A letter writer took me to task saying I was incorrectly using “mental gymnastics” in a pejorative sense regarding his thought process. He noted, “Wiktionary’s definition of mental gymnastics is “difficult and complex logical thought processes.”
True enough, but he didn’t look at Wiktionary’s definition number two: “Inventive, complex arguments used to justify unjustifiable decisions, or situations.” Therefore, I will say again the writer used stunning mental gymnastics attempting to prove the government shutdown was the fault of the Senate and the president. Many words have opposite definitions depending on usage.
The great majority of Americans hope we don’t have to go through the shutdown and debt-limit crises again and spend another $24 billion for no purpose except to make the tea party followers feel good about themselves.
I mentioned that most Republicans probably wouldn’t want to give up or take deep cuts to their Social Security and Medicare. The answer was, “The old trick of bringing up Medicare and Social Security is a fallacious red herring. Most people on both sides agree that those are now necessary and appropriate — although future funding is in serious jeopardy.”
Really? Jim DeMint, ex-senator and now head the conservative Heritage Foundation, recently said, “ ... health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid are ‘un-American’ and built on the principles of ‘socialism and collectivism.’ ”
George Bush tried to privatize Social Security in 2005 and Paul Ryan wanted to convert Medicare into a voucher program in both 2011 and 2012.
The ability to hold opposing thoughts in one’s head is generally thought to be positive. I back the president regarding the Affordable Care Act because I believe every American has a right to access health insurance.
On the other hand, I strongly oppose the president in the matters of the NSA, drones, fracking and the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty. This treaty, called NAFTA on steroids by some, would be a huge win for corporations and the very opposite for workers, consumers, the environment and national sovereignty.