Why Are Conservatives Such Idiots At Times?

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Conservatives are idiots.  They are stupid, dim-witted, almost brain dead, incapable of rational though, actions or self-preservation.  The Pink Flamingo has made no secret of the fact that I think something is terribly wrong within conservative ranks.

  1. The entire movement was kept alive by the intellect of William F. Buckley.  Now that he is dead, there is no intellectual leader
  2. The movement has gone as far right as it can go
  3. The extremes of the far, far, far right are so well organized they appear to be mainstream and have co-opted the punditry
  4. FOX News has sold us down the creek for ratings and money
  5. Our leading talking heads have become so involved in their own quest for the eternal dollar that they are no longer capable of rational though
  6. The punditry and talking radio heads are incapable of rational logic and constructive thought and can be manipulated quite easily
  7. There is a death of intellectual thought within the movement
  8. Irrational hatred of Barack Obama has blacked rational behavior
  9. Buckley kept idiots like the John Birch Society in check.  Now that he is dead, they are running amok
  10. By appealing to the worst part of anti-immigration reform, conservatives have lost their souls
  11. Conservatives need to remember that libertarians are not our friends
  12. Conservatives have become nothing but cheap prostitutes for PACs and super PACs
  13. By refusing to acknowledge the fact that the KKK, National Socialists, and White Supremacists do exist and are working within the ranks of the far right and the tea parties, conservatives are losing the battle of intellectual honesty

Then again – sometimes, to paraphrase Freud, an idiot is just an idiot.

Case in point….

Red State is now smearing the author of the WPost hit piece on Rick Perry. They are promoting the person’s “criminal” past – speeding tickets, running a traffic sign and a bounced check.  If  this were the case, I’m a criminal.  I ran a stop sign in Atlanta the year Star Wars premiered.  I had a warning for speeding on 1-10 outside of Tucson.  The cop was flirting.  I had two speeding tickets in South Carolina around 1988 or so and one in 1987 in Clemson.  I also had a parking ticket in Clemson back in the late 1970s I refused to pay on principle.   This sort of thing makes conservatives look very, very bad.

The Wall Street Journal, once a decent bastion of conservative rational discourse, has become nothing but a shill for Rupert Murdock’s strange brand of libertarian theology.  The have an article that states that fully 48.5% of the population lives in a household that is getting a government benefit – dependent upon the Feds.  You expect that to be about food stamps, Medicaid – that sort of thing, but now, according to the WSJ, anyone on Social Security or Medicare is receiving a hand-out – a government benefit.  It doesn’t matter if those seniors have, in the past coughed up millions in taxes, they’re now on “welfare”.

WSJ

They are also annoyed that something like 46.4% of households will pay no federal income taxes.  So what?

NY Times

Warner Todd Huston shows the abject ignorance

“…But the success here is that the tougher laws are causing these illegals to flee. Some went back to Mexico — a good thing — but others just moved to a state with more lax laws — something that should be rectified. The lesson here is, make the laws tougher and the illegals will leave. If immigration laws in every state and the federal government went this direction, we’d have a far less troublesome situation with illegal immigration. If our laws were duly enforced, only those seriously interested in becoming real Americans would come here and brave the laws.

Now, am I gleeful to see businesses go under? Not at all. However, if these people are good businessmen they will thrive by changing their focus. Let’s face it, government has no role in making sure businesses survive a changing clientele or an evolving market. If these businesses lose their illegal customer base, then it’s adapt or die off. And that is how it should be. Government has no role to make sure these increasingly unnecessary businesses stay in business. It’s the way the market works.

It’s that well known concept of “creative destruction” in the flesh in Alabama. On top of that, it’s a perfect example of how to put the breaks on illegal immigration. What’s not to like?…”

I gather Mr. Houston has never, once in his life, fought to keep a business open, or has ever owned a small business.  I have.  It’s not easy.  When one’s customer base leaves one must close one’s business.  Please, let Mr. Houston explain how a business can survive under such conditions.   Business cannot. It doesn’t matter how smart the owner is, when there is no base, there is no business.

Hugh Hewitt wrote:

“…Rick Perry’s “problem” would easily be solved by a quick embrace of the fence, announcing that he has heard voters loud and clear and understands, and a couple of statements that the education being offered foreign students in Texas is designed to assure they have the skill sets that will make them successful in their home countries, and to treat in-state tuition as any other foreign student program, just one where preference depended on the number of years in the state prior to application.

The country, after all, is teeming with foreign students.  Even as there is no reason to prefer illegal aliens over U.S. citizens, there is no reason to prefer foreign students traveling her for the first day of college over those who went to high school here….”

I gather Mr. Hewitt is not familiar with the literal geography of the actual physical border of Texas or he would not make such an ill advised and ignorant statement of just building a fence.

Outside the Beltway

I’d finally begun to warm to Herman Cain, then I started to realize that he is as much of a problem conservative as is Rush Limbaugh.

“…“I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated, to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration,” Cain said. “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks — if you don’t have a job and you are not rich, blame yourself!”…“When I was growing up, I was blessed to have had parents that didn’t teach me to be jealous of anybody, and didn’t teach me to be envious of somebody. It is not a person’s fault because they succeeded — it is a person’s fault if they failed. And so this is why I don’t understand these demonstrations, and what is it that they are looking for.”…”

Too bad Mr. Cain doesn’t comprehend the fact that, sometimes, life happens, and no matter what you do, no matter how well educated, nor how hard you work, you don’t get rich like he did.  Life happens.  If everyone were rich, he wouldn’t be bellyaching about the poor paying their fair share in taxes.

The Lonely Conservative

The WSJ wants the elderly taxed, even though they are being squeezed to death, literally from all sides.

“…Broadening the tax base, simplifying the tax code and lowering tax rates have long been prescriptions for a more efficient tax system, notably from the right. The idea is likely to be a major issue as a congressional supercommittee seeks at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction by Thanksgiving.

Of the poorest 20% of American households, those earning less than $16,812 a year, 93.4% pay no income tax. But even 30% of the middle class earning between $33,542 and $59,386 are exempt. Some Republican economists say the tax policies that cause this phenomenon have gone too far, contending that people who don’t pay income taxes have an incentive to support politicians who promise more federal programs, since they aren’t paying for them.

Moreover, they argue the tax code has become too dependent on too few people. Sixty percent of the income tax is paid by 5% of U.S. households, said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director who led domestic policy for John McCain’s 2008 campaign. “We’re going to have to have tax reform,” he said. “The system is broken.”

But the politics of change are not clear cut. About half of the households that pay no income tax do so simply because the standard deductions for tax filers and dependents are large enough to negate taxable earnings. In addition, nearly half of the remainder who were knocked off the tax rolls because of other tax measures are seniors, according to the Tax Policy Center.

The elderly who do not itemize their taxes get a larger standard deduction and most can exclude some or all of their Social Security from being counted as income. Repealing those benefits would subject 16.3 million more households to income taxation.

The next-largest group of non-taxable households that had no taxable income because of tax policy will be exempted from the income tax rolls because they qualify for the earned-income credit for the working poor or their per-child tax credits were large enough to eliminate their income tax hit….”

Is anyone out there with reason, logic, and an IQ in triple digits?

 

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