House Speaker Boehner said, in his party’s April 2, 2011 weekly address, “Republicans continue to fight for the largest spending cuts possible to help end Washington’s job-crushing spending binge.” Really? It’s Washington spending that caused the high unemployment that was really brought on by the mortgage-backed securities fiasco? Ignoring the recent news about the recent drop in new unemployment claims, will the House version of cuts in the budget for the of the 2010 federal fiscal year (which is already half over) lead to more jobs? No. I think it will cause greater unemployment, at least in the short term.
I have for some time been of the opinion that the sophisticated Republican spin machine uses the “big lie” propaganda technique. The “big lie” technique was described first by Hitler in Mein Kampf:
“… the magnitude of a lie always contains a certain factor of credibility, since the great masses of the people in the very bottom of their hearts tend to be corrupted rather than consciously and purposely evil, and that, therefore, in view of the primitive simplicity of their minds they more easily fall a victim to a big lie than to a little one, since they themselves lie in little things, but would be ashamed of lies that were too big. Such a falsehood will never enter their heads and they will not be able to believe in the possibility of such monstrous effrontery and infamous misrepresentation in others; yes, even when enlightened on the subject, they will long doubt and waver, and continue to accept at least one of these causes as true. Therefore, something of even the most insolent lie will always remain and stick — a fact which all the great lie-virtuosi and lying-clubs in this world know only too well and also make the most treacherous use of.”
The cuts in the House FY 2010 budget will not create jobs, they will cost jobs. What could be a bigger lie than taking the argument that the cuts will cost jobs and turning it around into the cuts will create jobs? When programs are cut the people working on those programs, both government and private-sector employees, will face lay off. I’m not an economist, but some economists are saying the same thing.