Economy still in the dumps? Let’s blame Germany!

posted at 12:41 pm on November 6, 2013 by Bruce McQuain

Liz Peek points out that the latest Obama administration scapegoat for our underperformance economically is … Germany:

IObama is going global with his war on success. Not content with blaming domestic bogeymen — the GOP, Rush Limbaugh, millionaires and billionaires, George Bush, “bad apple insurers,” the Chamber of Commerce, oil producers etal– for his administration’s inability to supply jobs, he has now ventured overseas. Achtung- it’s Germany’s fault! The buck, it turns out, stops everywhere but here.

In its semi-annual currency report, Obama’s Treasury department skewered Germany for pumping up exports, claiming that its large current account surplus weighed on the global recovery. It is such a nonsensical charge, given Germany’s relatively robust gains in consumer spending (compared to its neighbors) and the pivotal role played by that country in the EU’s survival, that it was immediately dismissed by German authorities, and rightly so.

Our “responsibility” buck always seems to land anywhere but on the President’s desk in the Oval office.  Peek speculates that this may be the usual attempt of the administration to divert both blame and attention to others.  In this case the reason to divert attention has to do with the NSA scandal and Germany’s fairly undiplomatic reaction to it.  Regardless, Germany rejected the Treasury’s charge out of hand.

Germany has mostly accomplished it’s economic growth without resorting to all the fiscal shenanigans that have marked the US effort.  And its economy has rebounded. Our economy, on the other hand, has remained moribund and the administration has demonstrated no ability to get it moving.  So, as is its modus operandi, it blames others for its failure. Why cast blame?  Peek explains:

It is especially ludicrous given that President Obama has long promised to double U.S. exports to ramp up our limp economy. He laid out that unlikely-to-be met ambition in 2010. Since then, exports have climbed only 40 percent in current dollars and a meager 25 percent adjusted for inflation.

Obama’s failure to reach his exports goal or to revive job growth through other means makes Germany’s progress all the more impressive – and possibly galling to the White House. German unemployment at 6.9 percent is near the lowest level of the last two decades, and German exports look likely to top those from the U.S. this year. Shame on them.

Indeed.  After tapping Chancellor Merkel’s cell phone via the NSA, the newest attack on Germany goes after … their economic success?  It’s bad policy to outshine the Obama administration even if you’re a supposed ally looking out for the economic welfare of your citizens.

But this is nothing new:

The attack on Germany’s economic policies comes at a time when missteps by the White House have soured our relations with many traditional allies. Obama’s embarrassing tap dance on Syria infuriated France and England, his overtures to Iran have created a serious breach with Saudi Arabia and Israel and numerous countries are smarting over reports of NSA intrusions.

A Gallup survey earlier this year (before the latest goofs) shows just 41 percent of the those polled in 130 countries approve of U.S. leadership, only a few points higher than at the end of George W. Bush’s presidency and down from 49 percent in Mr. Obama’s first year in office. Remember how President Obama was going to rebuild our international reputation?

I certainly do remember.  That too was an empty promise made by a man content to “lead from behind”.  This latest attack on Germany is just another in a long line of failures in foreign affairs by the Obama administration.  However it is certainly consistent with the Obama penchant to lay blame for his failures on others.

~McQ


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Obama: “It’s someone else’s fault that I never take responsibility for anything.”

The Rogue Tomato on November 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Irresponsible narcissist POTUS points finger at someone else.

I think I’m having a heart attack from the shock of knowing this.

platypus on November 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I thought it was Texas fault…

workingclass artist on November 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Obama couldn’t find Germany on a map labeled ‘Germany’.

pat on November 6, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Obama will be remembered by historians as the BEST PRESIDENT EVAH who simply had the awful fate of being elected in the worst circumstances ever. And his apologists with just keep apologizing for him over, and over, and over…

Marcola on November 6, 2013 at 12:53 PM

What, we’re done blaming Canada?

ajacksonian on November 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

The attack on Germany’s economic policies comes at a time when missteps by the White House have soured our relations with many traditional allies. Obama’s embarrassing tap dance on Syria infuriated France and England, his overtures to Iran have created a serious breach with Saudi Arabia and Israel and numerous countries are smarting over reports of NSA intrusions.

Let’s see:

Ticked off France ad England – Check
Ticked off Saudi Arabia and Israel – Check
Ticked off Canada over pipeline – Check

Clearly with the rise of Chinese arrogance and expansion in the Pacific, I’m predicting that Fearless Leader will tick off Japan next and in short order.

It’s just what he does.

parke on November 6, 2013 at 12:57 PM

But…but…but The Obamassiah was going to fix everything! He’s the smartest man in the world! Other countries were going to love us!

You’d think we elected a hack pol from Chicago or something.

GarandFan on November 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

What an utter embarrassment The Whine is.

rbj on November 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Obama :

“The Germans ate my homework.”

MichaelGabriel on November 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

The rhetoric of an avowed destroyer seems queer, yet his agenda of destruction continues apace.

Murphy9 on November 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I find no mirth in this.

