Democrats: You’re Stupid, So We’re Going to Blame Bush

posted at 1:45 pm on July 30, 2009 by Slublog

With President Barack Obama’s poll numbers falling to earth, he’s decided to embark on a bold new initiative – blaming former President Bush for the country’s woes.

Didn’t see that coming. Democratic strategists are supporting the president in the only way they know how – engaging in mind-numbing spin:

“I’m not convinced that Obama and his supporters are bashing Bush as much as they are quite rightfully reminding people that our current economic mess and the wars were inherited from the Bush administration,” said Democratic strategist Bud Jackson. “It’s important to remind people of this because Republicans are now criticizing the Obama administration as if they had no role in how we got here.”

Democratic Party strategist Liz Chadderdon said the strategy of blaming the previous team has been effective.

“I think Bush-bashing has been alive and well since ’07 and, since it keeps working, why not use it?” she said. “Voters have short memories. The administration needs to remind people that things were way worse over the last four years than in the last six months.”

Read that bold section again. You’ve got to wonder how much cranial fecal impaction it takes for someone to believe that statement. First off, she implies that all of you are idiots who can’t remember what life was like three or four years ago. Second, her implication that the current economic conditions are worse than what we ‘suffered’ under George W. Hooverbush.

Let’s look at the facts, shall we?

The unemployment rate went from 5.2% in January 2005 to 7.2% in December 2008. Overall, the average in that time was 5.03% President Obama signed the stimulus package in February of 2009 when the unemployment rate was still at 7.6% He promised the spending would keep the rate from going above 8%. It is now 9.5%, with no signs that it will improve in the near future. The state numbers are even worse.

2.6 million people lost their jobs in 2008. 2 million more have lost jobs since Jan 09.

Obama has repeatedly blamed the high deficits on the Bush administration, but his policies will only increase the nation’s debt.

Average GDP
from Jan 05 to Dec 08 was 1.68% In the first quarter of Jan 09, it’s -5.5. There has been some moderate growth from the last quarter of Dec 08, but still far below the level warranting the level of hyperbole used by Ms. Chadderdon.

The Obama administration says we have to ‘spend money to keep from going bankrupt.’ They’re basing their faith in spending on the Keynsian multiplier effect, but even Keynes himself warned against combining recovery with economic reform:

…even wise and necessary Reform may, in some respects, impede and complicate Recovery. For it will upset the confidence of the business world and weaken their existing motives to action, before you have had time to put other motives in their place…

Full text of Keynes letter here. Obama’s two signature proposals are cap-and-trade and healthcare reform. Neither will help the economy, and in fact, they may actually hurt it.

Had Ms. Chadderdon been less enamored with Bush-bashing and capable of more restraint in her speech, she could have said the first six months of the Obama administration have been better than the last six months of the Bush. Even that would have been something of a stretch, but it would have made her spin a bit more believable.

I say a bit because none of the spinners take into account what Obama’s policies will necessitate: higher taxes on the middle class. Candidate Obama may have promised that your taxes wouldn’t go up, but remember that every Obama promise comes with an expiration date.

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When all you have is a shovel, all you can do is dig.

Us stoopid dumies wil just haf to get by as besst we can.

Bishop on July 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM

When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, you tend to look at every problem as a nail.

saiga on July 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Desperation. Even people who didn’t like Bush are tired of it.

The only people who’ll still fall for it are the drones.

darwin on July 30, 2009 at 1:51 PM

The democrats are like Elmer Fudd trying to shoot the rabbit…

right2bright on July 30, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Watch them pull a rabbit out of their hat!

“Wrong hat….”

“I take a seven and a half.”

Daggett on July 30, 2009 at 1:52 PM

From the Keynes letter:

We wonder whether the order of different urgencies is rightly understood, whether there is a confusion of aim, and whether some of the advice you get is not crack-brained and queer.

Everything old is new again.

