Reid: The jobs report would’ve been better if not for — what else? — Republican obstruction!

posted at 2:41 pm on November 2, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

In response the Friday’s final pre-election jobs report, Senate Majority Leader from Nevada Harry Reid issued a statement in which — surprise — he was up to all of the same tricks. Does anybody else find it incredible that they’re still able to beat this “obstructionist,” “extremist” drum with a straight face? Via The Hill:

“We have a great deal more to do and too many Nevadans are still out of work,” Reid said in a statement Friday. “But this recovery would be even stronger if Republicans had decided to work with Democrats, instead of obstructing at every turn. As we look to the challenges facing us in the coming months, I hope that my Republican colleagues will reevaluate their strategy, stop trying to appease the Tea Party and instead choose to help all Americans by reaching across the aisle to get things done.” …

“Today’s job numbers make one thing clear: President Obama’s policies are moving our economy forward, creating more jobs than expected in October and more than 5 million over the past 32 months,” Reid said.

Well, I’m not sure how the GOP selecting a Republican governor from Massachusetts to lead the party exactly reeks of “radical conservatism” (which is Democrat-speak for people who want to pay fewer taxes, smaller government, and actually balance the budget, quelle horreur), but hey, thank you, Sen. Reid, for drawing attention to this excellent point: President Obama has completely failed to reach across the aisle, demonstrate any semblance of leadership, or take Republican input into account, somehow managing to transform the meaning of “Republican obstructionism” into “Republicans refuse to grant my every unadulterated wish.” Instead of maybe doing something about all the gridlock, all he’s done is laying blame and twiddling his thumbs, and it sounds increasingly feeble.

As for those dastardly, unpatriotic Republicans purposefully holding things up out of mere spite? This is what Sen. Reid is promising in the event of a Romney win, from the same statement:

“Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Mr. Reid said in a statement on Friday…

“Mitt Romney has demonstrated that he lacks the courage to stand up to the tea party, kowtowing to their demands time and again. There is nothing in Mitt Romney’s record to suggest he would act any differently as president,” Mr. Reid said.

So he’s preemptively ruling out Democrats working with a Romney administration, whilst actually trying to convince us that there is no record of moderation or bipartisanship in Mitt Romney’s past…? I am nonplussed. You can’t make this stuff up.

This is also a grand ol’ opportunity to once again point out that, during the first half of his presidency, President Obama was not obstructed by Congress. Although he ‘regrets‘ not having done more for immigration reform, he sure as heck managed to push through ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, and his stimulus package, which he specifically promised would bring us to a national unemployment rate in the 5-percent range by 2012. Maybe if he had considered some bipartisan measures, he really could’ve followed in Bill Clinton’s footsteps and he wouldn’t be in this pickle right now. As Fred Barnes reminds us in the WSJ:

From the day he took office in January 2009, Mr. Obama hasn’t lacked for opportunities. His first initiative was an economic stimulus package. After he told Republicans that he wanted their input, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor personally handed him a one-page list of pro-growth proposals, including a 20% tax cut on small business income and a reduction in the two lowest income-tax rates. “Eric, there’s nothing too crazy in here,” Mr. Obama said after looking over the list.

But when the administration’s $831 billion stimulus bill was introduced three days later, it contained none of the Republican ideas. Would the pro-growth tax cuts have made the bill more stimulative? Yes. Would the economic recovery have been stronger? Most likely, but how much stronger is unknowable.

A compromise backed by congressional Republicans would have been a political windfall for the president. Instead, he made matters worse by accusing Republicans of spurning his offer of a bipartisan stimulus. In truth, he made the offer while addressing the House Republican Conference the day after Democrats had finalized the stimulus bill—without consulting Republicans.


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Living in California, I am well aware of the deluded masses that reside here, but WHAT THE FRACK do Nevadan’s see in Reid?

If we gave a coupon for a $1.99 Breakfast at the Rio, wouldn’t ya change your vote?

socalcon on November 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Except that the coupon would need to be permanent….

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Mourdock ran a totally uninspiring campaign.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

WTF is that even supposed to mean? If you’re so shallow that you would consider voting for a Dem in Indiana because the Republican didn’t turn his campaign into some American Idol exhibition, then you’re an ignorant fruitcake and a massive liability.

