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Chan Lowe: The Republican deficit reduction hoax


They must think we voters are stupid, and maybe we are.

Poll after poll shows that when Americans are asked what bothers them the most about their government, it’s that it’s too big and it’s spending too much. Running up debt to China that our children will have to pay. We gotta rein the sucker in somehow.

Then these same Americans are asked what government programs they’d like to do without. Social Security? Hold on a minute! I paid in to that. They can’t steal it from me now. Medicare? What, and make me cough up for Granny’s doctor appointments? Obamacare? Gotta say, I like the sound of that preexisting conditions stuff. Unemployment benefits? Not if I’m the one who’s out of a job. Et cetera.

On top of that, we all want to extend the Bush tax cuts. Some have even bought into the idea that if we extend them for the rich as well, they won’t bank the difference or buy an Italian yacht with it, but instead will plow the loot back into jobs (maybe they’ll hire an extra couple of undocumented landscape workers to tend their estates).

The goal, for those who tease us irresponsibly with notions of reducing the deficit, is to somehow glide through election season without having to divulge the truth: that it can’t be done without pain, and a lot of it.

They know that if they really begin to do everything they say, voters will scream bloody murder as their favorite handouts get gouged. They’ll take it out on the perpetrators next time around anyway, so why tell them the truth now?

Better yet, once the elections are over, why do anything meaningful at all? That deficit stuff was all just rhetoric; any smart person ought to know that. The ones spouting it certainly do. Stalling has worked pretty well for us up until now. Let's keep on kickin' that can down the road.

And, when all else fails, blame Obama. Twenty percent of Americans are willing to believe anything you say about him. That’s a good solid base to build on.

Categories: 2010 Campaign (44), Economy (197)
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I liked Robert Heinlien's idea in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress: Go ahead and have two bodies of government, but one creates programs and legislation and the other abolishes them when their time is past. It takes 60% to pass a new program in the first house and only 30% to kill a program in the 2nd house.

Of course what I really think would work even better is to abolish elections completely. Make all government positions filled via a scheme like jury duty.

Once again Mr. Lowe misses the point. The money belongs to the people and it is not a bad thing to be successful.We need to cut all budgets by 20%,get ride of political appointees , pensions , corruption and waste ,repeal the Obama healthcare plan etc. The people that make big money , invest in their companies and the stock market which helps to create jobs.Your comment on illegals should have been send them home and free up the 4 million jobs that could be filled by legal residents of the USA , who pay taxes and spend their money here not send it back to their home country.As Ronald Regan once said it is not that the far left is not smart,it is just what them know is not so .

John Kerry....last week: “We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,”

I completely agree....influenced by a simple slogan like "Hope, Change or Yes we can!" ..........rather than facts or truth.

Not this upcoming election though.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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