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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Economy, Health, Politics, Religion, Society | 8 comments

The GOP’s Big Obama Bailout

Tongue in tanned cheek, John Boehner explains his escalating criticism of Barack Obama: “The president is getting … bad advice. Somebody needed to help him out, so I thought I would.”

Actually, Boehner has it backward.

For haters of government bailouts, Republicans in general are doing a nifty job of saving the President from his biggest mistakes in office.

In 2009, instead of going all out on job creation, Obama overrode advisers and went all in on health care . Worse than that, instead of asking for up-or-down votes on preferred provisions, he threw it all into a Congressional pit to see a 2000-page bill emerge larded with a sickening display of tradeoffs for their own constituents by Democratic lawmakers. (The public saw, too, and thus was the Tea Party born to take over the House next year.)

The President’s mistakes did not end there. Apparently insensitive to charges of care rationing and death panels, he continued to stress the altruism of covering millions of uninsured, apparently expecting Americans to respond with empathy rather than fear of less care for themselves.

So much miscalculation, so much political damage. When it was all over, health care reform was a partisan disaster for Democrats. Voters don’t understand most of it, don’t like what they do and have been sold a bill of goods that Obamacare is an expensive goverment takeover. Even keeping children covered until 26 and barring disqualification for pre-existing conditions have been lost in the shuffle as Obama pluses.

But wait! What do we hear over the horizon, leading the cavalry charge to save the President? Social Conservatives are riding to his rescue labeling unmarried women who want contraception coverage as sluts and pulling the party to the right of the Vatican, leaving Mitt Romney with a huge gap in polls among young women voters.

This cycle it is the Catholic branch of the Right, led by St. Santorum, that is pushing for theocratic correctness in other people’s lives, the kind of intrusion that would have made JFK puke.

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  • The_Ohioan

    You’re saying Obama couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time. That he couldn’t, while persuing the ever elusive chimera of health care while stemming the job losses of 750,000 a month. Oh, wait, he DID do something about those job loss numbers – and the Tea Party has been livid about it ever since. But perhaps you were intending satire?

  • The_Ohioan

    Will we EVER get a second chance at commenting? Daily Kos has it, grumble, grumble.

  • dduck

    RAL, “In 2009, instead of going all out on job creation, Obama overrode advisers and went all in on health care . Worse than that, instead of asking for up-or-down votes on preferred provisions, he threw it all into a Congressional pit to see a 2000-page bill emerge larded with a sickening display of tradeoffs for their own constituents by Democratic lawmakers. (The public saw, too, and thus was the Tea Party born to take over the House next year.)’

    An enormous mistake was made, his worst.

  • bluebelle

    So, the president doesn’t create legislation, Congress does. Where is Boehner’s Jobs Bill?

  • +1 to Bluebelle’s post! Well done!

    In hindsight, although I do understand Obama wanted to strike while the iron was hot, health care before jobs does seem like a mistake. Even though our pre-Obamacare health care is a tremendous drag on the economy, job creation actions should probably have come first.

    Or am I being revisionist? I think I’m forgetting chain-of-events regarding all the bailouts …

  • Rcoutme

    Democrats are lousy politicians. They do not know how to advertise. Republicans are lousy politicians, they do not know how to govern.

    Democrats allowed the ACA to become “death panels” and “government take-over of health care.”. Reality: the government left health care to the insurance industry, virtually mandating that 15% of all money spent on health care would go to insurance companies (where is the “incentive” for lower costs?), and the death panels are still in place–at the private insurance companies.

    Democrats allowed the claim that the economy is in recession and that Obama has done “nothing.” Don’t believe me? Go look at the claims–they say “nothing.” Reality: we have had growth in GDP (the test of recession is two quarters loss in GDP) since June 2009. June 2009 is about the start of where any Obama-led initiative could have affected the economy in significant ways. Meanwhile, conservatives (especially Republicans) try to quote statistics from January 2009 because that allows them the claim that jobs were lost. Jobs were lost, but not due to policies set by Obama. He wasn’t even president until late in that month.

    Obama made political mistakes. He should not have “compromised” with Republicans on his stimulus package–they didn’t vote for it anyways! He should not have compromised with Republicans on the ACA (including Government Option)–they didn’t vote for it anyways!

    Before I get all sorts of claims about the government option being opposed by some Democrats, ask yourselves if such opposition would have occurred if the Obama Administration had led the charge from Day 1. Those Democrats who opposed it did so because the Republicans painted it as something evil to conservative voters. Those Democrats, btw, mostly got what they deserved. They were elected out of office anyways.

  • slamfu

    Since when do stimulus packages, industry bail outs, and payroll tax reduction not count as doing anything for jobs? Those things did actually happen in the last few years right, or am I having a hallucination?

  • dduck

    RC, you some good points.

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