Letter: The big lie
The well-tried propaganda principle – if you tell the big lie often enough, it is accepted as truth – is getting a severe test these days.
House Speaker John Boehner keeps saying that President Obama’s intractability is thwarting negotiations regarding the so-called fiscal cliff, and that the president must be held responsible if we go over that cliff. The simple truth is that the president is holding firm to the insistence that a tiny percentage of us – the very rich – need to pay more of their fair share. Boehner, in contrast, defines the middle class as anyone earning $1 million or less per year. A million dollars!
What does this say about the Republican Party’s conception of reality? Do you see someone earning, say, $400,000 a year as middle class? Boehner and his associates are defending their constituency – the very richest 2 percent – because money wins elections (2012 being the exception). Why anyone outside that elite would vote Republican, for a long time to come, is beyond me.