April 1st, 2011

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

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The Right Questions: Part Three

Another segment of the notion that cutting taxes produces jobs (as before: no, it doesn't), there's the notion that eliminating jobs will produce new jobs...that is, if you increase unemployment enough, then jobs will emerge, and the economy will recover.  You would think that even the GOP could understand that if you have a lot of unemployment already, adding a million or so more people to the list will not, in fact, create new jobs.  But they're walking around with eyes wide shut and don't get it.
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The Right Questions: Part Four

There's a new slogan running around GOPland: "Social conservatism IS fiscal conservatism."   In other words, if you're a tidy-whitie upright person who does everything by the rules of the religious right-wing (self-defined as social conservatives)--if you hate feminists, gays, lesbians, transsexuals, and "immorality" (mostly defined as a sexual practice that squicks you or your religious leader, but also including abortion and "substance abuse") then you're a social conservative and by golly, along with that bundle of shining goodness, you are by definition also a fiscal conservative, which means you'll be fine no matter what austerity measures come along.   The link between the two is intended to firmly cement the relationship between the religious right and the profit-before-anything political right, a relationship that trembled a bit for a year or two when the religious right actually read some parts of Scripture they'd been ignoring (that bit about feeding the hungry and housing the homeless) and began to question whether profit really was as holy as the political right insisted.    Some even began to question right-wing environmental policies on the grounds that if God created it, just maybe humans shouldn't trash it.

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