When Lying Politicians Say THAT, They Mean THIS

AmericanMonetaryAssociation.orgPoliticians lie. They know it. We know it. Why pretend otherwise? The American Monetary Association thought we would review some of the most common lies propagated by one or the other political party in America. Normally we avoid stereotyping but, when the stereotype matches reality, not much left to do but go with it.

Big Fat Lie #1 “We want to balance the budget.”
Republicans can be counted on to pay regular lip service to this creed, though if we were to judge them by their actions, well, not too impressive a track record. While they piddle around fighting over nickels and dimes, which equates to billions of dollars in a budget for a country the size of the United States, the real money black holes proceed unhindered. The recent impasse over whether or not to extend the debt ceiling to keep the federal government solvent is a perfect example. Tough talk, yes, but when push came to shove, Republicans were happy to sell their moral outrage for about $38 billion to deal with their brothers across the aisle. You wanna balance the budget? Prove it.

Big Fat Lie #2 “We feel your pain.”
Democrats are the prime offenders in this category, though Republicans sometimes find themselves shamed into participating. Here's a news flash. You do not feel the pain of the working class poor and middle class if you are a member of the federal congress. You make too much money, have excellent health care and tend to be independently wealthy in to afford a successful election campaign in the first place. The only pain you feel is the pampered outrage felt by fellow aristocrats when your pedicure appointment is canceled. Don't pretend to know what it means to work for a living and worry about bills when you don't. It makes you sound like an idiot.

Big Fat Lie #3 “We love small business.”
You say you love small business because it is the driving economic force in this country and it would be the epitome of jackassery to say otherwise, but you don't really mean it. In truth, you could care less about small business because it is unorganized and politically impotent as a group. Taken individually, none are large enough to contribute a meaningful amount to a re-election campaign. Worse than an enemy, politicians from both sides view small business as a non-entity.

The American Monetary Association Team

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