Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The War for your Mind part 732

OK, perhaps I've missed a couple of installments but...

Watching the Sunday Morning Shows this week I saw an interview with the new RNC Chair Michael Steel on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. You can catch the interview here:

It's worth watching only because I doubt you'd believe me if I just told you.

(I'd normally type out a transcript but I found driftglass did it already... I liked his take:)

On “This Week” George Stephanopoulos asks Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele about Dubya.

Shorter Michael Steele: Bush was awesome. His economic politics were fooking brill. He inherited a recession from the Evil Bill Clinton.

And then came the Stupid Of The Month.

Steele: Government doesn’t create jobs. Only the private sector creates jobs.

Stephanopoulos: What?

Steele: Government jobs don’t count as jobs,

Stephanopoulos: What…squared?

Steele: They don’t count as jobs, because they have an end point.

Stephanopoulos: So people who will rebuild our shitty schools don’t really count as people who have jobs?

Steele: No. Because those jobs will eventually end. They’re just make-work. And private sector jobs never, ever end.

Stephanopoulos: But…but…3.9 million people lost their jobs year? All of those “private sector jobs” ended.

Steele: Sure, but private sector jobs always come back, George. The Majyk Jobs Unicorn brings them.

Stephanopoulos: OMFG. You’re a complete douche, aren’t you?

Steele: I’m a Republican, George; we’re all douches.

Wow. So this is now the official policy of the Party of God.

That cops don’t have “jobs”.

Neither do teachers.

Or firemen. Or sewer workers. Road construction crews. Bridge builders. Snow plow drivers. Bus drivers. Train conductors. Coast guard.

Go on... Read the rest over there... it's awesome in its awesomeness but - it's NSFW.

But my point on this is the War for your Mind. This is a perfect example of how, in this case, the head of the RNC is trying to get the American people to think up is down and black is white. They're not 'jobs', their just work. Really?

Here's another quote that's been thrown around lately - "this isn't a stimulus package - it's a spending bill." See, what you really want America are more tax cuts - nevermind that you just lost your job so your effective tax rate will be 0%. America needs a tax cut.... Look into my eyes... You are feeling sleepy and you want a tax cut...

Insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different outcomes. We've just had 8 years of tax cuts. OMG.

The sad thing is the longer the debate goes on the less people are supportive of something so complex that they can't possibly understand it. I don't. I don't pretend to. But I watch and hear a Noble Prize winning Economist say it's a good idea - minus the tax cuts and I'm thinking to myself... 'should I listen to the Noble Prize winning Economist or Michael Steel'?

No comments: