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Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Purdue campaigns in a gun shop on April 22, 2014.
All the phallic metal death sticks can't save Republican David Perdue from accidentally telling the truth.
Republican Jack Kingston’s campaign attacked runoff opponent David Perdue Tuesday afternoon over comments he made in a meeting with the Macon Telegraph editorial board — back in mid-May, before the primary. The six-week-old statement about America’s view of the world was overshadowed by Perdue’s gaffe that “increasing revenue” is necessary to balance the budget. Kingston’s release notes that Perdue said during the interview: “We see the world through the ugly American’s eyes.” After a questioner says Americans are the “arrogant teenagers” of the world, Perdue responded with, “Absolutely” and added later, “The rest of the world gets it.”
The one gaffe about saying the truth about the world resenting heavy-handed and hypocritical Americans is overshadowed by his gaffe reciting simple arithmetic—that you can't balance the budget on cuts alone.

All the recent polling on the runoff has been of the "shitty GOP pollster" variety, so who the hell knows who is ahead. But truth is the GOP's kryptonite, so Purdue sure as hell may have f'd himself.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 12:45 PM PDT.

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    •  To paraphrase a blog the name of which I don't (0+ / 0-)

      remember (although it had to do with finding aliens in space):  He's rare, he's first, or he's fucked.

      "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~ John Wooden

      by Terry S on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 06:33:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think he meant (0+ / 0-)

      increasing revenue by cutting tax rates, Kansas style. That would be entirely ideologically correct, and in line with conservative math. (2 + 2 = 6.35, or really whatever # they like.)

      You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.

      by mstep on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 06:08:18 AM PDT

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  •  Why is it that no Republican (8+ / 0-)

    seems to understand enough economics to realize what "balance the [federal] budget" would actually mean in real life?  To do so without increasing taxes would amount to national economic suicide.  When Clinton finally balanced the budget, it led to a recession.  The last time - the only time in this country's history - the budget was balanced and the federal debt was actually paid off, it threw the country into the worst recession of the 19th century.

    "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

    by SueDe on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 01:02:27 PM PDT

    •  They do understand (0+ / 0-)

      They are just cynical, and anti-American.

      If they accept what they know to be the truth, then they would have to work with this President to implement solutions.

      They are not prepared to work with a black man, so they have decided that Americans must suffer for their temerity in electing him (twice).

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 03:07:54 PM PDT

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    •  the rebublican fantasy (0+ / 0-)

      Is that tax cuts will increase GDP enough to grow the tax base.  The mistake made here is that the GOP never claims that revenue can decrease.  The assumption is always that a decreased tax rate will simulate the economy so that tax revenue will increase.  The general mistake is that simple revenue grow is not enough, revenue must grow to keep up with the economic growth. Economic growth is not free as decades of data show.  The federal government costs a pretty constant percentage of GDP.  So if we have 10% of economic growth, and less than 10% of revenue growth, we will run a deficit.

      She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is doing. -Kurt Vonnegut Life is serious but we don't have to be - me

      by lowt on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 04:57:17 PM PDT

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      •  Voodoo (8+ / 0-)

        'This is Voodoo economics' -G.H.W. Bush on 'Reaganomics':

        Voodoo Economics, as George H.W. Bush named it in 1980, is what caused most of our national debt. It came from Wall Street and goes by the name "supply-side economics." -

        This was almost 35 years ago and the 'debate' still rages. Can we really not see Reaganomics for what it really was: Take from the less-connected and give to the people whose 'class' you want to belong to - like Ronald Reagan.

        A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

        by HSans on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 10:34:33 AM PDT

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      •  Actually, their real problem, (9+ / 0-)

        as pointed out ad nauseam by Robert Reich and Paul Krugman, is that no amount of tax-cutting for corporations and the rich creates any kind of consumer demand.  And it is consumer demand that leads to inventory depletion, which leads to increased production and eventually to job growth. No business will ever hire employees it doesn't need, regardless of how profitable it may be.

