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Grover Norquist

False Equivalency Takedown: Social Security and Medicare vs. Grover Norquist

by: Michael Conrad

Tue Dec 20, 2011 at 21:52:07 PM EST

FYI: This was written before I read that PolitiFact had decided to label an accurate claim its "lie of the year." It seems Paul Ryan's "contact PolitiFact and tell them to give me an intellectual bailout" lobbying campaign paid off for him. For more on this, see Brian Beutler, Dean Baker, and Paul Krugman.

I won't be backing down on this one bit and I seriously doubt anyone else will be either. Truth doesn't change just because PolitFact, in all of its posturing glory, wishes it would.

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The usual suspects, still pining for a Beltway "Grand Bargain" -- a bad solution that focuses on the wrong problem -- are reliant on a false equivalency. Their line goes something like this: Social Security and Medicare supporters like the NCPSSM (National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare) and the Strenghten Social Security coalition are no different than Grover Norquist.

To turn a popular phrase at the moment, this is a DC drone's idea of what a thoughtful person sounds like. Whether the person giving voice to this "analysis" actually believes it or they're repeating it as a testament to their own Seriousness, they're out of their depth in a kiddie pool.  

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An "Interview" with Arlen Specter

by: Michael Conrad

Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 16:58:00 PM EST

I just finished interviewing Arlen "Serial Defector" Specter.

Below is a transcript of our conversation.

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The Lies That Bind

by: Michael Conrad

Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 10:35:36 AM EST

( - promoted by OneCarolinaGirl)

The last time I was at the local bookstore, I noticed a large display announcing that conservative talk radio host Michael Medved would be appearing there to sign copies of his latest book, The 10 Big Lies About America. Since Medved, a fellow resident of Washington state, dedicated an entire book to railing against the reality that foils the plans of right-wing Republicans, the least I can do is post some thoughts on the lies and distortions that undermine progressive Democrats.
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