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Obama: Republicans Are Radicals?

April 4th, 2012

Obama: Republicans Are Radicals?

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Washington DC. The President continues on his political rampage. After attacking the Supreme Court – the high court of the land, who is duly charged to uphold the U.S. Constitution, it was of course about time for the president took aim at those “radical Republicans” as he calls them.

Mr. Obama was referring to the Paul Ryan (R) budget (Full doc, 99 pps PDF). The President invented some new words for the party of Abraham Lincoln.

“(The Republican budget is) “a Trojan Horse” and “is really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country…a prescription for decline.”

— Barack Obama said on 04-03-2012 (Video above) [Text Source: The Hill.com (PDF)]

The President may be right on one part. The Ryan plan might actually be a ‘prescription for decline’ in government deficit spending verses Obama’s plan which certainty increases deficit spending [President Obama’s Budget (deficit) Plan share link / Full PDF doc, 256pps, 4.51 MB].

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) did an analysis of the Ryan plan at the request of the chairman [CBO Analysis of Ryan Budget, 17 pps PDF].

[Additional Report: View CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook: 2012-2022, view link only, Full PDF 165pps.]

The president also called former Speaker of the House under Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich “a liberal.”

“In fact, that renowned liberal Newt Gingrich first called the original version of the budget ‘radical’ and said it would contribute to right-wing social engineering,” Obama said.

— Source: The Hill.com (PDF)

Gingrich responded by saying the the President distorted the facts. Gingrich also said he has “enthusiastically endorsed the House Republican budget…”

Communication & Debate. GroupThink (single thought, unquestioned debate by a group) verses debating an issue to find a potential solution or resolution.

Communication & Debate. GroupThink (single thought, unquestioned debate by a group) verses debating an issue to find a potential solution or resolution.

Do We Really Want Congress to ‘Stop Fighting?’
At the beginning of Obama’s 04-03-2012 speech, a reporter seemed to think that ‘American’s want congress to stop fighting and work together.’

That was a political softball question. The public should understand that this rhetoric about “Congress fighting” is not new. This has been going on for some 236 years in the U.S. We have different political ideologies, and they are often hotly debated.

For a reporter to suggest that American’s want Congress stop debating over anything is just not realistic. Do we really want one political party where everyone thinks the same, and no one questions anything? That would be scary. Although the Obama Administration might like a government where no one questions authority, the result would be potentially risky for the country. In psychology, there is a term for this. It is called “Group Think.”

Groupthink, a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis (1972), occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of “mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment.”

“Groups affected by groupthink ignore alternatives and tend to take irrational actions that dehumanize other groups.  A group is especially vulnerable to groupthink when its members are similar in background, when the group is insulated from outside opinions, and when there are no clear rules for decision making.

— Source: Psysr.org

Reality Check: Voters Had Enough ‘Change’
What the reporter left out, and what the Obama Administration would like to change (again) was a 2010 material fact.

The Republicans, via the Tea Party re-took the House of Representatives in the Mid-term elections of 2010 after the passage of ObamaCare, and where higher taxes pointed into the future, along with soaring unchecked government spending and a massive 4,200 pending regulations. This was the biggest political change in Congress since 1928. This ‘change’ was input not by a political party, not by legislation, but by the American people taking action to block the current policies in government under the Obama Administration. That is what happened in the 2010 elections.

CNBC noted at the end of the President’s speech (video top of this page) that not a single Democrat has supported a vote for Obama’s own Budget. So we seem to have both houses of Congress in agreement – neither support the President’s budget.

Maybe Congress agrees on something. They all want to get re-elected this fall. The president’s plan for more massive deficits, more government spending, more government control, massive tax increases, and massive regulations just doesn’t seem like the recipe for a booming economy.

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