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Stephen Kruiser

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January 7, 2014 - 5:35 pm

From NRO.

New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, in his inaugural speech, denounced people “on the far right” who “continue to preach the virtue of trickle-down economics.” According to Mayor de Blasio, “They believe that the way to move forward is to give more to the most fortunate, and that somehow the benefits will work their way down to everyone else.”

In the contest for the biggest lie in politics, this one is a top contender.

While there have been all too many lies told in politics, most have some little, tiny fraction of truth in them, to make them seem plausible. But the “trickle-down” lie is 100 percent lie.

It should win the contest both because of its purity — no contaminating speck of truth — and because of how many people have repeated it over the years, without any evidence being asked for or given.

Years ago, this column challenged anybody to quote any economist outside of an insane asylum who had ever advocated this “trickle-down” theory. Some readers said that somebody said that somebody else had advocated a “trickle-down” policy. But they could never name that somebody else and quote them.

This is a prime example of what has become the Number One tool in the leftist false narrative creation arsenal: repeat something until a lot of people believe it’s true.

They are, of course, constantly aided by the MSM in doing this. When the narrative machine on the other side wants to make something out of nothing, it goes to its incurious lapdogs in the media first. So “trickle-down” economics becomes a theory even though no one ever espoused it, reductions in the rates of increase for government programs become “cuts” and so on.

Conservative politicians will never be able to consistently battle this tactic until they get comfortable with immediately rejecting false premises, whether in debates, interviews or press conferences. Barry Goldwater was brilliant at doing this and there have been far too few in the decades since he left office who have even tried the approach.

Until people on the Right embrace this counter tactic, lines like “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” will still be floated to an unquestioning public to sell horrible policies.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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"I reject your premise" is a powerful rhetorical tool, especially when arguing with evil idiots.
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Instead of whining about the overwhelming power of the Leftist media, why doesn't the right invest more money into competing in the marketplace of ideas? Why not buy cable companies? Why not found and fund universities?

Provide and alternative the communist narrative. The information front is a front in the battle for the future of the USA. We need to fight on that front, not surrender it to the enemy and hope for the best.
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"If Sowell is claiming that the left invents the issue, he is mistaken."

Okay, hot shot, where did it come from?

Hint: Democrat in the late 19th century.
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Government is trickle down!
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The Republican party cannot legitimately call itself fiscally conservative and has not been so for years. Even during Reganomics, defense spending was high. The Tea Party has been so maligned by the media that they have no change of influencing the larger party. Today on the Libertarian party is interested in cutting government spending.
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"Even during Reganomics, defense spending was high."

Yup...29% of the Federal budget...down from 52% in 1960, and 70% in 1900.

And look at the dividends we got!

And as I recall, a military was the primary reason for a national Federal government.
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"Trickle-down" an idea first given the name by Will Rodgers in the Depression. The term is a political term attached to the idea that tax cuts will allow the upper income brackets to retain more of their income and invest more in the economy which will in turn improve everybody's economic condition. Also known as supply side economics during and since the Reagan Administration.

Just for those who also believe Keynes was nothing but a wild spendthrift, he did some analysis and discussion of the tax rate-government revenue trade-off that became known as the Laffer curve. So, "trickle-down economics" is a political term for an economic idea that has actually been stretched out of shape.
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"Just for those who also believe Keynes was nothing but a wild spendthrift, he did some analysis and discussion of the tax rate-government revenue trade-off that became known as the Laffer curve."

Cite?
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The left is nothing if not the confident assailant of straw men.
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You got the first four words right.
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According to Mayor de Blasio, “They believe that the way to move forward is to give more to the most fortunate, and that somehow the benefits will work their way down to everyone else.”

To your point, the false premise imbedded in this statement is that the government has something (money) and gives it to rich people. This is the liberal worldview -- your money belongs to the government and the government decides how much of it to give you. That's B.S. -- my money is mine and the government TAKES some. The government doesn't GIVE me anything.
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Wrong! Did you not hear Dear Leader and Sen. Fauxcahontas? You didn't build that. The government did.

It's not yours. Unless you're in leftwing government, then it's fine to be wealthy and vacation in the Hamptons in the summer and Hawaii in the winter, sponging off even wealthier -- but connected -- supporters.
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"Conservative politicians will never be able to consistently battle this tactic until they get comfortable with immediately rejecting false premises, whether in debates, interviews or press conferences."

Immediate, the key. Must be nimble and ready at the draw with facts that vehemently, absolutely and even sarcastically refute what your shameless, lying Leftist opponent is claiming.

Case in point, in the second presidential debate when Candy Crowley backed up Obama's claim to saying Benghazi was "terrorism", simply because Obama had used the word terrorism in some Rose Garden speech. Mitt Romney was unable to effectively deal with it, and Obama & surrogates' entire "video lie" was softened as those two collaborators, Candy and Barack, got away with it

Inveterate and facile liar (his biggest talent) David Axelrod is rarely if ever put in his place when he takes to the airwaves to defend Obama with a barrage of words.
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You are right. Romney was maddeningly unable or unwilling to call the Democrats on their BS. As are Boehner, et al now. You can almost see the wheels churning and saying "don't give them any more ammunition, stick to our own talking points". There is no rational let alone intelligent national debate.

On the other hand, perhaps it is futile. The concepts here are not easy to understand, the press are all ideologically corrupted and we have a large swath of the population that believe that something is true if it rhymes.
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"You are right. Romney was maddeningly unable or unwilling to call the Democrats on their BS. As are Boehner, et al now."

The reason these people don't see, and reject, such lies is that they are not men of principle.

They default to talking points because talking points are all they have.
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Romney's success was not the result of genuine productivity, but of the machinations of the Federal Reserve. It's no wonder he couldn't reject the premise, he accepts it. If the Republican party can't put forward someone better than that, they are doomed.
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"Romney's success was not the result of genuine productivity, but of the machinations of the Federal Reserve."

Cite?
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Ben Bernanke does seem to hew to the school of "trickle-down" since his actions have helped more Wall Street types become wealthy, and bankers. He must, as the tool of a collectivist regime, be thinking that all that new wealth must somehow, sometime trickle down the river of stock valuations to the ocean of the proletariat.
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"I reject your premise" is a powerful rhetorical tool, especially when arguing with evil idiots.
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That's good, but a better response is, "Your premise is false."

Even better is, "Your premises are a pack of lies."

And then proceed to elucidate and repudiate the false premises.

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O.K. lets go the full range of "trickle down" economics.
There are two types of so-called "trickle down" economics, to wit:
1) Government (Public Sector)and,
2) Businesses (Private Sector)
After all, if "trickle down" economics exists, its presence must be evident in both arenas of Americas economy, NO? Can't trickle down only in business when the bulk of ALL economic activity emanates from the Public sector (and is increasing exponentially, one might say, greater than trickle down in all of business sectors). After all, if We're going to create a new paradigm of what constitutes "trickle down" economics, lets be fair and include all of government, too. After all, it's the biggest part of this pie called America...NO? So, trickle down in the private sector is BAD because it favors the so-called RICH. While trickle down from the public sector is deemed as GOOD because it benefits expansion of the "nanny-state" Humm! Who's in charge of this new paradigm anyways? Somebody want to accept the accolades? Obama? Reid? Boehner? Pray. Amen. God Bless America, she's on life support. Join a Tea Party, urgently. See how silly this can be.
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As a Tea Party supporter, I have to say, "What a crock of BS!"

Either you're a phony plant, or abysmally ignorant of economics and commerce.
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