Here is a great article on Salon this morning about the incredible hubris and hypocrisy of the Republicans when they blame President Obama for . . . everything.
It's not enough that they attack the general public with their insane policies, then they try to tell us it's really not true, as in "No, sir, I didn't just set your house on fire. What? No, that video of me setting the fire is nothing more than another example of liberal media bias!"
The fact is, the second Bush Administration kept two sets of books; one with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one without. They promoted the one without as the One. But is was not. The Obama Administration keeps one set of books, the Books. Period. The end. And after you read this story by Andrew Leonard, you'll understand why that makes him a target of the dishonest Republican attack machine.
How many outright errors of fact can you spot in the following paragraph fromÂ an op-ed by Mitt Romney published this Monday?
[Barack Obama's] approach has been to engage in one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history. With its failed stimulus package, its grandiose new social programs, its fervor for more taxes and government regulations, and its hostility toward business, the administration has made the debt problem worse, hindered economic recovery and needlessly cost American workers countless jobs.
Let's see. We're at war in Afghanistan, so "peacetime" is dubious. Obama hasÂ cut taxes -- income taxes, payroll taxes, taxes for small businesses. Private sector economic forecasters say the stimulus increased GDP growth and kept the unemployment rate from rising higher. We could even range into the subjective, and argue that from the left side of the political aisle, Obama has been anythingÂ but hostile to business and hasn't done nearly enough to regulate the financial sector. And we could note, just for fun, that Obama's "grandiose" social program is modeled explicitly after the healthcare reform enacted by none other than Mitt Romney in Massachusetts. (And this guy, most political analysts think, poses thebiggest threat to Obama's reelection!)
But nothing is more ridiculous than the notion that Obama is a "binge" spender. Paul Krugman rightfully calls this scurrilous accusationÂ a "zombie lie." No matter how many times you kill it, whether by decapitation, a spike through the heart or immolation -- it just keeps coming back. It's enough to make you despair -- particularly when you consider how many more times we're going to hear this nonsense from Romney and the rest of the Republican presidential candidates from now until the last precinct closes on Election Day 2012.