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Here’s How Willfully Ignorant Many Rapublicans Really Are

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Here’s How Willfully Ignorant Many Rapublicans Really Are

It’s not a secret that the Republican party has embraced ignorance and its base is openly at war with facts. And while there is a sizable chunk of voters from both parties that’s often misinformed, Republicans take the cake when it comes to not knowing what the hell is really going on.

For someone to believe some of the absurd things many Republicans believe, they really have to be willfully ignorant. There are numerous examples of this, so I’d run some of them to prove my point:

1. The Economy is Worse Now Than Before President Obama:
When President Obama came into office, we were literally shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs every single month. Now we’re in the midst of the longest streak of private-sector job growth in U.S. history and the president is handing his successor an economy that’s now the envy of the world.

It’s a radically different position from the one President-elect Barack Obama found himself in 2008 with markets crashing, the financial crisis spinning out of control and joblessness headed toward 10 percent.

Trump instead will take office with an economy near full employment and wages and spending rising. The economy is in such strong shape that the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates again later this month to try and cool things off.

Is the economy perfect? Of course not. But to say it’s worse now than it was in January 2009 when Barack Obama became president isn’t just wrong – it’s flat-out stupid.

2. Religious Freedom:
This is a phrase uttered by people who claim their religion is “under attack” because they can’t discriminate against minorities, homosexuals, or women. Not only that, somehow these folks tend to think that their religious beliefs should somehow dictate the private love lives of other people.

I don’t know how Republicans have equated the word “freedom” with bullying and restricting the rights of others. How ignorant is that?!

3. Tax Cuts Create Jobs:
Republicans seem to ignore the fact that big corporations pay little or not taxes, just like their newly-sworn-in president Donald Trump, who they hailed him as “genius” for not paying taxes.

Do they really think big corporations and fat-cat executives are thinking, “Hmm, you know, I’d hire more people if we just got a tax cut.” How many decades is income inequality going to have to get worse before Republicans finally realize tax cuts don’t do anything but make rich people richer?

Jobs are created by one of the simplest rules in economics: Demand. If demand for a certain product or service goes up, a company will then hire the necessary people to meet that demand. If the demand is not there, it doesn’t matter if their tax rate is zero – they’re not going to hire more people. There’s absolutely no link between tax cuts and job creation.

4. Guns Don’t Kill People:
Whenever someone tells me that guns are no more dangerous than a spoon, I always like to ask just how many mass killings have been carried out with that particular utensil?
Can a gun kill on its own? No. It takes a human being firing said gun to kill people. That being said, a rocket-propelled grenade sitting harmlessly in a safe also needs a human being to fire it for it to become deadly.

Now, who here thinks the United States would be safer if we had 300+ million rocket-propelled grenades saturating our neighborhoods?
The fact is, the combination of the ease of access to guns we have in this country thanks in large part to the GOP and the NRA, plus human beings who intend to use them for deadly purposes, combines to make a volatile situation.

5. Obamacare:
As Republicans gear up to repeal Barack Obama’s signature law, many trump supporters are having a rude awakening. But they are getting what they asked for.

Since its passing in 2008, Republicans have hated Obamacare. Influenced by Fox News and other right-wing propaganda, they demanded the law to be repealed. Incredibly, they seem to love the ‘Affordable Care Act.’ There is no difference between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act, but they don’t know they are the same damn thing!

The. Same. Damn. Thing.

A staffer at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” hit the streets to see whether pedestrians preferred the Affordable Care Act, during a 2013 episode that perfectly makes my point:

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