The Politics of Bad Faith

Hmm. Somebody should write a book with that title. A frequent email correspondent offers an important example of the bad faith that permeates liberals’ political discourse:

The MSM/left is always acting in bad faith. Here is today’s object lesson from the ever slithery Ezra Klein:

As the baby boomers retire and health costs continue to grow, more revenues will be needed. For Democrats who have spent the last decade convincing members of the middle class that they will forever be exempt from tax increases, that’s going to be a tough about-face to make.

If there is a bright spot, it is that Obama and the Democrats, to their credit, are willing to break their pledge. They effectively raised future taxes on people making less than $250,000 when they passed the excise tax on high-value health- insurance plans as part of health-care reform, for instance.

Got that? It has two common themes from the prevaricating left: (1) NOW they tell us! (2) We trust Him because He is lying. During the debate on Obamacare there were numerous denials that taxes would be raised on the “middle class.” NOW, it turns out that those claims are inoperative…and the tax increases are actually a feature, not a bug! AND, they are ALL lying! They are “willing to break their pledge” that only the rich will pay increased taxes!…and THAT is a feature now, not a bug!

Unbelievable…the double talk, sophistry, outright lying and slippery bad faith of the left cannot be overstated.

All true. One of the strange phenomena of our time is the fact that liberals trust Obama in large part because they think he is lying. They are right, of course, but the question is: lying to whom?

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