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GOP can’t actually want a bad economy…right?

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I’ve been curious of late as to how Republicans respond to statements like this:

Of course, with their single-minded focus on defeating Obama and controlling both houses in Congress, Republicans most likely will continue to block the most effective job-creating initiatives. 

I’ve said some variation of this a couple of times, and the sentiment is pretty common from the Democratic and liberal spectrum in the United States. The charge is, essentially, that defeating President Obama in the 2012 election is more important than aiding in economic recovery in the United States, right now. It is similar to the idea that liberals wanted Iraq to continue as a clusterfuck during President Bush’s years, to continue to embarrass his unjust war. And some liberals probably did want to see that. But not many, and the rest of us made a strong argument against that kind of barbarism. Now, the GOP is receiving a similar attack.

This is a pretty serious charge, and one that should cause Republicans to get defensive and start working towards improving the economy. Which I don’t see happening. I understand its all politics, and that President Obama presented a Jobs Bill that was never going to pass in the first place. But there are bipartisan ideas on how to create jobs being presented, right? And they are not being passed, right? Presumably everyone in both parties wants the economy to improve (except maybe fringe folks on both sides), and I trust that the Republican individuals in congress want unemployment to go down, and jobs to go up. But the GOP doesn’t even seem to be trying very hard to counter the accusation.

So how do Republicans respond to the charge that they prefer a bad or worsening economy to improve their electoral chances?

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Written by Christopher ZF

October 24, 2011 at 16:49

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  1. I think the author’s premise is that Obama’s policies will create jobs. This may be the case, but many Republicans don’t buy it. They don’t want a bad economy, but they don’t want Obama’s policies enacted either.

    redhead in rapid

    October 24, 2011 at 19:58

  2. I think that is (hopefully) the GOP take, but I don’t think it is this author’s take. I”m basing that on the fact that he says “with their single-minded focus on defeating Obama and controlling both houses in Congress.”
    so, even though Obama’s policies will create jobs, they won’t pass them because their focus in defeating Obama, not creating jobs.

    czfinke

    October 24, 2011 at 20:01


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