Twisted Logic Tuesday


The political theater that passes for serious policy debate is about to run into an unfortunate reality as Donald Trump’s budget plan comes face to face with its arch-nemesis: arithmetic.

It’s impossible to cut taxes, increase spending, and balance the budget. That’s not political bluster. That’s math.

Throughout the campaign and since, Trump promised to invest in infrastructure, pass an enormous tax cut, boost military spending, cut “waste, fraud, and abuse,” and protect Social Security and Medicare — and, of course, balance the budget.

This rhetoric has been remarkably effective, the presidential equivalent of offering free ponies for everyone — but even less practical.

Working in Trump’s favor, however, is that many Americans believe things about the federal budget that are simply not true. There’s a lot of misinformation out there.
According to public opinion polls, Americans believe nearly a third of the budget goes to international aid. In reality, it’s less than 1 percent.

A survey of Fox News viewers from 2013 showed nearly half believed most federal debt could be eliminated by “cutting waste and fraud.” It can’t.

@ The Institute for Policy Studies


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15 Responses to Twisted Logic Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    Trump bumpkins abound, left behind by logic and critical thinking pushed instead toward fantasy and folly.

    Like my neighbor, flying his yellow flag; Don’t Tread on Me, meanwhile his old car minus mufflers roars up and down the street effectively ‘treading’ on everyone else’s right to peace and quiet. But that does not matter to him as he wallows in self-righteous indignance believing all will be right with the wave of a hand by rich boy.

    The Bumpkins need their own country where they can spit tobacco, roar around in their muffler-less pickups and act like the fools they are without disturbing the quiet existence of others.


  2. Den says:

    Diversion time, Mountain biking near Auburn:


  3. Den says:

    Pouring buckets right now, lightning an thunder, waiting for power to go out, satellite drifting in and out, whitewater rapids returned, woosh!


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Had a great time visiting Snotty. She has good coffee, and my cake was magnifique! This was the first time I’ve seen her since she had her bad hip replaced. She’s been limping around with either a cane, or walker since I met her and today she came to the door at a clip with NO helper. She’s so happy to finally be pain-free.


  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    When I got home, fed Bob and ran to the video store, when I came home I put on MSNBC and saw some of the Gorsuch thing. Didn’t watch much but I did notice he drank a lot of water. When a person keeps reaching for their water, something wrong with them. Nerves for one.

    And he replied to questions with the answer someone would want. In other words, on his best behavior like they all are. Liars. Like the EPA guy who was nice at his meeting, hiding how much he wants to blow up the EPA.

    I can’t stand watching those things. I’d rather watch the pundits later boil it down for me. On the MSNBC screen, on the left, a box would pop up giving highlights of what the guy said. That was good enough for me.


  6. Den says:

    Equational Dinette:


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Home from Karen Wong’s junior piano recital: Bach, Mozart, Debussy, and Chopin; standards but difficult. She did well, I told her so afterwards, and deserved an audience greater than the 25 people who were present.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    While reading The Nation I discovered that there is a cable TV program called The Young Turks, M-F 6 Eastern time. Several here might care to view it. Maybe it costs a tenner a month.


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