Thursday, January 27, 2005

Another lie

I just finished reading 1984. It's a neocon bible. Is there a better example of doublethink than the administration's use of different GDP predictions for different occations. Past administrations settled for a single estimate of economic progress. They reasoned that the economy could grow at 1.5% or 3.5%, not both. The Neocons have found this too limiting. The administration now claims that the economy will grow at 1.5% AND 3.5% per year. How so? Well, if the party is talking about the Social Security "crisis" then the economy will grow at 1.5%. If they discuss Dear Leader's promised 50% reduction of the budget deficit, then the economy will grow at 3.5%. See, it's simple! To be a Republican you just have to learn to believe two completely contradictory sets of information simultaneously. Once you do that, the rest is easy. You too can love Big Brother!

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Blogger mecki said...

I believe that you have to believe both of those at the same time for just the SS privatization to work out. Low growth implies small returns in the current system; large growth needed for privatization to work.

I know that the definition if intelligence is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time. I don't think this is what they're talking about.

Thursday, January 27, 2005 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Robert,

Good point! I hadn't thought of that. Of course the private sector return would be dependent on the economic growth rate. Fucking unreal.

Thursday, January 27, 2005 1:23:00 PM  

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