The Time to Get Outraged is Now


I’m tellin’ y’all, it’s a sabotage

Last Friday, the Labor Department announced that the US economy had created 69,000 jobs in May. That’s 58,000 more jobs than George W. Bush’s monthly average of creating 11,000 jobs a month, according to economist Justin Wolfers who claims he did something called “math.”

But the GOP reacted as if President had just taken Clinton’s booming economy and surplus and turned into a steaming mess of debt and joblessness in one month.

Mitt Romney went on CNBC—his first non-Fox News interview in months—and danced on the faces of the unemployed. His one idea to improve the economy? Elect him President so he can double-down on all of George W. Bush’s worst policies.

It’s like saying “Only someone who follows Ike Turner’s principles can reverse this domestic abuse crisis.”

A rational defense, as laid out by Jamelle Bouie, should work:

“Not only is your party responsible for the economic crisis, but when President Obama tried to contain the damage, you moved to obstruct him at every possible opportunity.”

But it may not because the GOP’s economic sabotage is blinding people, making them desperate.

Why is the economy slowing? The answer is simple: The GOP planned it this way. While claiming government spending is skyrocketing, they’ve been engineering huge cuts in state and local spending.

Check out this check out this chart illuminating GOP austerity from Paul Krugman:

This is sabotage and if it works, the GOP will adopt this policy again and again as the demographics turn on them and their policies become obsolete.

The GOP has been at 11 on the outrage meter since we dared to elect a Democratic President who wasn’t purebred WASP. In the middle of a economic catastrophe they at least didn’t prevent, they declared their only goal is make things worse.

And they will not slow down now. Keep this in mind, President Obama’s campaign outspent the McCain campaign more than two-to-one. This time, the GOP and their plutocrats are planning to spend $1.8 billion and that doesn’t even include the 24-hour a day attack ads known as Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the Drudge Report.


So what can we do? MORE. I’m taking on the @GOP myself. You can do the same by helping people registering to vote, donating and joining OFA.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Tell everyone you can how the GOP created this crisis and is now sabotaging a recovery so they can bring all of George W. Bush’s policies back.

What’s on the line in 2012 isn’t just the fate of women’s rights, gay rights, bringing our soldiers home or the lives of 45,000 Americans who die every year for lack of insurance. What’s on the line is the question of whether sabotaging our economy can work. If it does, this republic of the people, by the people and for the people has failed.

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