By Jeb Bladine • President / Publisher • 

Trying to determine which is the 'Big Lie'

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In one form or another, the “Big Lie” seems to be at the core of our political life.

Predictions of disaster are the norm. Hyperbole is the currency of politics these days, and most of us have become immune to the threats. Even when we believe in one or another of the dire predictions, we hold back.

One reason is that we don’t want to be seen as extremist, as people drawn to conspiracy theories. But another reason is what’s known as the “normalcy bias.” As defined by one source:

“The normalcy bias … causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster … . The assumption … is that since a disaster never has occurred, then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs.”

Most of us have a normalcy bias. Even if we didn’t, confusion would remain in politics because one person’s big lie is another’s gospel.

There are plenty of current examples: global warming; the tyranny of gun control; Obamacare; the fiscal cliff.

We see the big lie working with regard to public pensions. They say we must fulfill the promise — the contract — we made with Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System; they don’t remember that our promise was to pay 50 percent of income after 30 years of service, not 100-plus percent for fewer years.

The big lie has been working at an unprecedented level with regard to the financial condition of the United States.

We keep borrowing more and more, and simply print more dollars to pay off that staggering debt. It’s as if the U.S. dollar is guaranteed to remain the world’s accepted global currency; it’s not, as Britain learned in the 20th century.

We artificially control interest rates and manipulate unemployment statistics to make it appear that things are getting better, hiding the true threat of financial debt crisis.

Everyone knows that a family, a city or state cannot borrow and spend without limits, without consequences. Why, then, have we come to believe that the United States of America can ignore the principles of economics?

It’s the normalcy bias at work. And those who cry out to change our financial course are branded as practitioners of the big lie.

Ignorance, as they say, is bliss.

Jeb Bladine can be reached at jbladine@news or 503-687-1223.


troy prouty

The problem with government (Even at State level) is you still have a Monopoly.. You have basically two main groups of people controlled by special interest and the money. That can never be good for any society for long periods of time.

Get rid of the Monopoly, get rid of at least these problems for now..


Don Dix

"In one form or another, the “Big Lie” seems to be at the core of our political life."

And there you have solved the mystery. Lying (or deception) is a main ingredient in our political system. From election promises to excuses after getting caught in embarrassing situations, our politicians have perfected 'the dancing around the issue' to avoid consequences.

In the political game, it's not what you know or how you feel about an issue, it's who is paying the bills (with a little something extra for good behavior). Somehow, the explanation (for votes or actions) very seldom reveals the truth.

The biggest lie to date is calling our 'elected leaders' representatives. These puppets are not interested in doing what is best for the public (job description). They are bought, paid, and rolled up into a tidy little package, ready to 'sponsor' whoever brought them to the dance.

Next time any politician promises he/she will work for you, ask exactly how -- and watch the dance begin anew.


"The big lie has been working at an unprecedented level with regard to the financial condition of the United States."
In the summer of 1933, shortly after Roosevelt's "First 100 Days," America's richest businessmen were in a panic. It was clear that Roosevelt intended to conduct a massive redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. Roosevelt had to be stopped at all costs.

The answer was a military coup. It was to be secretly financed and organized by leading officers of the Morgan and Du Pont empires. This included some of America's richest and most famous names of the time:

Irenee Du Pont - Right-wing chemical industrialist and founder of the American Liberty League, the organization assigned to execute the plot.
Grayson Murphy - Director of Goodyear, Bethlehem Steel and a group of J.P. Morgan banks.
William Doyle - Former state commander of the American Legion and a central plotter of the coup.
John Davis - Former Democratic presidential candidate and a senior attorney for J.P. Morgan.
Al Smith - Roosevelt's bitter political foe from New York. Smith was a former governor of New York and a codirector of the American Liberty League.
John J. Raskob - A high-ranking Du Pont officer and a former chairman of the Democratic Party. In later decades, Raskob would become a "Knight of Malta," a Roman Catholic Religious Order with a high percentage of CIA spies, including CIA Directors William Casey, William Colby and John McCone.
Robert Clark - One of Wall Street's richest bankers and stockbrokers.
Gerald MacGuire - Bond salesman for Clark, and a former commander of the Connecticut American Legion. MacGuire was the key recruiter to General Butler.


If this sounds too fantastic to believe, we should remember that by 1933, the crimes of fascism were still mostly in the future, and its dangers were largely unknown, even to its supporters. But in the early days, many businessmen openly admired Mussolini because he had used a strong hand to deal with labor unions, put out social unrest, and get the economy working again, if only at the point of a gun. Americans today would be appalled to learn of the many famous millionaires back then who initially admired Hitler and Mussolini: Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, John and Allen Dulles (who, besides being millionaires, would later become Eisenhower's Secretary of State and CIA Director, respectively), and, of course, everyone on the above list. They disavowed Hitler and Mussolini only after their atrocities grew to indefensible levels.


Add Charles Lindbergh to the list, too.

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