A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Winston Churchill
It’s time for Republicans to put their pants on. When 47% of Americans “somewhat approve of Obama’s handling of the economy” (according to a recent Gallup Poll) it’s obvious that Republicans are lounging around in their underwear.
The MSM routinely puts this president’s best foot foreword, even when it is located in his mouth, but Republicans have done little to counter the tefloning of Obama.
It’s not necessary for Republicans to emulate Democrats’ vicious videos of old ladies being thrown off cliffs. They do not need to stoop to conquer. All they need do is publicize this administration’s record, loudly, aggressively and continuously.
They could begin by enumerating the prevarications in the president’s recent statements regarding himself, the deficit and the budget. His pretense of deficit leadership after three years of refusing to admit there is a problem is almost funny, but obviously the American people are not laughing.
As late as February of 2011, the president submitted a 2012 budget that failed to garner a single vote in the Democrat controlled Senate. By April, the budget was lost in the media memory hole and Obama was singing a different song. This time he proposed a plan to reduce the deficit. However, his “plan” was so lacking in specifics that the Congressional Budget Office refused to evaluate it.
Republicans could also point out that the law1 requires a presidential budget, but Senate Democrats haven’t passed one in two years.
Or Republicans could examine the results of the nearly $666 billion dollars spent on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) since 2009, and the 2.4 million jobs it created, according to the Seventh Annual Report of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers.
The Weekly Standard did the math and concluded “a cost to taxpayers of $278,000 per job.”
In other words, the government could simply have cut a $100,000 check to everyone whose employment was allegedly made possible by the ‘stimulus,’ and taxpayers would have come out US$427 billion ahead.
However, sans Weekly Standard numbers, which were vigorously challenged by Democrats, the official Report is underwhelming. Unemployment went up during the stimulus period from 7.3 percent to 9.1 percent – (remember the president promised 8%). The US national debt rose from US$9.986 trillion to US$14.467 trillion and is expected to rise even further in the future.
In short, there is plenty of ammunition with which to stoke Republican cannons.
More than the nation’s credit rating is at stake. The real battle is over the size of the federal government. The president wants to keep spending and increasing the power of government to dictate everything from access to medical treatment to the light bulbs Americans will be allowed to purchase.
The truth will set us free, but only if it is known.
1The Budget and Accounting Act of 1921. Notwithstanding, the unchallenged unconstitutionality of this Act (Congress is supposed to set the budget), it is the one put in place by the Democrats themselves, and the rules they have chosen to operate under. Section 201. “The President shall transmit to Congress on the first day of each regular session, the Budget, which shall set forth in summary and in detail: …”