I was on the phone with my dad last night, who’s a moderate. We were talking about the election next week, and how Romney’s history of suggesting cuts to FEMA is starting to look pretty bad for him, and then my dad started on “well, we really need to do something about that deficit…”
Back in September, the Congressional Research Service released a report that found no evidence that tax cuts for the wealthy spur economic growth. Republicans objected to the wording and findings of the report. It ended up being quietly pulled in mid-September. From the NYT article about this:
Congressional aides and outside economists said they were not aware of previous efforts to discredit a study from the research service.
“When their math doesn’t add up, Republicans claim that their vague version of economic growth will somehow magically make up the difference. And when that is refuted, they’re left with nothing more to lean on than charges of bias against nonpartisan experts,” said Representative Sander Levin of Michigan, ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Maddowblog points out that this is not a new tactic for Republican lawmakers:
This was consistently one of the more offensive hallmarks of the Bush/Cheney era. In 2005…after a government report showed an increase in terrorism around the world, the administration announced it would stop publishing its annual report on international terrorism. Reality proved problematic, so rather than addressing the problem, the Republican administration decided to hide the reality.
Soon after, the Bush administration was discouraged by data about factory closings in the U.S., the administration announced it would stop publishing information about factory closings.
When Bush’s Department of Education found that charter schools were underperforming, the administration said it would sharply cut back on the information it collects about charter schools.
The GOP is a party that stands for the denial of reality, obstructionism, and bullshit. No wonder the GOP nominated a blatant liar like Romney to be president. I cannot believe these mendacious assholes are the only other major political party in this country.