Murphy9 on November 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

God, this man is insane …if he started blaming Germany for his abject failures, he has officially lost his marbles…maybe if he was less busy endorsing a system that spies on the German Chancellor and more busy putting together a coherent and viable economic agenda here, at home, he wouldn’t go around blaming other countries for their economic success….this man is a disgrace for this country, nobody takes him seriously, even in Europe…I can see Angela Merkel’s middle finger from my porch :)…what’s he gonna do now, send a drone to take her out :)…Though am sure it crossed his sociopathic mind at one time or another, only she’s there to stay…and she is actually mire legit than he will ever be, actually won the elections on her own merits, without resorting to fraud…

jimver on November 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Nice McQ
:)

cmsinaz on November 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Obama couldn’t find Germany on a map labeled ‘Germany’.

pat on November 6, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Maybe, but he knows that they speak Austrian there :)…

jimver on November 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM

It’s Deja Malaise All Over Again…

“Welcome back Carter — but then, arguably, from the implosion of the doomed Great Society onward, liberalism, progressivism, leftism, Obamaism — whatever it chooses to call itself this week — has never recovered from its own seemingly permanent crisis of confidence, simply because its own FDR-LBJ-style cargo cult view of the glories of big government is itself unachievable, as with all forms of magical thinking.” I repeat, at this point a Carter rerun is a best-case scenario — and an increasingly implausibly best-case scenario at that.

Americans need to be asking themselves some questions, particularly since the economy / Obamacare woes are or will impact everyone. One of the questions needs to be along the lines of taking a hard look at what is not working and where it is working regarding economics – Greece, France, Venezuela, the US versus Singapore and Germany – and then asking ourselves, why does this Administration insist on following the policies and directions of those countries where they are not working?

This goes beyond just simple incompetence.

The reason why it is always someone else’s fault is because Obama and his supporters can’t point to where the blame really belongs. Doing so will highlight how bankrupt their vision and policies are.

Athos on November 6, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Obama :

“The Germans ate my homework.”

MichaelGabriel on November 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Translate into Austrian, please.

Del Dolemonte on November 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM

There are only two kinds of fault.

1.) It’s all your fault.

2.) It’s not my fault.

Wander on November 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM

One of the questions needs to be along the lines of taking a hard look at what is not working and where it is working regarding economics – Greece, France, Venezuela, the US versus Singapore and Germany – and then asking ourselves, why does this Administration insist on following the policies and directions of those countries where they are not working?

Athos on November 6, 2013 at 1:23 PM

That!… and the answer is because of…ideology (‘never let a crisis go to waste’, remember?) and not that they don’t know what works and what doesn’t, economic policy-wise…there have been enough ‘experimenting’ around since the ‘crisis’, and throwing bad money after bad, and it’s crystal clear that the German model works, so does the Singaporean one, heck, even the Brits woke up and kinda manage to righten things economically…only this idiot and that intellectual midget, Hollande continue to insist on doubling down on more taxation and more spending crapola…

jimver on November 6, 2013 at 1:37 PM

1. Communists always blame others for the failure of their policies.
2. Obama is a communist.

jukin3 on November 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

What, we’re done blaming Canada?

ajacksonian on November 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Those bastids come poking around, trying to tell America how they could make a few bucks with their filthy duck feet dirtying oil!

BL@KBIRD on November 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

…Not the French?

KOOLAID2 on November 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Ah, so he’s branching out of the country for his blame game now. What’s next? Venus?

ConDem on November 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Germany is thinking (not real seriously) about giving Snowden asylum from Russia.
Barry don’t like that.
Barry don’t like anybody….except those that have an “M” after their name. M as in Muslim Brotherhood…

albill on November 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

But…but…but The Obamassiah was going to fix everything! He’s the smartest man in the world! Other countries were going to love us!

You’d think we elected a hack pol from Chicago or something.

GarandFan on November 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Oh, he fixed it. Just like the vet ‘fixed’ my dogs…

affenhauer on November 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

…Not the French?

KOOLAID2 on November 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

He can’t blame them. They’re already going full-on socialist/commie – which is where 0barky wants to take us.

dentarthurdent on November 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Maybe Obama should keep tapping Angela Merkel’s phone in order to learn from her how to stimulate a national economy. Not only does Germany have a strong economy, they also have enough money to bail out Greece several times. Sprechen Sie Deutsch, Herr Obama? By the way, that’s also Austrian!

If the USA wanted to punish Germany for its success, maybe we could pull some of our troops out and let Germany develop its own army, or participate in a European army. Germany isn’t much of a threat to France anymore, since De Gaulle and Adenauer reached an agreement a while back.

Steve Z on November 6, 2013 at 2:15 PM

…Not the French?

KOOLAID2 on November 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Mais non, why would he blame the French, he’s merely copying Hollande and replicating his loser policies over here…in his own little world in his head, Hollande is winning :)…in all fairness, so does Hollande, but they must be the only ones on this planet who think that…when all this is over, they should share a padded cell, keep each other warm and…company…

jimver on November 6, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Germany has mostly accomplished it’s economic growth without resorting to all the fiscal shenanigans that have marked the US effort.

One might speculate Germany’s growth was because they didn’t resort to fiscal shenanigans.

taznar on November 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Every government employee comes equipped with a blamethrower. It’s standard government issue.

The Rogue Tomato on November 6, 2013 at 3:56 PM