4 Myths Both Parties Want to Maintain Through the Presidential Election

Obama and Romney try to create rhetorical differences where substantive ones may not exist.

go ahead, throw your vote awayThrough the Looking GlassTo those not enamored by Teams Blue and Red, the rhetorical gymnastics performed in the run-up to a presidential election can be daunting. Yet underneath the hyper-partisan back and forth is an uncomfortable truth: a lot of what both sides are saying on the campaign trail is complete bullshit. Previously I broke down four misperceptions about Barack Obama some of his supporters advance. Some political misperceptions, however, are beneficial to partisans on both sides of the aisle, albeit for different reasons. Here are four myths that both the Democrats and the Republicans want to keep in circulation until the November election.

4. Paul Ryan Is a Budget-Cutting Fiscal Hawk

In the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate, we had the opportunity to witness the creation of a bipartisan myth in overdrive. In this case, the myth was that Paul Ryan was a fiscal hawka libertarian, even an extremist. Anyone who’s given the Paul Ryan budgets serious study knows that none of this true. Nick Gillespie noted earlier this year that Ryan’s latest budget runs a deficit of $1.2 trillion, while the president’s ran a deficit of $1.3 trillion. What’s $100 billion between friends? By 2022, the Ryan budget envisions the federal government spending 4.9 trillion dollars. As Gillespie points out, though the Ryan budget doesn’t deny the massive debt problem facing America, it’s “weak tea” considering it does nothing to shrink annual deficits, and in fact doesn’t even try to balance the budget at all in the next 10 years. Yet Romney selected Ryan to energize the small government and Tea Party base, and President Barack Obama has decided to pin his campaign’s hope on painting his opponents as extremists, so playing on the misperceptions of Paul Ryan as a fiscal hawk is politically beneficial to both sides.

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  • Anonymous Coward||

    Obamaney 2012!

    Whoever wins, America loses.

  • sarcasmic||

    Rush 2112!

  • Anacreon||

    Though dictionaries have recently been updated to allow "enamored by" or "enamored with" to be OK, it still should really be "enamored of". Enamored is a word like "fond". You wouldn't say "fond by" or "fond with", you say "fond of."

    Learn it, love it, live it.

  • Ryan60657||

    Big Government vs. Bigger Government. Your choice.

    I choose Gary Johnson.

  • Joe R.||

    Obamacare vs. Romneycare.

  • Beefkins||

    Someone needs to photoshop the poster from Alien Vs Predator to include Obama and Romney. As I recall, the movie tagline was "whoever wins, we lose."

  • GeneralAntilles||

    Apparently it's been done before: Bush vs. Kerry and Hillary vs. Obama.

  • ||

    Epic trolling of TEAM BE RULED tards.

  • ||

    The only "myth" that matters is that there is a difference between the TEAMs. And that's the one they work hardest to maintain.

  • Aresen||

    5: Your vote matters!

  • The Hammer||

    6. MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME!!!!!!!!

  • WWNGD?||

    Every four years they keep getting more importanter and more imporanter! This one is the most importantest, until 1016. Sean Hanity told me so.

  • ||

    Hannity thinks time is cyclical?

  • Robert||

    Well, one of them has to be.

  • ||

    Those are decent myths.

    Here's a fact: Joke Biden is about as useful as a shovel with a rope handle.

  • ||

    I donno, that seems pretty useful for swinging into Biden's head.

  • BigT||

    If BO cans Joe for Hills, he is guaranteed 4 more years. People have fallen in love with her - for no good reason.

  • The Hammer||

    I still think it was that South Park episode.

  • WWNGD?||

    Why her husband was president... which means she would make an excellent president! This is also why all the Kennedys make great politicians!

  • Robert||

    True. If W. Clinton hadn't been president, the Kennedys wouldn't be great politicians.

  • T o n y||

    The only "myth" that matters is that there is a difference between the TEAMs. And that's the one they work hardest to maintain.

    You can only mean with respect to some limited, hardline view of the world. The parties are clearly different on their policy platforms and outcomes. If you aren't aware of that, then you're what we call a low-information voter. That's all. Illogical BS about how the parties are equal is ignorance wrapped in narcissism.

