Who can forget when Obama first took office he dismissed Republican ideas for the Stimulus bill that was intended to "save or create 3 million jobs" by saying "I won." Obama got his way with the Stimulus bill and other legislation amounting to trillions in deficit spending. Despite his promises that unemployment would never go above 8% it is still hovering at 9%.
It was clear to the voters who gave the GOP a record landslide in the 2010 midterm election that Obama's economic policy was an utter failure. Nothing has changed since then to alter that perception.
But Democrats seem to be "stuck on stupid" as General Honore told reporters in New Orelans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Not only do they continue to block GOP ideas for job growth, energy production and debt control, they continue to demand more spending and higher taxes as they ONLY answer they have to the nation's problems.
The latest example comes from Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) the mentor for the disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner. Durbin wanted to include more wasteful stimulus spending for highway construction and clean-energy subsidies in the deal to reduce debt. The howls of laughter which greeted his proposal didn't stop him from declaring "You have to say to yourself: If they're trying to help create jobs in America, why are they killing the bills on the floor of the Senate that will create jobs?"
Durbin's line is especially hypocritical since Democrats in the U.S. Senate have defeated, blocked, stalled or ignored every effort by Republicans in the House of Representatives to cut regulatory red tape, and get government out of the way of job creators.
But Durbin's hypocrisy and bile pale in comparison to that of Senator Schumer who obviously taught his protege Weiner very well:
SCHUMER: We need to start asking yourselves an uncomfortable question: Are Republicans slowing down the recovery on purpose (pause) for political gain in 2012? And now it's becoming clear that insisting on a slash-and-burn approach may be part of this plan. It has a double benefit for Republicans: It's ideologically tidy, and it undermines economic recovery which they think only helps them in 2012. If the public comes to believe that Republicans are deliberately sabotaging the economy, it will backfire politically.What Senator Schumer apparently refuses to recognize is that the public has already seen which party is damaging the economy which explains the landslide of 2010. Furthermore, when it comes to deliberate acts of economic sabotage, some have yet to forget that it was Senator Schumer whose public comments about the stability of Indy Mac Bank set off a string of bank failures which just happened to coincide with the 2008 presidential election. Federal Bank regulators specifically blamed Schumer for the run on Indy Mac.
Apparently, when Sen. Schumer talks about economic sabotage, he is speaking from experience. And the American people have learned from experience that Democrat's big spending, higher tax plans are themselves a form of economic sabotage.
But partisan attacks and blame shifting are all the Democrats have left. They have no plan with any new ideas. Nothing but failure heaped on failure!