I used to love the Atlantic Monthly magazine, but in recent years it has taken a decidedly Liberal turn and at this point it turns my stomach. I am no longer a subscriber and I feel as though my home is a bit cleaner without it being around.
But because I have an iPad, and because the app called “Flipboard” is very user friendly for news feeds, and because the folks at Flipboard are apparently big fat Liberals (well, maybe they’re not fat, but), I have been assaulted with garbage from Huffington Post and the Atlantic and at this point I’m urgently trying to reshuffle the source of news on Flipboard to save myself once again.
On the other hand, maybe I won’t remove these rags because they give me a gallery of targets to shred on this blog, and also because they provide a front row seat to the Liberal demolition of the greatest and most free nation in history; if America is to be torn apart and then subsumed by a craven patronage society, we owe it to the Founding Fathers and those who fought and died in wars for our liberty to stand witness.
Exhibit A this morning is the following piece from the Atlantic called The Politics of Misperception (link), written by Garance Franke-Ruta. The clown known as Paul Krugman must have ghost-written it because it seeks to downplay America’s toxic federal debt levels through lies and manipulation while simultaneously claiming that Republicans are the manipulators on this important issue (that’s right, the writer is guilty of doing the very act that is the subject of her j’accuse –but isn’t this the Liberal modus operandi?).
The author’s thesis is that Americans have been duped into believing that “the deficit” is getting bigger when in fact it is getting smaller. A paragraph from Bloomberg news is cited in order to show how “dumb” Americans apparently are:
The size and trajectory of the U.S. deficit is poorly understood by most Americans, with 62 percent saying it’s getting bigger, 28 percent saying it’s staying about the same this year, and just 6 percent saying it’s shrinking. The Congressional Budget Office reported Feb. 6 that the federal budget deficit is getting smaller, falling to $845 billion this year — the first time in five years that the gap between taxes and spending will be less than $1 trillion.
Once again we see the Liberal apologist army defending and minimizing Barack Obama’s nation-killing deficit spending through the subterfuge of talking in terms of “Deficits” instead of “Debt”.
I grow tired of repeating the difference: the federal debt is the running total — the balance — of debt owed as accumulated over years, while the deficit refers to this year’s net result of spending and income.
And so here is a question for Garance Franke-Ruta: is the federal debt — the sum of all shortfalls — getting BIGGER or SMALLER this year?
Tick tock…tick tock….tick tock….
Liberals would answer “smaller”, showing either ignorance or a willful desire to confuse and manipulate people. The crazy thing is that Liberals think they are doing god’s work when they engage in such malignant sophistry.
The correct answer, of course, is that the federal debt, which is approaching $17 trillion, is obviously getting BIGGER this year, to the tune of $845 billion; that is, ms. Franke-ruta, the amount our nation owes its creditors will be $845 billion MORE, not less, when this year is over.
So it turns out that the “62 percent” of Americans who say the U.S. deficit is getting bigger are actually correct in answering the real question, which should be about the “DEBT getting bigger”; the fault lies not in the poll response, but in the way the question is phrased, which intentionally seeks to focus on each year’s incremental contribution and to disguise the ugly truth of Obama’s regime.
America’s debt is not just getting bigger, it is getting dangerously big, having now surpassed the size of the economy itself. I published this chart two years ago, with data from the Financial Times, and since then America has added several trillion to its balance and the debt has surpassed 100% of the economy.
1. The ugly red bar in the chart is getting bigger every year, not smaller
2. You are writing and working in the service of misperception, and sounding like Paul Krugman in the process
On this second point, perhaps you will go the final step and buy yourself a clown nose and kazoo, as these accouterments suit your arguments about as well as they do Krugman’s.