Thursday, November 3, 2011

No Kidding

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was asked if he agreed with President Obama’s suggestion that we are better off than we were in 2008.

“Are you kidding me?!” Boehner said loudly in response to a reporter’s question on the comment.

Well, no, we’re not, and Steve Benen cites the reasons:

Obviously, national conditions aren’t close to where they need to be. Americans are in a sour, pessimistic mood, and with good reason. Maybe, if guys like Boehner would start passing jobs bills and stop holding the economy back on purpose, the public would start to feel like the country is on the right track again.

But for those who take reality seriously, there’s no real question as to whether the country is better off now than in January 2009.

Then the nation was hemorrhaging jobs; now it’s gaining jobs.

Then the economy was shrinking; now the economy is growing.

Then the American automotive industry was on the verge of collapse; now it’s starting to thrive.

Then taxpayers were sending money to Wall Street; now taxpayers are being paid back.

Then Osama bin Laden was targeting Americans and our allies; now he’s dead and al Qaeda’s leadership has been decimated.

Then U.S. troops were headed into the Middle East in greater numbers; now they’re headed home with their heads held high.

Republicans, including John Boehner, drove the United States into a pretty deep ditch during the Bush/Cheney era, and conditions are still pretty ugly. That doesn’t change the simple fact that the nation is much stronger now than the day the president was inaugurated.

And maybe if Mr. Boehner and the Republicans — who campaigned a year ago on “Where are the jobs?” — would stop jerking off over the national motto and trying every which way to insert the United States government between a woman and her uterus or same-sex couples and Niagara Falls, we wouldn’t be asking the question.

Or maybe Mr. Boehner misunderstood the question and thought it was directed at him personally. Four years ago he was in the minority leadership in the House, but had a Republican president in the White House. It was easy for him to sit in the cheap seats and lob water balloons and clever sound bites at the Democrats. Now he’s the leader of a raucous gang of extremists who run around like a bunch of pre-schoolers buzzed on too much Hallowe’en candy, and despite his best efforts to do everything to sabotage the president and the economy, things are actually getting better.

Curses; foiled again!

[Photo: Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate from The Great Race]