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March 27, 2009

I rest my case

Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 2:41 pm

Further to my comments this morning about the lack of vision or coherent ideology on the right, the US Republican Party released their counter-budget today in which they put forward their alternative to Obama’s spend-a-thon. Here’s a chart from their section on health care:


This is, I swear, a real chart and not some gag I’ve cooked up. Ezra Klein is also amused.

(Somewhat related, Klein’s subsequent post contains this gem of a quote:

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.)


  1. Interestingly there is an article on defence spending in today’s Herald which mentions that the upcoming official budget vastly consists of spending approved by the Bush administration, so the first ‘real’ Obama budget will be in 2010…

    Comment by StephenR — March 27, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

  2. Literally a black box policy. It’s good to see the Republicans becoming more honest with their ignorance.

    Comment by Will de Cleene — March 27, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

  3. 1. Reform
    2. ?????
    3. Recovery!

    Still, it’s not that much different from the current plan…

    1. Borrow, print and spend money
    2. ?????
    3. Recovery!

    Comment by gazzaj — March 27, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

  4. This is not a budget. It talks about balancing the budget but doesn’t explain how. It advocates tax cuts but doesn’t estimate their costs. It promises to cut programs but doesn’t name them.

    Not a very studious lot are they?

    Comment by StephenR — March 27, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

  5. gazzaj, I may be able to help:

    Plan R
    1. Reform
    2. (a) Invisible hand works its magic
    2. (b) time, lot of time
    3. Recovery!

    Plan D
    1. Borrow, print and spend money
    2. (a) Change of Gummint
    2. (b) Plan R
    3. Recovery!

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 27, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

  6. It’s sad if you have to rest the case by getting an “ornament” from the document and presenting it as if it was a chart in that document. This is not a real chart as anyone who actually had looked at this “budget” can testify.

    We can argue if this budget is what it takes, but to present something that’s there to spice up the document as a chart is a sign of a pathological obsession.

    As a joke your post would have worked. But lying to your readers with “This is, I swear, a real chart ” is just taking them for granted.

    Lefties here, just look at that budget and tell me if this is a real chart or not.

    Comment by Berend de Boer — March 27, 2009 @ 7:49 pm


    Thankfully, I could follow a link from the site that brings you “the best liberal and progressive writers online and in print” to the actual document. There are, I swear, a lot of little graphics like the one that Danyl calls “charts”. And there are REAL charts, too, like with X ‘n’ Y axes and bars and numbers.

    The document is full of stuff that shows that, other than professing belief in a sky-fairy, Republicans seem to believe that there is an “invisible hand”. This invisible hand works magic and creates wealth whilst producing the goods and services that folk are prepared to pay good money for. Liberal and progressive types call it the “free-market hoik spit” and to them it is a “black box” that magically produces tax revenue but scares the be-jesus out of them cos they have absolutely no understanding of how it can work. Luckily, it works WITHOUT requiring that you understand it (a bit like my mum driving a car), but a little understanding helps avoid damaging its good work.

    Libs and progs, on the other hand, believe that group hugs (as mandated by statute) will cure all ills, along with many men with clip-boards, mustaches, walk socks and transitional lenses. They also believe that the true altruistic nature of man will shine through and we will be governed wisely and fairly by enlightened folk with our best interests at heart. People like Sue Bradford, Stalin, Guevara and Brown. Somehow, libs and progs manage not to notice how in practice this has never worked. Perhaps it is those tinted lenses.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — March 27, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

  8. gazzaj, this recession is the recovery. The problem is that money has been created out of thin air. That money was not really there. This has lead to malinvestment. They are being liquidated now, and consumers are saving. Only increased savings will lead to real money being available to have capital to start/increase productive activities.

    Comment by Berend de Boer — March 28, 2009 @ 12:10 am

  9. The problem is that money has been created out of thin air. That money was not really there.


    The money that fuelled the developed world debt-binge came from the massive surplus generated in the developing world – especially Oil exporters and China.

    Comment by Phil — March 28, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

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