Republicans like Michele Bachmann appear to be suffering from more than just migraines. Rather, they either have a major case of amnesia or, and the more likely option, are so willingly uninformed and ridiculously unforthcoming on the factual cause(s) of our economic ills of today to save face during their lap-dog obedience during the Bush years.
Remember how former President Bush trashed the economy by borrowing trillions from the Chinese to dole out tax cuts to his millionaire supporters during two raging wars, one of which was fabricated to pursue a petty vendetta and the other in which both Republicans and Democrats blindly threw billions of dollars away to avoid the stigma of being called unpatriotic terrorist sympathizers. Surely you recall how President Bush took surpluses inherited from Clinton and yet skyrocketed the Federal Deficit from a $3 trillion deficit to an $11 trillion deficit in 8 years, with virtually no hope of ever paying it off. He did this by spending money like an NFL player making it rain in a strip club and creating a Leviathan of State, from his bizarrely structured Medicare prescription-drug benefit, the largest entitlement program created since LBJ, to forcing American taxpayers to fund billions in untracked TARP money, to a financial sector that collapsed under its own greed and deception.
Well, guess what? America remembers even if today’s rabidly, far-right Republican party doesn’t or refuses to.
Eighty-six percent of those surveyed for an Associated Press-GfK poll released Thursday say the economy is in “poor” condition, up from 80 percent in June. And, according to 49 percent of those surveyed, things have gotten worse in the past month. But what’s most striking about the poll is who the American public chooses to blame when the question comes up.
Today’s Koch Bros.-bought-and-paid-for Republican party has done everything in its power to cast Obama as some kind of freewheeling Socialist hell-bent on creating sprawling government bureaucracies. Despite the fact that Republicans have done everything to ensure the economy falters under Obama’s watch and then blame him for the dire consequences, Americans place their blame elsewhere. Fifty-one percent say George W. Bush deserves “almost all,” or “a lot but not all” of the blame, while 31 percent said the same of Obama.
Similarly, 44 percent of those polled said that “almost all” or “a lot but not all” of the blame should be put on the shoulders of Congressional Republicans, while 36 percent responded that way about Congressional Democrats. What’s confounding, or should I say smash-you-in-the-head maddening, is how Republicans flagrantly ignore polls like these (maybe because they contain facts and facts are for terrorists) and continue to gleefully steer the country down the unpaved path of destruction for political gain. Their mantra appears to be to get into government to destroy government, or creating big government entitlements for the rich on the backs of the poor and middle class.
But what’s even more confounding, or should I say kick-you-in-the-grone maddening, is how a sizable chunk of the American electorate bathes in the snake oil being sold to them and willing to vote an even more destructive version of Bush into office in 2012.
Both Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, two extremely extreme republican presidential candidates, are presently passing out brochures for a new timeshare with the promise that this timeshare will be better than the last one.
Edited By: Sherri Yarbrough