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Republicans’ obsession with deception

Written By Kenneth Brooks on 09-04-2012 | in Political, Critical Thinking,

Sometimes, I question President Obama and the Democrat Party's political toughness in the battle for the presidency this 2012 election cycle. They restrict their party to Queensberry rules- no low blows, hitting a downed opponent, or blow to the back of the head, etc. Meanwhile Republicans employ the mentality of street fighters that fight without rules.

John Burton the longtime leader of California Democrats said about Republicans, "They lie and they don't care if people think they lie; it's the big lie, you keep repeating it."

Right away Republicans cried foul. Los Angeles Times reports Matt Connelly, a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, saying, "Chairman Burton's comments are outrageous and insulting to all Americans. It's become clear that with no record to run on and no plan for the future, President Obama and his allies will resort to the lowest attacks possible to divert attention away from the fact that Americans are worse off today than they were four years ago." Republicans continue the big lie strategy-President Obama approved Burton's remarks- even as they protest Burton's remarks branding them liars.

The news reported former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, the National Co-Chairman of the Romney-Jewish coalition saying, "President Obama promised to lift up American politics. Unfortunately, some of his supporters, by employing rhetoric that has no place in our political system, are bringing it down to the gutter," he said. "The comments by California Democratic Chair John Burton likening the Republican Party to Nazis and Joseph Goebbels are just such an instance. All people of good will should repudiate such disgraceful words." I find it noteworthy that Republicans condemn the tone of Burton's remarks, but carefully avoid challenging the truthfulness of asserted remarks.

True to form, Democrats reacted to the Republican presumption that they must follow Queensbury Rules while Republicans ignore all rules to win. The same news article reported Obama representative Ben LaBolt saying Burton's remarks do not "have any place in the political discourse her in Charlotte" site of Democrat Party convention. Instead, LaBolt should have asked Republicans to identify their remarks that Burton mischaracterized as lies so Democrats can encourage Burton to retract them.

The lie characterizes Republican candidate Romney's campaign strategy. He said in his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, "These are American success stories. Yet the centerpiece of the President's entire re-election campaign is attacking success. Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression? In America, we celebrate success, we don't apologize for it."

Romney's characterization of Obama as a president attacking the success of the nation he leads is desperate and absurd. He distorts President Obama's remark, "You didn't build that," to mean people did not build their individual businesses. He omits Obama' background references to roads and bridges, inspiration of teachers and mentors and other causes that contribute to people's success in complex modern society. Romney's attempt to embellish his presidential qualifications by misinterpreted Obama's remark shows the shallowness of his self-image.

Romney uses the "You didn't build it yourself" remark as evidence President Obama believes government promotes all business successes. However, he and Republicans make the same assertion about government by blaming the President Obama led government for failed businesses and high unemployment rates.

Romney suffers limited reasoning skills and cannot recognize similarity between Obama's conclusions and Republican conclusions about government influence in economic success. Alternatively, Romney believes most voters have limited reasoning skills and are susceptible to a campaign strategy based on deception.

President Santa or a different economic philosophy

Written By Kenneth Brooks on 08-23-2012 | in Political, Government, Democracy, Critical Thinking, Economics,

Most Americans believe their society and economic system are the best in the world. Perhaps this is true depending on the standards of judgment. United States of America is my home. I cannot image living permanently anywhere else. Nevertheless, the human race shows little progress if American society is the best example of its nature.

Food, water, and shelter are basic for human life. Sufficient quantities of each of them decide life's quality. How much people know about their environment, society and economics affects their potential for a quality life. In other words, survival and prosperity for Americans require much commonsense supported by experience and formal education.

The laws of social-economic interaction for survival are absolute. Demand with the ability to pay, creates the need for product that creates the need for work production. The system works only if workers and shareholders use their wages and profits as ability to pay for product demands that start a new cycle. The return path may be circuitous. Still, it must happen for the economy to work.

American society controls much material wealth. Nevertheless, 32 percent of Americans live below the poverty income level. Others are running hard to escape a tsunami of expense and debt that threaten to drag them into poverty. The school dropout rate is about 28 percent. Even Americans that graduate high school and college often lack the knowledge for quality living no matter their grade point average. This may seem a harsh conclusion, but the decaying economy and absence of social awareness support it.

We are in an election year to decide the next U.S. president. His decisions about national security, international policy, and court appointments will affect our culture and freedoms for decades. Nevertheless, the public mostly obsesses over which candidate qualifies better as President Santa Claus. Americans are voting for Santa Claus if they favor a candidate based on an asserted ability to deliver jobs. Neither candidate has the magic formula for creating jobs. No matter how someone dresses it, the laws of social economics apply.

Even people with minimum education but commonsense should notice that candidate Santa Claus Mitt Romney talks about the jobs he allegedly created twelve years ago. What happened to his magic formula since then? Did he store it in a lock box until he is president? I doubt it. President Obama's record shows he has not strangled the economy or destroyed jobs. On the other hand, his performance confirms that he does not have the magic job creating formula either. Voters' obsession with the fantasy of President Santa Claus prevents them from selecting the better-qualified person for the challenges of the position.

Job losses and high unemployment rates result from business owners replacing paid human workers with unpaid machine work. This substitution deprives those workers of wages and the ability to pay for new products they need. It deprives the economy of energizing return of money into the system for new cycles of spending, production, and jobs.

Business replacing people with machines would not negatively affect the economic cycle if shareholders received the profits and spent the money buying new products. Instead, the superrich receive much of the profits. They hoard the money and do not spend it back into the system. This hoard of money possessed by a few individuals eventually starves the economic system of recycled spending it needs to survive.

The economy will continue cycling through recessions and eventually a system destroying depression unless society adopts different social-economic principles. The changed principles must provide for technology and human work to coexist while permitting workers to earn sufficient income for quality living. It will require a social imperative to educate all society's members to proficiency levels required for survival and quality of life standards.

Americans' economic illiteracy and concentrated wealth make it difficult to shift to a reason-based society and economy with principles supportive of all members. Their fantasy of an economic Santa Claus increases the difficulty. President Obama or candidate Romney would commit political suicide by announcing, "I cannot create jobs as president. However, I have a vision for a socioeconomic system where technological advances do not destroy humans ability to achieve productive work and income for quality living."

Therefore, both of them continue the destructive lie of Santa's arrival in November with jobs for all workers that have been good. However, many unemployed people will learn Santa had too many other commitments as president to work his magic for them.


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