Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 23, 2012, 11:11 a.m. EST by brightonsage
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It seems to me that Obama can run on the GOP's record. Everybody says jobs are the most important issue. If that is true, we can look at what the GOP has said and done about about jobs.
They say we should cut the taxes for the rich, get rid of regulations that protect children from poisonous toys, air and water quality, air travel safety, consumers from predatory lending and forged affidavits falsely claiming ownership of millions of homes, hedge fund managers, dark pools, derivatives, drilling deep water oil wells with safety valves that don't work most of the time, oil pipelines that are poorly designed, constructed and maintained, and these are just a few of the regulations they say they don't want and have prevented in order to "create jobs." They actually did all of this for 8 years with Bush and have been mostly successful maintaining these policies under Obama by creative obstructionism. The Bush tax cuts are still in place.
Despite their success, almost no jobs were created in the two terms of Bush. Then the meltdown that they made inevitable happened and unemployment went to 10%. And, they have prevented most of what Obama wanted to do to create jobs. Of course Obama had to give them more tax cuts to get a weak stimulus package that economists said was too small. Even with all of their stated intent and actual success in preventing Obama's policies from being implemented, more jobs have been created in the last two Obama years than in all of the Bush years.
So, it seems Obama could rightly claim that the GOP's policies on taxation and regulation are what has failed. And that the tiny sliver of his policies that got implemented apparently worked better than anyone expected.
Looking at the whole situation objectively, one would have to note that Obama was stupid enough to appoint Larry Summers who collaborated with the GOP and Greenspan back in the Clinton years to set up the financial meltdown and Geithner who collaborated with his banking buddies to shelter the banks from the just consequences of their looting of the world financial system. And the banks have continued to rip off the American consumer with the help of the GOP and complicit Dems.
There are no good guys, only guys who haven't been caught, yet. There are worse guys, however, They are the ones who win regardless of who wins, if you know what I mean. They are the select members of the 1%. We, on the other hand will get more of the same obstruction and failed policies and lose again.