Weld and Johnson deserve each other, and libertarians deserve them both

Bill Weld tries to defend his ticket-topper and their candidacy in this interview on  The Takeaway.

He didn’t do either any favors.

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The takeaways for me are….

 

1) The tired, old lie that Democrats will “spend and borrow us into the poorhouse and hollow out the economy” when the facts are that Democrats have been cleaning up economic messes made by people like him – Republicans – since at least the original Gilded Age.

 

2) Debt. Another chicken-little exaggeration rooted in the childish notion that debt is bad, the government should stay out of the economy, and that the government should balance their checkbook the way people do. (Defenders of him and this idea should be forewarned not to expose their utter lack of understanding of economic and fiscal policies. In other words, save your libertarian tropes. I will not be kind to you.)

Anyway, he thinks the national debt could go to $50trillion under 2 terms of a Clinton presidency. He doesn’t even hint at how or why that would happen, but I’m sure he knows it’s another tried-and-true GOP misdirection that conservatives, libertarians, and people who think they’re Republicans lap up like a thirsty dog.

What he also conveniently fails to say is that presidents may propose budgets, but under Article I, Sections 7 & 8, the power to tax and spend rests with Congress. Gee. Which party has controlled the House ever since 1995 except for the 110th and 111th post-W-cluster-fuck and before the GOP gerrymandered state districts?

 

3) TPP. That’s right, boys and girls. The TPP. He says, like all good libertarians everywhere, that he favors “free trade.” Johnson is on record as saying he’d sign the TPP.

This is more evidence that the biggest corporatists on the political stage have always been and still are libertarians.

 

4) Aleppo. What would a conversation about this ticket be without a conversation about Aleppo?

Weld attempted to defend Johnson by saying “pop quizzes are not his (Johnson’s) long suit.” That’s so cavalier and so disconnected from the gravity of this atrocity that it stunned John Hockenberry into near complete silence.

Weld seemed to realize what a gaff of his own he made, and stammered toward an admission that, yes, “it’s been the news,” before babbling about his own experiences in foreign affairs, how Johnson has spent most of his time in Western states, and how Gary’s summiting of the world’s tallest peaks is evidence of Johnson’s international bona fides.

Listen for yourself to the whole interview for yourself. I assure you that I’m not creative enough to make this kind of shit up.

Only a libertarian could come up with bullshit like this, and only another libertarian would agree with it.

As I’ve said before. Libertarians sound good for the first 5 seconds. Johnson and Weld prove once again that that’s where it ends.

 

Add’l Reading

2016 presidential candidates on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, Ballotpedia.

The Constitution of the United States

Debt Vs. Deficit: Understanding the Differences, Investopedia

 

 

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