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Mitt Romney Budget Buster - David Leonhardt Ignores 1/20/09 Conspiracy Against President Obama


Romney’s First 100 Days Could Bring Significant Change - NYTimes.com: "“We’re having a real debate about the size and scope of government,” says Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who is overseeing the Republicans’ Senate campaigns. “If Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan win, as I expect they will, they can justly claim a mandate, and I think it will make it much easier to do the hard things we all know need to be done.”"

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The New York Times has gone beyond giving the benefit of a doubt to telling outright lies. Such is the piece by Pulitzer winner David Leonhardt. It is a Koch-sized tissue of lies. I shall merely note a few high points and invite you to see if you do not agree with me that at bottom the Times accepts as reality the efficacy of the Wall Street-Greenwich axis as the Best Hope of America.

He quotes Grover Norquist as though the man was anything other than a destroyer. I think at bottom Leonhardt believes that Norquist nostrums are not toxic.

He implies that President Obama does not embrace the reasonable understandings that gave rise to Simpson-Bowles and spawned the current conflict. It is precisely because Obama is reasonable that he remains the best hope - even for establishment mandarins like Leonhardt.

And incredibly he assumes that the President actually enacted his agenda at the start when in fact he enacted only a modest portion of a change agenda that is still largely frustrated by GOP criminality. I use the term criminality advisedly. It was criminal for Cornyn's associate John Kyl and Paul Ryan and others to meet for four hours the night the President was inaugurated to plot his downfall and place their oath to serve all Americans in jeopardy. Since that date, no achievement of the President has been made without a stone wall of resistance, breached only when the shame of the betrayal conflicted with the clear self interest of the conspirators.

Read the entire piece and weep. For myself, I will redouble efforts to state the truth as I see it. Barack Obama preempted the GOP of yore and made them so mad that they have made apoplexy into a national disease and now have billions of dollars to make that Big Lie stick. This blog is a small effort to deconstruct this perfidy.

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…