Intermarkets' Privacy Policy
Moron Meet-Ups
Any interest in a MI/Midwest Meet-up?
It has a website!

Any interest in a SoCal Meet-up?
Contact Jim

NY/NJ MoMe: August 23rd, 6pm-9pm in Hoboken
Contact CBD

SW Ohio MoMe: 10/20/2018
Contact ibguy

Texas MoMe: 10/20/18
Contact Ben Had
« Democrats Now Preemptively Threatening Each Other For Possible "Disloyalty" To Dear Leader | Main | SNL Hits Obama On Chinese Debt Again
Update: Dear Lord, This New Guy Does A Great Denzel Washington Impression »
November 14, 2010

Surprise: David Frum Writes in the NYT About The Tea Party: It Turns Out They're 100% Wrong and 200% Ignorant

Read it if you want. It's more of the same.

I just want to call out this Obama-propaganda lie:

If Republicans reject Obama-style fiscal stimulus, what do they advocate instead? A monetarist might recommend more money creation, even at the risk of inflation: “quantitative easing,” as it’s called. Yet leading voices in the Republican Party have convinced themselves that the country is on the verge of hyperinflation — a Weimar moment, says Glenn Beck. But if fiscal stimulus leads to socialism, and quantitative easing leads to Nazism, what on earth are we supposed to do? Cut the budget? But we won’t do that either! On Sean Hannity’s radio show, the Republican House leader John Boehner announced just before the election that one of his first priorities would be the repeal of the Obama Medicare cuts.

No one who claims this is anything but a liberal apologist for Obama. It's a lie, it was a lie the first time it was claimed, it has been exposed as a lie too many times since then to plausibly be anything except a deliberate lie on behalf of Obama, and to undermine conservatives.

Obama "cut" Medicare -- if we credit his future cuts as ever likely to actually happen. Which, based upon previous supposed cuts to Medicare which would take place in the future, we shouldn't -- see the "Doc Fix." Planned future cuts to Medicare's reimbursement of doctors (now past planned cuts to Medicare) have been "delayed" for ten years running now, and will likely be delayed forever.

But more importantly, Frum is suggesting that Obama made actual cuts to the budget which the Republicans would undo. That's simply not true-- Obama may have "cut" $500 billion from Medicare, but only to impound that money for purposes of funding his exciting new government social welfare program, ObamaCare.

This is not a "cut" in the budget. It's simply a redistribution of wealth.

Frum deliberately lies to readers, suggesting that Obama has made an important, prudent, budget-hawk type cut, when in fact all he did was take money which was to pay for seniors' health care and dedicate it to paying for non-seniors' health care. One could argue, if one believed in it, that that is a defensible re-ordering of priorities -- but what one may not argue under any circumstances, except the desire to willfully lie, is that this constitutes an actual "cut."

And yet Frum is crediting him for just that, and claiming that a Republican repeal of this measure would harm the budget. It would not. It would have zero effect on the overall budget -- it would simply be moving $500 billion from being spent in one category to being spent in another category.

David Frum can have all the emotional hissy-fits he likes, but I personally draw the line at outright lies.

digg this
posted by Ace at 10:32 AM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Flawless Male Logic : " You didn't Knockwurst when the Bishop was around ..."

Cuthbert the Witless: "Did anyone watch the 9th stage of the Tour De Fran ..."

Carpe Manana: "There could be a scolding soon... ..."

Rick in SK: "the original copy and paste ..."

A Huge Manatee[/i] [/b] [/s] [/u]: "[i]Oh, the huge Latimer! Posted by: Bertram Cab ..."

Maxine Waters' Hair: " EM PINOCCHIO FOADDY-FI!!! ..."

JoeF.: "These two paintings look a little like Holbein's w ..."

Lancelot Link Secret Agent Chimp : "I snarked before that Mary I was perfect to suppor ..."

BebeDahl : "Oh dang, running late. Gotta scoot off to work now ..."

Huck Folly wood, coffee consumerist: "[i]Acadia is where Cajuns ariginated. Acadian ..."

TheJamesMadison: "283 >>Can you imagine how glorious the 2020 electi ..."

Maxine Waters: "What, farting? Posted by: JoeF. at July 16, 2018 ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64