I know there are levelheaded Republicans out there. Don’t get me wrong. But I thought I’d make a list of some of the ridiculous things that the GOP tends to believe these days–things that make it hard to take them seriously right now. Here we go.
1. Scientists may have previously formed a consensus about manmade global warming. Now, however, there’s a huge groundswell of scientific opposition to it which is deliberately ignored by the media.
2. Tax cuts always raise tax revenue, due to the increased economic growth they bring. This has been indisputably proven by Reagan and by Kennedy before him.
3. Scientists can’t be trusted because they get their money through government grants. Scientists who get their money from tobacco or energy companies, however, are to be attended to with the utmost seriousness.
4. There is legitimate reason to doubt president Obama’s citizenship.
5. Since they aren’t making money in other countries due to strict price controls, drug companies must increase prices here to afford their R&D. The global future of medical advances hinges on the fact that Americans overpay for health care.
6. The primary cause of schools with low test scores and graduation rates is lazy, overcompensated, unionized teachers. The idea that it’s more about poverty and the various social ills students bring to school with them each day–problems that teachers have no control over–is not only ludicrous, but insulting to the students.
7. All television news programming is openly and obviously biased toward the left. Except Fox News, which–if it is biased toward the right–is less biased than other television news outlets.
8. Glenn Beck is not only sincere, but he exhibits a great deal of personal courage by discussing important issues that other media personalities don’t have the guts to talk about.
9. Looking back, invading Iraq was not only a good idea, it was critically important.
10. Waging two wars, cutting taxes and expanding Medicare by $600 billion dollars, all totally unpaid for? No problem-o. Getting millions of Americans some health insurance with a plan that actually reduces the deficit? Totally irresponsible.