Pablo on July 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

As an average person I might have the attention span of a gnat, but I seem to remember something about the Democrats having control of Congress during the last two years of the Bush presidency.

So sure, let’s have a national conversation about that.

myrenovations on July 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Don’t laugh. It still works for the dems. And I see no shortest of RINOS making excuses for Obama and attacking other conservatives.

Blake on July 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Editting error:

Second, her implication that the current economic conditions are worse than what we ’suffered’ under George W. Hooverbush.

This sentence contradicts what you quote her saying:

“The administration needs to remind people that things were way worse over the last four years than in the last six months”

.

ChrisB on July 30, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Meanwhile, they are still stuck on this problem

CMonster on July 30, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Typical Democratic characteristic, never take any personal responsibility for anything. Always make excuses. Unfortunately, they’re about half of the country.

Special K on July 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I don’t remember worry about my children living in a third-world country while Bush was in office. Now, I wonder what lays in store for them in the future.

TXMomof3 on July 30, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Give them more rope. Americans are growing weary of their crying… like babies with colic.

At this point, I am even looking back at the Bush days as the “Good ol’ days”, I’m sure others are too.

Obama, Pelosi and Reid are total disasters.

stenwin77 on July 30, 2009 at 1:56 PM

someday our electorate and our media will hold people accountable for the TRUTH….on BOTH sides.

search4truth on July 30, 2009 at 1:56 PM

worrying

TXMomof3 on July 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Just like their retroactive redefining of the porkulus bill’s purpose, this smacks of desperation. If Bush were out there making speeches or public appearances, then maybe this would get some traction with the Democrat base and even a few independents. But he’s remained silent as has Cheney(when it comes to domestic policy at least). This leaves Obama and the Dems without a demon, rendering their Alinsky tactics meaningless.

Doughboy on July 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Actually, they remind me more of the screaming baby on an airplane. Yea, that’s what they’re beginning to remind me of.

stenwin77 on July 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Communists have always blamed somebody else, when another Five Year Plan has failed. They – always – start with those who oppose them from without. Stalin pointed his finger at the “kulaks” and at the “wreckers.” When they were destroyed, he pointed his finger at those within – Trotsky, Kamenev and Zinoviev.

Blaming the opposition Party has begun. After them, Obama will denounce his own.

It’s what Communists do.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Oh goody! An open thread for the trolls.

Knucklehead on July 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Accountability has never been a trait the democrats have ever exhibited. Add the fact that without racial hatred and class envy, they could not exist and the results are always the same. What you are seeing them do now is what they have always done, nothing more , nothing less.

volsense on July 30, 2009 at 1:58 PM

The Obama play book.

Page one: Blame Bush.

Page two: Pull the race card.

Page three: Consult pages one and two.

NeoKong on July 30, 2009 at 1:58 PM

This won’t work forever. It’s not working now. We don’t hire a president to give us excuses… We demand results. The polls are a reflection of Obama’s lack of results. For those of us in the know….we know what works….free market. Get the Fed’s hands out of my pocket and let me do my job. The script has already been written. And unfortunately, the economy just WILL NOT “recover” until the general consensus is once again that profit is not “evil”. I fear that won’t happen until at least one house is taken from the Dems.

lm10001 on July 30, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Props for JDad for calling this a couple of weeks ago. I know….it’s wasn’t really going out on a limb…still…

genso on July 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I don’t recall Bush going out of his way to release terrorists who have killed Americans.

Yah, those terrible days under Dumbya McChimpyBurton were awful.

Bishop on July 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

“Cranial Fecal Impaction”

Great name for a band!

Daddy-O on July 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM

“It’s important to remind people of this because Republicans are now criticizing the Obama administration as if they had no role in how we got here.”

