I've watched in amazement over the last several months as the obvious, looming recession was totally denied by the Republican politicians, as well as the right wing bloggers at our sister site Wizbang. I find it sickening when bloggers are giving bad advice just for political gain -- as often is the case with the right wing Smear-o-Sphere -- and that's what these spin-meisters have been doing - sticking their heads in the sand and pretending everything was just hunky-dory swell with the economy. So lets start with the right wing blogger BS, then move on to the Republican't candidates.
Let's start out with Lorie Byrd on November 28th of last year:
I watched the television news last Friday night with my husband. The video they ran from earlier that "Black Friday" morning showed what appeared to be thousands of people lined up outside a shopping center waiting to get in the doors. The reporter talked about how incredibly packed and busy the shopping center was. I asked my husband to guess how they were going to spin that as a negative for the economy. Sure enough, before the report was over there was talk of a possible coming recession. Evidently all those people were not at the shopping center because they had money to spend, but because they were looking for deep discounts because the economy was in such a fragile state and people were hurting so. Rob Boyce takes a look at similar coverage and provides some figures that don't fit many of the reports that ran. He also makes a good point about how high gas prices might have affected online shopping.
Deny, spin, deny, repeat. Standard Republican bullshit. If only the real world was as simple as "Gee, look -- they're shopping on Black Friday -- that proves there won't be a recession."
Of course not! Just ask Wizbang's Melissa Murphy, taking her turn at the bullshit pulpit on January 3rd:
No Recession in 2008. Some analysts were predicting a recession would hit the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter as consumers, hurt by falling house prices and the high cost of gasoline, cut spending. It didn't happen, and there's no reason to think it's going to this year either.
Now it's Jayson Javitz's turn. Jayson seems to just love to tell Wizbang readers that the Eeevil Mainstream Media is lying to you about recessionary signals, as he did here on January 11th:
Consumer Confidence Sinks to Record Low
A record low, huh? That's astonishing, isn't it?
Lower than during the 1990-1991 recession and banking crisis?!
Lower than in the hyper-inflation and double-digit unemployment period of the late-1970's and early-1980's?!
Lower than in the recession into which the country slipped during the very height of the 58,000 battle death Vietnam War?!
Lower than during the Cuban Missile Crisis? Lower than during the Great Depression????
Someone call Dr. Kervorkian. The USA might as well grab the Hemlock and be done with it.
Someone should call a doctor and help these bloggers extract their heads from the dark, smelly, not-so-pleasant place in which it currently resides.
So do the Republican candidates share this air of denial? Are they prepared to make the hard choices to help Americans avoid losing their homes, and help keep inflation under control?
No they'll lie to the American public instead. Here are quotes from the Republican debate held in Michigan last October 9th:
Bartiromo: Senator Thompson, this is your first debate in the election. We welcome you --
Fred Thompson: Thank you.
Bartiromo: -- and we kick it off with you.
Thompson: Thank you.
Bartiromo: The economy is America's greatest strength. In a recent poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, two-thirds of the American people said that we are either in a recession or headed toward one. Do you agree with that? And as president, what will you do to ensure economic vibrancy in this country?
Thompson: I think there is no reason to believe that we're headed for a recession. We're enjoying 22 quarters of successive economic growth that started in 2001, and then further in 2003 with the tax cuts that we put in place. We're enjoying low inflation. We're enjoying low unemployment. The stock market seems to be doing pretty well. I see no reason to believe we're headed for -- (pause) -- for economic downturn.
As far as the economic prosperity of the future is concerned, I think it's a different story. I think if you look at the short term, it's rosy. I think if you look at a 10-year projection, it's rosy. But we are spending money we do not have.
Ok, fine - we've known Fred Thompson is an idiot for quote a while now, so this isn't surprising - but what IS suprising is that anyone would actually vote for that dufus.
But "hey," you say."What about America's New CEO-in-Waiting, Mitt "I'll Flip for Your Vote" Romney?":
Bartiromo: Governor Romney, here in Detroit, Michigan, alone, one in every 29 homes went into foreclosure in the first six months of the year. Whose job is it to fix this problem, the government or private enterprise?
Mitt Romney: It's everybody's job. It's inexcusable that Michigan is undergoing a one-state recession, that the rest of the country is growing and seeing low levels of unemployment, but Michigan is seeing ongoing high levels of unemployment, almost twice the national rate. Industry is shrinking here, jobs are going away.
And this just off the wires...The Republican'ts now, even with the recession news as dire as it is, are interested in taking action only if it'll help the rich:
"The discussion of economic stimulus is no longer an academic exercise," Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, said at hearings yesterday. "In fact, real economic stimulus measures, enacted quickly, could be the last thing between us and a deep or protracted recession."
Republicans are not so sure. Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), at a Republican presidential debate last week, objected to recession talk, saying the economy is merely entering a rough patch. House Republican conservatives yesterday outlined a wish list that was sharply at odds with that of the Democrats: a steep cut in the corporate income tax rate, big tax breaks for business investment and a more generous tax write-off for business losses.
Republican politicians are not your friends. Republicans want to give America -- OUR America -- away to the rich and the corporations. I know I'm preaching to the choir stating this on a progressive blog, but these recent, glaring examples are just too fresh to ignore.
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