  • The Hammer||

    The only way they are different is in their rhetoric. By their actions, both parties are big-spending, war-mongering groups of whores willing to do anything to maintain their power and status.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Aww c'mon Hammer, don't you remember 2003-2006 when there were no taxes, being gay was illegal, and abortion was a capital offence?

    And remember when that evil Teabagging fuck, Bill Clinton, signed DOMA?

    Or, when that southern racist anarchist, Barack Obama, had his justice department raid all of those medical marijuana clinics?

  • ||

    It's funny that the sockpuppet responds to my comment by proving it. Well, it would if it were anything other than a sockpuppet.

  • T o n y||

    Ya, that's the limited, hardline view I was talking about.

  • A Serious Man||

    Barack Obama: He'll murder children with flying robots, he'll toss you in jail for selling medical marijuana, he can even indefinitely detain you for shits and giggles, but he'll maybe, possibly, get the rich to pay "their fair share" at 40% instead of the anarchy that is a 37%.

  • Joe R.||

    40% and 37% are different!

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    If you aren't aware of that, then you're what we call a low-information voter.

    The "Royal We", Awesome!

    Oh Tony! Does your arrogance and ignorance know any bounds?

  • T o n y||

    Well, my head is technically finite.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    You would be a physicalist when it comes to the philosophy of brain/mind. I posit that while the physical matter of the brain is finite, consciousness, as an emergent property, is infinite.

  • ||

    $

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Tony,

    The parties are clearly different on their policy platforms and outcomes.

    The only difference is in the way they want to rape you, but you still end up being raped. Don't be naive.

  • Dylan||

    It's not naivete when it's intentional.

  • Robert||

    T o n y is right for once. Whether you measure by the votes of their elected officials or how they answer poll questions, Republicans and Democrats differ on avg.

  • Sevo||

    T o n y| 8.16.12 @ 6:55PM |#
    ..."The parties are clearly different on their policy platforms and outcomes."...
    Yes, shithead. We already knew that you're an ignoramus.

  • ||

    It doesn't matter.

    Toady thinks that even though taxing marginal rates on the "1%" AT ONE HUNDRED PERCENT won't pay for any but a small percentage of the deficit, he and and his cronies can pay for unlimited payouts to the moochers as well as paying for all the subsidies his cronies want he will still vote for TEAM BLUE.

    Good luck, Toady. keeping hoping you and your pals can keep mooching from the productive.

  • ||

    See, Toady once admitted that he is living off inherited wealth by clipping coupons - as opposed to someone who is running a business that he inherited - so we can know why he likes the status quo.

  • califernian||

    "The parties are clearly different on their policy platforms and outcomes"

    We're talking about the actual actions taken, and the actual outcomes. Not the rhetoric used for pandering to the base.

  • ||

    C'mon people - don't you know that it's all about INTENTIONZ?!?!?

    BTW is "intentions" a drinking game item yet? Cause it should be.

  • RightNut||

    That New Yorker article overstates the difficulty of getting rid of Obamacare. The Supreme Court essentially found the mandate is a tax, which obviously has an effect on the budget and should allow the CBO to score it.

    Their is also the imperial presidency route. Whereby a president could tell the various agencies under his purview to not implement or ignore Obamacare. Distasteful, but that door was opened by Obama mandating the DREAM act, and violating the war powers act.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    I don't know anyone -- except for hardcore proggies -- who believe Myth Numero Uno.

    Even Romneybot 2000 isn't programmed to say that shit.

  • sticks||

    Where is the single page view/link????????????????????

  • Auric Demonocles||

    More page hits! Though that could also be accomplished by making it easier to view the site on my phone. It the page didn't end up being too big to load half of the time I'd come a lot more on my phone.

  • Ted S.||

    Try the link marked "Print".

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    No myth - Romney is campaigning on expanding government more than Obama has.

    Romney is already bitching about the Obama "cuts" to Medicare and the Pentagon and plans to repeal the budget deal of 2011 (sequestering).

    I will have to coin something like 'Romneypig' to replace Bushpig (needs work).

  • Marshall Gill||

    I will have to coin something like 'Romneypig' to replace Bushpig

    Mormonfag or poopy head would be perfect considering the source.

    More scotch.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Yes, I do love a good single malt. I am continuously astounded at the detail you people remember about me.

