By Mark Rhoads
An old college pal of mine was recently looking at a TV screen in a bar at the Atlanta Airport. He saw former fog-making-Newsweek editor and Bloomberg Review columnist Jonathan Alter on MSNBC and confused him with comic actor Jason Alexander. Then he wondered why Alexander would be talking about the debt ceiling negotiations between President Obama and Speaker Boehner.
“Alexander,” who may have been separated at birth from Chicago-native Alter, was whining about how the conservative Republicans were dishonest because they were saying how bad the deficit was, and yet would not accept a tax increase offer from President Obama to “reduce the deficit.” Marvelous false logic that.
First, its the spending, stupid, not the deficit number per se that is important. The deficit number is only the difference in one year between federal revenue and federal outlays. The national debt is the accumulated total of all the yearly deficits. By itself, the yearly deficit number is not an important number but is only a symptom of how much the government is over-spending.
Just watch, starting today the radical Left can take its cue from the hyper-left partisan Jonathan Alter to spread a new lie about House conservative Republicans and attack their motives. The new left-wing party line will be that Repubicans oppose reasonable proposals of Obama for reducing the deficit because they oppose raising taxes.
In a very twisted sense, that is true in the psuedo-logical world view of the radical Left. Its like saying a bank robber can help “reduce the crime rate:” if he only robs a little less money from banks every year.
The Jonathan Alters of the world naturally do not see themselves as partisan demagogues when they are so manifestly intellectually dishonest. It is worse than that: their rigid Left-wing ideology so blinds them to simple logic that they become intellectually obtuse servants of the Tower of Babel.
Originally published in Illinois Review