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January 23, 2009

FUNDAMENTALLY STRONG.... This one's been making the rounds today, and it's a fun one.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has an "issues" page, which includes the "Economy" on its list. (It's seventh on the page, behind Social Security and Border Security.) The page tells readers, "Thanks to Republican economic policies, the U.S. economy is robust and job creation is strong."

After clicking "read more," we learn all about the NRCC's message on the economy.

Thanks to Republican economic policies, the U.S. economy is robust and job creation is strong.

Republican tax cuts are creating jobs and continuing to strengthen the economy, yet there is still more to do so that every American who wants a job can find one.

The NRCC's site also explains that if we stray from Republican economic ideas, we will "set back our economy."

Now, it's pretty likely that House Republicans simply don't take their website seriously, and haven't updated its content since, oh, let's say the start of the current recession 13 months ago.

Except, that's not quite right -- the site was updated as recently as yesterday, with an item about ... wait for it ... economic policy.

The DCCC, meanwhile, is having quite a bit of fun with all of this: "I'm sure the millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet in this 'robust' economy are overflowing with gratitude for those Republican economic policies that got us into this mess."

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Randomly injecting "... wait for it ..." in the middle of a sentence is annoying. You're not Jon Stewart.

Posted by: Melissa on January 23, 2009 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

"It looks like a ploy to bury web pages stating that the economy is in “good shape” in the internet archive dated to the beginning of the Obama administration. In effect, they are trying to change reality now so that they can change history later. These guys pull stuff like this all the time. We just have to raise a stink when they do.

Posted by Judas Gutenberg in Hurley, NY ( www ) | 01/23/09, 03:12 PM EST"

This comment from the DCCC site hit the nail right on the head.

Posted by: Mick on January 23, 2009 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

Melissa,

Complaining about a blogger's style is...wait for it...a pointless waste of bandwidth.

Don't like it? Don't read it. Unless you're a young British lad named Alex, I doubt anyone is forcing you to read it.

Posted by: doubtful on January 23, 2009 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

Are these guys for real??? Sounds an awful like John McCain's "The fundmentals of the economy are strong!" Later "By fundamentals I menat the working people of this country and they are strong." Now on this day at this time the NRCC are still saying that the economy is strong. I have a question, On what universe do these people exist??? The whole world economy is in free fall so we know that they are not of this earth.

Posted by: redrover on January 23, 2009 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

Considering that noone except the GOP pod people read that site, I'm not surprised. As I type, they're busy battening down the hatches on their alternate reality ship for their long journey out into the intergalactic void.

Posted by: bdop4 on January 23, 2009 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

"I'm sure the millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet in this 'robust' economy are overflowing with gratitude for those Republican economic policies that got us into this mess"

Weak. Pandering. I'm sure the ten guys living under the bridge think the economy is really bad.

Posted by: flubber on January 23, 2009 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

Awwww... They took down the issues page! Now the only issue on the issues page is "issues page", which just links back to the issues page.

The direct link through to the economy page still works, though. Good stuff.

Posted by: Colin on January 23, 2009 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

If the DCCC is smart they will keep a screen capture of that page, not because the Republicans said the economy was stong. But because they took OWNERSHIP of it. According to them EVERYTHING going on in the economy was due to Republican governance. Now we all know in the next election cycle they will try to claim it was all the Dems fault since they were in control for two years. Hell we hear that meme tossed around now. But that screenshot will help to keep them from once again revising history.

Posted by: sgwhiteinfla on January 23, 2009 at 5:34 PM | PERMALINK

the "don't like it don't read it" reply is right up their with "I know you are but what am I."

Isn't the point of having comments so that people can you know comment on what was written.

Posted by: grinning cat on January 23, 2009 at 5:41 PM | PERMALINK

Pissing on your leg & telling you it's raining, that's the modern GOP.

Join the Democratic Party: Fixing what they break because no one else can or will.