Well, Mr. Jackson, if we are going to talk about roles in how we got here, let’s start with the housing market collapse and the role that Dodd and Frank played in getting Fannie and Freddie to write all that bad paper.

quite rightfully reminding people that our current economic mess and the wars were inherited from the Bush administration,”

Mr Jackson, the filthy liar proclaimed he was ready from day one to lead this nation. Presumably that means he was prepared to take on the challenges of the economy and our ongoing military operations. If he wasn’t he shouldn’t have spent two years voting present on Senate bills if he was even there instead of out campaigning. Leader’s don’t use the excuse that they “inherited” anything they take on the challenges that come with the office. Apparently racist marxist traitors and their strategist DO expect that anything prior to taking office isn’t their responsibilty once they assume the duties and responsibilities of the Presidency. If the filthy liar in the White House is not up to these challenges, he should resign immediately.

highhopes on July 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I would love to go back to a government where *gasp* politicians listened to their constituents and then acted accordingly. Also back to where they served their country for a term or two and then exited stage left gracefully to pursue other careers. sigh.

search4truth on July 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Barry must have missed that old story about Kruschev’s successor…

You can only blame your predecessor once for an impossible situation. The next time, you’re supposed to sit down and write two letters.

teke184 on July 30, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Um, who was in charge of the checkbook the last 2 years of Bush?
But Bush went along with it.

redshirt on July 30, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Two Points

First, has there been some Troll repellant or poison dropped around here?

Second, great analysis and writing in the lead article above. Kudos.

IlikedAUH2O on July 30, 2009 at 2:05 PM

search4truth on July 30, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I’d settle for the day when a politician left DC when they left office. Now they all stay and become lobbyists.

highhopes on July 30, 2009 at 2:05 PM

someday our electorate and our media will hold people accountable for the TRUTH….on BOTH sides.

search4truth on July 30, 2009 at 1:56 PM

When a Republican says something that violates a liberal tenet, even if that thing is the absolute truth, the media will still scream that the Republican is lying. Since everyone knows that liberal theology defines truth.

MarkTheGreat on July 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

highhopes on July 30, 2009 at 2:05 PM

There used to be laws against that “revolving door.” What happened to them?

Other than getting in the way of corruption, that is.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 30, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I thought we elected “change”. This is more of the same.

I thought people were smart enough to elect Obama? Guess not.

Skywise on July 30, 2009 at 2:08 PM

They can say what they want about Bush, but when W took the office, he never bashed the previous administration for a thing. BHO needs to start acting like a man and stop whining like a pansy-ass.

DJ from MA on July 30, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Blame Bush, Blame Republicans, Blame anybody but themselves

Tired, worn out playbook that produces bad reuslts for the country

robo on July 30, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Wow, and here I thought things started to go south when a certain party regained control of Congress, and get even worse when a certain party regained the White House…

reaganaut on July 30, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Bush took office as the tech bubble burst, and I don’t remember six months of blame Clinton.

Bush was the unfortunate recipient of Clinton’s soft response to terrorism over the course of his 8 years in office, but Dubya never complained.

Bush inherited a “peace dividend” of a stripped military from BillyJeff, but I never heard blame when we didn’t have a fully funded military in Iraq.

I’ve been teaching my kids all wrong, it seems that whining really will get you somewhere in life.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 2:11 PM

First, has there been some Troll repellant or poison dropped around here?

IlikedAUH2O on July 30, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Yes, it is called facts…the ultimate troll repellent.

right2bright on July 30, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Dem’s habitually blame everyone else for their own characteristic behavior. The “Shut Up” argument is their final last stand when their ideas are shown to fail, like poorly behaved children.

fwj on July 30, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Backtrack Obama

BillaryMcBush on July 30, 2009 at 2:14 PM

An old story:
A new employ arrives to take over a job. He expected a turnover but, the former employee is being lead off in handcuffs.

cuffed: Don’t worry, I left you three letters. Use them in order when you run into a real problem that stumps you.

Newbe lasted about 6 months, then he finally hit a problem that required the first envelope: “Blame your predessesor”. It worked.

