The Art of Distraction

By Alden L. Benton

The hand is quicker than the eye.

Magicians have used distraction to perpetrate their illusions for millennia.

In war, diversion distracts the enemy.

Now, it is the Democrats who are trying to distract us.

When responsible politicians like Governor Rick Perry or Congressman Paul Ryan raise the issue of the need to redesign massive programs like Social Security or Medicare, the left begins its distraction mantra on cue: The Republicans want to destroy Medicare; they want to take away your Social Security Check.

Just like the magician dangling the bright shiny watch, the Democrats want to distract you from reality — a place they never seem to visit.

The reality is that Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are not sustainable in their current forms.  If these programs are not redesigned, they will fail and take the entire country down with them.

The Democrats and their media mouthpieces blather on about throwing grandma under the bus to distract us, scare us, and pander for our votes.

The same sleight of hand is in play in the president’s new stimulus bill.  The so-called American Jobs Act is a rehash of the same failed ideas of the first stimulus in 2009. 

We saw how well that worked.

 Creating pork jobs and short-lived tax cuts, however, is just a distraction.  The bill proposes $149 billion in union payoffs in the form of infrastructure improvements and teacher support.  The bill also seeks a $49 billion extension of unemployment benefits.  The bill’s final component is a $250 billion temporary tax cut, mostly on payroll. 

 Does anyone see any new jobs here?

This is the distraction.  What the Democrats and the Left Stream Media aren’t talking about is the president’s plan to fund this boondoggle with massive tax hikes for the next 10 years.  In fact, according to Americans for Tax Reform (, there are 14 new or increased taxes, permanent taxes, in the president’s proposal.

As President Ronald Reagan once said, No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size.  Government programs, once launched, never disappear.  Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth! 

The increased taxes the president wants for the next 10 years will never go away, and the jobs he promises will never materialize.

The Republicans in Congress must hold firm.  The American Jobs Act is simply a union payoff wrapped in pork.  History has shown time and again that raising taxes during a recession prevents economic recovery and does not increase revenue.  That is reality. 

The president’s stimulus bill must be defeated.

Another ancient rule of war tells us to know our enemy.  Know his tactics and use them to effect his own defeat. 

We have heard the same lame, tired, and worn tactics and arguments from the Democrats for more than half a century.  They have failed.  It is time to ignore their demagoguery and disruptive distractions and do what is right for America and its people.

Defeat the American Jobs Act in its entirety. 

No compromise.  No distractions.

Redesign Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

No compromise.  No distractions.

Defeat Obama and the Democrats in 2012.

No compromise.  No Distraction.

©2011 A. L. Benton/Independence Creek Enterprises


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