Video: Jay Carney blames Republicans for the terrible economic report, of course

posted at 7:31 pm on January 30, 2013 by Allahpundit

One of the virtues of the “let it burn” strategy, in which the GOP stands aside and lets Democrats lead America to a new golden age by passing the unsustainable liberal agenda in toto, is that it would spare us this, at least. Aren’t single-payer and open borders a price worth paying to watch Carney and Obama field questions about policy failures without a Republican crutch to lean on? Then they could get back to the messaging they prefer, that those policy failures really aren’t failures at all.

“This report is nowhere near as bad as it looks on the surface,” said Nigel Gault, chief U.S. economist at HIS Global Insight. “It would be a mistake to view this drop in GDP – driven by temporary corrections in defense spending and inventories – as a possible harbinger of recession…

Austerity, it turns out, detracts from growth. In the fourth quarter, declining state and local government spending reduced GDP by 8 basis points. But the real drag on growth in the fourth quarter was the federal government, and especially the Pentagon. Defense spending plunged 22.2 percent, subtracting 1.28 percentage points from the growth rate. The decline is partly due to the continuing drawdowns from Iraq and Afghanistan, and partly due to seasonal spending factors (defense spending in the third quarter actually rose sharply.) But there’s a third factor at work: “A likely explanation for the sharp decline in Federal defense spending is uncertainty concerning the automatic spending cuts that were scheduled to take effect in January, and are currently scheduled to take effect on March 1st,” Alan Krueger noted.

Those automatic cuts were, of course, originally proposed by Obama, and one of the chief reasons he wants Hagel at the Pentagon is so that he’ll have Republican cover when the next round of GDP-shrinking defense cuts begins. (He also issued veto threats in the past when the House GOP tried to replace some defense cuts in the sequester with other discretionary cuts.) So that’s one alternative. The other is to keep spending to the tune of $1 trillion a year in deficits until we have a consistently growing economy, whereupon Keynesians on the left will declare that we can’t cut spending just yet because it’ll imperil the new recovery. Which do you prefer?



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FLUKE OFF!…Bozo!

KOOLAID2 on January 30, 2013 at 7:33 PM

We’re living in 1984. Truly. We truly, truly are.

blatantblue on January 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Are there any journalists left with at least a shred of integrity?

portlandon on January 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Give them a break They’ve inherited a mess from the last administration.

Drained Brain on January 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Not so unexpectedly.

Transpo on January 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

So..

Without government borrowing and spending..

We can’t stay afloat?

Recovery!

Electrongod on January 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Funny, I place some of the blame on the R’s also.

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

“I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts.”

-Guess who

Chuck Schick on January 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Blame Republicans,who would have thunk it?

docflash on January 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

One of the virtues of the “let it burn” strategy, in which the GOP stands aside

…stand aside!…they are still on their knees adjusting their knee pads and cleaning their chins!

KOOLAID2 on January 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Wait, he didn’t blame Fox News too?

JPeterman on January 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Opie is a rancid little weasel, entirely devoid of any saving grace.

1921 C DRUM on January 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM

I’ve never hated an administration as much as I have hated this Obama administration. I mean true hate. It took Obama for me to appreciate Bill Clinton. I actually see Jimmy Carter in a better light.

Obama and his harpies lie as easily as people breath.

portlandon on January 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.

Illinidiva on January 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Obama: I Built Thi…Um, Er, Ah, No, Republicans Built It!

“Right now, our economy is growing…”

- President Barack Obama, 14 January 2013

“You see that economic growth? I BUILT THAT!

- President Barack Obama

“The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the economy contracted at an annual rate of -0.1 percent in the fourth quarter. That’s a sharp slowdown from the 3.1 percent growth rate in the July-September quarter. The surprise contraction could raise fears about the economy’s ability to handle tax increases that took effect in January and looming spending cuts.”

- Associated Press, 30 January 2013

“You see that economic contraction? REPUBLICANS BUILT THAT!

