Sometimes Liberal columnists are very savvy in their use of rhetoric as they skew facts and circumstances to their twisted points of view (Frank Rich is rather skilled in this area), but then other times they really make a mess of themselves. Let’s just say that David Horsey is no Frank Rich given the nonsense in Horsey’s latest column in the LA Times.
Mr. Horsey’s column is a riff on the recent Time magazine cover that depicted a woman breast-feeding her child. Here is the image that gets the Liberal party started on his Liberal fantasy:
You can see the Liberal fantasy at work right away: the comic seems to suggest that Republicans are more stuck to the teat of big business than the Democrats are.
In addition to the image, let’s observe the blunt instrument that is Mr. Horsey’s rhetorical attack (see if you can spot the clumsy slight-of-hand, it’s really easy):
Where once big business favored the GOP by 2 to 1, a survey by the Center for Responsive Politics has found Republicans enjoying a 7-1 advantage in some sectors. Energy companies, in particular, are giving heavily to Republican candidates, but so are financial institutions, insurance companies, real estate firms and agribusiness. <source>
Here we have a very poor attempt at sophistry: he compares the ratio “2:1” with the ratio “7:1”, though he betrays himself immediately by adding the qualifier “in some sectors” on the latter measure. Comparing an overall statistic with a more narrow one is a rather pathetic attempt to make Republicans look bad, and I for one expect more rhetorical artistry from my Liberal friends. Give us a challenge, at least.
You may wonder why I’ve chosen a rather more colorful title to this essay, and perhaps the following graphic will explain the depths of Mr. Horsey’s depravity. First let me say where it came from: the very same group from which Mr. Horsey borrows his statistics (selectively, without doubt), known as opensecrets.org, or the Center for Responsive Politics <link>.
Now isn’t that something…Barack Obama received $15.8 million from the “Securities & Investment” industry for his 2008 campaign versus $9.2 million for the Republican candidate. Not only that, but fellow-Democrat Hillary Clinton landed another $7.2 million, bringing the Democratic haul to $23 million.
Is it any wonder that
- Barack Obama bailed out Wall Street criminals in 2008 and 2009;
- Bailed out Wall Street firms were not made to skip even one year’s worth of bonus payouts;
- The Dodd (D) / Frank (D) sham financial “reform” reformed nothing and left the nation and the world vulnerable to Too Big To Fail financial institutions who to this day are free to leverage their investment banking balance sheets without limit
No, it is no wonder, because as the chart plainly shows, it is BARACK OBAMA WHO SUCKLES AT THE TEAT OF BIG BUSINESS. He is King of patronage, and he has rewarded his benefactors handsomely and many times over.
You can go onto the website from which I took the screen shot and click on any number of industries in order to see which candidates — Democrats Clinton and Obama or Republican McCain — won the lion’s share of the corporate campaign dollars in 2008.
And you will see that in almost every case (I got tired of looking), the two principal Democrats — soon the be running mates — received much more than John McCain.
So yes, David Horsey has intellectually shit himself, and his attempts to deflect us all from the ugly truth about Barack Obama and the Democrats add up to precisely nothing.
Mr. Horsey no doubt will protest my indictment and say the following:
“No, wrong, if you will note, sir, I wrote the caption on the baby to say “GOP Congress”, and you are comparing presidential candidates, which is a different category, blah blah…”
To which I say here and now, again: Wipe yourself off and clean yourself up. Your article traffics in blatant distortions of corporate contributions and is invalid precisely because the man who currently occupies the White House is the biggest corporate teat sucker of them all; your omission of this fact makes you and your argument a fraud. Why do you think Barack Obama, who campaigned as a populist, has been the greatest friend in decades of the financial and health care industries, both of which represent an ever-larger strangle-hold on our lives in this country? See the above chart, again.
Your attempt to escape honest reporting and debate via technicalities — using the label “GOP Congress” and the qualifier “in some sectors” — is D.O.A. and makes you look even worse.
I hope this essay has purified you enough to re-draw your comic and place the true sellout at the breast: Barack Hussein Obama.
And while you’re at it, draw another dozen breasts representing the teats of foreign powers, dictators, and America-haters the world over. They have their man in the Oval, for a little longer, and so must we endure him, until the election of Mitt Romney saves our lives and our sacred honor as citizens and as a nation.