“gop response to jobs report: the earth is flat and 2 + 2 = 5”

Andrew Leonard (Salon): ….House Republicans pinned the blame for Friday’s disappointing jobs report squarely on the White House, saying the Obama administration’s “over-taxing, over-regulating and over-spending” has stifled economic growth. “One look at the jobs report should be enough to show the White House it’s time to get serious about cutting spending and dealing with our ailing economy,” Speaker John Boehner said.

How many blatant untruths can a Republican speaker of the House stuff into one sentence? Quite a few!

1) President Obama has cut taxes. His stimulus bill included tax cuts for 95 percent of all American working families. He signed off on the extension of the Bush tax cuts, while throwing in a new payroll tax cut for good measure.

2) Over-regulating? …Let’s just take a look at the two sectors of the economy that we might expect to have been affected by the two biggest signature pieces of legislation signed into law by Obama – the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank bank reform act … the healthcare sector has averaged 24,000 news jobs a month over the past year – and accounted for almost a third of May’s overall 54,000 gain. Meanwhile, Wall Street had its fourth most profitable year ever in 2010. If that’s over-regulation, we need more of it!

3) Private economic forecasters … generally agree that without Obama’s stimulus spending, unemployment would be higher.

We could raise other issues. We could ask: What changed between May and the previous six months in which job growth was relatively strong? But that would require examining actual facts about what is going on the world, like Japan’s recession or high gas prices or declining government spending, particularly at the state level.

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7 Responses to ““gop response to jobs report: the earth is flat and 2 + 2 = 5””

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    June 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    The repugs should place the blame directly at their feet. With the constant flame inducing comments they make, they put the economy on vulnerable grounds. They attack, attack, cut taxes for the wealthy, run to their wall stret buddies and pander to them, haven’t introduced one jobs bill since they got into power, attack women’s rights, children’s rights and yap yap yap.

  2. 2 Ladyhawke
    June 3, 2011 at 10:28 pm


    How many falsehoods can Paul Ryan fit into a single minute? “SIX”

    Debunking The Top Lies About The Republican Medicare Scheme
    June 03, 2011 3:28 pm ET

    Contrary to polling, special elections, and town hall uproar, Republicans have decided their Medicare scheme is a political winner — it’s just that Democrats are lying to people. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the plan’s architect, expressed the GOP mentality in a Fox News interview on June 2, 2011, saying that Democrats are “distorting and demagoging” the plan and once people “realize they’ve been lied to,” Democrats “are gonna be one the wrong end of that exchange with the American people.” He then proceeded to misrepresent the GOP’s “Path to Prosperity” budget in a half-dozen ways, capping the falsehoods with another whopper: “When people know the facts about what we proposed, they’re extremely supportive,” Ryan claimed. The facts, unfortunately for Republicans, say otherwise.

    Rep. Ryan Fits Six Falsehoods Into A Single Minute

    REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WI): This is as gradual as it gets. We don’t affect the benefits for people above 55 years old in Medicare. In fact, we restore their benefits by repealing the Obamacare raid on the Medicare fund and the rationing board they put in charge of Medicare. We repeal that, we keep Medicare for everybody 55 and above and reform it for the next generation so that we can save the program and so that we can cashflow it for the next generation of seniors. When people know the facts about what we proposed, they’re extremely supportive. And when they know the facts are that we put out a plan to literally not just balance the budget but pay off the debt, get this economy growing, and save Medicare, at the end of the day I believe facts win.


  3. 3 FiredUpInCa
    June 3, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    The private sector added 83,000 jobs in May. The public sector slashed 29,000 jobs. Right now, 53% of the state legislatures are being run by the GOP. The GOP needs to talk to the GOP in the state governments to ask them how they think laying people off, while the private sector is hiring, will help boost the economy.

  4. 4 Suzanne
    June 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I looked in Wikipedia and the GOP have the same policies as Herbert Hoover – deregulation, lower taxes, and the poor would be addicted if they received the dole. I read where Ryan wanted to lower the tax rate for the rich to 1930’s level when Hoover was in office. The GOP have been cutting jobs and many GOP governors have cut down on unemployment benefits in their states. I read somewhere that they have cut 700,000 jobs.

    What everyone should be pointing out was that the economy was doing very well thank you very much, until the GOP got control of the House.

    The GOP playing their same old song and dance and it’s very, very old. I’m not distracted by the GOP at all. The interactive map about the cost of Ryan’s budget to Medicare and Medicade is excellent. President Obama’s graphic and speeches about the incredible success of the auto bailout are excellent. The Democrats are smarter, more competent and better looking.

    President Obama always keeps his eye on the goal and is forever surprising people. We just need to work to get voter ids for people in states with voter suppression laws and work to get great Democrats elected. The President cares about this country and has touched many hearts every single day — they will come out for him.

    • 5 sherijr
      June 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      Well said Suzanne… love this part too: The Democrats are smarter, more competent and better looking.

  5. 6 halo
    June 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    They have to lie to get elected. Simple as that.

  6. 7 anniebella
    June 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I’m hoping and praying the voters will be smarter in 2012.

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