The GOP has predicted disasters of all types and proportions, should any of Obama’s policies actually come to pass. Nobel-prize winning economist, Paul Krugman, says, in a New York Times piece, that during the August 6 debates, candidates mentioned the economy only ten times, Obamacare was mentioned only nine times, and energy only came up four times. They did, however, mention their god 19 times. Why?
The problem, according to Krugman, boils down to Obama’s spectacular failure to fail. For instance, the right insists, up one side and down the other, that Obamacare is a massive failure. It’s hurting Americans, and it’s destroying the economy. However, as Krugman notes, the ACA has insured millions of Americans, and cost considerably less than first projected.
Does the GOP know this? They probably do, and it scares them, so they deny, deny, deny, and keep telling their sheeple that low-paying jobs, and healthcare costs, and the price of tea in China, are all due to the massive failure that is the ACA.
But, but, what about employment? Jobs? The real unemployment rate is nearly one-third of the U.S. population; it’s not 5.3 percent. That has to be Obama’s fault, right? Reagan was much better, he lowered taxes and the jobs came back! Obama’s raised taxes, so of course the jobs are gone!
Not so fast, says Krugman. Obama took the helm with a higher unemployment rate than Reagan, and it’s now lower than it was at this point in Reagan’s presidency. When compared to Jeb Bush, who likes to brag about running Florida during hard times, but was fortunate enough to be able to leave office before the economy actually crashed, he doesn’t look too bad either.
Krugman notes that it’s important to qualify the unemployment numbers by saying they’re falling, in part, because people are dropping out of the workforce. However, things like hyperinflation, a valueless dollar, and another fiscal crisis – all these disasters that the GOP knew were inevitable, have failed to materialize.
Hmmm…how about energy? Surely the Republicans, despite not talking about it much in the debate, have hard evidence of Obama’s failures there. Specifically, we’re still too dependent on foreign oil…except…we’re not. Fracking has been a mixed bag for us. It’s environmentally dangerous; however, it is also the reason domestic oil production has soared, and foreign imports have plummeted. Gas prices are down, too. No failure there, from the perspective of the fossil fuel-centric Republican Party.
Krugman believes that the GOP’s ultimate problem with Obama’s failure to fail isn’t just political, it’s spiritual, in the eyes of the all-powerful evangelicals. The only way to thrive, in their twisted view, is to reward the rich, punish the less fortunate, and let companies run amok when it comes to workers, the environment, the marketplace, and everything.
He may not be wrong, either. Krugman believes that the root of the issue is the idea that “no good deed goes unpunished.” So, Obama trying to make the rich pay their fair share in taxes, while helping the poor, is supposed to result in horrific disasters from every direction.
Honestly? The fear-mongering from the right is getting very tiresome. How about these idiots start talking about what they want, and what they stand for, instead of continuing to try and manufacture failures from the president who just won’t fail the way they want?