Face, meet palm.
According to the very warped mind of a cap and trade zealot like Claire McCaskill (h/t Gateway Pundit), less jobs = less manufacturing = less emissions … and that’s a good thing!
What is that saying … you can’t fix stupid?
“Well, the good news is our emissions are way down because of the recession. [Laughter] We are…I mean you know really if you want to find a silver lining in the cloud, the number that we were looking for we are well, well above where the emissions would have been assuming for purposes of discussion that cap and trade was passed a few years ago because we have had such a real drop in manufacturing output. Now I didn’t mean really good news, I meant that it was… [Laughter] I was being sarcastic again in the context, but emissions are way down because of unfortunately the lack of economic activity that we have had in the last couple of years.”
The Todd Akin campaign team responded:
“It is never good news when twenty-three million Americas are looking for work,” said Rick Tyler, senior advisor to the Akin campaign. “This is the real Claire McCaskill–one who puts the liberal agenda ahead of the jobs and prosperity of millions of Americans. McCaskill’s own businesses are getting millions in taxpayer dollars while one in six Missourians is living under the poverty line. Missouri cannot afford another six years with liberal Claire McCaskill making herself rich while celebrating the fact that others are out of work.”
Democrats have laid down the gauntlet, claiming they are willing to drive the American economy off the “fiscal cliff” if Republicans don’t agree to their demands to raise taxes on individuals and businesses making over $250,000 annually.
Democrats are making increasingly explicit threats about their willingness to let nearly $600 billion worth of tax hikes and spending cuts take effect in January unless Republicans drop their opposition to higher taxes for the nation’s wealthiest households.
Emboldened by signs that GOP resistance to new taxes may be weakening, senior Democrats say they are prepared to weather a fiscal event that could plunge the nation back into recession if the new year arrives without an acceptable compromise.
In a speech Monday, Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the Senate’s No. 4 Democrat and the leader of the caucus’s campaign arm, plans to make the clearest case yet for going over what some have called the “fiscal cliff.”
In other words, they are threatening to allow the economy to plunge into another recession if they can’t demand small businesses and job creators pay for their reckless entitlement spending during the Obama years.
Four straight years with a trillion dollar deficit, with Obama and the Democrats adding nearly $6 trillion to the national debt in the last three years, and now they are threatening to drive you over a cliff if they can’t collect more in taxes.
This from the PJ Tatler:
This is big, and it is outrageous: The fundamental difference between the two major parties is exposed for all to see. The Democrats want to punish job creators with higher taxes and are willing to hold middle class tax rates hostage to get what they want. The Democrats are lurching hard left on a pretty fundamental thing in an election year: the state of the economy. This is Jim Jones, drink-the-Koolaid stuff the Democrats are doing. They are threatening to hurt millions of Americans if the GOP doesn’t agree to raise taxes, taxes which may help bring the weak economy down if they are enacted. But if the GOP agrees to raise them it disappoints and dispirits its own base, and will share the blame for the consequences.
Bear in mind, this threat comes on the heels of one of the biggest tax hikes in American history – the Obamacare Tax.
With businesses having to deal with the cost of the Obama Tax, and now having to worry about the Bush Tax cuts expiring, a double dip recession seems likely, while unemployment will most certainly remain stagnant or grow even higher.
Obama of course, was the man who said, “you don’t raise taxes on anyone during a recession”.
Now they’re going to demand taxes be raised and intentionally attempt to wreck the economy?
Politics. Politics first, at the expense of sound fiscal policy.
Are you ready for the plunge?
This doesn’t really require any comment based on the delusion factor, but I would love to hear from some of the 8.2% unemployed, the 14.4% of unemployed African-Americans, the 14.9% underemployed, or the record number of Americans currently on food stamps, regarding this statement from the President:
When asked about his proudest achievement, interestingly, Mr. Obama didn’t cite the passage of his health care law, which was recently upheld by the Supreme Court.
“You know, my proudest achievement is actually stabilizing the economy to avert a great depression,” he said. “Because if I don’t do that, nothing else matters.”
“Now we’re not where we need to be. And you’re right, the unemployment rate is way too high,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is that we were able to stop a hemorrhaging of jobs, get the economy growing again, add 4.4 million jobs, 500,000 manufacturing jobs, save the auto industry. All those things provide us at least a base from which now to grow,” he said.
This man actually believes he stabilized the economy, as opposed to prolonging the economic downturn.
His policies have raised the unemployment rate over 8% for a record 41 months, the national debt has increased by over $5 trillion, gas prices have doubled, home values have plunged, a record number of Americans have dropped out of the work force … and this is something to be proud of?
He did manage to work in a “it’s Bush’s fault” plug, but I don’t think Team Obama will be taking too kindly to Joe being Joe this time…
Via Politico (video below):
If you don’t find something fundamentally wrong and revealing in the fact that voters are so desperate to distance themselves from the guy you’re on the ticket with, that they would rather cast their vote for a convicted felon, then it’s time to adjust the hairplugs, Joe.
Nearly four years in, and all the failures of this administration are still Bush’s doing…
I wonder if Abraham Lincoln ever sat around blaming the Civil War on Buchanan because of the high level of tension he inherited from the previous administration.
No wait, Lincoln was actually a leader who was busy saving a country…
Biden and Obama however, have plenty of free time to dream up excuses as to why they are abject failures.
From CNS News:
At a campaign event in Iowa on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden blamed the continuing high level of unemployment in the United States on what he called “this God-awful recession we’ve inherited.”
According to the non-partisan National Bureau of Economic Research, the last recession began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009—just five months into President Barack Obama’s term in office.
In the 33 months since the recession ended, according to the NBER, the U.S. economy has been in a period of expansion. One of the current members of the NBER committee that determines when recessions begin and end is Christina Romer, who formerly served as chairperson of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers.