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Because you are going to see an attempt by Team Obama and its friends in the media to blame the sluggish economy and paltry job growth on the Republican refusal to give Obama a clean debt ceiling increase.

And it already has started, with Paul Krugman claiming the debt deal will slow the economy.  So according to Team Obama, you can add the debt deal to the Arab Spring, Japanese Tsunami, the gravitational pull of the moon, and of course, George Bush, as to why Obama is not to blame for anything bad that happens during his administration.

But in announcing the deal, Obama highlighted what for him was a feature and for Republicans a bug, namely that there are almost no cuts in planned spending the first two years (indeed, there never are any cuts, just a slow down of the increase)(emphasis mine):

The first part of this agreement will cut about $1 trillion in spending over the next 10 years — cuts that both parties had agreed to early on in this process. The result would be the lowest level of annual domestic spending since Dwight Eisenhower was President — but at a level that still allows us to make job-creating investments in things like education and research. We also made sure that these cuts wouldn’t happen so abruptly that they’d be a drag on a fragile economy.

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Does anybody know where this “lowest spending since Eisenhower” meme comes from? As a share of GDP, maybe? It’s nuts anyway, but I don’t follow the logic.

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I promise, just one more time: Something was exchanged today for the promise of a discussion and a committee tomorrow. Isn’t this another example of that old definition of insanity? Politics aside, we’re running out of tomorrows. The longer we delay fixing our government, the more difficult it will be to fix. The economy is not the problem, jobs are not the problem, they are symptoms of the problem. Our government(s) is(are) the problem.

How about an example of the steps necessary to guard against this administration at work? It was commented in a recent email from a Republican congressional caucus that during the coming vacation month Republicans would leave a skeleton staff of congressmen in Washington…to block unforeseen recess nominations. That’s what it takes to protect ourselves from an administration that lives and works in the shadows whenever and wherever it can. Let’s drop the “Obama failed” meme, he has not failed. He has been immensely, disastrously successful, probably beyond his wildest dreams regardless of what he says. Professor Jacobson said a week ago: “Win in 2012.” It is conservatives’ only chance. And if we do win, and we may not, the work is going to be difficult, and dirty, and there will be political casualties.

About “the gravitational pull of the moon” – we used to have two moons scientists are now saying. The loss of the second moon is, Democrats are now saying, the fault of “Republican refusal to give Obama a clean debt ceiling increase.”

LukeHandCool | August 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Good point, Professor.

FWIW: There are two gay guys in my office. One is a staunch conservative Republican, the other a staunch Democrat. The other night, the gay Democrat, who voted for Obama in 2008 and who said he would never vote for a Republican, said there is 0% chance he will vote for Obama in 2012 … he’s going to stay home. He said Obama is “a complete incompetent joke.”

I am working on quite a few people at work who are, as Ed Morrisey recently said, “casual, low-information voters” who are busy and get their news and views from the establishment media. I find many hispanic Democrats especially open to hearing about conservative viewpoints. Quite a few I’ve talked to had never heard of Marco Rubio before I told them about him! I’m sure I can influence a few coworkers who would otherwise vote Democrat by mindless default.

Thanks for the jujitsu move to use on the office Media-Mutters-talking-points-spewing, snarky self-described anarchist (who worships Obama and bigger government) who will no doubt be loudly blaming the economy on the Republicans for not giving Obama the clean debt ceiling increase.

“So according to Team Obama, you can add the debt deal to the Arab Spring, Japanese Tsunami, the gravitational pull of the moon, and of course, George Bush, as to why Obama is not to blame for anything bad that happens during his administration.”

Dont’ forget those damned, dirty ATMs.

“…the lowest level of annual domestic spending since Dwight Eisenhower was President.”

Must be new math.

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