If only Carl Sagan had lived long enough to see this: living, breathing evidence of an alternate universe. For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s defined in part as
“…a series of planes of existence where the laws of nature differ…
Sometimes the parallel universe bears no historical relationship to any other world…”
And that is where the GOP is trapped.
Bay Buchanan recently attempted to pin the blame for the mass layoffs of local and government state workers on the President.
“Listen. Clearly every state and every locality decides on how many police, how many teachers, and how many firemen are best for their community. And the reason they can’t maintain that number if they are not is because the economy, the overall economy, the money – the businesses are not there…”
But alas, in the real world where Obama actually can’t control state idiocy, this is what really happens:
“When the recession hit, state revenues — made up primarily of sales and income taxes — declined dramatically, prompting deep cuts to state services. In at least 30 states, funding for K-12 education was lower in fiscal year 2012 than in 2008, despite growing student populations.
States have also made deep cuts in health care programs and in higher education funding. State aid to local governments has declined, and state and local governments have shed more than 500,000 jobs since the beginning of 2009.”
And then the recovery began-
“Kansas was projected to have a budget surplus of more than $300 million at the end of the year – the state’s first surplus since the recession… [but] In the final days of the legislative session last month, they used the surplus to justify the largest tax cut in the state’s history.
Among other changes, the cuts reduce the top rate to 4.9 percent from 6.45 percent, and are projected to cost $3.7 billion over the next five years, converting this year’s surplus into long-term budget deficits that could total $2.5 billion by 2018.”
“…instead of either restoring cuts in state services or increasing aid to local governments and school districts, several state legislatures are choosing to use their surpluses to cut taxes. Besides Kansas, at least seven other states have passed bills that cut taxes and reduce revenue in future years, and several more are still considering doing so.”
Other evidence pointing to Republicans being trapped in the alternate universe:
In their world, they believe
“…drilling brings down gas prices…”
In the Real World:
“…an analysis of 36 years of Energy Information Administration data shows “no statistical correlation” between domestic oil production and gas prices.”
There’s the claim that:
“… to allow the Bush Tax Cuts to expire for those earning more than $200,000 annually would “hurt” small business.”
The Real World:
“Only about 3% of “small business” operations would be affected.
And Mitt Romney, who exists in the alternate universe as well (or else he’s simply a flat out liar):
“…accused President Obama of raising corporate tax rates during his presidency…”
In the Real World:
“There’s been lots of corporate tax cutting under Obama, but no corporate rate tax increases,” said Robert McIntyre, director of the Center for Tax Justice. “Romney may be thinking Obama would like to do that, but since he says he wants to do the opposite, I just don’t know how Romney could come up with this.”
And Romney playing the Alternate Universe Superhero:
“I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno. We will stop borrowing unfathomable sums of money we can’t even imagine, from foreign countries we’ll never even visit. I will bring us together to put out the fire.”
In the Real World:
“A study by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget concluded earlier this year that Romney’s plans would not make a dent in deficits, and could worsen them considerably. That study was done before Romney upped his tax cuts, inviting even deeper debt.”
Mitt’s religious ranting:
“President Barack Obama’s administration has “fought against religion” and sought to substitute a “secular” agenda for one grounded in faith.”
While in the Real World, Mitt panders to the very right-wing religious hate mongers who refer to his religion as a cult, and Romney himself as not a “real” Christian.
We can only hope the GOP’s alternate universe gets swallowed by a black hole sometime soon; in the meantime when you see them, just give them a knowing smile and wave.
This post dedicated to Carl Sagan, my cosmic hero.