Almost to the last day of the Bush 43 presidency everything that was wrong with the country was President Clinton’s fault – 9/11, the economy, education. Ann Coulter even claimed our culture was deteriorating because of The Big Dog. The Clinis has some mighty influence ( according to polls still one of our most popular presidents), but is hardly that powerful. As son as Bush left office everything wrong with the economy was President Obama’s fault. Judging solely by wing-nut conservative memes Bush’s presidency was irreverent. Republican control of three branches of government for six of Bush’s eight years measures so small on the political Richter scale, they never governed. How can conservatives claim credit for anything if everything is always someone else’s fault, even when they are in charge. Such obscene mental gymnastics are one of the fringe benefits of being a conservative. It ranks among one of their top recruiting tools. Like lying till your pants burst into flames? Be a Republican. Goodness knows the media, the broadcast media in particular, are not going to hold you accountable. NBC’s Brian Williams has a McMansion to pay for and a village he has to pacify. He’s not going to engage in any actual critical analysis which might endanger his elite lifestyle. The same is true of CBS and ABC. So it is no surprise a Republican Congress, in office all of three weeks are claiming credit for some positive economic indicators, even if they voted against all the programs which have edged the economy forward and certainly kept the ditch was being even deeper. GOP Takes Credit, Deflects Blame on Economy. Again.
Over the past year, the U.S. economy added 1.1 million new jobs overall, including 1.3 million in the private sector, which enjoyed 12 straight months of growth. By last June, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated the Obama stimulus program had saved or created up to 3.3 million jobs, lowered the unemployment rate by as much as 1.8% and boosted GDP by 4.5%. A recent analysis of Census data by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) revealed that federal programs kept 4.5 million Americans out of poverty in 2009. For his part, former John McCain adviser Mark Zandi in August concluded that the combined federal interventions beginning in the fall of 2008 prevented the Great Recession from becoming Depression 2.0…
[ ]…Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), for example, argued two weeks ago, for example, that the recent good news — private-sector job growth, big corporate profits, major gains in the major Wall Street indexes — that occurred throughout 2010 were the result of Republican tax policies. As Kyl sees it, business leaders in early 2010 predicted the tax policy agreement crafted in late 2010, and started growing the economy based on their future-predicting abilities.
On Fox News last week, House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) offered a related argument, insisting that indications of economic improvements are “in large part” because Republicans “won our majority and we’re pursuing pro-growth policies.”
“Pro-growth policies”? These pretentious serial liars have not enacted a single piece of economic legislation thus far. The last major economic/spending bill passed was the Obama tax cuts/stimulus package of the Democratic Congress of December 2010. A package of spending and tax cuts which would have been vetoed had Republicans some how passed the tax cuts alone. Those tax cuts, totaling $3.9 trillion in lost revenue would have been enough to pay for the unspecified $2.5 trillion Republicans would like to cut from the current budget. So once again the facts are on the side of the reality based community. So this Republican meme that they are responsible for any and all up turns in the economy will die the kind of miserable death all such lies should face. Not really. I’m surmising that the people who regularly visit this blog probably read some other blogs, plus some economists like Krugman or Brad Delong. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich at HuffPo. In addition to some articles at web magazines – Salons’ Andrew Leonard for example, The best proof that the jobs market is improving? Republicans want to take credit for it
But a closer look at the numbers also undermines the GOP thesis. In 2010, new jobless claims benefits peaked in August, and then started a more or less steady decline, long before the election or any tax deal. A score of other economic indicators started flashing the green light around the same time. It all came too late to help Democrats in the midterm elections, but the change was there to see nonetheless.
However, objective truth means little in politics. The speed with which President Obama inherited responsibility for a disaster not remotely of his own making tells us all we need to know about who gets blame, or credit, for what’s happening in the economy. As the economy continues to improve, Republicans will claim more and more credit, and many people will believe them.
So informed readers will either laugh this off as just another incidence of Republican feculence. Others will be a little angry at the unmitigated arrogance and lack of honor. Many of your neighbors and associates will not. They’ll get home from work, catch a few minutes of Fox and presto, a new decades long meme becomes wedged in the public consciousness. Want to become a Democrat. There are certainly rewards for choosing to be a descent human being whose concept of democracy does not include creating an authoritarian plutocracy, but get used to spending your whole life fighting for the truth and against complacency.
Republicans took a giant dumb on the law? Who would believe the high potentates of values would do such a thing, Bush White House Broke Elections Law, Report Says
The Bush White House, particularly before the 2006 midterm elections, routinely violated a federal law that prohibits use of federal tax dollars to pay for political activities by creating a “political boiler room” that coordinated Republican campaign activities nationwide, a report issued Monday by an independent federal agency concludes.
The report by the Office of Special Counsel finds that the Bush administration’s Office of Political Affairs — overseen by Karl Rove — served almost as an extension of the Republican National Committee, developing a “target list” of Congressional races, organizing dozens of briefings for political appointees to press them to work for party candidates, and sending cabinet officials out to help these campaigns.
The report, based on about 100,000 pages of documents and interviews with 80 Bush administration officials in an investigation of more than three years, documented how these political activities accelerated before the 2006 midterm elections.
Such antics are a violation of the Hatch Act. Not to worry about any public apologies from the rabid Right on yet an episode in their never-ending war on ethics in government – they’ll probably claim the Hatch Act is unconstitutional. In the summer of 2010 right-wing welfare queen and granite expert Michelle Malkin, after eight years of total silence on all the “czars’ in the Bush administration, complained,
Bureaucratic chaos serves as a useful smokescreen to obscure the true source of policy decision-making. While past administrations dating back to the Nixon era have designated such “superaides,” none has exploited and extended the concept as widely as Obama has…
There is not a lack of consistency regarding ethics from the Right side of American politics, there simply is a minuscule standard of ethics. Conservatives outrage is reserved for trumped up conspiratorial nonsense.