Denial’s not a river in Egypt
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
July 21, 2014 05:45 PM | 2624 views | 5 5 comments | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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.”

Wait. What?

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.

“Record unemployment?"

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.

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Lib in Cobb
July 26, 2014
@Kevin, During the 2008 campaign, there was a picture of our now president wear traditional Muslim clothing, this of course was proof positive that President Obama was Muslim. Yup! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

To all the whackjobs who believed this nonsense. How do you feel about that now?

Vote for Michelle Nunn !
Kevin Foley
July 25, 2014
Lib, there are still Germans who say the holocaust was a hoax.

These people all hate Obama. Their hate is constantly exploited by the right wing media with lies, distortions and half truths.

They are steeped hate and too lazy to learn the truth, yet proud of their willful ignorance, precisely the sort of uninformed citizens the Founders were worried about.

It's really sad.
Lib in Cobb
July 25, 2014
@Ben and Rhett; No everything is not coming up roses, but most indicators are saying things are greatly improved since December 2008. Stock market WAY up, unemployment down, housing coming back, construction coming back, then number of jobs created up. All indexes up since the end of George.

Ready, set, spin. Have a nice day.

By the way Michelle Nunn is also way up in the polls over what his name. GA is leaning into purple territory. During my work for the Obama campaign, Governor Barnes told me, "GA will be Blue in the next ten years".
Rhett Writer
July 23, 2014
Talk about somebody in denial. the man took each one your so-called "facts" and destroyed them, yet you stil rfer to them as "immutable truths."

Pathetic, Foley, you are truly pathetic in your dogged blindness.
Ben Twomey
July 21, 2014
Ah Kevin! The title of this blog pretty much fits everything you write. In spite of overwhelming evidence ot he contrary, you keep insisting that everything is coming up roses.

As has been said before, in many ways, "there is none so blind as he who will not see".

Did you really think that people would fall for the malarkey you contribute and let it sit without correcting your obvious mistaken impressions and beliefs? Too bad, They won't let you get by with putting out baloney and calling it fried chicken.

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