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April 05, 2011

Boehner: I Will Not Perpetrate A Fraud On The American Public

Boehner didn't say that, but he should have, and I invite him to say that the next time he has the chance.

Speaking after Obama's typical droning hum of flabby nothing, Boehner said the Democrats were employing "smoke and mirrors" and accounting tricks to create a false budget, one that would look like it was cutting when it really was not.

Boehner should hit this point harder and accuse the Democrats of trying to conjure up an illusion and then attempting to enlist the Republicans in joining them in selling a lie to the public; that is, cast them as the villains they are, attempting to enlist fresh recruits for a conspiracy.

The American public wants a cut -- but it is true, if they falsely tricked into thinking substantial cuts have been made, that will suffice for most. They can be tricked; after all, they're not reading the budget line-by-line. (Neither is Obama, for that matter, but he has some advisors.)

The Democrats are trying to cook up some cover for themselves -- and offer that cover to Republicans too -- and enlist the Tea Party in a game of Let's Con the Public Into Thinking We've Done Their Will.

Nothing, I think, would be more pleasing to the public than an exposure of the deceit being cooked up for them. Nothing would be more politically appealing than a party which comes up the plate and says, "Here are the lies they've suggested we tell, which, frankly, would benefit us politically too, but we're rejecting them. Here they are, and here's why they're false; be on the lookout for similar snookering to come."

The GOP must insist on being transparent. Truth in cutting. No fake cuts and shifting money from account to account or back in time to previous quarters to cook the books.

We've seen enough of that, haven't we?

No more Enron accounting.

This would have the benefit of innocculating the public against such future attempts at viral deception. A deception revealed and explained to the public will become radioactive and won't be offered again.

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posted by Ace at 04:34 PM

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