Obama Undone By His Own Bullshit

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Republicans and tea-baggers are winning the public debate about “big government” with the argument that “big spending” has failed to reduce unemployment much below 10%, and why are Obama and the Democrats so pitifully ineffective at refuting the dim-witted rants of a mob of yahoos?

Paul Krugman analyzed Obama’s self-inflicted dilemma in a recent column.

Actually, the administration has had a messaging problem on economic policy ever since its first months in office, when it went for a stimulus plan that many of us warned from the beginning was inadequate given the size of the economy’s troubles.

You can argue that Mr. Obama got all he could – that a larger plan wouldn’t have made it through Congress (which is questionable), and that an inadequate stimulus was much better than none at all (which it was). But that’s not an argument the administration ever made. Instead, it has insisted throughout that its original plan was just right, a position that has become increasingly awkward as the recovery stalls.

And a side consequence of this awkward positioning is that officials can’t easily offer the obvious rebuttal  to claims that big spending failed to fix the economy – namely, that thanks to the inadequate scale of the Recovery Act, big spending never happened in the first place.

The real story is clear enough in the graphic below, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, representing the total number of jobs in the USA month by month, in thousands.


The bottom falls out of employment beginning in August 2008, high-lighted in red, 460,000 jobs disappear between August and September, and  month after month 550,000 jobs vanish between September and October, then 720,000, then 670,000, and so on until November and December 2009, when the bleeding finally stops, and very modest growth ensues.

This is the story Democrats should have been telling over and over and over and over, on every talk-show and at every press conference. Bush/Cheney cut the throat of the American economy, Obama’s stimulus stopped the bleeding, and now we need another transfusion.

But Obama pretended that his original stimulus was just exactly right, and now Democrats don’t have a story to tell.


  1. in those very words of Ross Perot.

    Which means our current demise has been deliberately engineered over multiple administrations and aided by a controlled media which ignores real global conditions and those global organizations and powers which drive them.

  2. The Democrats could have done many things differently. However, whether it was the economy, or some other issue that they were handed, the vilification in the media was laughingly predictable and inevitable.

    The Democrats are either very naive and  nearsighted or they are willing participants in their own party’s destruction. Perhaps they are a mixture of both. If the Democrats win the election this fall, (personally I think Obama is the odds on favorite), then they are going to be saddled with a plethora of problems. As we reach the breaking point for serious global issues. By not fixing accountability for these long ignored problems on this runaway neocon fascist train, the fallout for ignoring those problems will fall squarely on the leader in charge. You would think that the Democrats would understand this: by not pursuing impeachment and fixing accountability where it belongs, the media will vilify and blame them for all the problems that they will be handed.

    The real solution and what they really failed to do was fix accountability through investigations and impeachment, thus restoring the rule of law. In my book, if they would have done this one thing, they could have fucked up EVERYTHING else and still gotten passing marks as far as I was concerned.

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