Transparent shared lies
Shared lies have been around as long as political partisanship. Both parties agree on a false definition of the problem. Party A says this is good, Party B says this is bad. Neither side is valid because they're talking about a delusion.
Most shared lies are hard to detect because the truth is either officially secret or tangled in layers of obfuscation and conventional wisdom. Among this year's lies, Bitcoin is a good example of both. One side says it's the salvation of the universe because it's untraceable, the other side says it's a tool for criminals because it's untraceable. In fact it's perfectly traceable. It has all the signs of a sting by Deepstate. Get the criminals and terrorists to use a "private" and "untraceable" currency that passes directly through NSA. Another hint is the mysterious Satoshi. His biography says CIA if you know the inside jokes. But nobody has OFFICIALLY AND DIRECTLY DECLARED that Bitcoin is a sting, so the shared lie is halfway plausible.
There's a new element in recent years. It showed up first with QE/ZIRP. Bugsy Bernanke DECLARED OPENLY AND PUBLICLY that the purpose of QE was solely to boost stock prices.
After he said this, both sides continued assuming that QE was supposed to improve the economy. Some said it was helping, some said it wasn't helping and needed even more QE. Nobody listened to the FOUNDER'S PUBLIC AND CANDID ADMISSION of what he was doing.
Same thing happened with Obamacare. The project was perfectly clear from the start. No mystery. The purpose of Obamacare is to grant a forcible total monopoly to insurers who already had a strong natural monopoly. When you increase a monopoly you get higher prices and worse service. Obamacare has delivered on that ACTUAL promise PERFECTLY from the start.
Neither side touched the plain and obvious truth. Both worked from a bizarre assumption that Obamacare was "socialized medicine". R said this was bad, D said it was good.
This year's minor adjustment continues the tradition. The R side PUBLISHED THE ACTUAL BILL, which was easy to read. It doesn't remove the mandate, it doesn't remove the double cost for no benefit, it only adds EVEN MORE SUBSIDIES for the insurers who were the sole beneficiary of the original program.
THIS WAS NOT SECRET. Nevertheless, both sides have operated on the bizarre delusion of "repeal and replace", or "gutting Obamacare". R says this is good, D says this is bad.
The alternative media are no help on these open lies. They just take one of the side-lies.