Six months pass until the next serious problem. Second envelope: “Take the blame and ask forgiveness”. Again it worked.

A year later another serios problem came up: Third envelope: “Prepare three envelopes…”

Obama and the dems have already used the first envelope to death. It is only good for the first six months of a job at most…

DJ Elliott on July 30, 2009 at 2:14 PM

“Voters have short memories. The administration needs to remind people that things were way worse over the last four years than in the last six months.”

What world have they been living in?
Must be smokin’ that Marryjawanna too…

CynicalOptimist on July 30, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Jooos, Bush, bankers, insurance companies, candle stick makers, racist cops, Republicans, oil companies, etc., etc, etc.

Same old B.S. from the masters of B.S.

BobK on July 30, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Bush took office as the tech bubble burst, and I don’t remember six months of blame Clinton.

Bush was the unfortunate recipient of Clinton’s soft response to terrorism over the course of his 8 years in office, but Dubya never complained.

Bush inherited a “peace dividend” of a stripped military from BillyJeff, but I never heard blame when we didn’t have a fully funded military in Iraq.

I’ve been teaching my kids all wrong, it seems that whining really will get you somewhere in life.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Bush was a man, flaws and all.

OBAMA IS A WHINEY LITTLE PUNK A$$ B!TCH WHO NEVER DID ANYTHING OR TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYTHING IN HIS LIFE EXCEPT RUNNING FOR THE NEXT POSITION.

Why are you comparing the two?

Its apples and a$$holes.

BillaryMcBush on July 30, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Eventually the “blame Bush” tactic is going to backfire on the donks.

farright on July 30, 2009 at 2:18 PM

The Dems are pulling something out, but it ain’t a rabbit and it ain’t getting pulled from a hat…it’s a clearer picture of who they are, Bama in particular.

UGLY, too.

Harry Schell on July 30, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Eventually the “blame Bush” tactic is going to backfire on the donks.

farright on July 30, 2009 at 2:18 PM

I think it already has. For the same reason the Democrats are counting on this tactic to work it isn’t. GWB literally left office and went off the radar screen. In politics six months is a long time to blame somebody who isn’t even in the public eye and isn’t making news defending his record.

highhopes on July 30, 2009 at 2:22 PM

an average person I might have the attention span of a gnat, but I seem to remember something about the Democrats having control of Congress during the last two years of the Bush presidency.

So sure, let’s have a national conversation about that.

myrenovations on July 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM


THE CONGRESS OF WHICH OBAMA WAS “PRESENT” – If I remember correctly, they didn’ do a darn thing for two years until Bush was out and now they are going apesh*t.

NJ Red on July 30, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Its apples and a$$holes.

BillaryMcBush on July 30, 2009 at 2:16 PM

I’m going to steal that phrase and use it as my own!

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Watch them pull a rabbit out of their hat!

Nuthin up m’sleve! PRESTO!

Don’t know my own socialism.

apologies to Bullwinkle J. Moose

rihar on July 30, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Bush inherited a “peace dividend” of a stripped military from BillyJeff, but I never heard blame when we didn’t have a fully funded military in Iraq.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 2:11 PM

I agree with all of your points but this one. Unfortunately, Pappy Bush decimated the military after the Persian Gulf War. We were at Fort Ord, CA, which was part of Bush, Sr.’s downsizing. It was recommended for closing as part of the 1991 BRAC commission. Such a shame . . .

Special K on July 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM

BobK on July 30, 2009 at 2:16 PM

You forgot one–CHENEY & HALLIBURTON!!!!

Special K on July 30, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Ah President Bush, we miss you!

Christian Conservative on July 30, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Special K on July 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM

I’m sorry to hear that. Your criticism is fair, but Clinton bears a lot more responsibility. Sr. may have done some base realignments, but Clinton did full scale reduction of the military and had the nerve to call the savings a peace dividend.

