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10 Liberal Fallacies: Part I | July 30, 2010

Lately I have been writing about grandchildren and other personal issues while of interest do not really lend themselves to idea-oriented confrontations.

I hadn’t had any real intellectual confrontations lately.

Earlier this month I logged on to The Erstwhile Conservative.

I had ventured there earlier in the year and had gotten into a battle royal with the blogger.

I thought it would help to keep sharp.  I used to love the verbal battles I got into with my left-wing callers on WGNU.

I think they made me a much better informed host because if I could not defend what I believe I had better find out better arguments to meet my personal test of reason.

Well my recent inter-changes with Duane Graham left me empty and unsatisfied.

Last time I ventured to his site, the exchanges were heady and had some real content.

Now his responses seem no deeper than a crayon book, issued by the Obama White House. Check him for yourselves:  See all comments on this post here.

Unfortunately it did not take long for his responses to make a rapid descent into invective and verbal assault.

I had thought he was capable of some independent thought but his best arguments seemed to center on Obama’s strategy for keeping his boot this coming election.

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Which one told no lies?

I took that as his form of intellectual capitulation.  If the ideas don’t work, sling the mud.

Duane’s first line of defense was:

1) Bush did it.

Expect to hear this a lot in the ensuing months.  Every thing that has not worked out for the Obama regime from solving unemployment, the oil spill, an economy that lingers on the brink etc.— have all been the policies of George W. Bush.

What they fail to state is that the annual deficit in 2007 was $200 billion–I will never defend the profligate spending of Bush and his Republican Congress.

That was the year Reid and Pelosi assumed the mantle of spending and promptly lead us deeper into a recession.

I want to laugh out loud every time, the president speaks in his most solemn tones about the Bush deficits he inherited, failing to mention the two trillion in debt he has added in just 18 months.

The Republicans were mere pickpockets compared to this regime.

2) Tax cuts for the wealthy.

I have to quell my rage when I hear this constant refrain, not unlike the witches in Macbeth.  I feel like Big Daddy in The Cat on a Hot Tin Roof when he yells at his son…Mendacity, mendacity…!

The truth is everyone got a tax cut in 2003.

The wealthy saved more because they paid more taxes than anyone else.  It was there money anyway!

The top 5% of tax payers account for about 50% of all taxes collected in this country.

These tax cuts sparked an economic recovery that rebounded, first from the popping of the Clinton internet investment bubble, followed by the crash after 9/11.

Just wait until Obama’s tax increases on all people sends us into another recession.

Hmmm, I thought ONLY the wealthy got tax cuts in the first place.  Methinks our president speaks out of both sides of his face.

Don’t trust his overtures to the middle class with his vain promises of extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone, except the wealthy.

On a similar note, these tax cuts did not cost the billions every Democrat whines about—they more than paid for themselves with hundreds of billions in extra tax revenue from all segments of the economy.

Check out the tax cuts from Kennedy, Reagan, and George  W. Bush.  These cuts brought in billions of extra revenues to the Treasury’s coffers.

They all proved that a rising tide lifts everyone’s boat.

The huge deficits in the two latter cases occurred because of the excessive spending policies of the Democrats.

Contrast this with Obama’s strategy to lower the tides–everyone, especially the middle class will sink to the bottom. Hello Davey Jones!

3) The Stimulus Package worked.

Oh, did it?  Obama projected that unemployment would not go above 8%.  It stands at 9.6 % and that does not include millions of part-time workers and those who merely quit looking for work.  The real rate is probably 15-16%.

And jobs saved?  These were mostly government jobs and they will end when the money runs out.

The government does not create any jobs— just work.

The WPA in the 1930’s had such unproductive jobs as having one man dig a hole and another fill it up.  That just moved dirt. It did not create anything.

Obama’s policies have the same productive content as FDR’s.  Government cannot run any business.  Just look at the Postal System, which has been drowning in red ink since the dawning of the Johnson’s budget-busting years.

4) Man’s Carbon footprint must be reduced.

This is another myth the left  thrives on.

Many had thought this issue was laid to rest with the release of a series of damning e-mail last November from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU)

At its core according to the WSJ, the scandal was as much about integrity of the scientific process as it was about quality of the science.

Leading climatologists were caught advising each other to delete compromising emails, stonewall freedom of information requests and game the peer review process to exclude contributions from skeptical colleagues.

The so-called Climategate emails also revealed a habit among climatologists to trim their scientific sails to the political wind.

This underscores the fact that scientists have sold out their honor and integrity and contributed enormously to the politicization of science.

The lack of honesty and integrity is why global warming has been replaced by climate change, which is even more vague and, more likely a cyclical part of the natural world.

A recent attempt to recapture the high ground was report from the an Independent Climate Change EMail Review, written by a former University of Glasgow Vice Chancellor, Muir Russell that according to the WSJ amounted to a 160-page evasion of the real issues involved.

This report was commissioned and funded by East Anglia.

5) A woman’s right to choose.

This is no right.  Where is a man’s right to choose? Government limits are choices everyday.  They now want to tell us what we can eat and can’t eat.  Why because they will be paying for it with our money and money that doesn’t even exist.

Choice is just a nice-sounding slogan, filled with the sound and fury of millions of dead.

They think that the highest form of existential freedom is making choices.

Many of our choices have a moral content, especially when another human being is involved–no matter how small the unborn child—there is a human being present with of his/her DNA intact.

The morality of any choice is determined by what is chosen.  By that I mean the consequences choices have on other humans.

The Nazis chose to terminate millions of Jews and other undesirables.

Millions of women have made a choice to terminate their pregnancies, creating a new and in some ways, a more horrific kind of Holocaust.  The only true termination of a pregnancy is birth.

And never forget, abortion was invented by men for the benefit of men.  That and the profit motive is what drives legalized abortion. Just ask Hugh Hefner who gave us a fantasy world of sterile bunnies.

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Hefner and one of his sterile bunnies.

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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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