(I wrote this post this morning before all hell broke loose in Paris, which is being covered on TV behind me. That makes what I write below pale in significance, but I still want to send this out to tie up a loose end that bothers me.)
I have a passionate dislike for the way that information has become spun or twisted out of context or simply lied about to fit an ideology or cause. What was called the “age of information” in my youth has become, at least in the realm of politics and all it touches, an age clearly marked by misinformation, Gandhi said: “Truth is God.” I may not go that far, but I can relate.
So, I feel compelled to confess I was careless when I wrote: “While the candidates touted their various economic plans and directed viewers to their web sites for details, the most important point seemed a sin of omission: none indicated where they would cut spending, despite often wanting to spend more on one or more areas, national defense being the prime example.”
What failed to register in my mind is Ted Cruz’s saying he wanted to eliminate: “..the IRS, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce and HUD.” Yes, he did mention Commerce twice, but on his web site indicated the fifth department was the Department of Education.
Certainly those would be some major budget cuts, but they didn’t register as such with me at the time. Perhaps subconsciously I marked it down as Ted throwing more red meat to his base. But, in any case I was plain wrong in my statement about no indications of cutting spending.
On the other hand, Cruz has a whole tax plan that according to a Vox analysis ” will cost trillions upon trillions of dollars and lead to an enormous tax cut for the richest Americans.” True, Vox would have to be seen as liberal leaning and more conservative analyses would undoubtedly be kinder to Cruz.
I just want to indicate a more balanced sense of Cruz’s vision.