"[W]ith America in crisis, with 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work, he hasn’t put forth a plan to get us working again. Now I know we’re getting close to an election so he’ll come out with one soon, but three and a half years later, we’re waiting."
Funny, but I remember the stimulus and the auto-bailout and continuation of TARP. And then I recall Obama coming out storming in January with a State of the Union address that demanded quick passage of his American Jobs Act. This is presumably what Romney is referring to later in the same mass of lies:
"[H]e blames Congress, he goes after Congress, but we remember the president’s own party had a super majority in both houses for his first two years, so you can hardly blame Congress for the faults that he’s put in place himself, and so he’s casting about looking for someone to blame and just hasn’t been able to find anybody — whether it’s the ATM machines or the tsunami or Europe."
But Obama has blamed Congress for not acting on his jobs bill, as Jed Lewison notes. There is a perfect symmetry here for Romney: he attacks Obama's successful jobs program then claims it doesn't exist. I guess he's counted on a full-bore amnesiac scenario in which the US economy was fine and its budget balanced until Obama came along and meretriciously added on a pile of more debt and spending for some reason – with no results on employment. That is the universe his political psyche now lives in – and it is a total untruth. Sargent summarizes:
Romney’s calculation: Voters will not care if Obama had a job plan that was blocked by the opposition; voters only care about results; not being able to get your plan passed despite determined opposition is tantamount to not having a plan or not acting at all; it’s time to elect someone who will be able to get something done.
And you know what? Romney may be right.
I think this is a core goal of the total obstructionists in the GOP: to prevent Obama from doing anything past his first two years to alleviate the sluggish recovery, so they can then blame the subsequent sluggishness on him, and then cover the whole cake in surreal, deceptive, cynical Rovian icing. It may work. Which is why we need to do what we can to expose the lies as insistently as we can.
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