■A venture capitalist claims that Obama is “more than 60 percent” toward his goal of doubling exports by 2015. Government figures show the exports have increased by 29 percent since Obama announced his goal.
That venture capitalist was Steve Westly, but the claim was repeated by my own state's governor, John Hickenlooper. [eighth comment]
And there were some bogus claims about abortion and birth control, but since those are issues of concern only to Democrat politicians with a record of failure we'll just let them slide.
Most interesting to me was the fact check of the Clinton speech. While his talent for making statistics say what he wants them to meant that little he said was technically wrong, the former president did utter a number of exaggerations. My favorite, other than conservation [plus a boom in oil production] reduced oil imports to a 20-year low, was blaming Republicans for preventing the creation of more than a million new jobs because they "blocked the president's job plan."
Two independent economists -- Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics and Joel Prakken of Macroeconomics Advisers -- had estimated that Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act would add more than 1 million jobs. Zandi claimed it would add 1.9 million jobs; Prakken 1.3 million. Senate Republicans blocked the $447 billion measure, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell denounced it as “a charade that’s meant to give Democrats a political edge” in 2012.
Let's follow Bill Clinton's advice and do the uh-rith-mah-tick:
$279,375 per government created job.
This reminds me of the legendary six-hundred dollar toilet seat. Since the national average wage is on the order of $42,000, the president proposed that Uncle Sam pay a premium of over $237 thousand dollars PER JOB "created."
Where is that damned Keynsian multiplier when we need it? It would cost less to just mail those 1.9 million folks a check for the next six years. Maybe by then we can elect a Republican president, take a couple of tax cuts, roll back some regulations, [second comment] and get some SUSTAINABLE private-sector jobs created!
I missed it but a friend of the blog and ex-Michigander sends this:
Quite a few are calling it Governor G's "Howard Dean" moment. I don't know. Other than Michelle, they were all yelling noon to night. She appears subdued next to Gov. O'Malley.
Our blog friend suggested "Somebody should tell [Governor Granholm] that it was George W. Bush who extended the bridge loan that actually saved General Motors:" Don't remind me man, do not remind me.
Here's hoping that Gov. Romney -- who has impressed me a few times -- will double down on the bailout. GM Lives, Osama Duzzent is Blue Team's best. I'd love to see some educational instructive debate about rule-of-law, the sanctity of the Fifth Amendment, and Schumpeterian gales. Win that fight and we win the election with a mandate for liberty.
GRATUITOUS SIDE NOTE A RESPONSIBLE EDITOR WOULD CLIP: When she rose to power, everybody talked about how attractive and telegenic she was. The GOP was warned that if they amended the Constitution to allow Aahnold to be President (tempus fugit, eh?) that Jennifer would be the beneficiary. I saw several angry, stern, moonbattish YouTube clips of the Governor wearing her librarian glasses and thought my friends on both sides were blind. But she looks great here. (And "the cars get the elevator, the workers get the shaft is a pretty good line.")
Last night gave us a few highly entertaining performances, but they were early in the evening. The performance of Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor, was like the famous "Dean scream" of 2004 only more frenzied. We can't do it justice in a description; you have to see the video. It may not be pleasant, but it's weirdly compelling, like the aftermath of a car wreck.
One from "Our Margaret." You can accuse me of offering it only because she is whacking the Democrats and the President. Fair cop, gov! But she can still put the words one after another and make beautiful art out of punditry:
There was the relentless emphasis on Government as Community, as the thing that gives us spirit and makes us whole. But government isn't what you love if you're American, America is what you love. Government is what you have, need and hire. Its most essential duties--especially when it is bankrupt--involve defending rights and safety, not imposing views and values. We already have values. Democrats and Republicans don't see all this the same way, and that's fine--that's what national politics is, the working out of this dispute in one direction or another every few years. But the Democrats convened in Charlotte seemed more extreme on the point, more accepting of the idea of government as the center of national life, than ever, at least to me. -- Peggy Noonan
I was quite proud of my creative genius last night, thinking I had coined the phrase in this post's title. I repeated it around the house so many times, charmed by its lyricism, that dear dagny had to start pouring cold water on me with eye rolls and even a few pointed verbal cues. I was wrong of course - it even has an entry in the online Urban Dictionary, but my definition would be different from that passe version. When I summarized the President's re-election nomination acceptance speech with those words last night I was thinking much more along the lines of American Spectator's Aaron Goldstein:
President Obama says, "The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place." But how much more debt will this country have to accumulate before we reach that better place?
In 2008, Senator Obama spoke of hope and change. In 2012, President Obama gave us the hope-a-dope.
Click through for Goldstein's terse enumeration of hypocrisies and ironies in the president's speech.
Jim Geraghty claims President Clinton "Saved the Republicans by being self-indulgent." I'm not getting cocky yet, but Jeeburz is he still going? Have to give Geraghty a QOTD for this:
The man impeached for committing perjury accused Republicans of lying. And the speech just kept going.
Subscribe to Geraghty's "Morning Jolt;" it is free and very good.
UPDATE: And he gets honorable mention as well:
How about the Democratic National Convention delegates loudly booing God and Jerusalem? (Somewhere in the Fox News workspace, Karl Rove just stepped away from his pundit desk to just breathe it in deeply and savor the moment.)
UPDATE II: WSJ Has video to Sandra Fluke's speech (referenced in the comments). Sadly, I cannot find my Governor's -- anybody see it?
Never give up! Fight on the beaches! Fight on the editorial pages!
I appreciate the competitiveness/combativeness/bellicosity of the Romney campaign. After four years ago -- screw being nice. The concentrated pushback to the scurrilous lies that were "Fact Check" reactions to Rep Ryan's speech have paid off. In multiples.
A Facebook friend is shocked that even (I hope you are sitting down) even the DNC has been caught in a Fact Check. And busted they are: Read 'em and weep!
Without pushing back on the bogus Ryan checks, they would have let those slide. Curiously, all of theirs seem to be actual untruths. It is still in no way "fair." But it is way better than we'd have seen calmly accepting "just some media bias that we can't do anything about."
Now they are busted -- and some of the, ahem, lies are devastating.