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Bruce Bartlett: Dangers of Republican Know-Nothingism

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On November 1, 2012 @ 7:00 pm In Philosophy,Politics,Really, really bad calls | Comments Disabled

Bruce Bartlett [1] goes off on some of the denialist behavior from the GOP.

Bartlett writes: When a study doesn’t support their dogma, the GOP censors it: Nonpartisan Tax Report Withdrawn After G.O.P. Protest [2]

Original study still available here: Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945 [3] (PDF)

Bartlett discussed how Republicans destroyed much of Congress’s analytical ability when they took over in 1995: Gingrich and the Destruction of Congressional Expertise [4]

He adds “This is part and parcel with poll denialism, global warming denialism, and the general right wing disdain for facts and reality.”

Note: Before making any kneejerk partisan reaction to this, note that Bartlett — Like Stockman and others — sre not trying to mske a pro-Democrat argument; rather, they are acknowledging a major societal concern when one of the 2 major political parties have foresaken science and reality and facts when they disagree with their agenda.

I am enormously concerned about any society that has half its goverrning officials driven by witchcraft and superstitition and bad ideas, and no longer are concerned with facts, truth, reality.

There needs to be a centrist alternative to the GOP: Reality based, science AND market friendly, but also socially forward thinking, not tied to the religious right or other zealots and jihadists.


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URLs in this post:

[1] Bruce Bartlett: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/30/the-real-barrier-to-tax-reform/

[2] Nonpartisan Tax Report Withdrawn After G.O.P. Protest: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/business/questions-raised-on-withdrawal-of-congressional-research-services-report-on-tax-rates.html

[3] Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42729.pdf

[4] Gingrich and the Destruction of Congressional Expertise: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/gingrich-and-the-destruction-of-congressional-expertise/

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