Get something straight: a Senator is a vessel for a vote. Nothing more, nothing less. He’s not elected to inspire anything. He’s there to vote correctly. Not that complicated. If he votes the right way, I don’t give a s*** if he dresses in women’s clothes, claims not to be a witch or taps his toe under a bathroom stall.

If you’re looking to be inspired, go watch Glee and leave the voting to adults.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Mr. Reid said in a statement on Friday…

No problem…There’s something called….what is it again…oh yea Reconcilliation that avoids the FILIBUSTER.

And an election or two from now there won’t be any Democrats in the Senate left.

Varchild on November 2, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Living in California, I am well aware of the deluded masses that reside here, but WHAT THE FRACK do Nevadan’s see in Reid?

If we gave a coupon for a $1.99 Breakfast at the Rio, wouldn’t ya change your vote?

socalcon on November 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

It’s really not Nevadans. It’s all the CA and NY transplants. I work with three people from Buffalo. Ugh.

SailorMark on November 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I am not surprised by Harry Reid’s statements. He is not up for re-election for 4 more years and, if the tide were to turn on him by the time he has to be re-elected, he can choose to retire. His job is secure until then so making seemingly strange or inaccurate or false statements in support of a President up for re-election would not be considered risky in any way since 4 years is a long time politically.

Russ808 on November 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 3:55 PM

You are an idiot in more ways than one. Your understanding of the role of a senator is as shallow as your IQ and senses. You are an unthinking lemming, but few people will go with the “CORRECT” way of a nutjob like you. If you passed as an adult, you are way past senility’s way.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I hate him worse than Obama. At least tries to come off as affable even though it’s just a pathetic act. Reid makes no mystery that he’s a miserable curmudgeony a hole.

gsherin on November 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Mourdock ran a totally uninspiring campaign.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

WTF is that even supposed to mean? If you’re so shallow that you would consider voting for a Dem in Indiana because the Republican didn’t turn his campaign into some American Idol exhibition, then you’re an ignorant fruitcake and a massive liability.

Get something straight: a Senator is a vessel for a vote. Nothing more, nothing less. He’s not elected to inspire anything. He’s there to vote correctly. Not that complicated. If he votes the right way, I don’t give a s*** if he dresses in women’s clothes, claims not to be a witch or taps his toe under a bathroom stall.

If you’re looking to be inspired, go watch Glee and leave the voting to adults.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Well said. I’d crawl over broken glass to vote for any Senate candidate with an R after his name. Our nation hangs on the outcome of the Senate races.

slickwillie2001 on November 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Where’s that Pakistani cabinet minister with his 100k when you need him?

Nutstuyu on November 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I hate him worse than Obama. At least tries to come off as affable even though it’s just a pathetic act. Reid makes no mystery that he’s a miserable curmudgeony a hole.

gsherin on November 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

His LDS bishop must be the most agreeable and forgiving person in the world. I’d have excommunicated Reid decades ago.

Nutstuyu on November 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

And Reid is absolutely correct.

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM

S-T-F-U. Easier to spell for libs than O-H-I-O.

Nutstuyu on November 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

You are an idiot in more ways than one. Your understanding of the role of a senator is as shallow as your IQ and senses. You are an unthinking lemming, but few people will go with the “CORRECT” way of a nutjob like you. If you passed as an adult, you are way past senility’s way.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Being called an idiot by someone of your nonexistent credibility carries absolutely no weight. You are obviously an intellectual lightweight whose understanding of the role of government comes from Hollywood morality plays. A waste of space like you romanticizes government and acts like we are to work to gain the favor of public officials when in reality, these people work for us. It’s emotional infants like you who create the problems by whoring out your votes to whatever politician gives your ass the wettest kiss come election time. I’m looking for someone who keeps my taxes low, the cost of doing business low and my purchasing power high. You’re looking for a thrill up your leg. The sad part is that responsible people have to carry your dead weight.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

By your definition of good government, I guess your vote goes to Mussolini who kept the trains ran on time or Gaffadi who did all the things on your “wanted” list. You obviously do not know basic civics. And for loser like you never really have to worry about paying taxes to begin with, at your level of tax rate anyway.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 4:59 PM

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I like the cut of your jib.

donkichi on November 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

And it is losers like you who foisted the like of Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Jim Miller, Ken Buck, Todd Akin onto the scene and frustrate efforts to prevent the damage Harry Reid and the Senate dems visit on the country.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

HotAirLib on November 2, 2012

…sing DAISY HotLips HAL!

