GOP Serial Liars

We should be used to it by now, but how can you get used to outright lies by Republican politicians and their right-wing media allies. They are truly full time liars, this time about part time employment. The issue is still “Obamacare,” but now about America becoming a part time working country because of “Obamacare.” The talking point orchestrated by conservative think tanks, fresh off their propaganda tower of untruth, is recited by Fox News, Republican leaders and even some of the mainstream (lame stream media, called by Sarah Palin), for example, Maria Bartiromo, anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”

No need to check the facts. The talking points were handed out fresh today by conservative leaders. It was like an echo chamber throughout Washington and on Fox News broadcasts:  “Obamacare is causing a rise in part time employment.” No one bothered to look at the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing that “Americans working part time for economic reasons” went down to 7.9 million in September, this from 8.6 million the year before.

Through lying lips, even Ted Cruz repeated the refrain, and surprisingly he still gets an audience away from Texas, like he is a credible source for anything after he proved himself a serial liar during the shutdown and near default he orchestrated. Unblinkingly, he repeated the hot-off-the-conservative-fabrication-mill: “Obamacare is hurting millions of people, forcing them into part time employment.”

Each day with great unity, a slightly different assault is repeated over and over again, a cacophony of tinny sounds, ringing untrue:  Fox News’ Hannity, O’Reilly, and Stuart Varney. It’s Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, fresh from his shutdown. It’s Eric Cantor, like a cantor with a false chorus. They pound it into the heads of listeners, who are not used to such a unified chorus of pimped prevarication.  

 It is heard so often that mind-staggered Americans repeat it at work, at cocktail parties, on buses, in their dreams. It is akin to water boarding without the water being forced into your nostrils and your mouth, only conservative sound waves assaulting your ears day after day until GOP talking points repeatedly enter the cavities of our brains.

It is propaganda, pure and simple. Lies repeated just as surely as they are in banana republics where the media is control by the ruling dictator. In America it is controlled by either corporate bosses or right-wing organizations. The former are silent conspirators to the lies. The latter are active participants, mainly through Fox and Clear Channel sources.

Conservative think tanks have been working on linguistic programming based on neuroscience for the past 40 years in order to “frame’ specific wording into their political narrative – in order to brainwash media audiences. In the meantime, media has been freed (Reagan vetoed the FCC Fairness Doctrine) to provide an easy forum for all kinds of pulp.

On mainstream media interviews and talk shows, the right-wing machine only looks for exposure, the opportunity to heave out the script provided by the conservative network, and believe me if you watch many talking head interviews, the talking points are all the same. However, right-wing radio and Fox News are more condensed conservative nonsense, like thick acidic soup (what is happening to our oceans is a good metaphor – pollutants sucking oxygen out of the ocean), all programming built around misinformation and outright lies.

If you haven’t noticed, many think tanks were behind the GOP shutdown, including Jim DeMint’s Heritage Foundation – at least until Republicans started edging toward default and economic Armageddon. Also consider that the Koch brothers, inheritors of billions of dollars, act as though they want no one else to have the opportunity to be rich. They have spent a quarter of a billion dollars supporting organizations against ACA (“Obamacare”) and were for the shutdown.

Now they – think tanks like Heritage — continue to work on our minds. Rote learning works. Fascist governments proved long ago: If you repeat something often enough, it becomes truth.

Have any of you said to anyone, “Obamacare is a jobkiller or that it forces us into part time work”?


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    • Kevin C Caffrey says

      In Massachusetts they do not work part-time jobs because the federal and state governments will give them much more money than they would receive if they were working.

  1. Bentree says

    That’s it? This whole diatribe is about a statistic, the basis of which is controlled by government officials, I’m not saying that cooking the numbers is in their best interest, but it is. The Republicans are not in control of the cooking part right now.
    But to use these flimsy easily manipulated statistics to cast dispersions on conservatives, well shame on you, no that’s not good enough, you should have your mouth rinsed out, no, your mama wears combat boots, there that’s better. I hope you learned your lesson.
    I love the question about Massachusetts, you guys crack me up.

  2. Kevin C Caffrey says

    Business is about making profits and ObamaCare lets business off the hook for health insurance if the company play’s by the rules. Hence, if less hours for employees means increased profits well hell just have people work part-time. There are plenty of workers out their looking for any type of work and companies no longer have to be competitive on benefits; because ObamaCare gives them an easy out (no company insurance) of providing health insurance for their employees. Not enough workers well Obama has stated his next move is immigration reform and amnesty that will mean more workers willing to work for less money and no benefits. It is the middle class that President Obama is at war with because ObamaCare will hurt them the most in health taxes (Obama premiums) and less medical benefits and care provisions. The greatest liars are the Obama Left that have shoveled garbage down the throats of Americans for decades ABC, CBS and NBC. Fox is the only legitimate news source in America.

  3. Denny Bennett says

    Part time employment numbers have gone down since the ACA has gone into effect. More full time employees now.

    • Walt says

      That’s not true, Denny. What’s true is that official unemployment numbers are lower according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (U3 and U6). However, at the same time, the number of people in the workforce has declined substantially as well. Include people who don’t have a full-time job but don’t get officially counted on the unemployment rolls, and the number of unemployed has actually increased since the ACA was passed into law.

      This is how the BLS cons people into believing that unemployment has been reduced. Just wait until they’re no longer eligible to continue to receive unemployment benefits and then deduct them from the unemployment rolls. Problem solved, sort of.

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