Had Democrats warned of catastrophe in 2000 and 2004 – “if Bush is elected, he will lead us into needless war! we will face financial collapse and depression!” – we’d have been (rightly, I think) embarrassed for being too shrill. Never mind that the result of those elections was needless war and barely averted financial collapse and depression. No?
Well, in these must-watch four-minutes Wednesday, Jon Stewart aired the apocalyptic Republican predictions – offered as certainties – as to what would happen if Obama were elected in 2008 . . . (he was; none of them came true; quite the opposite) . . . followed by the apocalyptic predictions – again offered as certainties – they are making about his reelection now.
Funny and telling. Devastating, really. Send it to friends who watch Fox.
And then send them the must-watch seven-minute interview with Reagan economist Bruce Bartlett that ended the show. Bartlett worked in the Bush-41 Treasury Department and served on the staff of Congressman Ron Paul. His new book is praised by The American Conservative, The Economist, and The Financial Times.
These two clips – and the time it will take you to forward them – will gobble 15 minutes. But a lot is at stake here. They’re worth the time.
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Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.~Teddy Roosevelt, 1902
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