KOOLAID2 on November 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

It’s emotional infants like you who create the problems by whoring out your votes to whatever politician gives your ass the wettest kiss come election time.

It is rigid ideologue like you who create the problems by whoring your votes to whatever politician who gives your narrow agenda the wettest kiss come election time. And by your type’s history of futility, yours is the loneliest handful.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

By your definition of good government, I guess your vote goes to Mussolini who kept the trains ran on time or Gaffadi who did all the things on your “wanted” list. You obviously do not know basic civics. And for loser like you never really have to worry about paying taxes to begin with, at your level of tax rate anyway.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 4:59 PM

No, imbecile, Mussolini is your style. Fascists like Mussolini appeal to lazy, uninformed slobs like you, who need government to do everything, including wiping your ass. Fascists, you see, “inspire”, which, as you’ve already established, is the most important thing to you. They also assert themselves in every aspect of your life. A child like you might like that, but a responsible citizen and taxpayer like me knows that government is to be accountable to me, not the other way around…it’s my money that is being confiscated, it is government’s responsibility to spend it properly. Your pathetic non-sequitur about how much tax I pay is clearly a sign of desperation on your part. No doubt, if you weren’t such a parasite, you’d care a hell of a lot more where your earned income goes…but that would imply you could possibly earn anything.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

And it is losers like you who foisted the like of Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Jim Miller, Ken Buck, Todd Akin onto the scene and frustrate efforts to prevent the damage Harry Reid and the Senate dems visit on the country.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Actually, it’s gutless douches like you who demand conservatives to accept unprincipled slop like Charlie Crist, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dick Lugar and Mike Castle when it wins in primaries in the name of “party unity” or “the best we can do”, then turn around and ACTUALLY vote for Harry Reid and Chris Coons in the general when the slop does not win in the primaries who frustrate efforts to prevent the damage Harry Reid and the Senate dems visit on the country. You may have voted for Harry Reid, but at least you can tell your pretentious Daily Show audience drone “friends” that you didn’t vote for Sharron Angle.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The fact that loser like you fail all your life is that you are a rigid and angry ideologue who cannot work with anyone,even others on your side of the fence, and therefore confine to the fringe screaming your insult in the street corner (or in your basement)like a loon.

You seem to have a hangup over the word inspire. When you apply for a job, at least you have to get the other people wanting to hire you. But being hired is likely something foreign you.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

It is rigid ideologue like you who create the problems by whoring your votes to whatever politician who gives your narrow agenda the wettest kiss come election time. And by your type’s history of futility, yours is the loneliest handful.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Yeah, that “reaching across the aisle” conceit of Schwarzenegger and Bloomberg sure worked a charm. Tell me, sport, if the Republican is just going to rubber stamp the policy preferences of the Democrat, why should anyone give a s*** whether or not the Republican wins?

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

You are one angry and crazed novelist in inventing scenarios.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Yeah, that “reaching across the aisle” conceit of Schwarzenegger and Bloomberg sure worked a charm. Tell me, sport, if the Republican is just going to rubber stamp the policy preferences of the Democrat, why should anyone give a s*** whether or not the Republican wins?

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Like I said, you are an angry, narrow and lonely ideologue.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The fact that loser like you fail all your life is that you are a rigid and angry ideologue who cannot work with anyone,even others on your side of the fence, and therefore confine to the fringe screaming your insult in the street corner (or in your basement)like a loon.

You seem to have a hangup over the word inspire. When you apply for a job, at least you have to get the other people wanting to hire you. But being hired is likely something foreign you.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Enlighten me, genius. You talk about “a rigid and angry ideologue who cannot work with anyone”. What specific policy issues are you claiming “a rigid and angry ideologue who cannot work with anyone” will not work with anyone on?

