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There is No Penalty for Lying Anymore

In Politics Plus

By Mike Gomez
March 11, 2017 at 1:08 p.m.


I think the lack of shame is the main reason people are susceptible to “fake news.” Back in the good old days, we would read a newspaper, magazine or book before commenting on a subject. We used to quote authors but that has gone by the wayside because there is a source tailored to your needs out there. We didn’t have all the alternative sources to arrive at an alternative- truth.

Libertarians and extreme conservatives want a 100% market- based healthcare program, but they can’t to point to a country that has one. The healthcare argument is a losing ideological fight. They try to blame the ACA for a bad economy but tout the addition of 235,000 new jobs. In our country of 324 million,160 million get their health insurance from their company. The government subsidizes the company with tax credits and   deductions. Additionally,55 million are on Medicare,9 million on VA, and 71 million on Medicaid, so, when you hear the exaggerations and inflated personal stories, remember, they are talking about less than 29 million people, if that. The Ayn Rand “survival of the fittest” model does not work. Everyday 10,000 Americans become eligible for government run Medicare, so one can say we are gradually moving to single-payer.

Lying didn’t start with this administration but they are trying to make it part of their strategic planning. Have you seen the daily news conferences, where Sean Spicer is perfecting the art of tap dancing around the subject? Spicer explained Trump’s tweet accusing the former present of illegally wiretapping his phone to “let’s see where the evidence takes us.” Evidence of what? The president could pick up his phone and call the FBI director if he really wanted to know. Then he tried to spin Trump’s tweet blaming Obama for 122 released Gitmo detainees returning to the battlefield, although 90 % were released by Bush, as Trump talking about the totality of the situation. Do you Vice President Pence didn’t know Michael Flynn was a lobbyist for Turkey, at the time he was the president’s National Security Adviser? Just think about that, he was heading our intel committee while he was employed by Turkey!!! Representative Elijah Cummings wrote Pence making him aware of the fact while Flynn was still in the vetting process. How ironic, Michael Flynn led the chant “lock her up.”

The lies are so commonplace that I couldn’t tell whether Mr. Spicer was laughing with the president or laughing at him, when he said “I talked to the president prior to this, and he said to quote him very clearly,” Spicer said. “They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now. “I know Trump has no shame, he’s the original Birther, but watching his surrogates get twisted like a pretzel is hard to watch. This goes beyond “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is is.”

I guess the biggest lie is the one about the Obama presidency being a total disaster.  This is a summary:

Since President Barack Obama first took office:

  • Homicides have dropped 13 percent, but gun sales have surged.
  • The economy has added more than 9 million jobs, and the jobless rate has dropped to below the historical median.
  • The number of long-term unemployed Americans has dropped by 614,000 under Obama, but it is still 761,000 higher than at the start of the Great Recession.
  • Corporate profits are up 166 percent; real weekly wages are up 3.4 percent.
  • There are 15 million fewer people who lack health insurance.
  • Wind and solar power have nearly tripled, and now account for more than 5 percent of U.S. electricity.
  • The federal debt has more than doubled — rising 116 percent — and big annual deficits have continued.
  • Since President Barack Obama first took office:
  • Homicides have dropped 13 percent, but gun sales
  • We can’t begin a dialogue if we can’t come to a basic understanding of the facts. You could make a case that Obama was not perfect but his terms were not disastrous.

I’ve seen the stories about Trump having the greatest 50 days of presidential history, but most of us think that too is a lie.

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