the left was snapped? (Which, BTW, was around the same time the Saudis were charging us $140 a barrel of oil and strangling the US economy.)

Gosh. I sure hope those two were using protection. (Oh, BTW, George, the custom is on the cheeks, cheeks – the kind on the face … not the lips. Unless of course there's a civil union in the future you haven't told Laura about yet.)

Anyway, you get the point. Obama bows, Bush swaps saliva with the phony "prince" of Saudi Arabia and Obama is suddenly the one disrespecting American troops. Go figure. And how about the US troops that died protecting Saudi/Kuwaiti oil fields? If Obama's bow was a bow of shame, then was Bush's kiss, the kiss of death -- Human Events?

Wait, got another one that needs immediate debunking.

Sen. Inhofe says Obama Defense Cuts will "Disarm America"

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a You Tube video today from Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, blasted an announcement by the Obama administration that they propose to make deep, wide-spread cuts to the military budget. The announcement comes as over 200,000 servicemen and women are deployed fighting the War On Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. Further, the announcement comes on the heels of the President’s decision to increase troop strength in Afghanistan by 21,000 and while our nation battles the threat of terrorism around the word and an economic recession at home. (Full)

Gutting the American military! Well, who would do such a thing? Apparently not Barack Obama. Because a simple check of the actual budget shows a nearly $7 billion increase over Bush's final defense budget.
“President Barack Obama’s topline budget projections for fiscal year 2010 allocate $534 billion to the Department of Defense, the largest allocation of any department. The amount represents roughly a 4-percent increase over the $513 billion allocated to the Pentagon in FY2009 under the Bush administration, and $6.7 billion more than the outgoing administration’s projections for FY 2010.” (Full)
An increase means “more,” at least for the non-math-challenged among us.

That's not to say there were cuts in future spending, because there are. Let's see what was cut? Oh, wait, before we do that there was this story in Forbes you need to take note of to understand where all the squealing is coming from:
Obama Defense Budget Hurts Contractors
The military budget is going up slightly, but big contractors like Lockheed and Raytheon won't get the spoils. (Full)
Ah, so that's where the “gutting” is happening. I see. Defense Sec. Gates (a Bush appointee by the way) decided that now would be a good time to get rid of a few projects that had become Horns of Plenty for defense contractors. Never-ending projects that never produced anything militarily useful than invoices.

Presidential helicopters: You can buy a perfectly good executive helicopter, brand new, with all the options, for something in the low double-digit millions of dollars. Add some armor, defense systems, high speed internet, phones and you might, might be able to get the cost up to something approaching $100 million.

But not if you're Lockheed. If you hire Lockheed to build you an executive superchopper it's gonna cost you …the choppers are now $13 billion OVER BUDGET, ( $3 billion has already been spent by the government on these things.)

Now, if you ran a company, bid on something, won that bid, then proceeded to go $13 billion over budget, what would you expect a responsible customer to do? Cancel, then sue your ass.

Gates let Lockheed off easy, and just canceled the damn things.

Here are a couple of more "gutting" examples:

F-22 Raptor. Development began during the last years of the Cold War. It was supposed to be a super advanced fighter build to counter a Soviet fighter that never got past the drawing board. These flying anachronisms cost $200 million each – the total program comes in at more than $60 billion dollars. And do I need to tell you it's also tens of billions of dollars over budget and over ten years behind schedule.

The Crusader: Finally there's the “Crusader,” a boondoggle that opened a $200 billion artery in US Treasury. This thing has never worked right, and the defense firms getting paid to produce it, just keep submitting contract change orders for more and more and more dough. How did they get away with it for so long? Here's a clue:
“The Carlyle Group acquired United Defense Industries in October 1997, bringing in over 60% of Carlyle's defense business. United Defense went public on the New York Stock Exchange in December 2001 with Carlyle retaining a stock ownership position. Carlyle completed the sale of all of its United Defense stock and exited the investment in April 2004.[13] (One major United Defense program was the XM2001 Crusader self-propelled howitzer.”
(Who's who in the Carlyle Group?)

The Crusader project is one of those sacred cows that couldn't be killed even by a Republican. Our friend from above, Sen. Inhofe has been pushing the cannon's development since 2002, when former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tried to kill the project. Gates is trying again now. We'll see who's got more pull in DC, the Carlye Group or Obama. The jury is still out on that one.

Okay, enough truth-squading for one morning. Please, don't just delete these right wing email smears. Instead hit the Internet, find an authoritative source for the truth and hit "Reply All," and send it to whomever "they" sent the wrong information out to. And please send me any of these hysterical right wing smears that land in your box so I can check them out and put them through the real “fair and balanced” machine.

One final note, look at the lede article on the right wing disinformation site Human Events today. Talk about reality turned on it's head. Shameless, ruthless, t ruthless...
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