The President is doing exactly what he should, setting us on a hopeful long-term path with . . .
· an energy direction that will make us more efficient, more competitive, more prosperous, more secure, lower our balance of trade deficit and help to keep our planet habitable
· a health care direction that will make us more efficient, more competitive, more prosperous, and help to keep us healthier
· an education direction that will give our kids, and thus our country, the competitive skills to prosper in a global economy
. . . and accelerating embryonic stem cell research, and lifting the global gag order, and signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and treating with respect those who disagree with these and other initiatives.
The Republicans are quite sure the President’s approach is a disaster. But how is that any different from the last go-round?
It was “the economy, Stupid” in 1992. And again – only worse – in 2008.
An outgoing George Bush each time . . . and in incoming Democrat whose first budget received nearly unanimous Republican scorn.
Clinton’s first budget got not a single Republican vote in the House or the Senate – not one – and met with supremely confident Republican predictions of failure.
Thanks to Peter Stolz for collecting some of them:
Rep. Dick Armey
(R-TX), CNN, 8/2/93:
[Nope – this budget set the nation on a course toward job growth, deficit reduction, and unprecedented prosperity.]
[Nope, no recession – recovery.]
Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH),
[Nope – lower inflation, faster growth.]
Rep. Jim Bunning (R-KY),
[Nope – it did create jobs, did cut the deficit.]
Robert Michel (R-IL), Los Angeles Times, 5/28/93:
Rep. John Kasich (R-OH), CNN,
[It worked. Kasich remained a Republican.]
Rep. Robert Dornan (R-CA),
[Nope – just the opposite.]
Rep. Christopher Cox (R-CA),
Rep. Thomas Ewing (R-IL),
Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN),
Rep. Phil Crane (R-IL),
Rep. Clifford Stearns (R-FL),
Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO),
PeterStolz: “The Republicans’ dire predictions were completely and totally wrong then just as they are now. Today’s predictions are those of a party that drags out the same old mantra and dogma no matter how many times their predictions prove to be the exact opposite of what actually happened.”
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