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Cliff Notes: Paul Ryan's "utterly obtuse" budget is "the most fraudulent in American history"

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Back in April I posted one in an ongoing series of Cliff Notes, articles by Cliff Schecter that we put up from time to time. I would like to harken back to one from last April and even expand on it a little:

Finally we have Rep. Paul Ryan, who recently released a budget document so utterly obtuse, that the House GOP Caucus had to go and vote for it right away. To get to the heart of Ryan, let me again harness the wit and wisdom of Nobel-Prize winner Paul Krugman:

“Mr. Ryan talks loudly about the evils of debt and deficits, but his plan would actually make the deficit bigger…is his budget really the most fraudulent in American history? Yes, it is.”

Somehow slashing taxes on multinational corporations and the Mitt Romneys of the world while increasing defense-contractor spending and not mentioning where most of the spending cuts come from–that, my friends, has led Ryan to be hailed as the next Cincinnatus with a side of Enrico Fermi. And with those numbers he might just balance the budget – sometime after we make contact with the planet Vulcan.

George Carlin once pointed how many of the daft and dull one meets in an average day. He reminded us to “think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of ‘em are stupider than that.” If the above is what counts for smarts in today’s GOP political apparatus, we can probably postulate which half they walk among.

Cliff Schecter is the President of Libertas, LLC, a progressive public relations firm, and the author of the 2008 bestseller The Real McCain.

Follow him on Twitter: @Cliffschecter

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Cliff Notes- GOP: Check Your Intelligence At The Door

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Today I'm combining my Cliff Notes post with my Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout post, because you can never cover GOP idiocracy enough.

First, via my dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, is his latest. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here:

For the past generation, Republican leaders, talk-show hosts and elected officials have made it their mission to mock anyone of serious intellectual import (liberal elitist!), attack the professional class and wonder aloud about proven science on about as constant a loop as “Sex In The City” reruns on E!. [...]

Scalia, a Supreme Court Justice appointed by Ronald Reagan, thinks he sounds awful smart when he bullies counsel for the liberal side of any case before the Court and uses Tea-Party talking points to do it. Most recently, he compared the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act to making people buy broccoli.  [...]

Then there is presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, “the ideas guy.” I’m not quite sure what most of them are, or if they involve large ethics fines, but a guy who’s calling for destroying government’s ability to do anything while simultaneously proposing a lunar colony–well, let’s just say Pauly Shore was also big in the 90s and probably had some ideas too.

Finally we have Rep. Paul Ryan, who recently released a budget document so utterly obtuse, that the House GOP Caucus had to go and vote for it right away. To get to the heart of Ryan, let me again harness the wit and wisdom of Nobel-Prize winner Paul Krugman:

“Mr. Ryan talks loudly about the evils of debt and deficits, but his plan would actually make the deficit bigger…is his budget really the most fraudulent in American history? Yes, it is.”

Cliff Schecter is the President of Libertas, LLC, a progressive public relations firm, and the author of the 2008 bestseller The Real McCain.

Follow him on Twitter: @Cliffschecter

Next, Mark Karlin's BuzzFlash post, with a little help from Charles Pierce and his best seller, "Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free":

Pierce pulled no punches in goring sacred cows, such as the New York Times:

I think the illustrative sentence, for all three of what I call the great premises of Idiot America came from The New York Times, which was talking about the intelligent design movement. And the sentence that appeared on the front page of The New York Times is called the intelligent design movement -- "a politically savvy challenge to evolution." Which is self-evidently ridiculous. It's like deciding that you're going to have an agriculturally savvy challenge to Newtonian geometry. It doesn't work.

It doesn't matter how many people vote for the candidate of the Alchemy Party ticket. He's not going to be able to change lead to gold. It doesn't matter how many people in the Gallup Poll think they should be able to flap their arms and fly to the moon -- they're not going to be able to do it. So when you have The New York Times, on the front page, posing a self-evidently ridiculous notion like a politically savvy challenge to evolution -- actually it's not. It's a politically savvy challenge to the poor bastards who are trying to teach high school biology.

Pierce artfully explains the demagoguery that is today's political surround sound, and why it is do difficult for Obama to effectively communicate with many Americans, when he states:

[...] It has a lot to do with the fact that so much of our national discourse on important issues takes place in an entertainment context. The worst thing you can do, is to know what you're talking about. If you know what you're talking about, you're not going to speak in sound bites. You are very rarely going to speak in sound bites if you know what you're talking about. If you know what you're talking about, most problems are very nuanced and very complicated.

Please read the whole post here.

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VIDEO: Rick Perry claims he never suggested Texas might secede. Oops! There's audio.

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Think Progress has more...

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When oh when will Republicans finally figure out that their every word and deed is  preserved, documented, chronicled, and able to be replayed forever and ever after having been picked up by these wacky new inventions called video cameras and audio recorders?

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Professors offer $10,000 + for proof that Michele Bachmann’s story about HPV is true

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Earlier, I posted a video of Lizz Winstead having some fun at Michele Bachmann's expense on the subject of her outlandish statement about a woman who claimed that her daughter suffered "mental retardation" after getting the vaccine for HPV. (Bachmann later said she had "no idea" if it were true.)

But kidding aside, lies are not funny and can be downright harmful, especially when unsuspecting (read: uninformed, misinformed) voters take Bachmann's lies seriously and possibly put their own kids' health at risk.

Did Michele refuse to get her 23 foster kids and 5 biological children inoculated against polio, tetanus, mumps, etc? Has she herself been inoculated? And while we're at it, can we get inoculated against her lies?

But I digress:

Two bioethics professors have offered to pay more than $10,000 for medical records that prove the anecdote Bachmann told after Monday night's Republican presidential debate is true, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. [...]

"'These types of messages in this climate have the capacity to do enormous public health harm,'" [Steven Miles, a U of M bioethics professor] said of why he made the offer. 'The woman, assuming she exists, put this claim into the public domain and it's an extremely serious claim and it deserves to be analyzed.'"

Praying disease away doesn't work, Ms. Bachmann. And spreading lies or rumors about the effects of a vaccination about which you know nothing is dangerous and stupid.

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Less uproar likely for second Obama speech to schoolkids

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It's at least a good thing that they're calming down with all the inflammatory rhetoric, but they're still butt stupid. (note bolded sentence)

Utah schools are gearing up for another President Barack Obama speech to kids, though some say the outcry over it will likely be less intense this year.

The White House recently announced that Obama will give his second annual “Back to School” speech to school kids on Sept. 14. Last September, many Utah schools received calls from angry parents, and some pulled their kids out of class during Obama’s talk, fearing it would amount to political indoctrination. At least one Utah district initially refused to show it. The speech, however, turned out to be little more than a start-of-the-year pep talk about the importance of education and working hard.

“My impression is this is going to be much less of an issue this time around largely because I think of what we saw last time, it really was a tempest in a teapot,” said Matthew Burbank, an associate professor of political science at the University of Utah. “What happened was many groups were protesting and complaining and yet there was very little substance to most of those concerns.”

Gayle Ruzicka, head of the Utah Eagle Forum, said it seems like a bit of a waste of time and money to give a speech again this year when Obama could instead write a letter to students. But she said she doesn’t plan to make an issue out of it as long as parents can opt out their children, see its content ahead of time and it’s nonpolitical.

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