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September 29, 2011

Fresh Hot Stupid Biden: 1, We Own This Economy, and 2, We'd Want This "Jobs" Bill Boondoggle Even With Explosively High Growth And Ahistorically Low Unemployment

On that last point: Biden claims this "jobs bill" (PS, pass this jobs bill now) is so smokin'-hot we'd want it even with a 3% unemployment rate and 8% growth rate.

Boooyah! That's how amazing it is.

“Look, we should be doing all of this stuff even if we were growing by 8%, even if there was a 3% unemployment rate in America,” Biden said at an event on Thursday to promote the legislation. “We need better roads, we need better bridges, we need safer streets.”

“We need to be in a position where our kids are in classrooms where there’s enough qualified teachers, where they are in fact in classes where they are safe,” Biden said.

Here's my offer: Tell me how many bridges the last stimulus bought, and maybe I'll support this "jobs bill."

How many bridges, Sheriff? I don't seem to remember any bridge starts in the news.

Is it zero bridges, Sheriff? I think it's zero bridges.

But now we're going to start building bridges, huh?

On the other point, Biden confesses -- rather stupidly, even if honestly --that he and Marshal Obama own the economy.

"Even though 50-some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that's not relevant," Biden said in an interview with local Florida radio station WLRN on Thursday. "What's relevant is we're in charge. And right now, we are the ones in charge and it's gotten better but it hasn't gotten good enough and in states like Florida it's become even more stagnant because of the real estate market."

...

Biden said the upcoming presidential elections would be a referendum on himself, President Obama, and the economy.

"Right now, understandably, totally legitimate, this is a referendum on Obama and Biden and the nature of the state of the economy," Biden said. "It's soon going to be a choice."

It will indeed. The Administration is counting on the idea that this will be a "choice" election (one ideology versus another) rather than a "referendum" election (grading the current office holder pass/fail -- obviously, SCOAMF fails, and rather miserably).

That's what accounts for this blizzard of not-going-to-pass class warfare resentment "proposals." Obama loses on the "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" question, so he wants to change the question to anything else. One question he'd like to change it to is "Who'll raise taxes on the rich?," on which point I suppose he "wins" (though raising taxes on the rich isn't as popular as the Democrats seem to think it is).

Meanwhile, see Allah's mention of the narrowing of the split between voters who blame Bush for the current economy compared to those who blame Obama.

It's actually pretty close, particularly among the only group that really counts -- Independents.

Update: Audio of Biden's remarks on owning the economy was just released.

Maybe he was joking.






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