- President Barack Obama

Resist We Much on January 30, 2013 at 7:39 PM

So the Republicans are to blame for the drop in GDP last quarter, because Obama demanded Defense cuts that haven’t even taken place yet. Does not compute.

supernova on January 30, 2013 at 7:39 PM

How does a civilization sustain itself when its leadership is this malicious, solipsistic, ideologically obsessed and completely incapable of honesty and responsibility, and its opposition class is a fearful mass of spineless twits. I don’t get it. I see nothing but disaster and disintegration ahead.

rrpjr on January 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

“I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts.”

-Guess who

Chuck Schick on January 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

“Sequestration will not happen”

-Guess who and when.

JPeterman on January 30, 2013 at 7:41 PM

But, but, but…It can’t be Zero’s fault he’s been too busy campaigning and vacationing…

viking01 on January 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

So the Republicans are to blame for the drop in GDP last quarter, because Obama demanded Defense cuts that haven’t even taken place yet. Does not compute.

supernova on January 30, 2013 at 7:39 PM

It doesn’t have to compute.

They lie.

Nobody calls them out.

Look at the “Sandy Hook father heckled by Gun nut Far right wing NRA zealots!!11!!” stories spewed out on ALL networks.

You don’t even have to do anything, and they’ll MAKE UP stuff for you to be guilty of.

portlandon on January 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Are there any journalists left with at least a shred of integrity?

portlandon on January 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Nope.

That’s why they need to thrown into the Sun.

sentinelrules on January 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Faux blame is all they got…they are so lame.

ProfShadow on January 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Are there any journalists left with at least a shred of integrity?

portlandon on January 30, 2013 at 7:35


(in Reverend Jim’s voice from the cast of TAXI)
W H A T
I S
A
J O UR N A L I S T ?

KOOLAID2 on January 30, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I guess it’s not time to go to Vega..
.
.
.
Again.

Electrongod on January 30, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Four years in, FOUR YEARS, and the Dog Eater still can’t take responsibility for anything. He’s not a leader, he’s a joke and an embarrassment for this nation. This is pathetic.

Bishop on January 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Jay Carney looks like he is at Ashley Judd levels of constipation answering Major Garrett’s question. Òperfection.Ó

msmveritas on January 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

One of the virtues of the “let it burn” strategy, in which the GOP stands aside and lets Democrats lead America to a new golden age by passing the unsustainable liberal agenda in toto, is that it would spare us this, at least

AP, what makes you think capitulation and appeasement will lead to any reduction in the blatant lies these hacks foist upon us? The facts don’t matter, they just make crap up and the LSM does the heavy lifting for them.

peski on January 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I heard that Superstorm Sandy was also to blame..

Electrongod on January 30, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Barack Obama: The Man Child of a Thousand Excuses

VorDaj on January 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Four years in, FOUR YEARS, and the Dog Eater still can’t take responsibility for anything. He’s not a leader, he’s a joke and an embarrassment for this nation. This is pathetic.

Bishop on January 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

“Now, now..
What we need is Common $ense, Comprehensive Recovery..
It just takes time…” – Obama groupie

Electrongod on January 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Curious, was there laughter in the room when he made the comment?

Ellis on January 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM

C’mon Carney it’s that racist FEMA to blame and that racist president responsible for it.

viking01 on January 30, 2013 at 7:52 PM

the Hurricane that the economy faces comes from the Oval Office!!!!

It made landfall in DC 4 years ago and it’s HOPED to be moving inland and weakened by Jan 2017.

God save us from the damage of this freaking CAT 5 !!!

PappyD61 on January 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Let’s see…

Q3 GDP growth of 3.1% was Obama’s fault.
Q4 GDP decline of 0.1% was Republican’s fault.

I’m seeing a pattern here. Pretty soon we are going to hear that it’s Bush’s fault that Obama doesn’t have a son.

WestTexasBirdDog on January 30, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Idiot Carney Barker
Sad Howdy Doody puppet
Will no one rid us?

rayra on January 30, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I will not play a CBS news video. Hopefully, someone challenged The Carney on that ridiculous charge?