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 2:44 PM

We’ll just kick back while they milk the Bush-demon strategy. The party of progressiveness keeps going back to the well. If you squeeze a teat long enough, it eventually goes dry.

whitetop on July 30, 2009 at 2:45 PM

I am glad to see SLUBLOG posting on HA. He is a breath of fresh air and an improvement this site badly needed.

bw222 on July 30, 2009 at 2:48 PM

I have no doubt that todays run up in the market is because business people and investors have hope that the healthcare “reform” will not pass.

Ann on July 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 2:44 PM

While I despise Clinton as well, I just have to be honest about what happened historically. The first two Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commissions occurred in 1988-89 and 1991, which was Bush 41, then two more under Clinton in 1993 and 1995.

We were in Stuttgart, Germany, and it closed so we had to move to Darmstadt. Came back stateside to Fort Ord, it closed so we had to move again. These were all cuts of Bush 41.

Interestingly, my husband never received a promotion under Clinton but as soon as Bush 43 came in, he was promoted twice in the space of a few years.

Special K on July 30, 2009 at 2:57 PM

One might assume that a “brilliant” Harvard Law School grad, who supposedly lectured on Constitutional Law, would actually recall that under that Constitution the President has no power to authorize spending. Since he was a Senator at the time, one might also assume he would recall that for the last two years of the Bush administration, the Legislative Branch, which does have that power, was dominated by his own party. The deficits of the Bush years were driven by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Medicare Prescription Drug program, and, at the end, by the TARP, each of which was supported by large numbers of Democrat votes, and in the case of TARP, generated by the Democrat driven focus on “affordable housing” which he along with his comrades at ACORN was more culpable for than any Republican. If he, Pelosi, and Reid had allowed enough time for the members of Congress and the Senate to actually read the Stimulapalooza before ramming it through, they may have been able to include in the calculations, the projections of the St louis Fed that the recession would end in 2009, which came out before the ink was even dry on that monster. Bush was very,very far from being a perfect President, but as for his culpability for our present economic condition, the main criticism that is in any way justifiable, is that he really needed to give his veto pen much more vigorous exercise.

djaces on July 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Good piece, but left out of the comparison is the fact that the Democrats had control of Congress for the last two years. Until then, the economy was significantly better.

Imagine! As feckless as Republicans were when they were in control, it appears they were far, far better than the alternative.

tom on July 30, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Democratic Party strategist Liz Chadderdon wouldn’t be in the “chattering class” America doesn’t care about, would she?

“WERE WAY WORSE”

Limerick, give us a rhyme, please.

maverick muse on July 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Barry is like Sun Yung Moon, he is brain washing the press and they love it!

grapeknutz on July 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM

whining really will get you somewhere in life.
Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 2:11 PM

‘Cause the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

maverick muse on July 30, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Someone yesterday played clips from two town halls same day of The One back to back. Only the brain dead would but his bullshit.
In one clip he blames GW for the deficit because of the 767 billion TARP in Oct. In the second speech he takes credit for the 767 Billion and claims it stopped a recession from turning into a depression
This is the dumbest guy ever to be POTUS.

ORconservative on July 30, 2009 at 3:25 PM

I’d settle for the day when a politician left DC when they left office. Now they all stay and become lobbyists.

highhopes on July 30, 2009 at 2:05 PM

We can make a law to enforce that… it might be what it takes.

Chaz706 on July 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

All this whining from the smartest and best communicator to ascend to the presidency. Barf.
I don’t remember Reagan incessantly whining about the Carter economy he inherited. No, he just got down to business a fixed it. Obama ain’t no Reagan.

chemman on July 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Obama is a colossal failure, once people being to realize bankrupting this country at a faster rate then Bush, we’ll start hearing cries of impeachment.

Cr4sh Dummy on July 30, 2009 at 3:37 PM

cranial fecal impaction

Oh dear is that covered under Obamascare or the Sh*timulus bill? I’m thinking the Sh*timulus bill: Shovel Ready!

