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Obama team blames others for economic contraction

On March 19, 2009, President Obama told Jay Leno that ‘one of the things’ he was ‘trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.‘”

The recent Yahoo! headlines suggest that his team is not heeding that advice:

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With news that Q$ GOP, expected to increase by just over 1%, has dropped 0.1%, the Democrat’s team, as the outset of Obama’s second term is, well, looking for someone else to blame:

The White House on Wednesday blamed the devastation from Superstorm Sandy and disruptions from deep scheduled spending cuts for the surprise 0.1 percent drop in gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2012. It was the first such contraction since early 2009 when the country was in the grips of the Great Recession.

Republicans need to both press the Democrat to articulate his plans for economic growth–and present their own alternative as well.



  1. What will the republicans do now that they voted for tax increases? They have no principled arguement they can make without being a laughing stock.

    Comment by Richard Bell — January 30, 2013 @ 1:34 pm - January 30, 2013

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  4. Obama always finds somebody or something else to blame. His policies are never at fault.

    Obama is a petulant child who thinks the world revolves around him.

    Comment by Just Me — January 30, 2013 @ 1:44 pm - January 30, 2013

  5. Until the Federal deficit is made far smaller – not by tax hikes, but by spending cuts – any GDP growth that Obama’s policies do seem to achieve will be a sham: bought only with borrowed money, and doomed to vanish on the day when (not if) the ever-greater borrowing can no longer be sustained.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 30, 2013 @ 1:45 pm - January 30, 2013

  6. I wonder if he wakes up every morning and thinks: “Who can I blame for what today?”

    Comment by Kurt — January 30, 2013 @ 2:03 pm - January 30, 2013

  7. Let’s look at this from an unbiased perspective. I blame others when things go wrong, and I take the credit for good things. What kind of person does this? Hmmmm, let me ruminate for a moment. Ah, yes, I have the answer. A narcissistic child.

    Comment by davinci — January 30, 2013 @ 2:19 pm - January 30, 2013

  8. Liberals blame their inability to get a date on on Bush. They’re complete failures. This is no surprise. Personal responsibility is a concept foreign to liberals.

    Comment by Alan — January 30, 2013 @ 3:33 pm - January 30, 2013

  9. So, what the Obamunists are saying is that the economy cannot create even anemic levels of growth without trillions in deficit spending to prop it up.

    Meanwhile I Texas, the economy is growing and the state budget is in surplus. That’s what competent Governance looks like.

    Comment by V the K — January 30, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - January 30, 2013

  10. what the Obamunists are saying is that the economy cannot create even anemic levels of growth without trillions in deficit spending to prop it up

    Exactly. Thanks, Dear Leader!

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 30, 2013 @ 5:09 pm - January 30, 2013

  11. The AP article on this was basically paragraph after paragraph blaming it all on “spending cuts” and cutting government spending.

    When did we apparently rely so much on the government spending our money to have an “economy?”

    Comment by Tim in MT — January 31, 2013 @ 3:05 am - January 31, 2013

  12. Bush deficits were in the hundreds of billions. That, according to the Obamanauts is the source and reason for our economic misery.

    Obama reviewed the situation, looked up everyone he knows. Titled people-with a station-who could help him make a real impressive show. (Apologies to Lionel Bart) And he decided, in solid poker terms, to double down ….. and then some.

    So Obama did the deficit spending in trillions and blamed the need for such heavy-handed “medicine” on Bush for catching the cold in the first place.

    For Obama, increased government employment and spending is the only form trickle down economics that works. It even has a name and theory behind it: Keynesian economics. St. Franklin of Roosevelt brought it to our economy and it absolutely saved us and ended the depression and all have lived happily ever after until Bush bombed Iraq. Clear?

    Clearly, what we need to do is to double the current deficit spending, establish a guaranteed national income and invest more heavily in solar energy while ridding the law-abiding population of guns and stuff. Taxing the fair share out of the designated greedy is another must.

    Acolytes to Obama are left “explaining” how this works. First, Obamanauts tell us thattrickle-down economics by cutting taxes is a fraud; However, trickle-down economics by high deficit spending in pure genius according to the Obamanauts. Second, the Republican created deficits are murderous to an economy; the Democrat greatly increased deficits are the super antibiotic that attacks and kills what ails the economy. Third, Republicans can only see the “now” of things; Democrats are creating strong, healthy children who will be good slaves to bearing up under the national debt as the political plantation owners live large now and in the future.

    Anyone should be able to see how all this works by the Las Vegas model. You have to bet large to win large. Losers go to Vegas and mostly lose. Winners go to Vegas and win every hand. (Or so they claim.) But Vegas still “finds” the money to pay the electricity bills and flaunt the silly opulence and sucker the suckers who need to be stroked and still produce bankrolls for Steve Wynn sized pockets.

    In my youth, we had a name for Obamanomics. We called it hucksterism. It has been around in many forms: three card Monte, the shell game, or other a thousand variations.

    The bottom line is that they are practicing variations of the apocryphal famous line: “Who you gonna believe, me – or – your own lying eyes?”

    Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure. All that is necessary to fool the fools and dazzle the useful idiots is a lot of language mystique, flimflammery, wheedling, confounding and guile to snow and sucker. Eventually, up is down and parallel lines cross and the magic is done.

    No small business or family on a tight budget has any of the three powers that could really save them in tough times: the power of unlimited credit; the power to tax others or the power to print money.

    That is why real people do not believe the Obamanauts and their double-talk, flimflammery where the tall dogs in government get involved in complicated investment schemes that the average bank manager or investment broker can neither explain nor understand. It is how Hillary read the Wall Street Journal for a few weeks and then turned $1,000 into $100,000 after ten weeks of trading cattle futures contracts. Effectively, what she did was like Obama skeet shooting a time or two at Camp David and then competing at the ACUI Clay Target Championships.

    It is more than your lying eyes can believe.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 31, 2013 @ 11:32 am - January 31, 2013

  13. Today I heard the term “credit-card economics”. The shoe fits.

    And, someone again tried to tell me with a straight face that Obama’s endless spending increases are actually “cuts”… because they’re less than he originally suggested. Political propaganda 101.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 31, 2013 @ 2:30 pm - January 31, 2013

  14. The irony is, right before I saw this posting, I walked by a USA Today with the headline “Q4 -.1 shrinkage not so bad”. Oh?

    Comment by Douglas — January 31, 2013 @ 7:29 pm - January 31, 2013

  15. “Q4 -.1 shrinkage not so bad”

    [Sean Connery]Written by a woman, no doubt[/Sean Connery]

    Comment by The_Livewire — February 1, 2013 @ 7:57 am - February 1, 2013

  16. And, someone again tried to tell me with a straight face that Obama’s endless spending increases are actually “cuts”… because they’re less than he originally suggested. Political propaganda 101.

    Only in government budgets could raising spending by less than planned be seen as a “cut” in spending.

    Comment by Just Me — February 1, 2013 @ 8:38 pm - February 1, 2013

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