LASue on January 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Hahaha, whose little patsy boy is Jay going to be once the fly guy leaves office? It’s tough to find a job where someone just whispers your talking points in your ear from stage left.

scalleywag on January 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

They make it up because it works. They lie because it works. They mislead because it works. And until it no longer works, the administration and the MSM will continue their charade. It’s that simple…unfortunately.

4Grace on January 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Obama was very successful in drafting every idiot in the free world for his bonehead administration. The only thing more disgusting are the mindless sheep that continue to believe his BS.

rplat on January 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Our economy is facing a major headwind … and that’s Republicans in Congress.”

Wish that it were true.

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 8:02 PM

So..
Any time now…
I should see help wanted signs..

Electrongod on January 30, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Let’s remember some dates here:

March 1st- Sequestration and massive furloughs and automatic spending cuts.

March 27th- Government shut down (as things stand) with the expiration of government funding authorization.

April 15th- Budget Deadline. In the Senate where Democrats have refused to even look at a budget for four years.

May 19th- Debt Ceiling

House Republicans represent one half of one third of government. The rat-eared bastard and his corrupt party have some time to work with the House to avoid the above actions. But if they think the House is just going to roll over and cave to their demands, they may be in for a surprise. LIB.

The House should pass a budget that includes spending cuts to the entitlement programs where the parasites of the left lurk instead of trying to make an honest living and contribute to society. The House should gut these programs. They should hold fast on the debt ceiling and refuse to authorize further government spending if there is not a sense that the filthy Kenyan dictator and his party are not working in good faith. Otherwise, LIB.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Electrongod on January 30, 2013 at 8:02 PM

You mean, buildings for lease, signs. Right? Cause I have been seeing plenty of those for a while now.

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

I called that this morning.

Kind of an easy call.

gophergirl on January 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Give them a break They’ve inherited a mess from the last administration.

Drained Brain on January 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

SNORT

gophergirl on January 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM

There is a joke in your comment gg, I like you, so I’ll leave it lie. ; )

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Or is it lay?

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Any time now…
I should see help wanted signs..

Electrongod on January 30, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Yeah, help wanted signs like “Will work for Food” and “Job Needed.”

Those are help wanted signs too.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2013 at 8:09 PM

There is a joke in your comment gg, I like you, so I’ll leave it lie. ; )

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Make the joke – won’t bother me at all.

I’m glad you like me though :)

gophergirl on January 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Yes, I blamed the idiotic bank when they refused to up my abysmal credit…bizarro world…

hillsoftx on January 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

gophergirl on January 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

; )

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Give them a break They’ve inherited a mess from the last administration.

Drained Brain on January 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

You do realize the Dems controlled all of Congress for the previous four years to the GOP taking the house right? Obama had it all for two years and he chose to harm the economy by going for Obamacare. His priorities are whacked.

CW on January 30, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Are there any journalists left with at least a shred of integrity?

portlandon on January 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

No.

Media Bias: We’re Well Beyond That Now

Resist We Much on January 30, 2013 at 8:18 PM

So we have to print trillions of dollars and run $1T+ deficits just to tread water…

and people are worried about a -.1 GDP growth?

Timin203 on January 30, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Government spending reduces productivity, it doesn’t increase it. Also, while the work days lost to people in disasters do negatively effect GDP numbers, the actual physical damage done is not figured into it.

Count to 10 on January 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Jay Carney looks like he is at Ashley Judd levels of constipation answering Major Garrett’s question. Òperfection.Ó

msmveritas on January 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

…he always looks like his mouth is missing something…and I think some of us… have JUST the THING!

KOOLAID2 on January 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Government spending reduces productivity, it doesn’t increase it. Also, while the work days lost to people in disasters do negatively effect GDP numbers, the actual physical damage done is not figured into it.

