Email letters, September 5,  2013

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Mesa’s prolific letter-writing lemming – Dave Kearsley – is at it again (“Private, not public, sector must grow to speed recovery”), spreading nonsense as if it were gospel.
A “blank stare” is an appropriate response to his profound intellectual dishonesty.

Indeed, the depth of Kearsley’s silly sophistry is revealed by his resort to a favorite Repugnican theme from the Romney-Ryan campaign, which took President Obama’s words out of context to falsely claim that he’d asserted “You didn’t build that business”.

What President Obama actually said was “You didn’t build that” – referring to all of the elements of an “ordered society” (roads, bridges, airports, internet, courts, etc.) which governments “built” and upon which businesses depended both for their success and to protect the fruits of their entrepreneurial enterprise.

Kearsley’s next reveals his pathological schizophrenia by admitting that he too is still a Keynesian – conceding that “in bad times the government can prime the pump” to both augment and stimulate lagging private-sector demand.

Kearsely then re-writes history by ignoring the fact that – since 2010 – his ideological “supply-side” soulmates have been in effective control of our slow economic recovery, fear-mongering about deficits and debt, holding the economy hostage to debt limits, destructively threatening government “shut downs”, and imposing needless austerity and sequesters when low-interest government investments in infrastructure and jobs would accelerate recovery.

Because Kearsley starts (as always) from false premises, he reaches false conclusions – even though the structure of his syllogism is impeccable.  Thus, “those most negatively impacted by” Repugnican sabotage of our economic recovery are President Obama’s “strongest supporters” – who rejected Kearsley’s economic poppycock in 2012.

Because “young, single women, and minorities have fared the worst” when Repugnicans pursue “VooDoo Economics”, they likely will continue bursting Kearsley’s balloon.

Because “growth in government” has already been slowed, Kearsley’s “common sense” in these “bad times” demands more – not less—government stimulus.

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