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November 29, 2012
Jim Geraghty: Let's Go Over The Cliff
At this moment, Republicans in Congress need to examine which presents a more dire threat to the country:
Obama was permitted by the media to claim, or at least strongly imply, that the painful cuts Romney was talking about (and Obama, the Great Leader, was not talking about) could be averted simply by levying a small tax on the "richest 1%." It was a lie. It was further a lie the media assisted in. All those Fact Checks and not a single column noting that the central pillar of Barack Obama's Re-Election Strategy was a baldfaced lie that only the uninformed or innumerate could possibly believe.
The media is strongly complicit in this lie.
If I were someone in power, I would make this connection vigorously, and lay the blame at the feet of the media, and inform the public the media lied to them, and if they're about to get a unwelcome shock, they should write to ABC, CNN, NBC, and the rest of the clownshow and ask them why they chose not to report the actual numbers.
But I'm sure they won't, because they're stupid.*
At any rate, the public does believe this (and why shouldn't they? The President told them the only fix that was needed was a tax hike on the rich and the media vouched for him).
Time to strip them of that misapprehension and force them to confront the actual choice.
* Also, why the hell didn't Romney and Ryan pound this? Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Why not... give Obama his tax hike on the rich and the small cuts he's willing to agree to -- and then refuse to raise the debt ceiling any further?
Call him out. "You said you could balance things with these measures. So do so."
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