Obama Derangement: Let’s Make The Pie Higher

Liz Cheney

Media Matters gives us the short version: Liz Cheney: Get Over 2012 And Start Embracing Romneyism. Of course, it was President George W. Bush who originally said “We ought to make the pie higher.”

Cheney’s Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday un-apologetically recycles just about everything that voters rejected in 2012, and claims, without evidence, that “President Obama is the most radical man ever to occupy the Oval Office.”

This is from someone who was part of the Worst Administration Ever, that brought about truly radical right-wing policies from massive tax cuts for the rich to the torture of detainees and an outright war of aggression in Iraq. The Bush administration came close to wiping out the American middle class when the collapse of the financial sector caused U.S. households to lose about $16.4 trillion of net worth.

Jonathan Chait: Liz Cheney Is Even More Bonkers Than We Suspected

Even after four years of bug-eyed right-wing paranoia, Cheney’s op-ed stands out for its utter dearth of the slightest whiff of perspective or factual grounding.

This stuff is getting old. We had legitimate criticisms of the Bush administration’s actual radicalism, and Republicans dismissed it all as “Bush derangement syndrome.” Now prominent Republicans won’t stop ranting about their imaginary “radical” President Obama despite the fact he’s been center-right all along, even to the point of implementing Republican policies. At last year’s GOP convention Clint Eastwood presented a prime-time portrayal of the right-wing, yelling at an empty chair.

  1. #1 by cav on March 30, 2013 - 8:17 pm

    Their deep credo is that if it pisses off a liberal, first and foremost, just because. Further, if they NEVER get around to good policy making, what the hell, everyone will be so sick of the present and continuing deadlock they’ll vote the assholes back in just for a possible change of pace.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on March 31, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    Lizzie Cheney actually says:

    President Obama is the most radical man ever to occupy the Oval Office. The national debt, which he is intent on increasing, has passed $16 trillion. He believes that more government borrowing and spending are the solution to every problem.

    I think Elizabeth was on dope in the decade when Bob Dole was accusing the liberals of destroying the country with their “tax and spend” policies. I think Dole got a dime every time he said “tax and spend liberals” Let’s see: 100,000 times $.10 equals $10,000.

    NOT BAD!

    But back to Liz:

    It’s the “conservatives” who borrowed and spent and drove up the deficit. Obama is not allowed to raise taxes.

    Go be a bitch somewhere else.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on March 31, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    I just watched one of the best movies I’ve ever seen in my life, (Life of Pi), and now Richard has me watching videos of Bushisms:

    Thanks dude.

  4. #4 by cav on March 31, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    Miss me yet?
    Bush and The Easter Bunny

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on March 31, 2013 - 8:56 pm

    Peter Cottontail:



  6. #6 by Cliff Lyon on April 1, 2013 - 5:15 am

    Republicans know well that only government can make the pie bigger.

    So if you have a big slice and the pie gets bigger…

    GOP politicos know this, its the idiots that for for them who seem unable to grasp simple things.

  7. #7 by brewski on April 2, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Did the government help you make the pie bigger when you poised children with lead and cadmium?

  8. #8 by brewski on April 2, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    • #9 by Richard Warnick on April 2, 2013 - 4:32 pm

      David Stockman doesn’t seem to understand that deficits are going down, not up. But he’s correct that the Washington politicians seem unable to raise taxes more than a token amount. That’s a huge problem. He’s right about re-regulating the financial sector before it has another meltdown.

      He’s wrong that the threat of Great Depression 2.0 wasn’t real. It was. Some economists say that we actually experienced a depression instead of a “Great Recession.” If Stockman had his way, we’d still be in the depths of it instead of in a too-slow recovery.

      Austerity is not the answer. You can’t budget-cut your way to prosperity. Stockman wants everybody to bail out of the stock market – seriously?

      What’s with this obsession about gold? Those who disparage fiat currency forget that the gold standard helped cause the Great Depression. Without a fiat currency system backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, the Fed would not have been able to avert a second Great Depression in 2008.

  9. #10 by brewski on April 2, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    Is this your new phrase: someone else “doesn’t seem to understand”?

    Stockman addresses the issue of phony deficit reduction. So he does understand it but you can’t read apparently.

    He is probably wrong about the gold standard, but he is 100% right about the dollar being devalued against all classes of assets. Gold is one measure but against all measures the dollar is still down dramatically.

    • #11 by Richard Warnick on April 2, 2013 - 4:42 pm

      Is Stockman predicting hyper-inflation too? Deficits are going down – right at the time when government spending is needed to revive job creation.

  10. #12 by brewski on April 2, 2013 - 4:53 pm

    I guess you didn’t actually read the piece. Get back to me when you do. Tough having an asymmetrical conversation.

  11. #13 by brewski on April 2, 2013 - 4:55 pm

    What you said and what your chart said are two different things. Get back to me when you learn how to read a chart.

    • #14 by Richard Warnick on April 2, 2013 - 5:33 pm

      First you ought to read the note at the bottom right of the graph, where it says:

      Note: positive numbers equal smaller deficit

      • #15 by brewski on April 3, 2013 - 10:21 am

        Way ahead of you.

      • #16 by cav on April 3, 2013 - 12:28 pm

        So very Meta.

  12. #17 by cav on April 2, 2013 - 5:59 pm

    Close observers have remarked in the past on the alien space lizards ruling us, but only in the privacy of internet blogs.

  13. #18 by cav on April 2, 2013 - 10:29 pm

    William Greider took Paul Krugman to task today about his positions on globalization of markets.


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