Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Political Panders

Pandering for Reelection
Statements listed below are demonstrably false, either by peer-reviewed scientific research, fact-based logical reasoning, or a preponderance of expert opinion. Panderbear knows the latter is appeal to authority; however, when there exists a consensus among experts in a given technical field, giving their opinions greater weight than pandering politicians seems fair. Panders listed here are the most longstanding, egregious, and destructive. They are used to argue for a lot of bad public policy. Each and every statement is false and people using them are pandering. Beware!

  • Cutting taxes will stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment.
  • Cutting regulations will stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment.
  • The stimulus package didn't work.
  • The Affordable Care Act is a government takeover of health care.
  • Taxes are historically high.
  • Illegal immigrants taking Americans' jobs are a major cause of unemployment.
  • Raising taxes on the rich and corporations will hurt the economy.
  • Raising taxes on the rich and corporations will increase unemployment.
  • High taxes make American companies less competitive in global markets.
  • Making the rich pay higher taxes is class warfare.
  • Flat taxes are fairer than progressive tax rates.
  • The GOP isn't the party of the rich.
  • Redistribution of wealth is inherently bad.
  • Income divergence doesn't matter.
  • A large wealth gap doesn't matter.
  • The American Dream is alive and well.
  • Fox News is Fair and Balanced.
  • American voters are open-minded.
  • Racism is dead in America.
  • Racial discrimination is dead in America.
  • Sexual harassment is dead in America.
  • Sex discrimination is dead in America.
  • Liberals are bleeding hearts.
  • Compromise in Congress is bad.
  • Demanding political pledges leads to better public policy.
  • All politicians are liars.
  • Americans enjoy higher social mobility than other countries.
  • Private enterprise can do everything better than government.
  • There is no downside to American Exceptionalism.
  • We're still in a recession.
  • We have a spending problem, not a tax problem.
  • People are unemployed because they are lazy.
  • The welfare program is a significant contributor to the deficit.
  • Free markets work better with fewer regulations.
  • Capitalism works better with fewer regulations.
  • Voters always act in accord with their own best interests.
  • America has nothing to learn from other countries.
  • The foreclosure crisis is the fault of homeowners and government mandates.
  • Many scientists engage in long-lasting conspiracies and produce junk science.
  • Labor unions are bad for the economy.
  • Raising the minimum wage results in job losses.
  • America has the best schools in the world.
  • America has the best healthcare in the world.
  • A rising tide lifts all boats.
  • Class warfare is conducted by the political left.
  • The U.S. has greater social equality than other countries.
  • The U.S. has a level economic playing field with equal opportunity for all.
  • The 47% of households paying no federal income tax are getting a free ride.
  • President Obama is a big liar.
  • President Obama has broken all his promises.
  • President Obama's appointments have gone to a bunch of socialists.
  • Smaller government is inherently better government.
  • Corporations are people too.
  • Social Security is broke.
  • The Founding Fathers were for small government.
  • The Founding Fathers were against a strong central government.
  • Voter fraud is a big problem.
  • The use of torture increases our national security.
  • Waterboarding isn't torture.
  • The Founding Fathers were politically conservative.
  • President Obama created most of the national debt.
  • Affirmative action is reverse discrimination.
  • Every issue is a matter of opinion.
  • A scientific theory is just somebody's guess.
  • Most welfare recipients are welfare queens.
  • Illegal immigrants receive welfare.
  • Illegal immigrants receive Social Security
  • Illegal immigrants commit violent crime at high rates
  • Voters want to be told the truth.
  • There should be no difference between principles and public policy.
  • Guns don't kill, people do.
  • Global warming is a hoax.
  • There is controversy in the scientific community about global warming.
  • Politicians do not do what they were elected to do.
  • Republicans consistently support states' rights.
  • We can have all the government services we demand and also cut taxes.

Panderbear created this list in just a few minutes. Many are addressed in previous posts. Some are not (yet), but Panderbear has researched them all.


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