I have documented many times the hysterical appeals and outrageous lies that the Democratic Party uses to raise money from its gullible followers. Today the Democrats sent out this fundraising email:
From: Democrats 2014 [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:43 AM
To: Hinderaker, John H.
Subject: Boehner just went ballistic.
Boehner Demands Medicare, Social Security And Medicaid Cuts To Raise Debt Limit
Sadly, that headline isn’t true.
Boehner just went ballistic.
Speaking this week on the looming debt ceiling, Boehner vowed to put up a “whale of a fight” against President Obama. He’s actually threatening President Obama with this appalling choice: either agree to dismantle Medicare and Social Security — OR risk the full faith and credit of the United States.
Really? That doesn’t sound like the John Boehner we know. What Boehner actually said was reported by numerous news outlets; this is the New York Times’s account:
Speaker John A. Boehner says he is gearing up for “a whale of a fight” with President Obama over raising the federal debt ceiling, even though Mr. Obama has repeatedly said he has no plans to negotiate with Congressional Republicans over the nation’s debt limit and wants it lifted without a political showdown.
At an Idaho fund-raiser on Monday for Representative Mike Simpson, a Republican and a close ally, Mr. Boehner said he planned to use the need to raise the debt ceiling to gain political leverage and demand “cuts and reforms that are greater than the increase in the debt limit.”
Can you find the hidden demand that Medicare and Social Security be “dismantled”? No, I can’t either.
The Democrats continue:
President Obama won’t play Boehner’s games, and neither will we.
John — we’ve got 3 days left to raise the $400,000 we need to fight back. Will you help us show that Democrats nationwide are united and committed to taking on Boehner and his reckless threats to destroy Medicare and Social Security?
Huh? “Reckless threats to destroy Medicare and Social Security”? Where were they?
Chip in $3 or more to fight back against Boehner before the fundraising deadline >>
Republicans are willing to throw the full faith and credit of the United States government out the window — just to spite President Obama. And they certainly have no problem dismantling Medicare (just ask Paul Ryan).
One of the ironies here is that President Obama and the Democratic Congress cut $700 billion from Medicare as part of the Affordable Care Act. This fact goes entirely unremarked in the Democrats’ emails and, as far as I can tell, is entirely unknown to the party’s faithful.
As long as millionaires and billionaires keep their tax breaks, Republicans like Boehner could [sic] care less.
Every email from the Democratic Party contains a line like this. From which you might assume that President Obama and the Democrats have put another tax increase on the table, right? But they haven’t, as far as I know. Apparently this kind of verbiage is meant to communicate a yearning rather than an actual policy proposal.
It’s up to us to call out House Republicans for putting millionaire tax breaks before seniors’ health care benefits.
Millions of voters get emails like this one every day. They are filled with misinformation and outright lies, but the vast majority of Democratic voters are low-information and don’t know any better. The party’s leaders know it, and they cynically prey upon their voters’ ignorance. Every leading Democrat, from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton to Nancy Pelosi, knows what their party is up to, and condones it–as long as it raises lots and lots of money. The Democratic Party’s eagerness to lie for money is the great political scandal of our time, yet it goes almost entirely unremarked.