A wholly reasonable website offering Roger’s ‘You know, it just now came to me that liberals are total assholes’ analysis of economic policy, Pajamas Media, lands on a jarring conclusion about who is responsible for the violent recession-plague destroying America:
Thanks a lot bastards. You Obamadorks inherited the greatest, richest, most prosperous nation on Earth, ever, and now we can’t even afford cable. In contrast the previous president, George W. Bush, inherited a rainy Ethiopian slum:
President Clinton announces another record budget surplus
President Clinton announced Wednesday that the federal budget surplus for fiscal year 2000 amounted to at least $230 billion, making it the largest in U.S. history and topping last year’s record surplus of $122.7 billion.
…In June, the administration predicted the surplus would be $211 billion, and would increase by as much as $1 trillion over the next 10 years.
“The key to fiscal discipline is maintaining these results year after year. We need to put our priorities in order,” Clinton said.
SHEESH. Who the fuck can operate a fiscally responsible limited government anti-commie tiny-statist disciplined trickle-down government under those hopeless and impoverished conditions? Any Republican President so hobbled – exactly like all the modern Republican Presidents – would have to run astronomical deficits. Bigger than every President before him, combined:
Bush came into office with an advantage few presidents have enjoyed — a $230 billion surplus. But due to a $1.35 trillion tax cut in 2001, a $1.5 trillion tax cut in 2003, and a massive defense buildup through the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Bush quickly blew through that surplus . . After the financial crisis emerged last fall and the ensuing bailouts, Bush’s budget deficit ballooned to over $1 trillion.
Noting all these points, now, Roger Kimball proceeds to decimate the Obama administration’s foolish attempt to upend Bush’s triumphant cultural engagement and rock-ribbed fiscal stewardship:
It’s all part of your effort to “fundamentally transform the Untied States of America,” isn’t it, Mr. President? That’s what you promised in October 2008: to change America fundamentally. Who would have predicted you were really serious? (Well, some of us did, but you know what I mean.)
You’ve made it clear that, deep down, you really don’t like the United States. In that, you are like many of your Ivy confrères, all those Harvard-Yale-Princeton types who find the spectacle of individual freedom playing itself out irredeemably vulgar.
Yes, right Roger. It was the angry, freedom-hating individual, the hopeless partisan with his reckless ideology…George W. Bush, who, in the most lurid and spectacular manner, destroyed the economic future of the most powerful country in the modern world. It was he who should never have been free to play out his fiscal fantasies.
Or don’t you remember the Great Recession, Roger? Any of that materialized in your crystal ball, soothsayer? Spied any of the global disaster, eagle eye? Or good lord man have you been huffing ether? Short-slugging bathtub methanol? Gingering acid on your Wheaties? Tell us, what sort of ridiculous short-sighted clown are you?