Friday, December 26, 2014

Retrospective



As we roll up 2014 like that rug in "How to Get Away With Murder," it might be useful -- if the people who need to pay attention were actually to pay attention which won't happen because, well, not paying attention is their thing, their raison d'etre, their way of pretending away being wrong all the time and where was I? -- to ask our self a simple and easily answerable question: were Rs right about anything? And having done so, we might also take a little time to wonder: will they ever be?

Ebola is going to kill us all; hiring a political operative to wade through the bureaucracies to coordinate our efforts was shameful. The Affordable Care Act will cause premiums to skyrocket, will tank the economy, will kill jobs, will be an utter failure. Putin is playing chess while Obama plays marbles (oh, that was a good one; and how our right-wing fawned over Mr Putin -- a real leader, the tough one, the one making Obama look like a fool. Every last one of our commie-hating freedom-loving wingnuts announcing to the world that their ideal leader is a dictator, a suppressor of human rights, of the press; an invader. Not that it was a surprise, based on observation over the past 14 years.) Would a current comparison of the two economies be useful? Did our much-reviled sanctions (why oh why didn't we kill someone?) turn out to be the failure predicted everywhere in our right-wing media? Did our non-militaristic response diminish us in eyes of the world? (How would we know?)

As the Dow reached the point of tripling since Obama took office, let's recall, shall we, the famous op-ed in the WSJ: "Obama's radicalism is killing the Dow." Nor, as we finish off yet another month in a record-breaking string of consecutive months of job growth, ought we forget that not a single R voted for the stimulus way back when. How 'bout we recall when they blamed President Obama for gas prices hitting all-time highs, as they regale us with their silence as prices hit the lowest level in many years? (For the record: given the many factors in oil prices that are out of the control of any president, I've never believed he had anything to do with either direction; although it's true that US oil and gas production has risen dramatically during his presidency. Which, speaking of Rs being wrong, isn't necessarily a good thing for those that believe in anthropogenic climate change.)

Anyone seen any ISIS folk around here? Are they running rampant over there, absent (very many) US boots on the ground? Has getting the locals to do their own work been an abject failure?

How many Benghazi investigations have proved any of the R claims of malfeasance, stand down orders, etc? Will the next one? (Will it be the ninth, reaching the same conclusion?) Has anyone paid attention to the just-released, R-majoritied report on the IRS non-scandal which found no White House involvement? Have Rs who favor torture been vindicated yet?

And what about those laboratories of Reaganomics, Wisconsin and Kansas? How are they doing, economically? Budget balancally? Jobsy?

One could go on like this for a long time, but I'm still in a cookie coma from yesterday. See? I'm not even providing my usual linkage. But it ought not even be necessary: everywhere we look, virtually everything we see in the way of Republican claims and predictions, for the year and for the entire Obama presidency, have been proven wrong. And not just a little wrong. Spectacularly, glaringly, surpassingly wrong. Wrong on all levels. Wrong here, wrong there, wrong in the morning, wrong in the evening, wrong at suppertime. Their wrongness rises to the level of of timelessness; it sets a standard to which no one else, other than they, forever, ought ever to aspire, much less believe they could achieve.

Which certainly explains the recent election results, and makes one highly optimistic for our future under their leadership, the first order of whose business, evidently, will be to politicize the CBO, fire its director, and install someone who'll buy into their preferred fuzzy math, to make it look like their economics are working when they aren't. 

Now that's how you deal with being wrong. Right?

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1 comment:

Smoothtooperate said...

Politically correct gluten free diets! The war on Christmas

"Repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens,"

"Let's love people, let's care about people, let's repeal it now while we can,"...I wonder if she's still holding her breath?

Let's have a discussion about guns shall we Michelle?

I was gonna just post a link. But in the spirit of fewer links and more words. *pie and deviled egg coma*...I'll go on for a large part of forever, then someone else can take it from there to eternity.

Obama gets his war on. In case you've lost track—here are 109 things President Obama currently is or recently has been engaged in a war against (according to conservative pundits, lazy headline writers, and Google trawling): It's almost impossible to pick a favorite. But "Forbes 400" is pretty hilarious. "Boeing" gets an honorable mention as a homer pick.

Christmas trees
Christians
Christians and Jews
Catholics
The church
Religion
Religious freedom
Free speech
Wealth
The private sector
Wall Street
Banks
Investors, entrepreneurs, businesses
The self-made man
The Forbes 400
The rich
Poor people
The American farmer
Fishing
Cheerios
Marijuana
Weed
Medical marijuana
Vegan shops
Poker
The Bowl Championship Series
Fun
Sloth
Human excellence
Success
Knowledge
Facts
Fox News
Conservative talk radio
Palin
Congress
House Republicans
Boehner
Eric Cantor
Decency
Conscience
Gun owners
The American military
Veterans
Energy
American energy workers
Oil traders
Fossil fuels
Oil
Coal
Electricity
Auto workers
Cars
Silicon Valley
The internet
Wasteful mobile devices
Mousepads and coffee mugs
Space junk
Appalachia
The states
Texas
Arizona
Joe Arpaio
Immigrants
Pakistanis
Israel
Ireland
Britain
African development
Alex Jones
Whistleblowers
Transparency and accountability
The secret ballot
Voter fraud reform
Civil rights
Civil society
College internships
Education innovation
Medical innovation
The health insurance industry
Doctors
Pro-lifers
Unborn babies
High school dropouts
Senior citizens
The aircraft industry
Boeing
Business
Greed
The profit motive
Inequality
Reaganomics
The American economy
American jobs
Jobs and growth
Capitalism and the Bill of Rights
Traditional American values
Marriage, federalism, and religious liberty
Liberty and property
Prosperity and freedom
Freedom
The Constitution
America
The American people
Women
Children
You
The World
Everything (except America's enemies)

http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2012/02/obama-war-xmas-christians-cheerios

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