Very little that Republicans say or do actually surprises me anymore. Obviously I haven’t “seen it all yet” (conservatives continually prove they can outdo their own absurdities), but they’ve established themselves as a grouping of people who really don’t have any boundaries when it comes to being ridiculous.
But I will say a few weeks ago when Sen. Mitch McConnell tried to give the Republican party credit for our economic growth (especially the historic growth we saw in 2014), even I was somewhat shocked.
For years Republicans have done nothing but fear-monger about anything and everything President Obama has done, often claiming that it was going to torpedo the economy and destroy job creation. Yet there McConnell was, trying to give the GOP credit for our rapidly increasing economic growth based on the absurd notion that the growth we saw in 2014 was thanks to Americans anticipating the GOP taking over the Senate.
And, you know, that might actually almost make sense if the economy hadn’t already been building toward the best economic year we’ve seen since the late-90’s well before this past year. Not only that, but Republicans did just about anything they possibly could to leading up to the 2012 presidential election to impede economic progress, hoping that it might cost President Obama his job.
Well, during a speech he was giving in Washington, President Obama mocked McConnell’s claim that the economic numbers we saw last year were linked to the assumption that Republicans were going to reclaim the Senate.
“Our Republican leader in the Senate, as he was coming in, after trying to block every single thing that we have done to strengthen the economy, starts looking at jobs numbers, says you know, it is getting better because we just got elected. And people are feeling more optimistic,” Obama said.
“Which – okay. I didn’t know that’s how the economy worked, but maybe,” he laughed, smiling. “We’ll call some economists.”
McConnell’s comments were also rather humorous considering he was trying to take credit for our positive economic numbers, while many within his own party are still claiming that Obama’s economy has been a failure. Who knew that record stock levels; nearly 12 million jobs being created; a deficit that’s been reduced by over $1 trillion; and an unemployment rate that’s been nearly cut in half (all coming off the worst economic recession in nearly a century) could be considered a “failure.”
The truth is, with these kinds of economic numbers, if President Obama were white and a Republican they’d be calling him an American legend.
I just wish President Obama would do this more often. I’ve always said that one of his biggest weaknesses is that he doesn’t take Republicans head-on nearly enough. While I respect him for trying to stay above the fray, it’s hard to watch the Democrats’ biggest weapon sit back and allow Republicans to push their propaganda nearly unchallenged by the president.
Thankfully he stepped up this time to perfectly mock McConnell’s pathetic attempt to give the GOP credit for the economic recovery they tried to sabotage and continue to pretend doesn’t exist.