Brat on July 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM

The administration needs to remind people that things were way worse over the last four years than in the last six months.”

Reality check you liberal dumba$$:

I just got done with my last quarter of taxes for my business.

Under Bush my rates were between 38% to 42%.

After taxes and other expenses I bring home between $130,000 to $170,000 a year.

This last quarter my tax rate was 57%.
That’s right you stupid blood sucking idiot liberals.

I have no “cash for clunkers”,my Avalanche is worth a lot more than $4,500.

I have no “unemployment”,I work for a living.

I have no “money to pay for a mortgage default”,I made my house payments.

I have no “Free health care”,I pay for my own.

I have no “money to pay off credit card debt”,we don’t use credit cards.

I have no “money for a car loan default”,we made our car payments.

So in reality none of these tax increases have helped my family what-so-ever.
I am taking it straight up the gazo for the people who bought homes,cars,and used credit cards that they could not afford.This much of an increase in my tax rate would not be necessary to help out people who are victims of losing their jobs BUT ARE ACTIVELY SEEKING OTHER WORK.

I have watched business after business go under these last few months and now am seeing my business being sucked dry and these idiots want to blame it on Bush.

Kiss my a$$ you socialist jerks.

Baxter Greene on July 30, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Democratic Party strategist Liz Chadderdon said the strategy of blaming the previous team has been effective.

“I think Bush-bashing has been alive and well since ‘07 and, since it keeps working, why not use it?” she said. “Voters have short memories. The administration needs to remind people that things were way worse over the last four years than in the last six months.”

Oh really? Bush’s tenure looks more like the good old days every freaking day.

These people are stupid.

Terrye on July 30, 2009 at 3:59 PM

The federal government is estimated to run a 2009 budget deficit of $1.845 trillion. While it is true that President George W. Bush handed President Barack Obama a $1,186 billion deficit for the year…

Complete BULLSHIT! President Bush handed the nation a proposed deficit of $407 BILLION. The Democrat-controlled rush-it prematurely-ejaculatory CONGRESS enacted a TARP program (not currently being used as described in the enabling legislation) of $787 BILLION.

Simple math: -407 + (-787) = -1,194 OR, expressed as a budget figure, $1.194 TRILLION DEFICIT caused by a Blame Bush Congress of Democrat majority. If anyone wants to agree with me that the Democrats did this in order to continue to Blame Bush for political gain in periods later than October, 2008, feel free to do so.

Of passing interest: the current deficit, $1,194, is 2.934 times greater than President Bush’s original proposed budgetary deficit – nearly THREE TIMES the originally proposed deficit and NOT being used for its original legislatively mandated intent. The Democrat sales “add on” exceeded the original budget by 1.934 times; the TARP legislation added nearly twice the original proposed budget deficit.

The reason DEMOCRATS demanded that the TARP legislation be passed willy-nilly without reading or discussion? It was a built-in argument to continue to blame President Bush and absolve Obama of any future failure regarding budgetary discipline and planning.

I call BULLSHIT on this statement: “The federal government is estimated to run a 2009 budget deficit of $1.845 trillion. While it is true that President George W. Bush handed President Barack Obama a $1,186 billion deficit for the year, …” and use the this summary to validate my remarks.

Get back to me when you learn how to use a calculator and get some political wisdom in your head.

ExpressoBold on July 30, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Democratic Party strategist Liz Chadderdon said the strategy of blaming the previous team has been effective.

Yea, back when ….you know…Bush was actually President.

Not so much now:


By more than 3-to-1 Americans think it is time for the Obama administration to start taking responsibility (64 percent) instead of continuing to blame the Bush administration for mistakes (21 percent).

