Republicans and th Art of Nonsense.

Running with Bernie Sanders for Congress will be a great delight. I am afraid people maybe too addicted to the incumbent and Bernie may be with out a Socialist Congressman.

Republicans distort these facts:

Health Care:

Everyone needs healthcare eventually. It is not “if” it is “when.” The main difference between Canada and the USA is the healthcare systems of both countries. The Canadian system is far superior to America’s. It’s not even close. Don’t believe me? Ask Sarah Palin. There are critics who will dismiss my experiences out of hand because they’re “anecdotal evidence.” Whatever. Doesn’t make them any less true. And, funnily enough, these are usually the same folks who go on and on about how terrible the Canadian healthcare system is. They’re lying. I’m not.

it is absolutely mystifying to me why there is so much resistance to improving America’s healthcare system. Just look at how much damage the Republicans have done in their raging against it. And it’s all needless, every last bit of it. People are dying every day the longer the GOP drags this out, and they don’t need to die at all. Canadians have always been mystified when Republicans lie about our healthcare system. It isn’t just me who thinks this. Stop listening to conservative lies. They don’t know what they are talking about. Check that, actually they do. They have to know they are lying to you.

War:

Three years after invading Iraq, the U.S. military is bogged down but that hasn’t cooled the ardor for invading Iran. Since late last year, the Bush administration has stepped up pressure on Iran. While there is no certainty that the United States will attack, the timing is suspicious: Why threaten a military strike possibly involving nuclear weapons against a country that, even by CIA estimates, is ten years away from building an A-bomb? In many ways, it seems a replay of the Iraq War: attack a reactionary Middle East regime with vast oil reserves over the issue of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, pressure or bribe other countries and international institutions to join in the campaign, talk diplomacy but place intolerable conditions that doom any negotiations, all the while preparing for war. Now a deal had been reached. Hopefully diplomacy will work.

Poverty:

Since President Clinton declared war on the poor,

Lie #1: Economic growth reduces poverty.

“The best anti-poverty program,” wrote Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, in the Wall Street Journal, “is economic growth.”

Wrong. Since the late 1970s, the economy has grown 147 percent per capita but almost nothing has trickled down. The typical American worker is earning just about what he or she earned three decades ago, adjusted for inflation.

Meanwhile, the share of Americans in poverty remains around 15 percent. That’s even higher than it was in the early 1970s.

How can the economy have grown so much while most people’s wages go nowhere and the poor remain poor? Because almost all the gains have gone to the top.

Research by Immanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty shows that forty years ago the richest 1 percent of Americans got 9 percent of total income. Today they get over 20 percent.

It’s true that redistributing income to the needy is politically easier in a growing economy than in a stagnant one. One reason so many in today’s middle class are reluctant to pay taxes to help the poor is their own incomes are dropping.

But the lesson we should have learned from the past three decades is economic growth by itself doesn’t reduce poverty.

Lie #2: Jobs reduce poverty.

Senator Marco Rubio said poverty is best addressed not by raising the minimum wage or giving the poor more assistance but with “reforms that encourage and reward work.”

This has been the standard Republican line ever since Ronald Reagan declared that the best social program is a job. A number of Democrats have adopted it as well. But it’s wrong.

Surely it’s better to be poor and working than to be poor and unemployed. Evidence suggests jobs are crucial not only to economic well-being but also to self-esteem. Long-term unemployment can even shorten life expectancy.

But simply having a job is no bulwark against poverty. In fact, across America the ranks of the working poor have been growing. Around one-fourth of all American workers are now in jobs paying below what a full-time, full-year worker needs in order to live above the federally defined poverty line for a family of four.

Why are more people working but still poor? First of all, more jobs pay lousy wages.

While low-paying industries such as retail and fast food accounted for 22 percent of the jobs lost in the Great Recession, they’ve generated 44 percent of the jobs added since then, according to a recent report from the National Employment Law Project.

Third, government assistance now typically requires recipients to be working. This hasn’t meant fewer poor people. It’s just meant more poor people have jobs. This is why we have to get Bernie and his friends running for Congress elected for the Revolution.

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