Note from Dan: The Post of the Day is by J.M. White, an ardent gunner and expert identifier of horse manure. He’s taking on a comment by (who else?) Suzie, who wrote: “This is unbelievable. In four years, their guy has spent more than any president in U.S. History, yet they can only talk about Bush.”
Okay, kids. Obviously, some of our remedial students are struggling with history (and reality, apparently), so we’ll review this chapter once more for their benefit. I know the rest of us would like to move on to more important and exciting issues, but thanks to No Child Left Behind (who came up that again?), we can’t just plop ‘em in Special Ed. and carry on like we used to.
About half of Obama’s spending wouldn’t have been necessary if Bush hadn’t wrapped the Maserati that was our economy around a tree and ran back to Texas to cower and hide on his ranch. Never mind the $2 trillion that he left off of the books, too. The fact that Bush was a virtual ghost during the election campaigns tells you all you need to know about his culpability and guilt. The fact that most of the candidates wouldn’t have wanted his endorsement in the first place should tell you what a debacle his administration was.
The man has become a virtual pariah in his own party. You guys don’t even want his name mentioned. The mess he left us in is the main reason you guys have lost the last two presidential elections. You could realize this and turn the party around, but no, loyalty to the brand is what it’s all about and you guys aren’t very adept at admitting your mistakes, anyway.
It couldn’t be Bush’s fault that the economy tanked under his watch; it was the Democrat-controlled Congress. Yet it can be and is Obama’s fault that the economy isn’t improving at a breakneck pace and it has nothing to do with the obstructionist Republican-controlled House. You can ignore irony and hypocrisy, Republicans, but it doesn’t ignore you. The party of personal responsibility has been nothing more than the party of “not me” and it shows every time someone makes a moronic comment like the one Suzie made above.
The Republican Party modus operandi:
“Oh phooey! The wheel fell off of the wagon. Sure, we knew it was a bit wobbly and missing a spoke. Sure, we hadn’t greased it since we left Ohio. [snaps fingers] It must be the horse’s fault! Stupid horse. He’s determined to destroy this wagon train as we know it. That bastard probably wants us to carry our own weight instead of enjoying the privilege of pulling our load for us. I have an idea, guys. We should complain heartily about this socialist horse and tell everyone that he’s hell-bent on the annihilation of our way of life! As a bonus, we’ll hide all the tools and expect the horse to fix the problem with nothing more than his hooves. Then, as he struggles to fix it (and he won’t easily be able to – he doesn’t have thumbs. Muhahahahaha!), we can do what we do best: piss and moan about his ineptitude. When it’s all said and done, if we dig in deep, refuse to do anything and complain loud enough, hopefully they’ll just forget who started it and blame the horse like the rest of us.”
“Great plan, Boss! The horse looks a little angry, though.”
“Well, if he had just chosen to be a Republican, he could be over here with us, blaming some other horse. That’s his fault, too.”
“Great. Now what do we do about this “low-information voter” thing that the Dems were using against us last year?”
“Simple. We wait six months and then start calling Democratic voters the same name. We’re conservatives; latching onto an idea long after it’s run its course and then acting like we invented it is what we do best!”
“Awesome. Just awesome, Boss. You know, that wheel still really needs to be fixed before we can go anywhere…”