Remember when Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, at an afternoon news conference on the threat from Hurricane Rita to New Orleans, used the now legendary quote, “You are stuck on stupid. I’m not going to answer that question”?
The recipient of this verbal smackdown was a reporter who couldn’t stop asking about evacuation efforts – or the lack thereof — before Hurricane Katrina.
Stuck on stupid keeps rattling around in my brain as I’ve been following the national debt ceiling “debate” and also after the new jobs reports came out yesterday and today.
It would take a book to cover all the hypocrisy from the loons on the left concerning just these two issues. However, I don’t have the time or space in this little blog to cover it all, so I’ll just offer a few choice quotes. I looked them all up, just to be sure these people really said what they said.
So, let’s take a look at hypocrisy personified, and in a couple of cases, just plain old self-serving lies.
THE DEBT CEILING
In 2006, before the Senate, House, and President George Bush dug our national debt hole even deeper, then Sen. Barack Obama said:
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
Yep, he said it. As I said, I looked it up. He also voted against raising the debt ceiling. So did Democrat Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid.
Flash forward to 2011. In President Obama’s prepared text for his address to the nation, we find this:
“I want to speak to you today about a matter of the greatest national urgency. We face a crisis unique in our history. This threat comes not from a foreign foe or bloodthirsty terrorists, but is no less dangerous and insidious. No, this challenge to the American way of life comes entirely from within. And the damage it could cause is as catastrophic as it is unnecessary.
“I am speaking about the looming deadline to raise the debt ceiling of the United States.
“On or about August 2, the government of the United States will hit the $14.3 trillion limit on its debt. Never in our 235-year history has the United States of America defaulted on its financial obligations. Never has Congress failed to raise the debt ceiling in a timely manner. Never has Congress put the full faith and credit of the United States in jeopardy.
“In an act of reckless and unprecedented partisanship, Republican leaders in both houses of Congress have promised to block the needed increase in the debt ceiling unless an ever-shifting — and escalating — series of demands are met. At a time when this nation is fighting two wars and slowly emerging from its deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression, only now are Republicans demanding trillions in spending cuts which would slow our recovery, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, and undermine our social safety net. Republicans insist that any new revenue from any source, even by closing tax loopholes for the wealthiest individuals and most profitable corporations in America, is ‘off the table.’
“If those demands are unmet, the same Republican Party which drove this economy into a ditch will drive it off a cliff. That is irresponsible and unacceptable. Congress should pass the $2 trillion increase in the debt limit right now and with no preconditions.”
Uh, excuse me, but isn’t the president trying to have it both ways? Does he really think we’re too stupid to notice the hypocrisy and lies?
JOBS AND THE ECONOMY
I found the following two news reports about the newly released report on jobs and the economy. These are excerpts:
1. July 8, 2011 — NEW YORK (AP) — A rebound in retail sales and strong jobs reports pushed stocks near their highest levels of the year.
U.S. retailers had their best June sales results since 1999 as shoppers were lured into stores by warm weather and deep discounts. Kohl’s Corp., Target Corp., and Urban Outfitters Inc. each gained more than 6 percent.
Investors have been concerned that high gas prices would constrain consumer spending as people looked for ways to save money. The higher sales figures reassured markets that consumers were becoming more willing to spend again.
“The closest thing to an unadulterated barometer of our progress is same-store sales,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at Harris Private Bank in Chicago. Same-store sales for the 28 retailers who reported them on Thursday were up 6.9 percent. “Everything is tied to it: Sales drives profits, profits drive hiring and hiring drives sales. It’s a neat, virtuous circle.”
An improving job market likely helped. The number of people who made first-time claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week to a seven-week low of 418,000, the government reported. That’s a sign that employers are laying off fewer workers. [END]
2. July 8, 2011 — WASHINGTON (AP) – Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month. Employers added the fewest jobs in nine months and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent.
The economy generated only 18,000 net jobs in June, the Labor Department said Friday. And the number of jobs added in May was revised down to 25,000.
The latest report offered stark evidence that the recovery will be painfully slow. Businesses added the fewest jobs in more than a year. Governments cut 39,000 jobs. Over the past eight months, federal, state and local governments have cut a combined 238,000 positions. [END]
Now, maybe I’m just dense, but these two “news” reports were filed by the same news organization on the same day. Do these people live on different planets, or what?
No, it’s simply the main-stream media being the main-stream media. Due to their little brains full of mush being filled with liberal lies from their leftist professors in journalism schools across the country, their first inclination is to view everything through the only prism they know; loony left propaganda.
Notice the information for the first article had just been faxed, along with their designated talking points, for a report issued on Thursday. In this one, using all the numbers but one, they paint a rosy picture that everything looks just hunky-dory, and all is well on Planet Obama.
In the second report issued on Friday, though, there was that pesky little jump in the unemployment rate. Hummmm … no way to get around that one. So, after all their usual loony-left reporting options were squashed, they had no choice but to report the truth, well some of it anyhow. Although they were forced to report that the number of jobs added in May was revised down to 25,000, they conveniently “forgot” to include the April figures. If you include those, the number of jobs added was revised down to 44,000 for the last two months, or about half of what was originally reported.
OK, we’ve looked at the loony left’s hypocrisy and lies. Now let’s take a look at old-fashioned stupidity:
President Obama’s senior political adviser David Plouffe said Wednesday that people won’t vote in 2012 based on the unemployment rate.
“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe said. “People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’ ”
Is this guy for real? Are you as speechless as I am? It’s like living in an alternate universe.
No matter how you cut it, this guy is REALLY stuck on stupid.