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Thursday, March 16, 2017

How to Talk to Republicans

I've seen a lot of people today try to respond to this gobsmacking statement by Mick Mulvaney with statistics and facts:

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Thursday defended President Trump's budget proposal's plan to slash funding for programs like Meals on Wheels, insisting the food delivery program is among those "not showing any results." "We can't do that anymore. We can't spend money on programs just because they sound good," Mulvaney said of the program that provides meals for the impoverished elderly.

When we do that, we're playing their game. We're acting as if Republicans and Democrats both want what's best for people and that Republicans would change their minds if they knew what the Democrats knew. Doing so sets back the argument considerably; we have to operate from the completely true premise that Republicans simply do not care about very most people and are just trying to help themselves and a small sliver of super wealthy people that they identify with. So forget the data -- either start by telling them they're fakes and transparent liars, or even better:



These people do not deserve one shred of deference or benefit of the doubt. Contempt is all we should be showing them, because it's all they show to 99% of the world.

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