Little noticed in President Obama’s “fiscal cliff” plan is a demand for a huge new stimulus package. Wait! Wasn’t he and everyone in the press telling us just before the election how the economy was gathering steam?
You mean He lied? And the Ministry of Truth went along with it? Nah, perish the thought… 🙂
In addition to the $1.6 trillion in new taxes on “the rich” that Obama demands, he’s also pushing for upward of $255 billion in new stimulus spending for next year — including $50 billion for roads, $30 billion in extended unemployment benefits and various short-term tax breaks.
In other words, more the same things that have failed over the last 4 years but fit in with his ideology.
So, he is certifiably insane. By the definition of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
If we just wish really hard, and we just keep doing it it will eventually work!! 🙂
According to the New York Times, the administration’s argument is that “the sluggish economy requires a shot in the arm.”And, indeed, the Times paints a rather grim picture of the current economic situation.
But don’t worry, it was Bush’s Fault!
Data show “the recovery once again sputtering,” it reported Tuesday, adding that the “underlying rate of growth (is) too slow to bring down the unemployment rate by much.” Manufacturing and exports are lagging, it noted, while consumers and businesses are “holding back” and “wage growth is weak.”
But lying as means to an end : re-election is ok. Because the “right” emperor was re-elected to do exactly same as he had done before.
That’s what the morons voted for.
What’s more, the Times says, economic data have “come in surprisingly weak,” and forecasters have “slashed their estimates of growth in the fourth quarter.” Macroeconomic Advisers thinks annualized GDP growth will be just 0.8% this quarter.
Now they tell us. In the crucial last few weeks before the election, the mainstream media were falling over themselves painting a rosy economic picture. Every upbeat bit of data made it to the front page; any bad news got buried.
Well, that’s the Ministry of Truth job, to lie for the sake of preserving their Big Brother. Besides, he was up against an Evil Rich White Guy! And he couldn’t be allowed to lose to the like of that!
In fact, one month before the election, the Times ran a story touting all the “signs of growing economic strength” and boasting how the country was in the midst of a “steadier recovery than previously thought.”
That same day, a USA Today story prominently quoted a source as saying “the economy is finally beginning to build some momentum.”
In mid-October, AP reported that new retail sales figures showed that “consumers were shaking off high unemployment” and this “would help the economy emerge from the malaise that clouded the spring.”
Then, just days before the election, the press paraded a consumer confidence survey that showed a strong uptick in the index. AP claimed it was a sign the economy was beginning “to make steady improvement.”
They were just doing their Ministerial duties. And when we go off the cliff, it will be the Republicans and the Rich who are to blame. And the “failing” economy will not be their fault anyhow.
Generally, the press agreed that growth would accelerate after the election, regardless of who won. Two days before Election Day, BusinessWeek proclaimed that “the economy is on course to enjoy faster growth in the next four years as the head winds that have held it back turn into tail winds.” It added that “consumers are spending more and saving less,” while “home prices are rebounding” and “banks are increasing lending.” It predicted, “The die is cast for a much stronger recovery.”
Now that Obama has won re-election on the claim that the economy is improving, it’s apparently safe for the press to admit what it should have been reporting all along — that after four years of Obamanomics, we’re still in trouble. (IBD)
As you know, John F. Kennedy invented the Peace Corps. But did you know (or care), for instance, that Obama issued an actual proclamation on the Corps’ 50th anniversary? The vision and leadership in that news release is astounding!
Maybe you knew Calvin Coolidge was the first presidential voice carried on radio. But did you know (or virtually care) that Obama was the first to speak at a virtual townhall?
Then there was that strange day when the former state senator talked of all “those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf.” When so many of us had long thought of the U.S. military as fighting for all Americans.
And then the night Obama admitted to New York donors that he was the most interesting man in the world:
“It is very rare that I come to an event that I am like the fifth or sixth most interesting person. Usually the folks want to take a picture with me, sit next to me, talk with me.“
Now comes a fresh sample of the man with a hat size surely at least 11.
It was the anniversary of that day in Montgomery, Alabama when an NAACP worker, a black woman named Rosa Parks, refused a city bus driver’s orders to give up her seat in the colored section to a white.
Last Saturday was the 57th anniversary of the woman’s catalytic act of defiance aboard Montgomery public transportation.
To honor the historic memory of civil rights leader Rosa Parks, Obama’s White House website posted a photo — not of Rosa Parks, but of Barack Obama.
It’s an eerie photo. Obama was four years old and far away when that seminal civil rights event occurred.
But there he is in the staged photo inserting himself into history via a Michigan museum, sitting alone in the Parks bus forlornly looking out the window as if waiting for his stop.