[FoRK] Republicanism as Religion

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Thu Sep 15 11:23:31 PDT 2011

On 9/15/2011 11:07 AM, Gary Stock wrote:
> It calls attention to historical malfeasance.

Not sure what this means?  Historical malfeasance in that congress did 
the politically expedient thing  of passing an unpopular debt ceiling 
raise instead of being financially responsible?

> More crucial at the moment: having ~not~ complained 85 times -- while
> benefiting from it, even personally -- and ~then~ complaining so
> bitterly, reveals an appalling degree of hypocrisy.

I disagree completely. You would have to be intellectually dishonest to 
not recognize the objective, analytic, differences between what's 
changed when the debt ceiling was previously passed and what it means to 
currently pass it without reforms.   To me, the smokescreen is trying to 
change the subject to how many times it was passed versus looking at the 
actual debt, gdp, spending and ROI numbers.

Let's try something even simpler.  Do you think the US would have kept 
its credit rating if the debt ceiling was passed without any spending 


> That kind of misdirection -- while denigrating and blocking potential
> solutions over political dogma, rather than fact -- constitutes
> intentional dishonesty. It's the same flavor of dishonesty being
> directed against science, for example.
> Such dishonesty puts us all at risk. All of us. ALL of us.
> GS
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