They say if you’re going to lie, lie brazenly, so people don’t suspect you could possibly be inventing such a ridiculous story. Though liberals are well-versed in this technique, they can’t get away with it in an age of universally available online primary sources that anyone can access to disprove their wild fantasies.
Take Juan Williams, who recently urged President Obama to “punch hard” in advance of his 2014 State of the Union address. (No doubt Williams’ violent rhetoric is contributing to the nefarious “knockout” game sweeping hoods across America.) After reciting the usual list of tired liberal accusations against Republicans—they’re obstructing Obama, they’re too partisan, they’re obsessed with fiscal responsibility—Williams gave Obama this remarkable piece of advice:
“Tell the critics that government spending as a percentage of the economy is near the lowest it has been under any president in the last 30 years.”
Suspecting that this could not possibly true, I headed to USGovernmentSpending.com—which reports federal and state spending based on data from the Census Bureau, the Department of Commerce, and the Government Printing Office—to check out Williams’ claim.
As I suspected, Juan Williams is a fat, stinking liar. As this graph shows, spending as a percentage of gross domestic product for each of the past four years of available data—2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011—was higher than at any time since World War II. The government projects annual spending as a percentage of GDP to decrease after 2012, but those aren’t real numbers, just rosy fantasies. Even if we accept those estimates, spending as a percentage of GDP won’t approach Reagan-era levels until 2015.
In other words, Williams wants Obama to make the economic case for more spending based on data that haven’t even been generated.
Similarly, WhiteHouse.gov shows that the federal deficit as a percentage of GDP was higher in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 than in any year since 1946.
As egregious as Williams’ lie of commission is, lies of omission can be just as bad. Over at the illiterate clown school they call MSNBC, Rachel Maddow shill Steve Benen recently sneered at a public letter that Republican Representative Marcia Blackburn had written in advance of Obama’s post-SOTU visit to her home state of Tennessee on Thursday. Benen quoted the following text from Blackburn’s letter:
“‘Welcome to Tennessee,’ she said. ‘While you’re here take a look around because this is what a thriving economy looks like.
“‘Despite what your teleprompter may tell you, our success is not a result of your failed policies. It’s rooted in what’s always made our state and country great – hard work, ingenuity and fiscal responsibility.’”
Benen abruptly stopped quoting Blackburn’s letter, and went on to chide her because the unemployment rate in Tennessee is 8.1%, which is above the (fake) national average. He jeered her for another eight paragraphs before asking, “[D]oes she know that Tennessee has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, and unlike most states, it’s not improving? And if she does know that, why would she say the state economy is ‘thriving’? Maybe someone could put the answer on a teleprompter?” End of column.
Having witnessed Blackburn speak articulately on the economy and marshal facts on the spot against hostile interviewers, I was surprised at her apparent obtuseness.
Then I searched online for the full text of Blackburn’s letter, which Benen deliberately declined to link to, and realized that Benen was another liberal who’s full of crap.
Far from having made an unsubstantiated claim, Blackburn had backed up her opening statement with a plethora of diverse economic statistics and arguments—not one of which Benen cited or linked to:
“We have the lowest debt ratio in the entire country, have been ranked the top state for Automotive Manufacturing Strength for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, are continually ranked as the number one state in the country for retirement and are largely considered one of the best states in which to practice medicine.”
That’s four reasons right there that any rational person would consider evidence that Tennessee’s economy is thriving. Is there some reason Steve Benen decided to leave all these reasons out of his piece, other than that he knew his fans were too lemming-like to investigate his claims on their own?
More from Blackburn:
“Furthermore, in just a few short months hard working Tennesseans will be able to keep a little more of their income because of a fight I led while serving in the State Senate that prevented a state income tax…
“More than a decade ago we dealt with the failed experiment of TennCare… Instead of letting the program ruin our economy, we banded together, made tough decisions and survived TennCare similar to how we will eventually survive Obamacare.
There’s two more reasons why many would say that Tennessee’s economy is thriving. Did Steve Benen decide that conjuring up eight paragraphs of sneering taunts to please the pod of trained seals reading his column was all the research he needed to do? What kind of third-grade journalistic standards do they tolerate at MSNBC, that they would publish a critique of a politician’s economic policy without including the key arguments the politician included for the policy? Benen’s column is about one step up from a reporter omitting the word not from a politician’s statement—“I do not support letting the government waste billions of dollars on fraud”—and then claiming he was only reporting the politician’s words.
The greatest primary source available in a free and open media for shooting down liberal lies is the public record of the brazen, hysterical fantasies they relate to us on a regular basis in their own words.
- No Southern Hospitality from Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn (kennethbargers.com)
- Blackburn ‘Welcomes’ Obama to Tenn.: ‘Free People Will Always Be More Successful’ (cnsnews.com)
- Benen/Maddowblog Update (balloon-juice.com)
- Steve Benen: The Death of Romney’s Biggest Talking Point (delong.typepad.com)
- More nonsense about executive orders (blogs.e-rockford.com)