Fool me once, twice, three times?

Those who want me to vote for Mitt Romney purchased a billboard in our area that refers to the presidency of Barack Obama this way: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”  Republicans must think I can’t remember 2008, when it was apparent that we were already fooled twice — in 2000 and 2004.

Their billboard says we were fooled in 2008, but not even the staunchest Republican knows that for sure, since we are still trying to dig our way out of near economic collapse. We all know for sure, however, that the 8-year administration of George W. Bush brought us to the brink of economic collapse.  That is beyond dispute.  A Republican President was handed a surplus in 2000; and in January, 2009, he handed President Obama an economy in free fall.  The billboard sponsors must think I have forgotten that history.

Thanks to their attempt at being clever, I ask who should be ashamed if we are fooled a third time?  I love irony.


Can you remember three years ago?

The Huffington Post reported the Romney campaign’s reaction to Hilary Rosen’s insulting comments about Ann Romney:

. . . Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg told The Huffington Post in an email, “Moving welfare recipients into work was one of the basic principles of the bipartisan welfare reform legislation that President Clinton signed into law. The sad fact is that under President Obama the poverty rate among women rose to 14.5 percent in 2011, the highest rate in 17 years. The Obama administration’s economic policies have been devastating to women and families.”

Why did the Romney campaign bring up the 2009 economy?  They must think we can’t remember back to the crisis created by eight years of a Republican administration.  (Remember the housing crash?  Your house is still worth less than it was in 2007.)

So, if it is a sad fact “that under President Obama the poverty rate among women rose to 14.5 percent in 2011, the highest rate in 17 years;”  it is another sad fact that it would be remarkable, if the poverty rate among women were not the highest rate in 17 years.  We were looking over a financial precipice as President Bush left office at the end of 2008.

I remember eight years of Republican policies driving us to the brink of financial disaster.  I remember the look on Hank Paulson’s face. I remember Alan Greenspan (the Roseanne Rosannadanna of economics) saying, “I was wrong.”

My rallying cry for a better future is, “Remember 2000-2008!”  Thanks for the reminder, Ms. Henneberg.

Fear of truth politics

Jon Huntsman withdrew from the Republican primary.

In a campaign email to supporters, Huntsman wrote, “After three years of bigger government, higher taxes and more spending, America desperately needs a return to conservative principles: limited government, lower taxes and balanced budgets.” (Huffington Post, January 20, 2012)

Really —  “three years?”  That must be a typo.  He must have meant 11 years.  And he must have forgotten that higher spending over the last three years has been in a desperate attempt to keep the economy from going off the cliff we faced in 2008.

Oh — I forgot.  He was in China.  Surely Mitt Romney will correct him.

Or do politicians believe Americans are afraid of truth?  That must be it.  Huntsman’s email wasn’t a typo.  Americans are afraid of truth and vote for politicians who are afraid of truth, too.  We are so ahistorical, so aphilosophical, and so uneducated that we don’t see the ugliness of fearing truth.  We just do it.

Knowing this, it occurs to me that we might elect Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich to the Presidency.  My only comfort comes from knowing it doesn’t matter whether the President is a Republican or Democrat.  Both parties have been purchased by the highest corporate bidders.

That’s one thing we know for sure from the last three years.