Yeah, I haven’t been hired in some time. I’ve been too busy sitting at the other side of the desk determining whether or not someone like you is worthy of working for me. While you’re worried about inspiring me during your job interview, I am sitting on the other side wondering whether or not your attempts to inspire me are rhetorical tricks designed to bulls*** me into ignoring your obvious incompetence. I’ll spare you the anxiety that you’re no doubt experiencing post-interview: no way you’ll get hired.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

“Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Mr. Reid said in a statement on Friday…

That IS laughable because Romney isn’t a conservative, nor has a conservative agenda.

nottakingsides on November 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

You are one angry and crazed novelist in inventing scenarios.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Oh, yes, there it is. Intellectual lightweight “bayview” has been running away from the fight, finally reaches rhetorical corner with no way out, resorts to this. Face it, clown, you’ve got nothing. Pray for some inspiration, or something.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

You are so full of imaginations and paranoia. You can of course, invent yourself your huge unverifiable success behind anonymity of a computer screen. I do not have to look for work from you, I don’t send scam emails from Nigeria.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Like I said, you are an angry, narrow and lonely ideologue.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The only thing sadder than a beaten “bayview” lashing out with a desperate, substance-free attack when at a dead end, is the same “bayview” repeating said desperate, substance free attack when it fails so miserably the first time.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM

I do not have to look for work from you, I don’t send scam emails from Nigeria.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:13 PM

No doubt. I can’t imagine you being even that motivated. You’ve got welfare queen written all over you.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Running away from an semi-functional idiot like you, don’t made anyone laugh. I was pointing out your paranoid inventions you painted in your drug haze (fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM), but I do not want to waste bandwidth with copy and paste garbage.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

The only thing sadder than a beaten “bayview” lashing out with a desperate, substance-free attack when at a dead end, is the same “bayview” repeating said desperate, substance free attack when it fails so miserably the first time.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM

No one can counter imagined victory inside your head.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:25 PM

No one can counter imagined victory inside your head.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:25 PM

In English?

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:26 PM

fitzfong
bayview

Geez..get a room.

HumpBot Salvation on November 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Running away from an semi-functional idiot like you, don’t made anyone laugh. I was pointing out your paranoid inventions you painted in your drug haze (fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM), but I do not want to waste bandwidth with copy and paste garbage.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Yes, no answer to why Arnold Schwarzenegger would be preferable to Gray Davis or Jerry Brown, no answer to why Mike Castle is preferable to Chris Coons, just argument by assertion and a lazy drug haze reference. Yeah, compromising with the likes of you on anything of substance is fruitful.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Mussolini is your style. Fascists like Mussolini appeal to lazy, uninformed slobs like you, who need government to do everything, including wiping your ass.

The level of your understanding of history is laughable. Go read up on what Mussolini preached and practiced before you spew your nonsense.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Reagan had long ago answered that question,stupid.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

fitzfong
bayview

Geez..get a room.

HumpBot Salvation on November 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Or, you could walk away.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

The level of your understanding of history is laughable. Go read up on what Mussolini preached and practiced before you spew your nonsense.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

I have, but it’s clear that you haven’t…or that you have and you just didn’t comprehend it.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Reagan had long ago answered that question,stupid.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Reagan was in no position to offer an opinion of why Arnold Schwarzenegger was preferable to Gray Davis or Jerry Brown. So stop using him as a lame attempt to shield your ignorance. Answer the question.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I have, but it’s clear that you haven’t…or that you have and you just didn’t comprehend it.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM

You know the way you twist thing around with pure assertion as truth smack of modus operandi of Axelrod. To claim Fascism tolerate dependence or socialism is like your understanding of American government or the role of a senator, i.e. a vessel for a vote.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

fitzfong
bayview

Geez..get a room.