Posted by: slappy magoo on January 23, 2009 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK
grinning cat: Isn't the point of having comments so that people can you know comment on what was written.

I don't think the word 'comment' means what you think it means.

Posted by: JTK on January 23, 2009 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

GDP is slightly higher than 2 years ago, though down a few percent since summer.

Employment us slightly higher than 2 years ago, but down a few percent since summer.

Even better, the world has trillions of unused dollars to lend Obama/Congress to fund the "stimulus" without impeding other ongoing investment (i.e. way more than the extra $850B about to be requested to supplement the ongoing borrowing already passed by Bush/Congress.)

If that isn't "fundamentally sound", what is?

Or to put it another way, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Posted by: marketeer on January 23, 2009 at 9:21 PM | PERMALINK

Marketeer, given that quite a few economists on both sides of the fence are writing scary articles about how the world DOESN'T have "trillions of unused dollars to lend Obama", and more, might be happier at using whatever cash they've saved up to invest in their own countries--you might want to rethink the gleeful Pollyana slant you have on things.

(Also--please look at how our so-called measure of "unemployment" has been rigged to considerably undercount. "Fundamentally sound" is the one thing we ain't.)

Posted by: grumpy realist on January 23, 2009 at 11:04 PM | PERMALINK

If that isn't "fundamentally sound", what is?

There went the last shreds of your credibility, if you ever had any. That's too bad.

Next time, try not picking just two economic indicators out of many, try not ignoring the fact that these two trends are trending quickly into negative territory, and then try not ignoring the confluence of all the factors together, e.g. record foreclosures, bankruptcies, a tough credit market, a negative savings rate and savings and 401(k)s wiped out, major manufacturers bankrupt, most American banks technically insolvent -- and on and on.

If that isn't "fundamentally sound", what is?

It's the worst economy since the Great Depression, you boob.

Posted by: trex on January 23, 2009 at 11:39 PM | PERMALINK

"Thanks to Republican economic policies, the U.S. economy is robust and job creation is strong."

Whadda expect from the crowd that STILL thinks if you cut federal tax rates it brings in more federal income tax revenue ?

Posted by: Joe Friday on January 23, 2009 at 11:51 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks to Republican economic policies, the U.S. economy is robust and job creation is strong.

Apparently John McCain has learned how to use the Web...although I'm guessing no one has yet taught him how to update a page.

Posted by: Vincent on January 24, 2009 at 2:48 AM | PERMALINK

"If that isn't "fundamentally sound", what is?"

Next time you choose to embarrass yourself by revealing your abysmal ignorance, you might want to pick a different venue.

Posted by: PaulB on January 24, 2009 at 9:47 AM | PERMALINK

The economy ought to be "fundamentally sound". Between the Fed and the taxpayers, we've given 2.7 TRILLION dollars to "fundamentally sound" companies in the last FOUR MONTHS.

Heck, I'd be "fundamentally sound" if I could skim a couple of million out of that.

Posted by: Glen on January 24, 2009 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

Put another way, if the economy is not "fundamentally sound", then the $850 billion dollar "stimulus" will have no beneficial effect. It will only work if there is a strong foundation to build upon. I think that the "stimulus" will fail because it will waste $850 billion that might otherwise be productively invested. But if the economy is not "fundamentally sound", then the $850 billion "stimulus" fail "abysmally", not "merely".

Posted by: marketeer on January 24, 2009 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with marketeer, the stimulus package must be much larger, and remove the tax cuts. Data shows those to not work. Insert universal single payer healthcare and more jobs!

Posted by: Glen on January 24, 2009 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK

To be fair, "Thanks to Republican economic policies, the U.S. economy is robust and job creation is strong" is actually F7 on all NRCC computers. They set that up back in 1982.

Posted by: Zorro for the Common Good on January 25, 2009 at 6:40 AM | PERMALINK

mysteriously missing all of the issues on noon Sunday. The page is totally blank.
Good investigative work........

Posted by: ripmondo on January 25, 2009 at 11:59 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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