    Cragganmore is my recent fave, btw.

  • General Butt Naked||

    "you people"??!

    "YOU PEOPLE"

    Oh hell no, motherfucker. I know you didn't come up into a libertarian news comment section talkin' about "you people".

    Some things never change.

  • Sevo||

    Palin's Buttplug| 8.16.12 @ 8:15PM |#
    'Yes, I do love a good lying dem'.
    Yeah, shriek, we already knew you are an ignoramus.

  • Dylan||

    No, Romney has campaigned in front of a banner that said "CUT THE SPENDING". IF that isn't enough I don't know what is.

  • General Butt Naked||

    Exactly. Mitt has taken a hard line on deficit spending, and frankly it's about time someone with integrity and courage stood up for responsibility in America!

    I've heard that in his first budget he plans to cut the public television budget and cut aid to Moldova. Finally we have a brave Christian-like politician to stand up for conservative values and who isn't swayed by polls!

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Mitt is a full time liar. He cannot come up with any real budget cuts.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Palin's Buttwipe,

    No myth - Romney is campaigning on expanding government more than Obama has.

    Of course he is. And Obama is campaigning on expanding government more than Obama has.

    Romney is already bitching about the Obama "cuts" to Medicare and the Pentagon and plans to repeal the budget deal of 2011 (sequestering).

    I thought Romney wanted to take food out of children's mouths and kill grandma. Now you're telling me he wants to spend even more. The cognitive dissonance is strong with this one...

    I will have to coin something like 'Romneypig' to replace Bushpig (needs work).

    Obamapig just sounds so redundant...

  • Xenocles||

    "...60-vote filibuster..."

    I do not think that means what you think it means.

  • Brutus||

    News flash: Romney elbows-deep in the "niggerization" of Obama.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-J.....ord-Romney

  • Yuno Hoo||

    MSNBC’s Touré, a supposed racial expert ..., has now declared that Mitt Romney is engaged in the "niggerization" of Barack Obama.

    "Nigrafication." The word is "nigrafication." Some expert.

  • mr simple||

    You stay classy, msnbc.

  • Killazontherun||

    Touré's daily schedule:

    10:00 AM Powder my nose
    10:15 AM Get my pedicure
    11:30 AM My daily facial scrub
    12:00 PM Appear on MSNBC, bitch about the white man.
    01:00 PM Appointment with my hairstylist.

    That is my impression of the insolent bastard after seeing him for all of four minutes above. I already hate him.

  • Killazontherun||

    In other words, coming across as pampered and spoiled undermines the product you are trying to sell, T. It says 'I'm a bullshitter' instead of 'oppressed victim.'

  • ||

    CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low

    "Installation of new renewable energy facilities has now all but dried up, unable to compete on a grid now flooded with a low-cost, high-energy fuel".

    The market failed yet again; let's have some govt. intervention.

  • Archduke PantsFan||

    I voted for Kodos?

  • Killazontherun||

    Recently, Romney was the target a vicious attack ad trying to connect him, through his work at Bain Capital, to a woman who lost her health insurance and died of cancer. Romney’s chief spokesperson, Andrea Saul, didn’t rebut the attack by pointing out the glaring inconsistencies of the narrative, but instead noted that had the woman lived in Massachusetts when Romneycare was in effect, she would’ve never lost her health insurance.

    If the Bush and Obama administrations didn't convince Americans that the Federal government is an unworkable and unmanageable system that is ultimately an abrogation of social responsibility by all Americans, just wait until a real technocrat like Mitt gets into office. We'll have the domestic equivalent of Robert McNamara.

  • ||

    +1

  • CZmacure||

    Hey, the elections run a gamut of frauds no different than the rest of what's going on in our crazy government: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/.....-students/

    Who knew there were still people who think it's okay to give the shaft to pregnant women?

  • Xenocles||

    It's an entire sub-genre of pornography.

  • CZmacure||

    Hey, the elections run a gamut of frauds no different than the rest of what's going on in our crazy government: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/.....-students/

    Who knew there were still people who think it's okay to give the shaft to pregnant women?

  • henryknox||

    It seems the author still believes in the Myth about deportations.

    http://cis.org/vaughan/potemkin-ice

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