Global warming is a hoax.
The earth is 6,000 years old, not 4.54 billion years old.
Guns don't kill people.
Darwinism is wrong. Creationism is right.
There is no economic recovery.
Denial is a big part of conservative playbook. When you’re losing the war of ideas as badly as conservatives are, when the facts fail to support your positions, what else is there to do but deny the evidence that you’re losing it?
So it goes when you write a progressive column for a newspaper published in an overwhelmingly conservative neighborhood.
Two readers, Daniel Joy and Matt Nash, published columns of their own refuting my recent piece in which I cited the latest data that demonstrably proves the economy is continuing to recover from the disastrous Bush recession of 2007-2008.
“In what must be the greatest political irony of all time,” writes Joy, “the Administration openly embraced what amounts to ‘trickle down’ policies to get the economy moving.”
The economy is recovering because the 3.5 million jobs lost during the last two years of the Bush administration have been recovered, plus another 3 million.
“(T)he bullets Foley uses don’t seem to hit very much when they are undermined by record employment,” says Nash.
That record was actually achieved by Republican President Herbert Hoover after the 1929 stock market crash. Mr. Nash probably means the extraordinarily high unemployment Bush left behind which has dropped precipitously under Obama with Republicans refusing to pass a jobs bill.
Consumer confidence is up. Economic indicators are positive. People are working and spending again. The economy is growing. The numbers don't lie.
But these two gentlemen say there is no economic recovery. The reports are wrong. The soaring Dow doesn’t actually reflect investor confidence. Obama is not a populist but is actually in league with the Koch brothers. Self-made billionaire Nick Hanauer, whom I noted is worried about income disparity, doesn’t know what he is talking about despite the facts that support his concerns.
As I noted in my on-line responses to Messers Joy and Nash, if there was a Republican in the White House and the current economic data was presented, conservatives would crow about nothing else.
But the recovery is taking place under a Democratic president and progressive policies with no help whatsoever from Republicans. So conservatives deny it.
And this is another conservative handicap. They steadfastly refuse to critically dissect what they believe or why they believe it.
In the face of immutable truths, they insist those truths are false.