Count to 10 on January 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

It affects people locally and marginally, and should be more then offset by reconstruction. It’s not like most companies shut down and didn’t pay employees for weeks at a time and didn’t pay their rents, etc etc. Money still flowed, the priorities just changed. Plus, federal and insurance money flowed in.

As a net, of course destruction of wealth isn’t good for our economy, but if anything, it boosts GDP numbers. (and again, I think GDP is an awful gauge of economic “happiness” as the Keynesians call it, or productivity)

Timin203 on January 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

They won – so EVERYTHING they say, according to the Press, is true. Of course, it would still be true if they lost……

We need to wake up and understand that the Press is NOT a friend of the Conservative. We need to reflect that in who we do interviews with.

famous amos on January 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

How does a civilization sustain itself when its leadership is this malicious, solipsistic, ideologically obsessed and completely incapable of honesty and responsibility, and its opposition class is a fearful mass of spineless twits. I don’t get it. I see nothing but disaster and disintegration ahead.

rrpjr on January 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

That’s pretty much the plan. Crash the economy and when the population is hurting enough they will accept anything you want to do to them. Since the Potomoc Pravda is actively aiding and abetting, the Gelded Old Party is damned if they do and damned if they don’t go along. They will be made the scapegoats regardless so why not beat the socialists to it and let it burn? There will be no saving face in this for them.

One of the virtues of the “let it burn” strategy, in which the GOP stands aside and lets Democrats lead America to a new golden age by passing the unsustainable liberal agenda in toto, is that it would spare us this, at least.

To say the least, if not less.

ghostwalker1 on January 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Four years in, FOUR YEARS, and the Dog Eater still can’t take responsibility for anything. He’s not a leader, he’s a joke and an embarrassment for this nation. This is pathetic.

Bishop on January 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

“Present”

visions on January 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM

We need to wake up and understand that the Press is NOT a friend of the Conservative. We need to reflect that in who we do interviews with.

famous amos on January 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM

That’s always been the case, all republicans / conservatives see that. The problem is that the gatekeepers for many people are the press. They decide who is a legit candidate, who isn’t. They decide which blogs / news sources are “reliable sources” and which aren’t.

They are in that gatekeeper role and no matter what republicans do, there is no way to get around the gatekeeper if they hope to reach anyone who doesn’t exclusively watch fox news and read the wsj and ny post.

Timin203 on January 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Four years in, FOUR YEARS, and the Dog Eater still can’t take responsibility for anything. He’s not a leader, he’s a joke and an embarrassment for this nation. This is pathetic.

Bishop on January 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

He admitted he ate that dog.

Chuck Schick on January 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

As much as I liked Bush, he’s partly to blame for this. He bailed out the banks, so now everyone else has their hands out. No one is willing to say no to spending. Lets hope the GOP lets the cuts go through. Yes, even the military needs to be cut! Stop the crap!

davemason2k on January 30, 2013 at 9:03 PM

I’m just amazed that it isn’t apparent to anyone with an intelligence, above say amoeba, that this administration can’t take responsibility for anything. I’m amazed that this admin is soooo teflon coated that the average populace can’t see the woods for the trees. It is actually very depressing, have we fallen so far that there isn’t anyone with an ounce of realization left?

uncommon sense on January 30, 2013 at 9:09 PM

We’re living in 1984. Truly. We truly, truly are.

blatantblue on January 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM

That’s crimethink bro. It’s all going to come crashing down. Word of advice, you should have a minimum of three months food supply stored away. Just in Time models require retailers stock as little inventory as possible in order to maximize efficiency, in some cases as little as three days worth. What happens if the trucks stop or there is panic buying? I’m glad I’m old enough to remember when Johnny Carson made a joke about a toilet paper shortage.

Rancher on January 30, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Austerity does not contract growth. Massive spending just artificially inflates the impression of growth while hobbling the real economy.

gwelf on January 30, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Which glorious Democrat policy is the GOP supposedly blocking?

gwelf on January 30, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Austerity does not contract growth. Massive spending just artificially inflates the impression of growth while hobbling the real economy.

gwelf on January 30, 2013 at 9:17 PM

It can if it’s across the board. Government austerity however frees up capital and credit that the private sector puts to far more productive use.

