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You can't reason with the crazy

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So writes Gene Lyons, his weekly column available free for your perusal on Salon.

In addition to birther nonsense, Lyons ticks off other Republican mythology that goes undisturbed by facts.

Also contrary to Republican mythology, the infamous Bush tax cuts did anything but increase revenue, as tax cuts never do. As Fiscal Times columnist Bruce Bartlett shows, federal revenues dropped from 20.6 percent of GDP in 2000 to 18.5 percent in 2007. The 2008 recession dropped them to 14.9 percent, where they linger today — the proximate cause of current huge budget deficits.

Ah, but here's the tricky part. GOP delusional thinking's not merely impervious to reality, it's also not confined to the Republican Party. Every public opinion poll extant shows that large majorities of voters want no reductions to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Oh, and no new taxes.

By a 2-to-1 majority, Americans also think that Congress should refuse to increase the national debt limit.

People wouldn't say that if they understood the consequences. Alas, sometimes the things you don't know can also hurt you.

You can convince the supply siders just about as easily as you can convince the birthers, still in full howl despite the president's show-and-tell yesterday.

Speaking of crazy:

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