Government spending, for liberals, must take place in a vacuum: No responsibility, no accountability, no sustainability.
In their minds, these things must just happen and since we know government is the way to eternal happiness, when it comes to government spending, if some is good more is better.
That’s why no one ought be shocked that after creating the most reckless fiscal administration in American history, Democrats are eschewing the blame for the lack of economic progress.
Instead, it’s the Republican’s fault.
I received two identical e-mails to my work account titled ‘5 Ways Republicans Have Sabotaged Job Growth.’
This has become the marching beat to Obama’s campaign, despite the fact that he said that if he couldn’t get the economy turned around in three years that he’d be a one-term president.
Blame the GOP.
But, for the sake of argument, let’s see if what they’re saying has any actual validity.
The line of the e-mail seems straight-forward enough “New numbers released yesterday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the economy added a mere 80,000 jobs in June. That’s down from an average of 150,000 jobs a month for the first part of the year, and far too little to keep up with population growth.”
We know, and people should be pissed. The economy is getting worse, not better despite insistence from the White House that the trillions in debt we’re incurring is going to spur economic growth.
“Republican intransigence on economic policy has been a key contributor to the sluggish recovery.”
And there we are. So, despite the fact that the Democrats had a majority in both chambers for two years, only to lose the House because they were doing such a heinous job, it’s the GOP’s fault things continue to go badly because they’re being so stubborn.
The Democrat-controlled Senate doesn’t seem to care that they haven’t passed a budget since Obama was elected, nor have they passed a single one of the Republican reforms passed in the House including a number of job-creating measures, budget cuts or tax cuts.
Democrats insist the stimulus failed because it simply wasn’t big enough. Apparently $800 billion wasn’t sufficient, what really would have jump-started the economy was $1.2 trillion.
Maybe, except that the money that was used didn’t at all serve it’s intended purpose and keep unemployment down and the reason is simple: simply throwing money at a problem isn’t a way to fix it.
Republicans are blamed for killing the American Jobs Act, despite the fact that it had bipartisan disapproval, especially among Democrats who faced contested elections.
Just to drive home how incredibly misguided this plan was, the Treasury Secretary (!!!) actually said that at a cost of about $200,000 per job, the Jobs Act was still a good deal.
The e-mail I received had a myriad of other reasons: stonewalling quantitative easing, threatening a debt default, cutting spending (they used that one twice).
This is the mantra of the left: if they don’t do it our way, they’re being intransigent.
It takes two parties to make our system work. It takes two houses to pass a bill and a president to sign it. That’s the way this has to be.
The Republicans have approved bill after bill while the Senate has passed nothing, yet it’s the GOP who stand in the way of progress.
Democrats are content to drive up the debt ceiling without austerity measures, yet it was the President himself who criticized Republican leaders under Bush for irresponsible spending driving up the debt ceiling.
But the left sees the world through its own lens, one where tax payers ought to be grateful that the government is providing for them, even if it’s through wildly unsustainable programs and mechanisms.
It’s ok, they’re the government. They know what they’re doing.