Two Faced, Double Standards – A Troubling Pattern of Democrat Advocacy

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Why are we still arguing with liberals as if they are principled?

In case after case I see liberal policy advocates completely reversing mentality when it comes to the gov’t adhering to policies they passionately articulated while Bush was president.   And they don’t appear to be holding Obama to deliver what he promised, they easily reverse advocacy.

Double Talking Examples

So I compiled a list of all the Bush-era behaviors Democrats have decried in policy debates, then applauded or went silent when the counter-principled behavior of Obama was clearly exhibited to them:

  • The same party that claimed to be enraged by Bush’s deregulation……
    ……violated regulations for bondholders and bankruptcy to save GM.
  • The party that decried Bush’s deregulation…….
    ……removed a key antifraud provision in Sarbanes Oxley Bush-era congressional regulation, by executive branch decree: mark to market. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark-to-market accounting)
  • Easy credit in the Bush era created a bubble in house prices; that is bad……..
    ……Easy college loan money creates a bubble in college prices?  …..no problem. Obama is now pushing loans to unqualified home buyers again.
  • Fraudulently rated MBS bundles melt down and sink AIG, bad……..
    ……Fraudulently rated US government bonds, no problem. (“For fifty years or so the federal government has deliberately and to an increasing extent misstated probable future budget defi cits. Democrats and Republicans are guilty. The White House is guilty. And so is Congress. Private firms that deliberately misrepresent their financial statements in this fashion would be guilty of a crime.” (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323646604578405132295403060.html?mod=WSJ Opinion LEADTop)
  •  Enron melts down during W’s reign, due to mismarking of assets, that’s bad……
    ……”Mark to market” suspended by Obama, that’s good.
  •  Liar loans for home mortgages create a mass of bad mortgage paper—falsely rated MBS securities…….
    …….Liar loans for the federal government create a mass of bad US bonds—falsely rated treasury securities.
  • Printing money in Weimar, Germany, that’s bad…….
    …….Printing money in the US under Obama, that’s good.
  • They say stimulus spending takes years to have an effect so we can’t see all the good it is doing now………
    …….But the twelve years of 40 to 60 percent Republican debt increase per term, before Clinton’s low 9 percent deficit of his second term cannot be “credited” to the Republicans’ “stimulus” before 1996; they claim Clinton-era success was Clinton’s genius.
  • Bush deregulates—too much—using lawful legislative means; they call him a criminal…….
    ……..Clinton successfully led the effort to end Glass-Steagall and borrows $128B from the Social Security fund to make the federal budget appear to be balanced; he’s speaking at the Democratic National Convention.
  • Obama declined prosecution after Pelosi’s FCIC commission finds a trillion dollars of fiscal crime—he was declared a great president…….
    ……..instead of a massively corrupt chief of police.  If Bush had done this there would have been riots.
  • Profligate borrowing under Bush, that’s bad………
    ……..Two times greater profligate borrowing under Obama?   Well there was “nothing else we could do because Bush caused the crash.”
  • Printing money in the private sector—that is called counterfeiting………
    ……..The Fed prints $4 trillion—“there was nothing else could we do.”
  • Rising welfare under conservative president Bush?  Failure………
    ………Doubling of welfare under liberal president Obama?  He’s a good-hearted man.
  • They demanded healthcare insurance for everyone when Obama was elected……..
    ………Now they are defending tens of millions of Americans losing their health insurance.
  • Liberals say building the Interstate system in the 1950s was a great success story for government spending. But it ruined the healthy passenger-train business at the time…………..
    ………Now they’re saying we need trains to be “green”; we don’t want cars. A transportation system based on inefficient cars was a bad idea after all, but they won’t admit it.
  • If Wall Street creates an investment that does not pay back investors as advertised, the liberals demand a law to protect consumers……..
    ………If the United States does not have enough revenue to pay back its debt, the liberal policy advocates say its okay; they are unable to stop spending, and their leaders re-vote for low tax rates and more borrowing to pay back the bonds.
  • CIA drone strikes will get a pass in the counterterrorism “playbook,” officials say……….
    ………But waterboarding is a criminal act by Bush.
  • Leftists proclaim Bush administration does too much “corporate welfare.”……..
    ………Obama bails out the banks and car companies—not a problem.
  • Right to privacy is a big deal in defending abortion………………
    ………but the left is entirely silent about the NSA spying, CIA spying, and AP wiretapping. Moveon.org and Code Pink were out in force for the Bush presidency Patriot Act protests; now they’ve gone mute.


    John D. Lofgren

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John Lofgren spent over 10 years researching US economic history, identifying best practices, and exposing findings in public forums in researching his well reviewed book, “Atlas Shouts”. John earned degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida. A computer engineer, he holds five patents and has thirty years of design experience in electronics and design automation. He is also an accomplished lead singer and guitarist in a Motown/Classic Rock band.

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