Dear Republicans: This is a club, learn to use it

Posted by: Phineas on May 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Because if you don’t hammer Obama every day from now until Election Day with the fact that his stimulus plan caused a net loss of 500,000 jobs, you don’t deserve to win:

Our benchmark results suggest that the ARRA created/saved approximately 450 thousand state and local government jobs and destroyed/forestalled roughly one million private sector jobs. State and local government jobs were saved because ARRA funds were largely used to offset state revenue shortfalls and Medicaid increases rather than boost private sector employment. The majority of destroyed/forestalled jobs were in growth industries including health, education, professional and business services.

(Emphasis added)

That’s from a study (PDF) by economists at Ohio State. In other words, we borrowed and spent nearly one trillion dollars (that’s $1,000,000,000,000) on the assurance of President Obama and the (Social) Democrats that doing so would stimulate the economy, create new jobs, and restore prosperity. Instead, we bought a bunch of pork-barrel projects and waste that only made unemployment worse. We’d have been better off if Obama and Congress had done nothing.

That monument to incompetence alone should cost them the 2012 election.

You’ve been handed a club, Republicans: use it.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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12 Responses to “Dear Republicans: This is a club, learn to use it”


  1. Mark says:

    You forgot to tell them which end is up:-?

  2. thomas mc donnell says:

    but to say these things would be so mean-spirited and insensitive. i mean what would john mc cain say.

  3. Iva Biggin says:

    Come on, we all know that everytime the Republicans get a club they wind up hitting themselves in the head with it. They never seem to know how to use such information to their advantage.

  4. Mary says:

    Just look at what Mitch McConnell, Susan Collins, Scott Brown, Jon Kyl, Lamar Alexander, Senator Lugar, and Mike Johanns are up to. Co-sponsoring Chuck Schumer’s legislation that would strip the senate of their constitutionally required role of providing advising and consent to presidential appointees. Obama will be able to appoint anyone, willy nilly, and the senate would be powerless to stop any appointment. The left would be able to invade even more of our government. If that legislation is approved, because enough republicans vote for it, we’re screwed. These senators know this is a huge betrayal, and are hoping to get away with it.

  5. Old Goat says:

    Another point on all this is those jobs in the government will come to an end due to the end of the stimulus money.

    So, the net gain of 450 thousand (minus however many jobs were just saved in that amount) will be soon wiped out. So over all the ARRA will have cost Trillions to lose 1 and a half million jobs.

    Is this what is called “winning”? Sure seems like a Charlie Sheen type of deal.

  6. Old Goat says:

    Mary, just think that issue you brought up through a bit, it is the reason why I was not so terribly upset by McCain and his gang of 14.

    For any issue that gets done, it means that these actions can be used when power shifts to the other side.

    I really think that our government is made up of people who have their brains removed once they take the oath of office. The one tenants of Conservative ways is that the “rush” to fix things is slowed down and looked at for the possible negative impacts that could come from their moves.

    It is the thing about the Patriot Act that I have the most problem with. Not so much the reasons behind it, but the power that is given by it, and no escape clause if someone untrustworthy gains office.

  7. AnonymousDrivel says:

    So the establishment Republicans have been given a big stick? I’m quite certain they’ll opt for more speaking softly.

  8. BK says:

    Did someone forget to mention that Marxists have taken over both political parties?

  9. PE says:

    Could be that the party of stupid is too preoccupied by the pursuit of stupid things to go after the party of evil. Give these people a club and they’ll try to use it as a wrench.

  10. captaingrumpy says:

    When you get OLD people like McCain and McConnell,they are only looking out for a cosy retirement.McCain should have been sent away last election.Get rid of ALL incumbents was the cry.It’s a pity it was not done.

  11. Don't Tread on ME says:

    The Republicans’ winning ticket in 2012 will be the M & M ticket – Mitch (Daniels) and Michele (Bachmann) – winners both!!