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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 05:58 PM

David Sirota: Raising taxes isn’t “left-wing radical”!

A controversial Times column is just the latest example of special interests' Orwellian grip on political discourse

During the debate about President Obama’s proposal to let tiny bit of the those tax cuts expire, most reporters did exactly what Businessweek’s Joshua Green did: they pretended that letting Bush tax cuts on income above $250,000 would deny “the rich” any tax cuts whatsoever. This, of course, was demonstrably untrue, as the Obama proposal’s extension of tax cuts for all income below $250,000 still would have given the rich a big tax cut on their first $250,000 of income.
Despite that reality, however, the biased framing persisted. Indeed, wealthy reporters, campaign contributor-appeasing politicians and corporate lobbyists – motivated by both personal financial self-interest and by Beltway groupthink/pack psychology – kept portraying Obama’s proposal as something it was not. That ultimately confused many voters and helped make the final agreement both more conservative and even less reflective of mainstream public opinion. Specifically, the lie that those making more than $250,000 would receive no tax cuts made Obama’s whole proposal look too radical, thus laying the rhetorical groundwork for extending the Bush tax cuts for all income below $400,000, in the process re-imagining that stratospheric income level as somehow “middle class.”

That doesn’t mean there is one one lonely Rasputin pulling all the strings, nor does it mean there is a grand linguistic conspiracy run by a handful wordsmiths in a smoky back room (though said wordsmiths do certainly exist on K Street and in political consulting firms). Rather, it means that the political vocabulary has been so skewed for so long that many who speak the language don’t even know that they are forwarding subjective and often wildly inaccurate assumptions. It also means that it is no coincidence that those particular assumptions at once serve the interests of those with money and ignore the interests of We the People.

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/24/raising_taxes_isnt_left_wing_radical/

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Reply David Sirota: Raising taxes isn’t “left-wing radical”! (Original post)
arely staircase Jan 2013 OP
indepat Jan 2013 #1
arely staircase Jan 2013 #4
KoKo Jan 2013 #5
indepat Jan 2013 #6
arely staircase Jan 2013 #7
KoKo Jan 2013 #8
winter is coming Jan 2013 #2
arely staircase Jan 2013 #3

Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:10 PM

1. To say domestic right-wing extremists distort every issue would be

understating reality.

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Response to indepat (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:41 PM

4. and they do it to the point of making themselves

useless at best and destructive at worst. they (the leadership of the gop) have taken the conservative populist criticism of elitist egg-headed liberals to the point of opposing and even ridiculing anything scientific that contradicts their orthodox worldview.

and they have all (from the leadership to the teabagger in the trenche) smoked their own dope, and gerry maundered themselves into the inability to adjust and make themselves more relevant.

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Response to arely staircase (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:49 PM

5. WHY do WE still allow this to GO ON....that's the question I have.

Blame them or ourselves for not seeing it coming. And...where do we hit them?

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Response to KoKo (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:56 PM

6. The best answer is maybe found in the recent failed attempt to change the Senate filibuster

rule: Dems are mostly unwilling to press anything meaningful that Repugs object to. Another example: when a 2009 DHS report identifying domestic right-wing extremist groups as posing the greatest threat to America, its people and government, an even greater threat than posed by Islamic extremist groups, was released, Congressional Repugs went totally ape-shit and that issue went away. I suspect little has hereinafter been done to counter that threat considered greater than the threat posed by Islamic extremist groups, but Repugs have no problem with expending $100s of billions annually to thwart the Islamic extremist threat and don't even acknowledge the other threat 'cause, imo, they are a part of that threat. A third example is failure to have pushed for some reasonable gun control legislation, but that would have gone no where 'cause Repugs would have blocked any such heretical nonsense.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:16 PM

7. all i see going on at the present is the implosion of the gop

but if you mean why didn't dems fight them harder when the repubs were f'ing up the country,ons then i echo your sentiment. but i think politically they have (besides f-up the country economically and in terms of international relations) painted themselves into gerrymandered safe-but-crazy house districts that may prove to be their undoing as a nationally viable political party.

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Response to arely staircase (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:58 PM

8. Understand what you say...but there needs to be "more change" than Obama asked for

the whole system is sinking in corruption.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:29 PM

2. Math and facts have a left-wing bias. n/t

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Response to winter is coming (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:35 PM

3. reality itself

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