Has anyone else noticed…

September 12th, 2011

The new nihilist talking point?

I’ve seen it three or four times now in reference to the Republicans in the house.

I find it disturbing that the wish to reign in the completely out-of-control spending of the Federal government is being portrayed as the equivalent of:

1. total rejection of established laws and institutions.
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3.total and absolute destructiveness, especially toward the world at large and including oneself: the power-mad nihilism that marked Hitler’s last years.

THAT depiction seems a little extreme to me.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Debunked  |  September 12th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    If Republicans were serious about “reigning in out-of-control spending” then DoD spending, by far the single largest item (by over a hundred billion dollars) paid for out of general revenue, would be at the top of their list.

    Oh, what’s that? No cuts to the military industrial complex are on the Republican plates? Sorry. I guess you’re wrong. They don’t wish to reign in completely out-of-control spending.

  • 2. Elliot  |  September 12th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Hasn’t there already been $400 billion in cuts with possibly a lot more to come?


    I’m not saying we couldn’t trim off more, but it does look like there is going to be cuts to military spending.

    (Personally, I’d like to see all the troops home.)

  • 3. Debunked  |  September 12th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    $400 billion over the next decade. Which, I believe, in reality means we’re giving them less of an increase every year than they wanted. But even if it is a cut, that amounts to $40 billion less a year for the next 10 years. Still putting them at far and away the largest program out of general revenue.

  • 4. Elliot  |  September 12th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Dude, I agree with you 100%!

    But isn’t that how all cuts in government work? Just a decrease in the rate of increase?

  • 5. John Foust  |  September 12th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Yeah, but some poor guy was given some government cheese, and shouldn’t be allowed to vote until he can get to the DMV…

  • 6. Elliot  |  September 14th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Doh. “Reign” should have been “rein.”

    If only I could spell, I’d be dangerous.

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