Your comment (to A Taxpayer) subtly implies that you somehow know my political beliefs (you don’t). My comment (and this one) is limited to one particular group of conservatives who’s opinions I’ve heard or read extensively. I have no idea what is the basis for any of your flawed assumptions regarding what I believe (or regarding the true causes of California’s problems), but you do illustrate nicely (i) this incorrect notion these conservatives have that they know exactly what others are thinking (often based on tortured and incorrect extrapolation); (ii) how they constantly skip over numerous rhetorical ‘steps’ that are necessary to make a fair, honest and disciplined argument or truly prove a point; and (iii) the tendency to simply blame democrats/liberals for absolutely all problems while predicting (as you put it) “that liberalism is destroying the fabric of our country”. There’s nothing fair, balanced or enlightened about any of that – opinions are not facts and repeating them or screaming them at full volume doesn’t change that fundamental truth.
I said “many similarities to McCarthyism” and you come back with Pat Buchanin rhetoric? Were you trying to provide another illustration? Even in an article about California’s economy, that man can’t resist disparaging race and diversity. His analysis is half-baked and some of that article is just twisted. You talk about ‘telling the truth’, when all of these interpretations are NOT the truth, but mere opinion (on both sides). For example, it’s no foregone conclusion whatsoever that one policy vs. another caused any of the problems in Europe, California, America etc. – people far smarter than us have spent lifetimes studying these matters and they don’t agree – they do their best and give educated opinions (and so much depends, in the first place, whether a given economist believes in Keynesian theories or New classical macroeconomics or what). Read the rest of this entry »