On Facebook, a liberal friend (in both the Facebook and real sense of the word) linked this video where U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), imagining conversations with Republican friends, repeated the Democratic talking point that Republicans are deliberating sabotaging the economy in order to hurt the Democratic president.
Note how Miss Sanchez refused to identify a single Republican who has said that he wants to sabotage the economy.
Her contention reeks of both dishonesty and laziness. “To suggest,” as I commented to my friend’s post, “that because another political party has another means to address the nation’s problems, they are therefore deliberately hurting Americans” shows an incredible failure to appreciate opposing arguments.
“It’s one thing,” I added, “to say she doesn’t believe Republican policies will work; quite another to say they’re deliberately hurting people. Her remarks define narrow-minded. If we had an even-handed media, editorialists would be taking folks like her to task for this narrow, this nonsensical, talking point.” Instead, we have the one-time paper of record echoing Democratic demagoguery.
Why are Democrats like Mr. Obama and Miss Sanchez and editorialists like those at the New York Times so unwilling to acknowledge the sincerity of Republican opposition to Democratic policies, particularly in the light of the cost of the latter and the emptiness of federal coffers? Not to mention the failure of a plan similar to the president’s jobs bill (though slightly larger) enacted shortly after Mr. Obama took office to achieve its objectives.
Simply put, Republicans don’t believe the plan would work. And if Republicans were trying to sabotage the economy, why did they insist on extending the tax rates set during the Bush administration (AKA the Bush tax cuts) and support “three free-trade agreements that the president also backed“.