Conservatism is Politics by Deception
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
May 24, 2012 04:41 PM | 2282 views | 9 9 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

There are dozens of baseless charges leveled against President Obama by his legions of haters. With the presidential election fast approaching, I expect we'll be hearing many more.

True or false: Under Obama, government spending has dramatically increased. Listen to enough Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, O'Reilly, Savage, et al and you would say true, Obama is just a tax and spend big government liberal who's bankrupting the nation, right?

Wrong. According to no less than Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, from fiscal year 2010 to the present, government spending — including the stimulus bill — has risen at just a 1.4 percent annualized rate under Obama, slower than at any time since the 1950s. Under George W. Bush, by comparison, government spending grew 8.1 percent from 2006 to 2009. Under Ronald Reagan, from 1982 to 1985, it grew by 8.7 percent.

Why do conservatives make stuff up? Can't they just sell us on all the benefits conservatism has to offer without attacking progressives with easily debunked falsehoods?


No, conservatism can't tell you what it really is. Most Americans would never vote for any candidate calling himself a conservative if the truth were more widely known and accepted because conservatism is a political ideology based on deception. There are many examples of how this deception takes place ("Obama wasn't born in America" comes to mind), but look no further than "severely conservative" Mitt Romney for proof.

In 2002, Romney was a moderate Republican governor who publicly supported a wide variety of progressive positions such as a women's right to choose abortion, gun control, gay marriage, stem cell research and global warming. He was a 55-year-old man at the time. Most 55-year-old men I know have pretty fixed views that they've held most of their adult lives.

Yet Romney would have us believe he has undergone a metamorphosis of ideological thinking, perhaps through an amazing series of epiphanies that caused him to reverse virtually all his firmly held convictions of less than a decade ago. It's simply not plausible. Sorry, but Romney is trying to deceive you. He's practicing conservatism and it's as brazenly deceptive as Obama being characterized by the right as a big spender.



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June 27, 2012
Couple things.

The 1.4% growth factor comes from an article by Rex Nutting and considers growth beginning in 2010, notwithstanding the fact that Obama was handed the keys to the White House in 2009.

Here's the rub - who was responsible for the 2009 budget? Whether you assign the 2009 budget to Bush or Obama makes a huge difference.

The 2009 budget should be assigned to Obama because the FY2009 budget was not passed by the Democratic congress until after Obama was sworn in, specifically, Obama signed the FY2009 budget on March 12, 2009. Said differently, Bush never saw the FY2009 budget.

The misleading 1.4% growth number has been thoroughly debunked.

Google "Rex Nutting", "Obama", "spending" and "growth" to begin your education.
B. D. Lane
May 29, 2012
Tis true. I will have no problem at all voting for Romney.

While I view him as a free market capitalist who will help the economy, I also see him as a moderate, so I hope he will be more capable of uniting Americans in general than the current administration has been able to do. After all, while President Obama has said he is not just the president of the blue states, he has never seemed all that interested in being the president of the red ones.

But then per your column, if you are to be held up as a person speaking for the average progressive like the president, progressives seem to think almost half of the electorate--almost half of your fellow citizens (this number derived from people who voted Republican last go around)--are a dastardly bunch of liars... or incomparable rubes.

While I disagree with you strongly on these points, and I feel that "spin" is endemic of Obama economics, I will assume that you actually believe what you are saying about Republicans and are therefore presenting information in an honorable way per your viewpoint. If this is the case--if Republican views are built solely in your mind on the sands of deception--why would you, or President Obama, ever compromise with a conservative? It seems to me that puts you in an intransigent position.

It is my opinion that regardless of who wins the election, this sort of thinking needs to be reconsidered. I don't think you're evil. But how can we meet in the middle ever if you're working off the premise that I am?

Anyway, just some thoughts. Glad the MDJ prints multiple viewpoints.
Kevin Foley
May 29, 2012
B.D. Lane - No, I'm not voting for Romney. He's your team's choice for president. I like the job the man in the White House has done with no help from the so-called "loyal opposition." As Joe Biden said, Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.
May 28, 2012
It depends on the baseline you use for spending.
Off Balance
May 28, 2012
B. D. Lane
May 26, 2012
Soooo, Mr. Foley... Surely you're not saying all Republicans/conservatives are liars because such a sentiment would surely be construed as a rather uncivil and sweeping attack intended to incite your fellow citizens rather than to encourage honest debate....

Perhaps what you're trying to imply instead is that Romney is in reality closer to YOUR core values than the tea party thinks because he is more left than he appears at first glance? He actually feels like YOU do about many social issues (abortion, gun control, stem cell research), and he has only "evolved" for the sake of political expediency to win his party's nomination?

In reality, doesn't that mean you're saying he's kinda progressive? If he gets into office, he won't actually act like a conservative? After all, while he's trying to "deceive" us into thinking his politics run "right," it's clear that they don't as he's surely a moderate?

Well then. Okay. Cool. All that must please you greatly. Glad he can count on your vote in November!!! ;)
Kevin Foley
May 25, 2012
Mr. Halle - I've never worried about the gutless who hide behind anonymity. If they really believed what they say, they'd put their names to it.

Obama is on to Romney. He's blasting Mitt's "job creator" claim this week and gaining ground.
Lib in Cobb
May 25, 2012
Mr. Foley: Thank you.
Oliver G. Halle
May 24, 2012
Kevin, I expect the anonymous bloggers will talk about Obama's "flip flop" on gay marriages, although looking at his position on the subject over the years, there should have been no surprise. Romney's flips and flops would qualify for Ribpley's, especially since they have all occurred over a short period of time and at an age when you would think his core values were firmly in place, especially the soical issues. One can only wonder how a President Romney will deal with the economy and unemployment. Since he never talks about his record of "accomplishments" as governor, we don't have much to go on. That's a big hole in his resume, and he seems to be getting away with it.
Kevin Foley is a 1979 graduate of the University of Connecticut and a former newspaper reporter. In 1981, he began his 30-year career in public relations, working in account management for Burson-Marsteller and Ketchum, two international PR firms. In 1986, he launched KEF Media in Chicago, a firm specializing in broadcast and Internet public relations. He moved the company to Atlanta in 1993. His career has taken him around the world and to every major city in America. Along the way he has worked with celebrities and public figures like Hank Aaron, Jane Seymour, Bob Dole, Nolan Ryan and Ryan Seacrest. Kevin went into semi-retirement in 2009 to pursue his long delayed writing career. In 2008 he published his first novel, "Where Law Ends," and has three other novels in various stages of completion. Kevin serves on the board of directors at Pinetree Country Club where enjoys golf and tennis. He and his wife Susie live in Kennesaw. The couple has two grown children.

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