Friday, August 26, 2011

Eric Cantor Wants to Remove Obstacles to Economic Growth, Those Obstacles Being Democrats

Living in a Fantasy World, Is the August Heat to Blame?

The Country of the Wealty, Of Course
Everyone else, you're on  your own

The Washington Post, that once well written, articulate voice of reason in the nation’s capital continues its journey to become the voice of the radical right wing.  As part of  that journey its turns over its editorial pages to Eric Cantor, (R, Va) the House Majority Leader.  Mr. Cantor’s topic, economic growth.

Mr. Cantor starts with an eminently reasonable proposition

we should go all-in on ways to invigorate growth. The Congressional Budget Office has found that for every one-tenth of 1 percent of additional economic growth, the budget deficit is narrowed by nearly $300 billion. Economic growth will help reduce the deficit and get people back to work.

But then goes on to repeat, ad nauseum, the old, tired, incorrect talking points of the failed Conservative agenda

In fact, the Obama administration’s anti-business, hyper-regulatory, pro-tax agenda has fueled economic uncertainty and sent the message from the administration that “we want to make it harder to create jobs.”. . .

Mr. Cantor's World
Where Tax Cuts Provide Brains, a Heart and Courage

Really, does anyone other than a mindless Republican believe that?  And what about the 2010 Debt Commission.  Mr. Cantor blasts the President for not adopting its recommendations when Mr. Cantor himself voted against them.  (roll out the Hypocrisy Trophy).  And when it comes to policy it's “our way or the highway”

But he has also made clear that he would never support the type of structural changes to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security needed to make these programs solvent as envisioned in our budget 

Ignoring the fact that the President was the one who put cuts in both Social Security and Medicare on the table.

So one leaves this diatribe wondering whether or not Republicans have any constructive ideas on fixing the economy, but thinking that if they did, they probably wouldn’t propose them anyway.  If the economy recovers Mr. Obama and the Democrats might get some of the credit, and that price is just too high for Republicans to pay for a better economy.

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