Friday, December 01, 2017

Charlie Sykes Interviewed the Lords of Cannibal Island Hundreds of Times...

...and every time, as they squatted atop a pile of skulls, they swore that they did not eat people.

Mr. Sykes now finds it "disconcerting" to watch them publicly gnawing the flesh off of human bones and suck out the marrow while giggling like madmen.

It's not them, Mr. Sykes.  

They have always been this way.  

From Paul Krugman, seven years ago, back when you, Mr. Sykes, were making a mighty fine living as Wisconsin's own Rush Limbaugh clone and pimping your home-boy, Paul Ryan, as the greatest mind since Archimedes.

The Flimflam Man

One depressing aspect of American politics is the susceptibility of the political and media establishment to charlatans. You might have thought, given past experience, that D.C. insiders would be on their guard against conservatives with grandiose plans. But no: as long as someone on the right claims to have bold new proposals, he’s hailed as an innovative thinker. And nobody checks his arithmetic.

Which brings me to the innovative thinker du jour: Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Mr. Ryan’s plan calls for steep cuts in both spending and taxes. He’d have you believe that the combined effect would be much lower budget deficits, and, according to that Washington Post report, he speaks about deficits “in apocalyptic terms.” And The Post also tells us that his plan would, indeed, sharply reduce the flow of red ink: “The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan would cut the budget deficit in half by 2020.”

But the budget office has done no such thing. At Mr. Ryan’s request, it produced an estimate of the budget effects of his proposed spending cuts — period. It didn’t address the revenue losses from his tax cuts.

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has, however, stepped into the breach. Its numbers indicate that the Ryan plan would reduce revenue by almost $4 trillion over the next decade. If you add these revenue losses to the numbers The Post cites, you get a much larger deficit in 2020, roughly $1.3 trillion.

And that’s about the same as the budget office’s estimate of the 2020 deficit under the Obama administration’s plans. That is, Mr. Ryan may speak about the deficit in apocalyptic terms, but even if you believe that his proposed spending cuts are feasible — which you shouldn’t — the Roadmap wouldn’t reduce the deficit. All it would do is cut benefits for the middle class while slashing taxes on the rich.

And I do mean slash. The Tax Policy Center finds that the Ryan plan would cut taxes on the richest 1 percent of the population in half, giving them 117 percent of the plan’s total tax cuts. That’s not a misprint. Even as it slashed taxes at the top, the plan would raise taxes for 95 percent of the population.

It's not them, Mr. Sykes.

It's you.

Behold, a Tip Jar!


Robt said...

Charlie Sykes no has a front row seat and a great corporate welfare check to watch and amuse himself from the balcony of media.
Sure he will go on and ponder the ideals of possibly taking things a BIT too far zealously extreme right.

If you have any difficulty understanding the depths of hell Sykes resides to this day.
First, he got promoted to national media because where he was. The folks he frothed in hate. Refused to listen to him because he became to damn liberal from his followers that were operating the NAZI death camps.

But pay attention where Good old Charlie Sykes who came to his senses and reality and sanity.

Where he stands and what he promotes during the mid term elections.

Oh wait, Look...!

I think president Trump might be about to pivot and become presidential....!!!!!

dinthebeast said...

But the actual Obama administration, as opposed to the lies told about them, did cut the actual deficit they inherited by roughly two thirds by 2016. So there's that.

Oh, and that trillion dollar hole in the budget there seems to be so much feigned consternation over just now?
Just as in Krugman's article, it's no accident or sloppy policymaking.
No, instead it is actually the most important (to them) part of the whole swindle, as evidenced by its presence in literally all of their evil budget proposals going back decades, and their sloppy efforts to hide that fact.

See, giving a tax cut to their donors may be important to them, but it has morphed into the role of "tax cuts boost the economy" in Reagan's time, an ostensible reason for doing what their real objective is, which in this case is the full scale destruction of the new deal and great society, which such a "deficit crisis" would have them saying was demanded in order to solve it.
They are already gleefully anticipating just such a strategy, and some of them have already said as much on the record.

Mr Sykes is fully aware of this.
Mr. Sykes is a lying sack of shit.

-Doug in Oakland

RUKidding said...

Charlie Sykes can go f*ck himself with a rusty spike. Talk about a Liar's Liar. The only lying Liar who's a bigger Liar than Charlie Sykes is the Liar in Chief, himeself, Dolt 45.

That is one huge stinking pile of dog doodie days old fetid garbage.

Geez I really loath these lying azzhats. Sykes may be close to the top of the list due to his purported Road to Damascus Trumped up "CONversion."

Now more than ever, I'm thoroughly CONvinced that Sykes had his I've-Seen-the-Light still wingnut welfare "job" all lined up before he started his lying blather about his CONversion on the radio machine.

moeman said...

Haven't seen it yet, so I will name this GOP 2017 tax cut/budget the New Civil War. It will be an immense cost in both in lives and treasure.

Meteor Blades said...

Always a great read, though, as in this case, infuriating. Thank you, sir.

Tanbark said...

And, down the road, when the economic shit starts to pile up (even more than it already is…) they'll straighten things out by turning over the keys to the Social Security lockbox to the tender mercies of Goldman Sachs, etc…etc...