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/14/fox-news-poll-americas-best-days-ahead-obama-approval-remains-steady/

Obama wanted to be a Paparazzi President and have his face on TV every 5 minutes.
Well the press has been more than happy to oblige him with this.It also ensures that everything that is going on right now has his face attached to it also.
Obama and his buddy Gibbs earlier this month said this economy was theirs.After quadrupling the deficit,raising taxes,and declaring a “war on business”,they have effectively driven off business and job growth.

Blaming their policy failures on Bush at this juncture will be transparently pathetic to everyone except the die hard Obama cultist that make up the base.
The people in touch with reality see a naive and arrogant administration that thinks that this represents “smart power”:

Hello……Hello…….Hello,
is there anybody in there.
Just nod if you can hear me,
is there anyone at all???????????????????????

“We are in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression”
Barak Obama
Feb. 2009

“They’re (the economy)not as bad as we think they are now.”
Barak Obama
Mar. 2009

White House Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag declared that “fundamentally, the economy is weak.”
Peter Orszag
Mar. 2009

White House Budget Director Orszag: “Elevated Deficits Are Beneficial”
White House Budget Director
Peter Orszag, Feb. 26, 2009

Economic adviser Christina Romer. When asked during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if the fundamentals of the economy were sound, she replied: “Of course they are sound.”
Christina Romer (Obama Economic Advisor)
Mar. 2009

During the fall campaign, Obama relentlessly criticized his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, for declaring, “The fundamentals of our economy are strong.” Obama’s team painted the veteran senator as out of touch and failing to grasp the challenges facing the country.
Barak Obama
Nov. 2008

“‘Chinese assets are very safe,’ Geithner said in response to a question after a speech at Peking University, where he studied Chinese as a student in the 1980s.
Tim Geithner
Speech in China, 2009

“It will be helpful if Geithner can show us some arithmetic.”
Chinese response to Geithner concerning their assets

being safe.


Unemployment is in double digits,Deficits in the trillions,Taxes going sky high,The Dollar becoming null and void,Foreign investors pulling out of America,GM,Chrysler,and Banks being taken over by the government ,and the President has this to say about his failed stimulus:

That is why I have moved quickly to work with my economic team and leaders of both parties on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that will immediately jumpstart job creation and long-term growth.
There is no doubt that the cost of this plan will be considerable.  It will certainly add to the budget deficit in the short-term.  But equally certain are the consequences of doing too little or nothing at all, for that will lead to an even greater deficit of jobs, incomes, and confidence in our economy.  It is true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or long-term growth, but at this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe.

Barack Obama
January 8, 2009

In a little over one hundred days, this Recovery Act has worked as intended…
Obama statement regarding the stimulus
Saturday radio address,July 11, 2009

Obama put slow Joe Biden in charge of the Stimulus

“I’m sorry I’m not an economist,” Biden said as he was describing the methodology. “My background is foreign policy and the constitution.

“I’m absolutely, positively confident we are on the right track,” he said of the $787 million package.
Joe Biden, July 16, 2009
J Sargent Reynolds Community College

(On failure of the Stimulus)
“The figures we worked off of in January were the consensus figures and most of the blue chip indexes out there,” Biden said. “We misread how bad the economy was,

VP Joe Biden on ABC’s This Week,
July 5,2009

“Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’” Biden said. “The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.”
Joe Biden,AARP meeting
July 16, 2009

Yea right, all Bush’s fault!!!

Only a blind,ignorant,liberal with their head buried up to their shoulders in Obama’s butt would consider this “smart power”
“Yes We Can!!!!”

Baxter Greene on July 30, 2009 at 4:13 PM

“Bitter folks clinging to guns and religion”
“the chickens have come home to roost”
“the era of hope n change”
“we are the ones we have been waiting for” (screams, shrieks and applause)
“he is the ONE”
“for the first time in my life, I’m proud of my country”
“energy rates are going to skyrocket, of course”
“I will bankrupt the coal companies”
“we need to reform the healthcare system and bring it under government control”
“we must cut greenhouse gasses” (cap and trade)
So, what I still don’t get is who wasn’t listening? I am still boggled that any Conservative Dem or Independent voted for this person.

elclynn on July 30, 2009 at 4:45 PM

http://www.veteranoutrage.com

I actually take the middle road
I do NOT totally absolve president bush for he allowed
this to get out of hand by taking an hands off approach.

