Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Pots and Kettles

Obama is full of a different brand of crap than George Bush was, and it’s probably not as pernicious crap, but he is still utterly full of it. He presents his crap in a more polished and urbane manner, and that may annoy me even more than Bush did, because a believable liar is far more dangerous than a foolish and nonsensical one like Bush.

CBS Evening News presented us with his pontifications last night, and it did not do my recovery from pneumonia any good. I’m supposed to be resting, not pacing around the living room screaming at the television. Well, okay, that’s a bit of hyperbole but…

First they asked him about the fact that the economy shrank in the last quarter, and he got all warm and smiley as he explained to us how well the economy is actually doing. (Even though it shrank by 0.1% in the last quarter.) Housing is recovering, he told us, manufacturing is “booming” and car sales are fabulous. He didn’t mention that retail sales suck, that hiring is still minimal, or that unemployment is rising again.

Then he allowed that the reason the economy shrank is that defense spending was cut by 22% and that it was the biggest cut in 40 years. Since when has the purpose of defense spending been the support of the national economy? That means it isn’t actually defense spending, it’s stimulus spending. Paul Krugman is having an organism.

Then they show him lecturing about how irresponsible it would be of Congress to allow the “sequester” to be imposed. I have a question for him. If it is so irresponsible, why did he sign it into law last year? He is saying that Congress would be “irresponsible” to allow a law signed by him to go into effect.

Meanwhile, what we don’t need to worry about is creating jobs.

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