Wednesday, December 31, 2014

"Economic Facts Get In The Way"

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(Tom Toles, via

Eugene Robinson writes:
Uh-oh. Now that the economy is doing well, what are Republicans — especially those running for president — going to complain about? And what are Democrats willing to celebrate? 
Last week’s announcement that the economy grew at a rate of 5 percent in the third quarter of this year — following 4.6 percent second-quarter growth — was the clearest and least debatable indication to date that sustained recovery is no longer a promise, it’s a fact.  [snip] 
For years, a central tenet of the Republican argument has been that on economic issues, Obama is either incompetent or a socialist. It should have been clear from the beginning that he is neither, given that he rescued an economy on the brink of tipping into depression — and in a way that was friendly to Wall Street’s interests. But the GOP rarely lets the facts get in the way of a good story, so attacks on Obama’s economic stewardship have persisted.
And as long as the "mainstream media" and timid, fearful Democrats let the Republicans get away with it, the low-information majority of Americans will continue to let these vandals wreck what's left of American democracy and prosperity.

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