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The fiscal cliff was created in response to GOP threats to force the U.S. government to default on its obligations


From Michael Greenwald, Time, Inc.:

It’s really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama’s opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan, when those same reporters spent the last year dutifully passing along Republican complaints that Obama had no plan. It’s even more amazing to see them pass along Republican outrage that Obama isn’t cutting Medicare enough, in the same matter-of-fact tone they used during the campaign to pass along Republican outrage that Obama was cutting Medicare.

This isn’t just cognitive dissonance. It’s irresponsible reporting. Mainstream media outlets don’t want to look partisan, so they ignore the BS hidden in plain sight, the hypocrisy and dishonesty that defines the modern Republican Party. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans insisted that anyone who said they wanted to cut Medicare was a demagogue, because I’m more than three weeks old.

I’ve written a lot about the GOP’s defiance of reality–its denial of climate science, its simultaneous denunciations of Medicare cuts and government health care, its insistence that debt-exploding tax cuts will somehow reduce the debt—so I often get accused of partisanship. But it’s simply a fact that Republicans controlled Washington during the fiscally irresponsible era when President Clinton’s budget surpluses were transformed into the trillion-dollar deficit that President Bush bequeathed to President Obama. (The deficit is now shrinking.) It’s simply a fact that the fiscal cliff was created in response to GOP threats to force the U.S. government to default on its obligations. The press can’t figure out how to weave those facts into the current narrative without sounding like it’s taking sides, so it simply pretends that yesterday never happened….

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  1. John says:

    Baloney. 53+% of Federal outlays are for SS, Medicare, etc. which are on auto-pilot as to funding – theyr’re mandated by law. These entitlements were Democratic Party “achievements” ( and oh by the way, Democrats controlled the Congress the vast majority of the time since their passage ). Financial monsters were created and then no foresight was applied to make them fiscally sound when, for example, the baby-boomer generation came to retirement or requires old-age care. Result ? Read the news… SS & Medicare have insolvency years coming right down the road. This piece, and to promote it, only denies the root causes of the unsustainable Federal budgetand is a partisan politics hit-piece.