Rancher on January 30, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Glad I learned how to hunt rabbit as a kid.

wolly4321 on January 30, 2013 at 9:35 PM

It’s all I, I, I, me, me, me when Bin Laden is killed, when “5 million jobs were saved or created,” when GDP grows a wopping 2%, when the unemployment # is falsely lowered, etc. But when 4 Americans are killed, the economy shrinks, it’s the weather, Republicans, “I wasn’t even there”…etc.

The media carries this load of crap and the drones go to the mat every time. Even when there is actually bi-partisan work on immigration, he sabotages it. This is the antithesis of leadership. What a chump POS.

Jackalope on January 30, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Barry’s policies are NEVER the problem. It’s always tsunami’s and hurricanes, recalcitrant Republicans, the evil rich, taxes too high, taxes to low, Global Warming, gun show loopholes.

GarandFan on January 30, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Barry’s policies are NEVER the problem. It’s always tsunami’s and hurricanes, recalcitrant Republicans, the evil rich, taxes too high, taxes to low, Global Warming, gun show loopholes.

GarandFan on January 30, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Bush.

Rancher on January 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Barry’s policies are NEVER the problem. It’s always tsunami’s and hurricanes, recalcitrant Republicans, the evil rich, taxes too high, taxes to low, Global Warming, gun show loopholes.

GarandFan on January 30, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Don’t forget:

There was an earthquake! A terrible flood!

ITguy on January 30, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Lets be blunt……he’s the minority kid that was given a chance by the rich white business owners……..but he cannot do the job!!!

And after four years of failure, they won’t fire him because they feel bad / “white guilt”.

And the kid plays on that guilt.

PappyD61 on January 30, 2013 at 10:05 PM

They make it up because it works. They lie because it works. They mislead because it works. And until it no longer works, the administration and the MSM will continue their charade. It’s that simple…unfortunately.

4Grace on January 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Very true.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

I only made it through 33 seconds. Just.Can’t.Take.Carney.Anymore

HoosierStateofMind on January 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM

“This report is nowhere near as bad as it looks on the surface”

This is side A of Comrade Obama’s theme song record.

Side B is …

“And it’s all the Republican’s fault”

Now everyone sing along and clap your hands in rythm.

IOW, things won’t get much better unless and until Comrade Chairman Obama has total unrestricted unobstructed power to implement his glorious selfless plans for the workers, the people, and the nation.

farsighted on January 31, 2013 at 8:04 AM

The other is to keep spending to the tune of $1 trillion a year in deficits until we have a consistently growing economy

That right there is comedy gold.

Physics Geek on January 31, 2013 at 8:06 AM

If nothing else, this should teach the stupid party that messaging is really important. It’s like McCOnnell, when he said his job was to make sure Obama was a one term president, that’s stupid and the Democrats got a lot of mileage out of it.

I’m not the best and the brightest about messaging, but Boehner would be really smart if he just said the Republicans have a plan on the table and they’re looking forward to seeing Harry Reid’s and the Presidents so they can work with them to improve the country, then shut up.

bflat879 on January 31, 2013 at 8:17 AM

“Opie, how long does the president think it will take to fix the unprecedented, tragic, horrible, economic damage caused by the evil Bush administration?”

Opie: “That’s a great question. The president and his council of beady-eyed, ratty-bearded, Nobel-winning economists have estimated it will take seven years, eleven months, and three weeks from when the president first took the reigns and steered our county away from the worst financial crisis in the history of mankind.”

Festus on January 31, 2013 at 8:29 AM

I take it, the Pvssy in Chief isn’t thinking the whole, “This is the greatest recession in the history of recession” line is going to fly with the stupid?

MNHawk on January 31, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Too say that I detest this lying little effing worm (and his boss) is just the understatement of understatements.

Dopenstrange on January 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM