At Midterms GOP Does it’s Best to Destroy Economy, Points Finger at Democrats

After destroying the economy during Bush’s administration, and then strangling all attempts at recovery in the cradle, the Republicans, predictably, are pointing to the economy as a reason to give them a chance. However, as President Obama famously quipped in 2010,

After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back. “No! You can’t drive. We don’t want to have to go back into the ditch. We just got the car out.

With the midterms looming near, nothing has change since 2010 with regard to how the Republicans want to run America’s economy. They want the keys, but they steadfastly refuse to drive the car.

To the contrary, they have done all in their power to back the car back into the ditch in order to discredit Obama, first to make him a one-term president, then to derail his second term and ruin any chances for a Democratic successor.

And they have been quite open about these goals. It is part of the public record.

Yet House Speaker John Boehner, presiding over a do-nothing House whose popularity is just south of syphilis, is now complaining in a statement released May 2, “we need more robust economic growth if we’re going to help the millions who remain unemployed get back on their feet.”

Earlier this week, we learned that economic growth largely stalled at the start of the year. And while it’s welcome news that more of our friends and neighbors found work in the past month, this report also indicates more than 800,000 Americans left the workforce last month, which is troubling. We need more robust economic growth if we’re going to help the millions who remain unemployed get back on their feet. House Republicans have made the people’s priorities our priorities, passing jobs bill after jobs bill to expand opportunity and economic security for middle-class families. President Obama ought to call on his Democratic-led Senate to take up the stacks of House-passed jobs measures so we can get this economy moving again.

House-passed jobs measures? Boehner’s approach to the problem of unemployment has been four-fold,

a) Create 0 jobs;
b) Cut unemployment benefits;
c) promote the Keystone XL pipeline, which will create,count them, 50 permanent jobs; and,
d) Spend $14 million investigating Benghazi.

Of course, where do you find time to create jobs in between 54 votes to repeal all or part of the law, or to create religious exemptions or prohibit payment, etc, for Obamacare over a four year period? Fox News says there were only six repeal attempts, but The Washington Post gives us the dates of those 54 votes to change or repeal the law.

The cost of those repeal attempts, as of attempt 33, was already $72.5 million.

That’s a lot of starving kids fed, or actual jobs created and parents able to feed their kids.

As Nancy Pelosi has said, “The Republican approach shows nothing but contempt and disregard for working families.”

From the GOP we have contempt for working families, contempt for the president, and contempt for the American people, particularly those hit hardest by the Republican-engineered economic collapse of 2008 – and no, I am not talking about the 1 percent.

Contrary to Republican ideology, our economy does not revolve around the wealthy. They not only create no jobs, they send what jobs we do have overseas. Not only do they not pay taxes, they receive welfare from the federal government while likening welfare recipients who actually need the money to wild animals.

In fact, what economic growth we have experienced is due to the relentless efforts of a Democratic administration in the face of nothing short of treason from Republican ranks. Both Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have threatened to destroy the economy unless their profiteering adventure known as the Keystone XL pipeline is approved by the president.

What makes their actions more egregious (if that is possible) is that the economy has been steadily improving:

We’ve had 48 straight months of job growth – +288,000 jobs last month alone (none of which Boehner had a hand in creating) – and the stock market hit an all-time record high, all of which only prompts renewed efforts to sabotage it.

But because the economy is not back to where it was before they destroyed it, Republicans are focusing on the few negatives, like the GDP increasing just 1 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

Never mind that the unemployment rate is just 6.3 percent as of April, according to the Department of Labor, down from the 9 percent unemployment rate Obama was handed when he stepped into the Oval office after G.W. Bush’s ruinous terms. Along the way, we shed two un-funded wars and saw the demise of our greatest enemy, the architect of the 9/11 attacks, the guy Bush couldn’t or wouldn’t catch, Osama bin Laden.

And unlike Bush, and despite all the Republican efforts you can imagine, President Obama has not gotten us into any new wars. That’s certainly a relief and a vast change of pace from the buccaneering expeditions mounted by Bush & Co.

It is time to take stock of where we are as a Nation midway through Barack H. Obama’s second term as president. A well-informed public, which we most certainly do NOT have, would see that things aren’t all that bad compared to where they were at the end of 2008. They would see that despite the GOP’s best attempts, Democrats have moved the economy forward and that this country is on the road to recovery.

And they would kick every last Republican out of both houses of Congress and bar them from the executive branch for at least a generation.

18 Replies to “At Midterms GOP Does it’s Best to Destroy Economy, Points Finger at Democrats”

  1. Generations from now will look back on this period in history and see the Republicans as the destructive, greedy, crazy, vicious, malevolent bunch of yahoos they are. They will have nothing nice to say about them, just as nobody has anything nice to say about the know-nothing’s of the 1850s and the Ku Klux Klan of the early 20th century.

    They will be in awe that the GOP let the meth addicted schizophrenic ravings of a foreign sociopath, an admirer of a child murderer, become policy of a former presidential and vice presidential candidate and that a large contingency of people were fooled for so long.

    Future generations will sift through the wreckage of what was once a mighty nation and try gamely to rebuild,

  2. In Mn. we just lost a representative who served 36 years in the house. (Jim Obestar) a man that really cared for the people he represented. It is really too bad that we don’t have more men like this in the House today. If we did, there would be jobs, and ways of creating jobs for the people of the district they represented. Too bad the rethugs like Bonehead and all his happy little band can’t find the heart to care for the country.
    By the way we now again have two Dem’s in the house, gone are the rethugs that served a short time. So you see, rethugs can be beaten!!!!! We also have a Dem Gov.

  3. just wondering which whacko you are referring to…

    They will be in awe that the GOP let the meth addicted schizophrenic ravings of a foreign sociopath, an admirer of a child murderer, become policy of a former presidential and vice presidential candidate and that a large contingency of people were fooled for so long.

    Thank you.

  4. @gb, I appreciate your optimism that the extreme GOP types can & will be voted out.

    This is all just politics despite the hardship it causes the people in the US. Since the Dems would never pull stunts like this if the rolls were reversed it could make those not paying attentiom believe that the GOP is good for the economy when nothing could be further from the truth.

  5. Exactly. And how true That London Mirror headline will remain,
    “How can 59+m people be so dumb?”
    So many demonize this admin. for conditions,. a favorite “bully”
    tactic,. start trouble and then point fingers as if the world began
    in ’09. How many top exec.s are in jail since ’08?
    But which operatives are suppressing participation and debate.
    Seems to them the only amendment “.. that shall not be
    infringed”, is the 2nd.

  6. Also add in
    the 25 BILLION government shutdown that Republicans have sole responsibility for
    the $25 Million Darrell Issa has spent already on IRS – with more to come it looks like – when the real scandal was so many 100% political organizations were allowed to become tax exempt when they had no right to.

    The Republicans have detroyed any American dream and are determined to create another Depression era type of economy … until we get another strong politician who will use American people and resources to create jobs (infrastructure jobs in every state) for a better future for ALL.


  8. If we are going to toot our horns about our accomplishments, let’s at least not make up numbers out of whole cloth.

    GDP did not increase 1% in the first quarter. It increased one tenth of one percent. Big difference.

    Unemployment is down because there are 12 million fewer people participating in the workforce today than in 2008. We’ve been watching 6 years of steadily declining employment.

    Policies that were supposed to fix unemployment, like easy money from the Federal Reserve, the “shovel ready” stimulus program, Cash-for-Clunkers, subsidies to Solyndra, etc., failed. Some of these were supported by Republicans and Democrats alike.

    There is plenty to criticize Repubs for. Their failures are legion. But you do a disservice to your readers when you gloss over 6 years of abject failure by the party that controls the Senate and the White House.

    What the mainstream Repubs and Dems have been doing isn’t working. It’s time to do something else!

  9. How many of those 12 million people no longer in the workforce were baby boomers who have retired and therefore, are no longer working? I read somewhere that there are something like 200,000 retiring every month. So you cannot really say that the lower numbers of employed people are entirely because people have given up looking for work.

  10. You are correct that there are about 200,000 baby boomers every month who become old enough to retire. Whether or not they do is another question because many do not have enough savings to retire. Last month 800,000 people disappeared from the labor force, and it wasn’t because of retirement. April actually saw a net gain of 174,000 jobs among the 55+ crowd.

    Additionally, there should be approximately 330,000 new workers entering the labor force every month, so net-net, there needs to be approximately 120,000 additional workers every month just for the unemployment rate not to get worse.

    So instead of a 12 million job loss, there should have been about an 8-9 million job gain in the last 6 years. That’s a swing of about 20 million jobs.


  11. Republicans drained $24-27 BILLION from the economy with their government shutdown.

    Republicans drained so far $5 BILLION from the economy with their obstruction of EUC.

    Republicans have so far drained $59 million from the economy and taxpayers’ pockets with their endless appeals of ObamaCare and refusing to expand medicaid in red states.

    The destruction of America’s economy is happening at the hands of Republicans, and their Westboro kissin’ cousins known as the Tea Party.

    Don’t even begin to think that your (Republicans) antics in Obama’s administration, especially in 2014, didn’t open millions of voters’ eyes. You lost a huge chunk of your voter base. You killed yourselves. You made yourselves into political lepers.

  12. The TeathugliKKKans continue venting their frustrations with lies and Boner fixing his orange face to lie,lie & lie trying to use reverse psychology while they tear down democracy and we must,I repeat,we must vote these butt-holes out,all of them before we become a third world country. Please urge your loved ones & friends to Vote to save our country from these mad dogs.

  13. As a progressive I am very concerned about this upcoming midterm election in November. Some recent polling surveys I have seen do not look good at all for democrats congressionally. Democrats are not motivated to come out to vote while at the same time conservatives are very motivated to vote in November. Couple those facts along with the midterm electorate being older and whiter and it is starting to look like a nightmare for the progressive agenda. I cannot frigging believe the nation is about to give the conservative agenda a thumbs up come November. Wake up Democrats!

  14. Spot on, Kevin. Once we lose rights because of the wack job GOPT, we will NEVER get them back.


  15. I hope you are right. How many people do not follow the news, or follow FOX. That’s the problem, the ill-informed, uninformed. Although, I have talked to some friend who have been staunch Republicans up until now and they refuse to vote Red.

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