Thursday, October 12, 2006

Charlie Bass Makes Stuff Up, part I

Let's refresh our memories. Charles Foster Bass was caught on video, which was subsequently YouTubed, saying that

"It’s going to be nice not to have Hugo Chavez across the Connecticut River representing Vermont at-large. Bernie Sanders and his Sander-nistas should go back to taxi-driving in the Bronx of New York City, where they came from to begin with."

The Hill has covered these comments, and Bass tries to play them off as joking. Nice jokes there.

Moments later, he sneeringly downplayed the Mark Foley scandal, focusing on Foley's individual actions and brushing off the longstanding Republican cover-up of those actions in a brief phrase.

Throughout this, his tone is the key. Charlie the moderate Bass is a sneering, hectoring, mud-flinging Republican.

And, like a Republican, he makes stuff up. For instance,

If the Dems had control of the budget of this country, they’d raise it by a trillion dollars in two years!

Oh, really?

The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, noted in 2003 that

The Bush administration's newly released budget projections reveal an anticipated budget deficit of $450 billion for the current fiscal year, up another $151 billion since February. Supporters and critics of the administration are tripping over themselves to blame the deficit on tax cuts, the war, and a slow economy. But the fact is we have mounting deficits because George W. Bush is the most gratuitous big spender to occupy the White House since Jimmy Carter. One could say that he has become the "Mother of All Big Spenders."

Meanwhile, Media Matters for America says

In fact, Clinton's presidency was marked by a gradual reduction in budget deficits leading to four years of large surpluses, while Bush's presidency has seen record budget deficits.

This is cleanly illustrated in this table.

So, tell us again about that extra trillion dollars in the next two years if the Democrats are in control? Tell us about how Republicans are more fiscally responsible, Charlie.

Only he can’t. He said it where he thought he wouldn’t get caught. And now he’ll try to brazen his way out of it, if the media takes it job seriously enough to even question him on that and other distortions, manipulations, and lies he tells in this 8 minute 51 second clip.

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