        If you want to increase GDP, you need to cut taxes for the lower middle class and working poor a lot.  Any new money they get will go straight into consumer spending.  To make it revenue-neutral, increase taxes on the rich, starting by taking the cap off of FICA and making it a flat tax like Medicare.

        Of course, deficit spending on infrastructure would be even more beneficial in terms of creating jobs and growing the GDP, but Grover Norquist won't allow that.  Remember voting for him?  Neither do I.

    •  Interesting thought, im not an economist, how d... (0+ / 0-)

      Interesting thought, im not an economist, how did it lead to a recession?

      •  Clinton's Balanced Budget Didn't (1+ / 0-)
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        lead to a recession, it preceded one. The recession came out of the Bush/Republican tax cuts and unfunded wars and the deregulation of Wall Street and banking. Can you say "Glass-Steagle"?

        Some time back I read an interesting theory that since the GOP has been trying for the last 75 years or so to undo what FDR started, they needed record deficits to justify cutting Social Security and Medicare. So they were really hacked off at Clinton's economic successes and once they took over the White House, set about to undo that first. Considering how the Republicans in Congress have been doing all they can to stymie economic growth with Obama in office, it makes perfect sense. And possibly the fact that there's a black man in the White House helps to unify their base behind them.

        •  You are (0+ / 0-)

          mostly correct. Recessions always follow tax cuts for the wealthy though. Tax cuts make the wealthy lazy whereas tax increases make them work harder to get more "stuff" and to get more, they hire more workers which leads to prosperity for all.

  •  Not so fast. (6+ / 0-)

    That's $3 you owe to the Swear Jar. And $0.50 for the abbreviation.

  •  "Phallic metal death sticks" "Gun Fetishist" (3+ / 0-)
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    But don't worry, we're not coming for your guns.
    It's just that ignorant dehumanizing of the electorate is so effective in getting their votes......or something.

  •  This statement is not approved by Fox News. (4+ / 0-)

    Ergo it is not "truth" in the mind of a GOPer.

    30, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 01:09:21 PM PDT

  •  I'm just loving (1+ / 0-)
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    These extended republican primaries. We keep learning new things all the time.

    Do Pavlov's dogs chase Schroedinger's cat?

    by corwin on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 01:13:29 PM PDT

    •  What I've 'learned' ... (2+ / 0-)
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      raspberryberet, citizen2009

      is that it is now OK for a current and potential Senator (SENATOR no less) to brag about his sexual encounters with animals as if it is a point of pride.

      That should be enough to disqualify him as the holder and the candidate for ANY public office.

      Q1: What if a female candidate for whatever comes out with such a statement? - again, almost with pride.

      Q2: Why is this Senator/Candidate not run out of town immediately? Who even wants to consider having this 'person' to represent them in the SENATE.

      I am totally disgusted.

      As so-called Leaders of the Free World your example stinks.

      A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

      by HSans on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 10:41:22 AM PDT

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  •  macon telegraph editorial board should/run.. (1+ / 0-)
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    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 01:15:02 PM PDT

  •  Even the 1% agrees on raising taxes on the rich (5+ / 0-)

    CNBC survey shows millionaires want higher taxes to fix inequality

    But CNBC's first-ever Millionaire Survey reveals that 51 percent of American millionaires believe inequality is a "major problem" for the U.S., and of those, nearly two-thirds support higher taxes on the wealthy and a higher minimum wage as ways to narrow the wealth gap.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 01:19:02 PM PDT

  •  It's always amusing watching the destruction (0+ / 0-)

    But how come not once will these Republicans running for office just stand up and say "Yeah, you know what? These people are lying to you when they tell you they can balance the budget on cuts alone and that perhaps looking at ourselves in the mirror to understand what others think might not be an evil concept."

    You know, I hate to think that it could be successful because...well I hate the GOP but they do seem to love strength. Perhaps if one of these shmucks would stand up these voters just might listen to them.

    I know, I'm a dreamer to think they come back from the edge but god help us if they go even further!

    "There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?" - Robert Kennedy

    by AlexcSinger on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 01:25:13 PM PDT

    •  For or against a decent GOP? (2+ / 0-)
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      I also live your dilemma.

