The echo in the chamber has gotten so loud it is not well understood outside the echo chamber in the mainstream press and in the public.
Like other truth-tellers in the Republican Party, Erickson...
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The problem is simple: whatever conservative ideas that work have already been implemented. The ones that don't work have also been implemented, and all you have to do is look at the facts to realize this. "Trickle-down" economics don't work, pure and simple. Having an effective social safety net makes the country stronger, pure and simple. You can't be a conservative pundit and tell the truth. No matter how you slice it. So they will always be reduced to lying or perpetuating their delusions in some form or other.
And people are getting fed up w/ being lied to.
Interesting that he's giving the Obamaphone as an example of what's wrong. I wonder what he (or the other redstate editors) had to say when that was being pimped for all it was worth? I'm sure they were either encouraging it themselves, or saying nothing at all, but there's no way they were pointing out the truth about the program.
I love how the Republican party is made up of millions of "lone guns" and "mavericks" who totally buck all trends. Yeah, you and every other Avril Levigne "punk" and mallgoth who shops at hot topic. You're all unique snowflakes.
We understand it perfectly well, asshole. That's the problem.
I tend to look at today's GOP as being like the crowd in that scene from "Monty Python's Life of Brian", where Brian is trying to convince them that, "you're all unique individuals!", to which the crowd responds in-unison, "We're all unique individuals!" Erickson is just trying to set himself apart by being the one, lone voice who responds with, "I'm not!"
Ok, now tell me what the punishment will be for MacFarlane, the Onion, Alex Baldwin...Lib Media.
Sorry. You lost me there.
Same thing that happens to you when you post the dumbass fucking shit YOU post.
I give Erickson credit for not latching onto the easy lie of omission in his editorial on the speech from which the out-of-context sound bite came. The one which Fox News salivated over for months. The one repeated by Romney and Ryan over and over.
His response had some reason to it: clearly part of the success that business people enjoy is based on the system of enterprise created by business, and not by government.
But I fault him for 1) implying that Obama's belief is that government is entirely responsible for a business's success, and then claiming as fact that Obama believes it is more responsible than enterprise, and 2) putting forward his own belief that business owes the government practically nothing. The first is a cheap straw man, yet his entire editorial hangs on it; the second is demonstrably false.
He even brought up that the first roads were privately built out of necessity, while completely ignoring the interstate system, which I assume he believes is necessary to business, yet somehow remained unbuilt until the government stepped in.
He's a hack, but a lot cleverer than most.