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Bachmann’s latest reality-check failure

  • Wild accusations about health care board undermine debate.
  • As her presidential hopes fade, she's apparently trying to resurrect death-panel canards by spreading more falsehoods and innuendo.
  • Democrats are just as guilty of promoting this deceit, and it has to end.

Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's latest falsehood -- smearing a promising health care cost-control mechanism -- should further fuel skepticism that this nation can ever have a serious discussion about reining in its $2.4 trillion annual medical bill.

The Minnesota congresswoman's misleading attack came at this week's (Oct 16-22) Republican presidential debate. She and her fellow candidates wallowed in the usual budgetary hypocrisy -- arguing that government spending is unsustainable while decrying or ignoring fixes to Medicare, a $509 billion federal health care program that's one of the nation's biggest expenditures. In a rational world, politicians would not be able to say these two things without being laughed out of the room: 1) Medicare costs are out of control, and 2) Changes to wring savings from this program will be painless.

Democrats are just as guilty of promoting this deceit, and it has to end. What's needed most right now is honesty about Medicare and the solutions needed to sustain it for future generations.

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GOP Repackages Old Attacks on Environmental Safeguards and Calls It a Jobs Plan

Both Cantor's analysis and his remedy ring false. Worse, if adopted, his plan would do real harm to real Americans. It could kill.

Frances Beinecke, Huffington Post

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's memo outlining the GOP jobs plan was certainly timely. Our economy is facing towering challenges that call for bold, constructive ideas. Too bad Cantor's proposed solutions are nothing more than a repackaged anti-government screed that seeks to help the pollution industry by repealing environmental and public health standards.

In the midst of a recession spurred by rampant trading in unregulated mortgage debt, Cantor repeats the canards that clean air safeguards are the "job-destroying" villains. At a time when corporations have amassed what the Wall Street Journal called "record cash piles" -- nearly $2 trillion -- he says updating pollution controls at factories would require burdensome capital costs.

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Robert Reich | The Seven Biggest Economic Lies

"Demagogues through history have known that big lies, repeated often enough, start being believed - unless they're rebutted. These seven economic whoppers are just plain wrong. Make sure you know the truth - and spread it on."

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

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The President’s Jobs Bill doesn’t have a chance in Congress — and the Occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere can’t become a national movement for a more equitable society – unless more Americans know the truth about the economy. 
Here’s a short (2 minute 30 second) effort to rebut the seven biggest whoppers now being told by those who want to take America backwards. The major points:

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Michael Lewis | United States Needs To Hit Bottom 'Like An Addict'

  • “What California shows the country is that the problem is individual behavior and attitudes,” Lewis said in the interview. “People want public services and they don’t want to pay for them.”
  • When Society Becomes an Addict

Jillian Berman, Huffington Post

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America needs to hit bottom “like an addict” to rebound from its economic woes, according to Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, The Big Short and other books that have been optioned for movies.

“At every level of the society we have been willing to basically sacrifice our long term interests for short term interests,” Lewis told Bloomberg TV’s Tom Keene in an interview Wednesday (Oct 5). “It’s not sustainable and I think what happens is we have to hit bottom first, like an addict.”

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When Society Becomes an Addict, Anne Wilson Schaef, Described in Google Books
The author indentifies addiction as the underlying malaise of Western society and, in a synthesis of feminist, chemical dependency, and mental health theories, she explores the attributes of the addictive process and discusses its common manifestations.

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