As long as there are gullible people like Bill Reed, the AT&T retiree who accused Michael Hale, in a recent Advocate letter, of drinking the Kool-Aid, Fox and Fools will flourish. Reed scolds Hale for thinking Bill Clinton had anything to do with those 1990s budgets. It was all a product of the Gingrich revolution. Sorry, Bill, but anyone over 40 well remembers Clinton presenting reasonable budgets, and Sir Newt wanting to test the political waters by challenging the president with draconian cuts to Medicare and other social services. Clinton held firm, while the speaker closed down the government. The public sided with the president, and Gingrich was forced to back down, setting the stage for Clinton’s 1996 re-election.

Reed then exonerates George W. Bush by saying his problems arose because he inherited a recession in 2000 and then 9/11 happened. He skips over the Bush tax cuts, W’s version of supply-side economics, which had been drawn up on a restaurant napkin and sold to Reagan, merely a revision of Herbert Hoover’s trickle-down theory that has never worked — not for Hoover, Reagan or Bush.

Reed then goes on to blame Rep. Barney Frank for the 2008 fiscal meltdown. Although influential on the House Financial Services Committee, Frank was one of 435 members of the House of Representatives. Bush was president of the U.S.

Reed then pivots and says the financial crisis was merely a “normal business cycle exacerbated by wrongheaded government policies which gave rise to Obama — the Great Messiah.” Such bitterness! Like most right-wingers and witch doctors, Reed is upset that his conservative voodoo, Poppy Bush’s words, not mine, didn’t work and the real doctor had a cure. So Reed accused Hale of wearing rose-colored glasses and of drinking the Kool-Aid. Mixed metaphors aside, a preponderance of evidence shows that it is Reed who dwells in a political Jonesville.

Davy Brooks