Thursday, September 9, 2010

The "Boner's" Game Hand - Will A Pair of Fours Beat the Straight?

MeanMesa is watching the leadership of the Republican Party inundate the broadcast hours of their "wholly owned media" with the newest strategy.  The idea is to simply present misinformation at a rate which will exceed the capacity to challenge it.

Leading the charge is the highly soiled House Minority Leader,  John "the Boner" Boehner (R - Ohio).  Equipped with an apparently inexhaustible supply of neo-con "talking points," we find "the Boner" luxuriating in a flood tide of unchallenged media time dedicated to his "not quite right" economic "facts."

Even our rather long suffering President has finally begun to face the facts in this case.  Obama has been "naming names" and speaking his mind.  

In a series of White House Blog articles, administration officials have been calling out "the Boner," offering up actual facts and numbers to rehabilitate the misinformation effort designed to deliver the mid-term elections to the GOP.

Happily, there is only so much that even a "mouth junk" expert such as "the Boner" can do with a raging horde of inflamed hill billies and bigots.  In fact, once this pack of "screamers" emerges from the boundaries of the trailer park, an actual count of numbers suggests that "the Boner" still needs to be looking for more votes.

All the sides of this conflict would settle the argument themselves if the White House side were a bit more successfully public.  The neo-con wing nuts, enjoying a "super editorial interest position" in the corporate media, are hogging the coverage to the detriment of much factual information being available to voters.

The White House Blog article which follows is a fine example.  It will undoubtedly reach a few million American voters who, like MeanMesa, subscribe to the site.  However, how many voters will never see it?

MeanMesa intends to do its part by publishing the article here.  The visit the site (source), link here.

The White House Blog

Boehner's Budget Gimmicks: Another Attempt to Hold Middle Class Tax Cuts Hostage

It is disturbing but unfortunately not surprising that an entire political party would rally together to hold tax relief for middle class families hostage as leverage to push through tax cuts for the very richest Americans -- people who don’t need them and haven’t even asked for them. But that is apparently exactly what Republican Minority Leader John Boehner is trying to do.

Even as the Republican Party has tried to shed its dismal record on fiscal discipline, they have been consistent and unwavering in their attempts to borrow more than $700 billion to support permanent tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. But giving an average $100,000 tax break to those making over $1,000,000 a year when we can’t afford them and they don’t need them is not sound economic policy.

The latest trick from Republican Minority Leader John Boehner says a lot about Republican priorities and strategy – and seems like an obvious recognition of just how irresponsible their position is. 

In an interview this morning he issued a half-hearted call for a two year extension of these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. This is nothing more than a throwback to Bush-era budget gimmicks that helped get us into the fiscal mess we're in today, an attempt to mask the true budget-busting cost of the Republican agenda. If there was any doubt about that, it was eliminated when immediately after the interview he issued a press release making clear the Party’s continuing desire to borrow more than $700 billion to make these tax cuts permanent (“House Republicans will continue to fight to permanently stop job-killing tax hikes.”)

It is also ironic that Mr. Boehner would suggest a two year extension of all tax cuts while preaching about uncertainty for businesses.  President Obama believes that the working families who have been hardest hit over the last decade deserve the certainty of knowing that their taxes are not at risk of being raised only one or two years from now.  That is why the President is proposing to make all middle class tax cuts permanent, and why he is calling on Republicans to stop holding this relief hostage and pass a permanent extension of middle class tax cuts without delay.

Make no mistake, we simply cannot afford to follow Mr. Boehner and the Republican’s strategy of adding to our deficit for the sake of high-income tax cuts that the Congressional Budget Office determined were the least effective of all the measures it analyzed for creating jobs and supporting economic growth. And to hold middle class tax relief hostage to such an irresponsible proposal is beyond the pale.

Jen Psaki is Deputy Communications Director

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