Brass, Lies and Videotape

Truth is not the métier of politics. Not only is the objective of politicians to say what they think we want to hear in order to get elected, but those at the top, such as the president, have the leader's dilemma - their followers want to be led fearlessly into the future and don't want to hear the leader's doubts nor failures. When Jimmy Carter said "I'll never lie to you" it only showed he didn't know what business he was in. But, to paraphrase Benjamin Disraeli (19th century British prime minister), there are lies and damn lies. While all politicians dissemble about what they are going to do, it is far less common for them to lie about what they already have done. But that is what Obama does constantly. For instance, Reagan never balanced the budget and did not actually cut back government.  But he never denied he said "evil empire" or that "communism was headed for the scrap-heap of history."  Not did he deny that he cut taxes. Indeed, that was one of his...(Read Full Post)