Republicans like to talk big on the economy. But…

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Republicans like to talk big on the economy.

Republicans talk fiscal responsibility. It’s one of the most attractive things about the GOP:

But:

Five Facts about the Massachusetts economy under Governor Romney.

And, here’s some more facts, re: Romney’s track record, for those of us who want more than truthiness:


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10 Responses to “Republicans like to talk big on the economy. But…”

  1. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Research from the late 90s by the American Tax Payer Association (or some such name) finds that…

    Deficit spending by Dems and Reps at national, state, and local levels over the previous decade or two were huge and growing with Dems slightly better than Reps at all levels. (I guess if you talk a good story, it gives you leeway to spend a bit more).

    Clinton is the only one who looks even slightly good, and even that requires looking only at limited info.

    However, Bush and Obama have taken spending to levels that dwarf everything that came before. EVERYONE pre-Bush-Obama looks like a fiscal conservative now.

    It doesn’t matter what politicians SAY about cutting costs. You win elections by promising something for nothing. If you try to pay for what you promise, you lose. So both parties promise, neither party pays. But our children and grandchildren WILL pay, one way or another, and it won’t be pretty.

    You could vote Rep or Dem and vote for more of the same. Or you could vote for that other party (and it’s on the ballot!). Then you’d get dismantling of the American Empire and the military-industrial complex along with honesty and courage concerning our financial situation.

  2. Mr.Science says:

    Mark, Write. Please Write. I have been considering it, especially to test the "respectful" vs. Facts thing, but then I would have to reveal my secret identity. (which incidentally is Winston Science)

  3. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Well, Winston, from one reluctant gadfly to another, I was kind of hoping YOU would take up the challenge.

    To tell the truth, I actually did type up something yesterday, but nothing related to, for example, testing whether inconvenient facts might be considered disrespectful. Rather it's a book review. If it doesn't make the cut, it won't be because of any 'inconvenient truths' but just simply because it doesn't make the cut.

    It's a review of a novel from the '90s that, IMO, is an discovered masterwork, something like a still unknown Confederacy of Dunces. The author, I would guess, would fit in well at Ele on most political and economic issues, so there will be nothing to challenge the Ele world view. It's just a really good novel that I hope I can interest people in taking a look at. So the review, if it makes the cut, should be up in a week or two in, I would assume, the Review section. Novel's name: Revised Kama Sutra.

    Will I take on more controversial issues later? Can't say. For now the answer is no. But who knows where inspiration might move me in the future. Thanks for asking, though.

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