This immense contradiction just drives me nuts. John Boehner:
The revenues we are putting on the table are going to come from, guess who? The rich. There are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes and have the same people pay more of their money to the federal government without raising taxes, which we believe will harm the economy.
So leaving rich people with less money by raising their taxes will harm the economy, yet leaving rich people with less money by limiting deductions and closing loopholes will not harm the economy.
Shove that one in the old non-sequitur-debullshitting grinder and out will come a most disagreeable sausage.
Nonetheless, Boehner's contradiction is not what shivers me timbers. The speaker is, after all, a Republican, and we've come to expect virtually nothing of intelligibility from his ilk, or consistency in the con if its fraudulent ideology. No, what endlessly irks is the Fourth Estate's wholesale indifference to--or maybe belief in?--the immense contradiction. Here, for instance, is the unobservant journalism which flowed from CBS News:
Boehner did not, however, provide further details on which loopholes and deductions would be closed, nor did he say how such closures would add up to the amount of revenue increases for which the president is calling.
That may be. But the essential follow-up--which never seems to follow--is that Boehner & Co. is playing a vast shell game, which if exposed would also expose Boehner's enormous dishonesty.