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Jonathan Chait Rewrites History, Assumes His Readers Are Idiots

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 4, 2011

Jonathan Chait crafted a carnival of utter wrongness for the New York Times today.

Here’s one steaming attempt to rewrite recent history:

At the time, Obama’s $800 billion stimulus was seen by Congress, pundits and business leaders — that is to say, just about everybody who mattered — as mind-bogglingly large. News reports invariably described it as “huge,” “massive” or other terms suggesting it was unrealistically large, even kind of pornographic. The favored cliché used to describe the reaction in Congress was “sticker shock.”

Here’s a small sampling of the corrective, courtesy of Blue Texan:

Aside from the fact that it wasn’t $800B, it was $787B — that’s just wrong. Unless you think Paul Krugman didn’t matter.

To close a gap of more than $2 trillion — possibly a lot more, if the budget office projections turn out to be too optimistic — Mr. Obama offers a $775 billion plan. And that’s not enough.

Or Dean Baker.

“You’re talking about a gap on the order of twelve-hundred-fifty billion dollars, and we’re trying to plug that with four-hundred-something, so we’ve got a long way to go,” Baker says.

Or Brad DeLong.

Nevertheless, I agree [with Krugman] that there [sic] best is almost surely not enough. […] So at the moment my preliminary judgment of the Obama fiscal boost is that it is a good first bid, but that the administration ought to be doing a lot more.

BT cites a few more economists, but you get the general picture. The only people who were saying that the stimulus was “mind-bogglingly large” were Republicans, their media enablers, or Obama’s defenders in the Veal Pen. Not many economists worthy of the name were saying this.

Not content with spewing nonsense about the stimulus, Chait proceeds to spew nonsense about Obama’s ability to pass legislation such as a meaningful stimulus or a health care bill with a public option:

“Yes, Bush passed his tax cuts — by using a method called reconciliation, which can avoid a filibuster but can be used only on budget issues.”

I took on that piece of bogusness here:

Um, Jonathan? Reconciliation can be used on many bills in which money is involved, not just budget bills. Do you know one reason why we know this? Because it was used to pass the health care bill, you moron. Really, do you think we all just fell off the turnip truck here? Or are you equipped with less than the memory God gave a tree squirrel?


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Can You Guess This Guy’s Boss?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 4, 2011

Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting in Kieran’s drinking Two Gingers (house brand) whisky while my friend the attorney was drinking pints of Guinness and regaling me with stories. One story will interest you both:

Seems a while back — I didn’t find out exactly when, but it was during the health care reform battle — he and a female friend were at Gianni’s in Wayzata for drinks, talking about health care reform, when someone overheard them. “I work for a legislator in DC, we’ve been working on health care all this term,” he said affably, producing a business card.

Now my friend’s female friend had spent some years in Canada, and got to know the Canadian health care system really, really well. “I think we need to adopt the Canadian system,” she replied.

The guy’s demeanor changed instantly. “Oh, no, no, no, that’s the LAST thing we should do!”

The lady was undaunted. “I’ve lived there, my daughter goes to college there, it’s great –”

“NO! You’re wrong!” He was starting to get red-faced already.

“– we experienced it ourselves, we love their health care, the Canadians love it too, they’d never give it up –”

“LIAR!” By this time he was literally screaming at them. “LIAR! YOU’RE LYING! LIAR!” Right up in their faces, over and over again, to the point where he was made to leave.

After he’d gone, they saw the business card he’d left behind. My friend didn’t remember the name, but the card proclaimed Mister Hothead to have been the Chief of Staff for a Republican member of Congress whose identity I will leave you to guess.

The way my lawyer friend described it, there was no attempt by the guy to argue facts and figures, no effort to say something like “you may have liked it but it’s bankrupting Canada” (which would have been a lie, but it at least would have been an effort at a semi-coherent rejoinder). Instead, it was the sort of brook-no-disagreement white-hot rage exhibited by someone whose religion was being ripped and mocked to shreds, whose worldview was in danger of shattering around him. Anything or anyone that interfered with his religious belief was not to be argued with, but to be intimdated, censored, silenced, shouted down.

How do you negotiate with people like that? You don’t — the only things that curb them are hits to the body or the bank account.

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Tea Partier Andy Harris Whines For Government Handout

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 16, 2010

This is utterly unsurprising to anyone who’s followed the “do as I say, not as I do” Republicans and their Tea Party wing for any length of time (h/t David Dayen):

A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan from the government takes a month to kick in.

Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reacted incredulously when informed that federal law mandated that his government-subsidized health care policy would take effect on Feb. 1 – 28 days after his Jan. 3rd swearing-in.

“He stood up and asked the two ladies who were answering questions why it had to take so long, what he would do without 28 days of health care,” said a congressional staffer who saw the exchange. The benefits session, held behind closed doors, drew about 250 freshman members, staffers and family members to the Capitol Visitors Center auditorium late Monday morning,”.

“Harris then asked if he could purchase insurance from the government to cover the gap,” added the aide, who was struck by the similarity to Harris’s request and the public option he denounced as a gateway to socialized medicine.

Harris’ minder tried lamely to do damage control, saying that he was just pointing out the flaws in evil government-run healthcare, but nobody over the age of twelve takes that seriously.

I’ll bet the dude worships Ayn Rand, too.

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