This is the captialist way (to just let the market work).
But they FORGOT that GREED KILLS.
And man did it ever..

NOW obama and the dems are also way off base.
They Cant remember Why communist russia failed.
Because of COMMUNISM..

I know because i work with russians and they told me so.

So the democrats and the liberals are so high on drugs
they honestly believe that they can make
COMMUNISM WORK!!!

Sorry so far communism 0 capitalism 50 (countries so far)..
The others are a mix of socialism with various degrees of sucess..

But still it is MORE the democrats fault by 60% to the Republicans 40%

This is why i am so PISSED OFF AT MY SO CALLED PARTY..

http://www.veteranoutrage.com

veteranoutrage on July 30, 2009 at 4:47 PM

veteranoutrage:

Bush tried to deal with the Fannie Mae situation and Congress blocked him, more than a dozen times. However, once the system collapsed in September 2008 they passed a lot of the reforms he wanted and let the Feds take control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Just like the whole issue of social security, people in the Congress and much of the country did not want to hear that we needed reform. Republicans by and large did not support a lot of the excesses of these programs, but it can be argued they did not do enough to reign them in…even when a Republican President was urging them to do so.

So, I think that Congress needs a lot more of the blame than it gets.

And also there were larger forces at work here. This down turn was global and had a lot to do with world energy prices. So blaming one man is kind of ridiculous no matter who the one man is.

Terrye on July 30, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Dopey/Blamey.

csdeven on July 30, 2009 at 4:59 PM

“This time. for SURE!”

mojo on July 30, 2009 at 5:19 PM

OBAMA

FAIL

angryed on July 30, 2009 at 5:58 PM

veteranoutrage on July 30, 2009 at 4:47 PM

“I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.”–President Bush, December 2008.

Right . . . and global warming causes global cooling.

Special K on July 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM

When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, you tend to look at every problem as a nail.

saiga on July 30, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Its funny, when the presidential debates were going on, McCain stated that he thought we should stop all gov’t programming (except vet care and a couple other things) and go through everything and clean it up.

Obama’s response was that McCain wanted to take a sledgehammer to a problem where only a scalpel was needed.

I want to know where his scalpel is now?

Katec on July 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Every time I see that photo of Obama, I am reminded of what a great game show host he would be. Doesn’t require any skill or experience, just smooth blahblahblah. No one gets hurt.

disa on July 30, 2009 at 11:42 PM

I’m not convinced that Obama and his supporters are bashing Bush as much as they are quite rightfully reminding people that our current economic mess and the wars were inherited from the Bush administration

Can someone please explain the difference to me?

Voters have short memories. The administration needs to remind people that things were way worse over the last four years than in the last six months.

She implies that all of you are idiots who can’t remember what life was like three or four years ago.

Will Clinton??? Who’s that?

ConservadorRebelde on July 31, 2009 at 2:05 AM

Blaming their policy failures on Bush at this juncture will be transparently pathetic to everyone except the die hard Obama cultist that make up the base.
The people in touch with reality see a naive and arrogant administration that thinks that this represents “smart power”:

Baxter Greene on July 30, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Agreed, unless the media is part of the die hard Obama cultist group, doing all they can to lift him up as some sort of savior. Then, they ridicule anyone opposing him as either a racist or a corporate lapdog.

Basically, they are forcing the opposition into submission by making them feel inferior to those agreeing with Obama. That is the reason why people can’t see the transparent, pathetic Bush-blaming as a problem… the media tells them it’s okay.

ConservadorRebelde on July 31, 2009 at 2:14 AM