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February 12, 2020

Pelosi: I've Got a Smart New Strategy For Taking Out Trump. We're Going to Fight On the Terrain Where He's the Weakest -- The Economy

H/t to Ed Morrissey, this Politico piece attempts to spin this Retarded Lunacy as some kind of smart strategy.

Pelosi hosted a special speaker's meeting on Tuesday with a top Obama economics adviser to explain to Democrats why the economy isn't actually as strong as Trump claims and how they can message that to voters.

Actually, they're testing out two different messages, each of which completely contradicts the other:

1, The economy is, despite your lyin' eyes, terrible.

2, The economy is great and it's all because of Obama.

Even Democrats should be able to grasp that those two claims cannot be claimed at the same time.

But they're trying anyway.

...

"I'm glad that we're shifting and pivoting to something else. Every time I poll in my area, it's always the same thing: education, health care and the economy," said Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, who is facing a fierce primary challenger from the left in his sprawling south Texas district.

Yes, well, shifting the debate to Trump's best battleground isn't going to help.

Note, however, that this guy's quotes indicate he was mostly just relieved that San Fran Nan and her leftwing coven would stop hammering Red State Democrats with more unpopular impeachment nonsense.

Other Democrats are claiming that there are other indicators of an economy's health, beyond the normal criteria such as the unemployment rate, wage increases, and a strong stock market.

What could these economic criteria that don't have to do with wages, jobs, and investments be? He doesn't say.

Basically, he's claiming that there is more to money than just money.


...

"Look, I think everyone will acknowledge, the stock market is up and unemployment is down, but that doesn't tell the full picture," said Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who heads the caucus' messaging committee.

"I think all of us hear from our constituents. They know the economy is improving, but their own personal situation isn't getting better," Cicilline said.

We have been at what economists term "Full Employment" -- a level of employment that cannot be increased in the long-term, which usually means an unemployment rate of 5% -- for more than a year.

Plus, people in all quintiles of wealth/salary are getting wage increases -- with the bottom two quintiles getting the biggest pay raises, and their first pay raises in decades.

There is no nice way to say this: while there are always people who can't find work, if it's really true that hordes of Democrat Dregs still can't find work -- not just a few people here and there, but a large percentage of them -- then you have to consider that the problem is more of a You Thing than a Trump Thing.

Maybe you should LEARN TO CODE...?

Say, what's that iceberg ahead?

...

Some of the party's worst fears were realized in a recent ABC/Washington Post poll that showed nearly 6 in 10 people approve of Trump's handling of the economy, another career high.

In a closed-door meeting this week, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) argued to his fellow Democrats that they should try to take credit for economic gains that he said were likely spurred by policies under President Barack Obama, according to multiple people in the room.

And there you go. Obama's responsible for this economic boom, and also, there is no boom. The boom is another Racist Trump Lie.

Almost as if they were coordinating this together -- almost, you understand -- the Washington Post pumped out a supposed "news" piece that argued that the 90% rate of personal satisfaction recently reported by Gallup is based on an economy that is just like the one under Obama.

Only people did not credit Obama for the Phantom Boom they were experiencing, but are crediting Trump.

Despite the fact they like Obama more and Trump less.

Why would they then give the guy they like less credit, and the guy they don't like as much more credit?

The Washington Post doesn't say. I guess the Democrats' Messaging Team didn't fill in that detail for them.

I'm not saying it's Racism, but it's probably Racism.

Americans increasingly rate this as the best economy since the late 1990s, with a recent surge in optimism, even though many economic metrics show striking similarities to the final years of the Obama administration.

Oh yeah, the "economic metrics" are just the same as they were under Obama.

Weird, this sounds just like the crap talking points the Democrats are rolling out.

How serendipitous!

Nevertheless, Racists persist in giving Trump credit, the Washington Post sadly grumbles:


...


"I'm driving a brand-new 2019 Ford F-250. I've got work coming out the ying-yang. I'm doing okay," DeHenau said. "Four years ago, I couldn't sleep at night. That's a pretty big turnaround."

Some of the biggest recent increases in consumer confidence have come from independent voters and less affluent households, according to Richard Curtin, director of the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. His team always asks people to explain why they feel confident, and lately they are hearing near-record levels of people saying their income and wealth are rising.

"We've only seen this many people mention income gains twice before: 1966 after the 1960s expansion and 2000 after the 1990s expansion," Curtin said.

In interviews with six small-business owners across the country, all acknowledged that the economy had turned around under President Barack Obama, but they pointed out that several more years of steady growth, solid job gains and additional stock market records under Trump had turned "cautious optimism" into full-blown optimism.

See? It's Obama's Boom.

And also: There is no boom.

The Patriotic Firefighters at CNN decided to indulge in some fantasy Wishcrafting, shipping Five ways the cornoavirus can hurt Trump's economy and save us Virtuous Democrats!

The spread of the coronavirus has already hit demand for oil, clobbering prices -- a problem for US producers, which are clustered in red states like Texas, Alaska and North Dakota, as well as purple states like New Mexico where Trump lost in the 2016 election.

In 2019, China's oil demand made up about 14% of the world market and accounted for half of world oil demand growth, according to IHS Markit.

Yayyyy! Deplorable Midwestern Frakkers are going to make less money! Yayyyyyy!!!!

Orange Man Bad! Orange Man Bad! Let us collect our coven and cast a spell of binding that will visit a plague upon the United States!

WE LOVE SCIENCE!!! AND WITCHCRAFT!!!

We're like Thor! We come from a place where science and magic are the same thing!!!


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