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.


Do you think we are THAT stupid?

I have written about political rhetoric before.  In one blog I described the difference between liberal and conservative media this way:

The liberal media use the actual words of conservatives (sometimes out of context, sometimes not) to ridicule their ideas and philosophy. The right-wing media distorts the words (and beliefs) of liberals, and then ridicules them. . . In the language of debate competitions, they “prop up a straw man and knock it down.”

Here is the Romney campaign reaction to President Obama explaining the biggest mistake of his first term: Continue reading →

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.