Discourteous, Uncivil, and Wrong

Here’s a comment I wrote to an article titled, in that most civil of terms, “The Lies and Lunacy in Tim Pawlenty’s Economic Plan”, written by a Mr. Michael Tomasky:

First, if I had to guess, Mr. Tomasky’s parents never adequately taught him basic rules of decency or courtesy, among them that you don’t call people with whom you disagree liars and idiots – repeatedly. To do so means that your own arguments are so weak that you have to resort to ad hominem attacks in order to try to win over those unsophisticated enough to only understand the language of name-calling rather than the language of facts and civility.

Second, an irony is Mr. Tomasky’s own data are false and misleading. Anyone can “back up” one’s point by cherry picking the many think-tank analyses out there and finally settling on one, from a highly partisan source, that seems to echo the thesis that one is trying to make.

And how wrong that analysis is. Instead of relying on a highly partisan think tank, how about pulling data from some less partisan think tanks but that nevertheless still lean left. Observe this chart, presented by the Brookings Institution, Urban Institute – and Obama administration (OMB). It shows that the highest amount of tax revenue the government ever took in was in 2007, at the tail end of the Bush administration, and just before the start of the recession.

Moreover, Obama added more to the national debt in TWO YEARS than Bush did in EIGHT YEARS (and Bush’s contribution to the debt was bad enough as it was) – some $4 trillion. To say tax revenues is the problem rather than spending is, to use a civil term, sheer unreasonableness.

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