      A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

      by HSans on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 10:45:27 AM PDT

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      •  I too. (4+ / 0-)

        But I am definitely FOR a sane GOP.  Our country needs that more than it needs to obliterate anybody who has different opinions.  The problem is that the nuts who have taken over the GOP ARE willing to burn the whole place down just to make a point.  (And also to build it back into a dictatorship to their liking.)

        •  Back in the days when the Republican party was (2+ / 0-)
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          CatKinNY, reasonshouldrule

          sane, I was a Republican.  I never voted Democrat in my whole born put together!  Then I voted for Obama because the Republicans didn't seem to 'get' that there was a very big, very bad, very terrible, horrible, no good recession (with a capital R) smushing us down almost as badly as the EU recession crushed Greece and Italy and Spain and everyone else except Germany.  (Is that where Europe's 1% live?)

          So when I registered to vote when I moved into Maryland, I registered as a Democrat.

          My husband, who has been a Democrat all his life, registered Republican specifically so he could have a say in who ran for House office in our district.  

          I think he made the wiser choice.

          "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~ John Wooden

          by Terry S on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 06:41:32 PM PDT

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          •  Smushing us down is their M-O. (0+ / 0-)

            They want a big world war.  Cull the herd.  Make the remaining walking dead slaves.  All problems solved.

            If you want it, you can have it with Hillary, too.

            I won't vote for Hillary based solely on her political vote to invade Iraq in 2003.

            •  Sadly, yes. (0+ / 0-)

              THey DO want a big world war, but they are ignorant about history.  When the "herd is culled" the masses gain power because there are fewer of them to do the grunt work demanded by the powerful.  That's what happened after the plague in the 14th century, and lots of democracies either formed or strengthened after both world wars.

              The very rich has lived in their bubble for so long that most (but not all) have lost sight of reality.

              I much prefer Hillary over ANY republican possibility in 2016.  Yes, Warren would be a dream, but it won't happen now.

          •  Open primaries (0+ / 0-)

            I live in an open primary state, so having to register as a republican isn't necessary.  Just getting all the propaganda from the GOP is sickening, and we get it even though we're both democrats (but living in a red district).  Strangely, we don't get much from the democrats, maybe because it's such a republican (gerrymandered) district.

  •  Proof once again that (0+ / 0-)

    money talks and bullshit walks.

    Free Will is the only moral law.//If you have to explain snark, it's because it isn't working on one end or the other.

    by franklyn on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 01:29:13 PM PDT

  •  Georgia senate seat (0+ / 0-)

    Who is ahead is Michelle Nunn!

  •  What kill me is that... (2+ / 0-)
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    CatKinNY, Susan Stike Conner

    instead of the Generally Obsolete Party taxing those in the 1% or even the 0.5%, the bastards will try to tax those who don't have money.

    The criminal Ronald Reagan (remember the Iran-Contra affair?) started the downward movement in this country by getting rid of Air Traffic Controllers and then attacking other unions.

    So now some "brilliant" guy realizes that we need more REVENUE to bring down the deficit.

    Now the problem is that they want to cut, cut, cut but not cut from what the wealthy get, but what the former middle class used to get like, oh, I don't know--food assistance, college loans...yeah, let's get rid of the people who used to spend money---the middle class that is being pushed to the edge---and try now to squeeze blood out of 'em.

    Either this country starts to vote more Democrats in or lay down and accept the coming Fascist state that is rapidly heading our way.

  •  Truth Will Set You Free [to find another job] (0+ / 0-)

    Georgia Conservative Land has gone to weeds, but it is still controlled by the Republican Tea Party degenerates who wallow in a belief that 'you must be no smarter than [insert lowered intelligence standards/no-common-core here] to enter.' David Perdue ignores the signs, because that's what strong business leaders will do... they innovate and use factual data to succeed.  

    We are watching an implosion of the Republican South right before our very eyes, and it will be a hero's welcome.  

    Georgia is on the cusp of turning bright blue, and I cannot help but believe that a match up between Kingston and Nunn is part of this much-needed natural evolution.

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