HumpBot Salvation on November 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Hahahaha…That was PRICELESS, thank you. I get so tired of going to a post and seeing the thread dominated by two people and wanting to say something relevant but knowing it’s pointless because they’ve gone off on some kind of vendetta.

scalleywag on November 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Reagan was in no position to offer an opinion of why Arnold Schwarzenegger was preferable to Gray Davis or Jerry Brown. So stop using him as a lame attempt to shield your ignorance. Answer the question.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Why was Reagan’s answer not applicable to the time of Schwarzenegger? It is like saying the US Constitution is not relevant because it was written in 1787.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM

To claim Fascism tolerate dependence or socialism is like your understanding of American government or the role of a senator, i.e. a vessel for a vote.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

“All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Why was Reagan’s answer not applicable to the time of Schwarzenegger? It is like saying the US Constitution is not relevant because it was written in 1787.

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM

First of all, let’s establish what Reagan’s answer was.

Secondly, what difference would a Reagan quote make when stacked up against Schwarzenegger’s actual record?

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

If all you have is soundbite to try to distort and equate fascism to socialism, at least you should know these Mussolini quotes

“State ownership! It leads only to absurd and monstrous conclusions; state ownership means state monopoly, concentrated in the hands of one party and its adherents, and that state brings only ruin and bankruptcy to all.”

“Socialism is a fraud, a comedy, a phantom, a blackmail.”

bayview on November 2, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Or, you could walk away.

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Yeah, I guess walking away or averting my gaze would be the polite thing to do when I walk into a comment thread and see two morons dry humping each other for two hours.

Srsly, lighten up Francis.

HumpBot Salvation on November 2, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Any Republican Governor in MY Golden State is better than Grey (deregulate the electrical utilities AND BANKRUPT us) Davis or Gov. Moonbean (who continues to want to tax and spend, tax and spend, just like his Daddy did before Reagan)…

Not to mention state Supreme Court nominees… Rose Bird, anyone??

Khun Joe on November 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

A big problem is that McConnell has no balls. He would be a lousy majority leader anyway.

ultracon on November 2, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Any Republican Governor in MY Golden State is better than Grey (deregulate the electrical utilities AND BANKRUPT us) Davis or Gov. Moonbean (who continues to want to tax and spend, tax and spend, just like his Daddy did before Reagan)…

Not to mention state Supreme Court nominees… Rose Bird, anyone??

Khun Joe on November 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

OK, I’ll bite. What did Schwarzenegger do that was in any way different from what Davis and Moonbeam would have done under the same circumstances? Borrow more money to kick existing debts down the road? Cave to the state employee unions and Democrat State Legislators to raise taxes when lacking the discipline to rein in spending? Make the state an even more hostile business climate by shoving Cap & Trade down its throat as a sop to the green lobby? Reduce the prison sentence of a murderer the night before leaving office because he became politically allied to the murderer’s father?

fitzfong on November 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM

For one, shouldn’t the NYT, WaPo and all those ninnie lefty pundits now be outraged at Reid’s premeditated nonpartisanship? And 2) you can’t come away from business at the level where Romney was without some corporate infighting skills. Should the Donks hold the majority and if Mitt puts his mind to it he’ll make short work of a slow-witted, marginal thinker like Hacky Reid; and he’ll also be able to go under his head; I’m sure there a coupla-three or more Dem senators that can be shown the light. Should be interesting. If the Rs win a majority then Reid joins Pelosi in the dustbin of history.

Or he can just ignore Reid and spend the first four years having the administrator of every program in every bloated agency come in to the WH to justify their existence. Mitt will have to work hard to keep a straight face in these sessions. He doesn’t need the senate to liposuck the fat out of his own branch.

curved space on November 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I think this “letter to the Editor of the Register” puts our current economic situation in context:

Remember that on October 9, 2007, 11 months before our “economic crisis” occurred (that was actually created), the Dow hit its highest point ever, closing at 14,164.53 and reaching 14,198.10 intra-day level 2 days later. Unemployment was steady at 4.7%. But things were already being put in place to create the havoc we’ve all been experiencing since then. And it all started on January 3, 2007.

Here is why Bush was so “bad” at the end of his term.

The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007, which was the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.
The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995
For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this: January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress.

At the time:
The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH

January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

Unemployment… to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!

Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.

And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND FreddieMac? OBAMA. And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democratic Congress.

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009, as well as, 2010 & 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is “I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.

I will vote for the man that has the background and courage to fix Obama’s mess.

phoebe1 on November 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

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