I will list the ones that I see most frequently and see if I can properly analyze them.
- Obama is a Socialist - This is ludicrous. Obama has been such a Centrist that he has dismayed his progressive followers.
- Spending on all those safety net programs for the poor is bankrupting the country. - Actually, all of the safety net programs combined such as head start, food stamps, unemployment compensation, etc. total only 12% of the budget. If you eliminate all of them it will reduce the deficit very little.
By the way, the one glutton of government spending is the Industrial/ Military complex. Most of you know that Eisenhower warned us. 24% of government spending goes to Defense. Maybe it's time to stop buying those obscenely costly toys that don't work close those bases in Germany and Japan, etc. The Cold War ended a long time ago. And please, no more futile un-winnable wars.
If the Ryan budget cuts in education are enacted we would end up by further downgrading our country's progress. Our graduates could not compete with those of other countries. Only 3% of the Federal Budget is spent on eduction and we are already behind other countries. Compared to 34 countries we rank 14th in reading, 17th in science, and shameful 25th in math. It should not take an Einstein to see the looming disaster for our country if we continue this downward spiral by failing to fully fund a good school system. The conservative answer to that has always been 'privatize the schools' With a few exceptions it turns out that isn't working too well, either. Privatization results in more money for the corporations and less funding per pupil and the results are no better than our public schools. (Some are even worse because there is no oversight.)
- The wealthy shouldn't have to pay any more in taxes. It's their money and they earned it. - Ah yes, the Ayn Rand worshipers. You did know that Paul Ryan has based his financial beliefs on "Atlas Shrugged", "The Fountainhead" and the other Rand books didn't you? Ayn is his goddess - the woman who hated Social Security and Medicare until she started collecting it.
- Government is the problem (thank you, R. Regan for that really inaccurate and misleading statement). - Again, this is patently nonsense. Without government we would have anarchy. Without government we would have no courts, no transportation, no safe water to drink or safe food to eat, etc., etc. Of course what he and the wealthy elite really mean by this is that they only want government money to be spent on their priorities and forget the rest of us. They have no problem taking government loans or other government subsidiess that aid their interests.
- Obamacare must be repealed. I won't go into the many reasons why repealing it would be a disaster. The problem I have with the conservative view is that the alternative is so much worse that it makes me furious when I read or hear such statements and I cannot coherently talk or write about it. The next statement is part of why I get so angry.
- We need to privatize (Pick a program). And how has that worked for everyone except Wall Street? Look at our dysfunctional health care system where we spend more than any other country and get poorer results due to privatization. The bloated pharmaceutical and health insurance industries have steadily increased the cost of health care until the government and it's citizens can no longer afford it. Our current system is costing the government 22% of our budget and thousands are uninsured.
The reason for the high cost and poor results is twofold. A private (for profit) system is in business for one reason only and that's to make money. So when you privatize everything (think how much it will cost to mail a letter if they privatize the postal service) it is logical that it has to cost more with poorer results. After all, the stockholders must be kept happy.
The second way that our health care system is so bad is that it's a fractured one with different standards and care from one state and insurance company to another. There is no consistency in the system. This holds true for any private service.
Our health care, highways, postal service, education system, communication are things that government can, and should, supply with less cost and better service.
- The Rich are job creators. This one really sucks. Yes, they create jobs in India, Indonesia, China, etc. They only time they create jobs here is when there is a demand. This is the simple fact behind the stimulus. Without
customersconsumers the big corporations are investing their money instead of expanding and how does this create a single job? Since the big Corporations have more money now than they have ever had, where are the jobs?
- Government oversight, regulations and rules stifle business - While I imagine there are some regulations that might be unnecessary the bulk of them are for the protection of the public. We don't have to look very far to see the results of the Clinton administration repealing the Glass/Steagall act. If it had not been repealed the banks could not have gotten us in the financial mess our country is in. Corporations must not be allowed to run roughshod over the 99% the way they did in the 1920's. (A Republican administration then, too.)
It really boggles my mind when I wonder why the average Republican can't see what works and what doesn't by learning from from the past. Why they continue to repeat the same ideological economic ideas in spite of the evidence that their policies have repeatedly failed is puzzling. They keep on using the same tactics and hope for different results.
And why the average Republicans always vote against their own best interest is a mystery.