Boehner wants Pres. Obama to destroy a growing economy


John Boehner

chart budget deficit shrinks 4 year low Steve Benen Maddow Blog Oct 2012

chart debt changes under bush obama deficit via Ezra Klein

John Boehner is obsessed with grinding a slow-growing (key word: growing) economy to a halt, but certainly not because it's good for America. Nonono, it's because it's bad for Obama. Gotta make the president appear inept, gotta make him look like a failure, gotta ruin his legacy. Priorities, priorities...

President Obama and Democratic lawmakers have tied themselves in knots trying to push this country along, rebuild a crumbling infrastructure, pull Americans out of poverty, and grow the so-called middle class. But there The Boehner is, demanding that the White House cave to his unreasonable and irrational demands for more spending cuts, despite the fact that austerity does not work:

European leaders begin to realize austerity is crippling nations. Gee, ya think?

And: Krugman, take a victory lap: University Grad Student Debunks Major Austerity Theory by Exposing Flawed Stats.

And: Researchers: Austerity is “having a devastating effect on health in Europe and North America, driving suicide.”

And: In other news, IMF says Europe austerity strategy is dragging down global growth.

The deficit has been cut a lot already, and too quickly, resulting in unemployment for hundreds of thousands of public sector employees. Cutting isn’t the answer, jobs are, rebuilding our infrastructure is:

May 20 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund on Monday said the United States was getting carried away with a government austerity drive, offering some of the institution's bluntest criticism yet of Washington's rush to cut its budget deficit. [...] A drop in federal spending led the economy to barely expand in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Of course, Boehner had to go exactly where he always goes: Blame Obama.

Via Roll Call:

Sequestration is going to remain in effect until the president agrees to cuts and reforms that will allow us to remove it,” the Ohio Republican said to reporters in his weekly news conference. “The president insisted on the sequester none of us wanted, none of us like it, there are smarter ways to cut spending..."

But, per Think Progress: The Devastating Spending Cuts That Were Too Much For House Republicans To Swallow.

I still have to ask: Hey GOP, how’s that rebranding thing workin’ for ya?

blame obama

  • pfair143

    Who is deceiving whom? After six years, isn't it a little past the "bash Obama for what Bush did" time limit? I can totally understand why you and the GOP have retired the fake cowboy to his fake ranch but you are directly responsible for what he did to this country. You either can't see what Bush did or you don't want to see it. How dare you even presume to evaluate this government when you have blinded yourself to what your government did. And for God's sake, learn to read a simple chart!

  • There is some deception in there. The Bush tax cuts expired in 2010 and Obama extended them for two years. That two year cost is a new cost added by Obama and you do not include it. Obama increased war spending with the Afghanistan "surge" and the Libyan war; not included.

    After six years, isn't it a little past the "bash Bush" time limit? When do we evaluate the present government on its own merits rather than by comparing it with the previous? Pnuemonia is better than cancer, too, but evaluated on its own merits it sucks.

  • judi

    BUT......Boehner got 98 per cent of what HE wanted.....WTH is he babbling about NOW???