Lars Larson: The new Democrat strategy for winning

I think I figured out the new Democrat strategy for winning—just simply to ignore reality.

Take for example Phil Hare, a Democrat member of Congress from Illinois. What’s his strategy? He’s telling voters right now that he is going to spend every minute of his time making sure we debunk the myth that America is in debt.

Hold on a second Congressman. Aren’t we $13 trillion in debt right now? “Yes,” he says, “but I’m going to debunk that myth”. He calls it a “myth”.

You know, this is one of those whistling-past-the-graveyard moments you never actually thought you’d see. A member of Congress simply denies the reality of America’s $13 trillion debt.

We owe almost as much money as the entire output in goods and services of the United States of America and we’ve got a member of Congress from Illinois who says, “It’s just not true. I’m going to just deny the reality, and move right on, and keep on spending”.

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  • valley p

    “I think I figured out the new Democrat strategy for winning—just simply to ignore reality.”

    Right. we are copying you guys from now on. There is no global warming. Evolution is unproven. Just say no. The government TARP bailout did not rescue the national economy from a private sector induced disaster. The stimulus plan did not create or save any jobs. Making the Bush tax cuts permanent will cause the economy to grow and end the deficit. Iraq really did have WMDs.

    Hey…this is sort of fun.

    • Anonymous

      What about the “death panels”? You forgot to mention the “death panels.”

      And then there’s Obama’s birth certificate …

      • Rupert in Springfield

        >And then there’s Obama’s birth certificate …

        Yep, even ABC news started making fun of the White House on the not releasing the birth certificate issue.

        In an interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper on Oct. 11 Axelrod was insisting that if the US Chamber of Commerce had nothing to hide regarding foreign donations they should release a list of all contributors.

        Tapper responded:

        “Isn’t that like the whackjobs that tell the president he needs to show them his full long-form birth certificate so he can put to rest the questions that have been raised?”

        http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/10/axelrod-to-us-chamber-what-are-you-hiding-that-you-dont-want-the-american-people-to-see.html

        Axelrod responded that the cert. was available to which Tapper pointed out that the long form birth certificate was still kept hidden by the White House.

        When even ABC News is making fun of you on the birth certificate issue, that you sound like a whack job, and are hardly forthcoming on it thats getting bad.

        These goons are in trouble.

        • valley p

          So Rupert…you are a “birther” now too? Wow. FYI…the Obama birth certificate was “released” a long time ago. But as it turns out it is a forgery. He is really from the planet Xenon and is slowly taking over our brains. There is nothing you can do to stop this. Even Glenn Beck is actually in on it. He is merely a diversion.

          Join us. Its ok. You will like it. its peaceful.

          And to answer your and Jake Tappers question…no…releasing the names of donors to political campaigns is not the same as releasing “long form” birth certificates of presidents. The first has actual relevance to reality. The second? Not so much.

          • Rupert in Springfield

            >So Rupert…you are a “birther” now too?

            No idiot – learn to read

            I pointed out that ABC made fun of Axelrod and Obama for not releasing the long form birth certificate yet complaining about the chamber of commerce not releasing its records.

            You really need to address this issue of not reading what you are replying to. It consistently makes you look foolish.

          • Anonymous

            LOL…somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot. Too funny!

    • Anonymous

      It’s true, a skunk always smells himself first.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    I searched for this because it was simply so loony I had to see it for myself. Here is the link:

    http://biggovernment.com/publius/2010/10/08/phil-hare-denies-saying-debt-is-a-myth/

    I dont know what is more detestable about this guy – the utter arrogance he shows towards concern about spending or the fact that such arrogance is clearly coming from a man of very limited mental capacity.

    • Anonymous

      A teabagger complaining about a candidate having “limited mental capacity” — priceless.

  • Joanne Rigutto

    The thing that gets me is that neither side is actually against deficit spending. In reality each side is against the Other Side’s deficit spending.

    Where were the republicans when Bush was running up a deficit for the war on terror while the democrats were bashing him for having the biggest deficits in the history of this country? Where now, are the democrats, when Obama runs even bigger deficits? Oh, that’s right, he’s on their side of the isle, so those deficits are OK. But wait, now the republicans, who up till Obama’s election, didnt’ have such big issues with deficit spending, are all over it. Must have a balanced budget and all that.

    Yeah, pull the other leg, this one’s long enough.

    • valley p

      “The thing that gets me is that neither side is actually against deficit spending. In reality each side is against the Other Side’s deficit spending.”

      I don’t agree. Clinton balanced the budget after raising taxes over 100% Republican opposition. Why did he bother to raise taxes if he did not care about the deficit? He took a big political hit for raising taxes.

      When Republicans passed Medicare Part D, they did not raise taxes by a cent to pay for it and left the nation with a $400 billion dollar hole. When Democrats passed Obamacare they added new taxes and cut Medicare spending to balance the costs and payments.

      And now Republicans are fighting as hard as they can to extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich while the Democrats are trying to get rid of them. And, they are putting Social Security, Medicare, defense, veterans programs, and a lot else off limits to cuts, even while they call for more and more tax cuts. Its beyond irresponsible.

      Yes, Obama and the Dems spent a lot the last 2 years to bail the nation out of a near depression. But that is temporary spending that time limits out. They have not started any new wars or created any massive new programs not covered by new taxes or other cuts.

      One party has a calculator that works, and the other has a broken calculator.

      • Joanne Rigutto

        “Yes, Obama and the Dems spent a lot the last 2 years to bail the nation out of a near depression. But that is temporary spending that time limits out.” And exactly where did we get the money to buy out the car companies?

        Deficit spending big time.

        No taxes were raised to pay for Afghanistan or Iraq.

        Both sides engage in deficit spending. It’s just that when the republicans do it, they think it’s justified for their reasons, and when the democrats do it it’s justified for their reasons.

        Either way, it’s still racking up huge debts.

        • Rupert in Springfield

          >But wait, now the republicans, who up till Obama’s election, didnt’ have such big issues with deficit spending, are all over it.

          Well, let’s be fair.

          Bush did rack up deficits, but I’m not sure any other president has pushed through a tax bill or other funding mechanism a priori fighting the war.

          Let’s also remember that there was hardly a dearth of Republicans criticizing Bush at the time he was running up these deficits. Rush Limbaugh chief among them. There was also plenty of criticism of Bush for his deficits on this very blog, while he was in office. I know I did so many a time.

          Does that mean the effect is not the same? No, you are right, the deficits get run up either way. However to say that rank and file Republicans are as guilty of intellectual dishonesty on this issue in the same way rank and file Democrats appear to be just simply isn’t the case nor is the magnitude of the deficits comparable.

        • valley p

          “No taxes were raised to pay for Afghanistan or Iraq.”

          You mean by Obama? On the wars he inherited? You think the Dems are in trouble now, imagine raising people’s taxes to pay for 2 wars they no longer support. Yes, it should be done with a big tax on oil. Bush could have done it easily when he was riding at 90% popularity after 9-11. He squandered that opportunity like he squandered everything else, including the surplus.

          Rupert writes: “Well, let’s be fair. Bush did rack up deficits..”

          No Rupert…that isn’t being “fair.” That is merely being factual. Its not a debate concession to agree to a fact, since facts are otherwise known as reality. But to expand, Bush did not merely “rack up deficits. ” He managed to do this after 4 years of surplus run by the previous Democratic president. He cut taxes, he added entitlements, and he started one unnecesary war. He “racked up” a doubled national debt. Then he left town with a collapsing economy and handed a $1.4 trillion deficit for FY 2009 to the incoming administration. Its a Hooverian record.

          And once again….no….deficits are not “run up either way.” One side is willing to raise taxes or cut other spending to pay for new stuff. The other is not. Right now….not historically, but at this very moment, your party has proposed extending the Bush tax cuts to infinity, cutting additional taxes, and not cutting any government program of any substance by any amount.

          It is pure chutzpah to claim that both sides are the same on budgeting. The record over the past 30 years is that they are not the same at all. Democrats manage the budget when they have responsibility for it. Republicans cut taxes and don’t give a rip about the budget when they have responsibility for it.

  • Anonymous

    Lars, when I hear him opinionate, I see an image of a twelve year old boy picking his nose. I wish that Victoria Taft would post here.

  • Founding Fathers

    Lars,

    You’ve made quite a living denying reality. Are you afraid this guy is horning on your territory?

  • Anonymous

    What reality has Lars denied?

    Global warming, or rather AGW, is a left wing movement that all the little BlueOregon middle schoolers just love to beleive in. It fits so well.
    Thet believe every single stupid ginned up gloabl warnming claim made.

    Ony the most left, ridiculously naive or hopelessly uninformed still think AGW is real.

    Here in Oregon there is so much the lewt wing spewes out that is garbage that a lefty blog bojack.org points out everything that Lars does. Lars even refers to bojack quite often.

    vdeanvalley fool and a few others who like to troll here are among the nitiwits who buy into all things Sam Adams, TriMet, Metro, light rail, Tram, WES, urban renewal.

    Just like Kitzhaber.

    • valley p

      “Ony the most left, ridiculously naive or hopelessly uninformed still think AGW is real. ”

      So where does every scientific organization in the US and world fit into that? Are they leftists, naive, or uninformed?

      “vdeanvalley fool and a few others who like to troll here are *among the nitiwits* ”

      Amen to that brother.

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