Political Nutz

Observations on the pathetic state of American politics

Republican lie machine–it works

“A Bloomberg National Poll conducted Oct. 24-26 finds that by a two-to-one margin, likely voters in the Nov. 2 midterm elections think taxes have gone up, the economy has shrunk, and the billions lent to banks as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program won’t be recovered. “  The reality, of course, is that each of these beliefs is 100% wrong. The relentless drum beat of Republican lies has convinced a majority of likely voters that things are in far worse shape.

  • Taxes. Fifty-two percent of those polled believe that taxes have gone up in the last two years.  Even 43% of Democrats think this. In fact, the Obama administration has cut taxes for the middle class by some $240 billion since taking office.
  • TARP. Sixty percent said that the billions loaned to banks under the TARP are lost and will never be repaid. In reality, much the money has already been repaid and the most recent forecast is for TARP to show a $16 billion profit.
  • Economic Recovery. Sixty-one percent of surveyed voters opined that the economy is shrinking.  The facts.  The recession officially ended in June of 2009, the economy grew 3.1% over the past year, and household spending rose at a 2.6% pace in the last quarter.  All signs of the slowly but steadily improving economy.

It is sad but not surprising that so many Americans are going to cast votes next week with their heads full Republican doom and gloom lies.  The so-called liberal media constantly repeats the Republican blather of Fox News, Limbaugh, Palin and Beck as if it were the truth completely ignoring reality.  Voters are free to choose whomever they want to represent them but they should do so armed with facts.

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