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Friday, November 16, 2012

Pull The Other One, It's Got Bells On It...

So, I saw this headline:

Obama on tricky path in fiscal cliff negotiations

and I really couldn't help but laugh. Really? Do they honestly expect us to believe that if these negotiations don't go exactly as they intend - the nebulous "rich" (read: small business owners) take it in the shorts; those already paying little-to-no taxes will continue to pay little-to-no taxes; etc. - that anyone other than the GOP will be blamed? Really? I mean, I was born at night, but not last night.

Folks, there were news reports on the night of the election that said people were blaming George Bush for the bad economy. George Bush. Dude left office in January 2009. Hasn't had a damn thing to do with budgets, spending, anything in damn close to four years - and he's the reason the economy is doing poorly in 2012. Right. I really believe that if these negotiations fail, Barack Obama might get the blame for it if he continues to hold a hard line.

Wow. I can't believe I typed that with a straight face - oh, wait, I didn't.

I'm curious how much longer Bush is going to be the boogeyman for the poor economy. If it's still limping along in 2016, I fully expect Bush's name in the campaign. How much further, though? 2020? Obviously it depends on who wins in 2016 - if by some miracle The Stupid Party manages to run a candidate who can win (or if, chortle, the Dems run Biden), I guarantee you that as of the day after the election the economy will be their fault. But if the Democrats win in 2016 (and I have no reason to believe they won't), it will be interesting to see just how long George W. Bush will be the reason for the poor economy. Call him Snowball Bush.

Back to the article, though; if anything happens other than the GOP completely and utterly caving in (which is what I expect will happen; they're not The Stupid Party for nothing), I guarantee that the blame for any economy disparity up to and including no change whatsoever will be blamed n the GOP. Hell, the government shutdown in 1994 was blamed on the GOP, and that was a direct result of Bill Clinton being a better poker player than Newt Gingrich.

Then again, when you've got the media looking over your opponent's shoulder, broadcasting his cards, and declaring him the loser before the game concludes, it's easy to win...

That is all.

7 comments:

Bob said...

Madeleine Albright already answered the "how long to blame Bush" question: forever.

wolfwalker said...

I'm curious how much longer Bush is going to be the boogeyman for the poor economy.

Herbert Hoover is still the boogeyman for the Great Depression eighty years after he left office.

Stretch said...

" if by some miracle The Stupid Party manages to run a candidate who can win (or if, chortle, the Dems run Biden), "

On 5 Nov. I'd agree with you.
Now? I believe Ol' Lunch Bucket Joe has a damn good chance at WINNING in 2016. Christ! Just typing that makes me want to suck start my 1911.

Old NFO said...

Forever is right... sigh...

Chris said...

wolfwalker beat me to it. Despite the dozens of books and scholarly papers that have been published to conclusively prove that Hoover (while doing the wrong things at the time) was nothing more than a fall guy for the monumental economic ignorance and incompetence of the FDR crew, that's the left's story and they're sticking to it. Can you say Big Lie? I knew you could!

wolfwalker said...

If you think about it, Chris, it's even worse than that. Hoover was inaugurated in March 1929. The Depression began with the stock market crash only seven months later, in October 1929. The market crash was due in large part to forces that built up during Coolidge's presidency. So Hoover got blamed for a crash that was only partly his fault, and then got blamed for a Depression that he actually did his best to fix. The poor guy got nailed coming and going!

Anonymous said...

The Great Depression was caused by a fad for playing the stock market with one's entire life savings among the lower middle and middle classes in the 1920s. What would have been a minor blip in the market turned into a mass panic. The lesson here is, keep your money in your mattress.