A reminder from we hostage takers / anarchists / terrorists / racists about why we insist on fighting [updated]
I’m sure I linked this back in August, but I’m going to post it here again, first because it needs repeating, and second because I think the surrender caucus — who is both comprised of, and or advocates on behalf of, the geniuses who have stopped virtually none of this since the TEA Party they so despise propelled them into the House majority — need to be shown yet again that punting and waiting for Republican majorities in both chambers and a GOP President (particularly one like Christie, who just reversed course and now supports in-state tuition for illegal aliens) is not “smart”, not really a “strategy,” and is most certainly not a combination of two.
From Economic Collapse:
#2 Since Obama has been president, seven out of every eight jobs that have been “created” in the U.S. economy have been part-time jobs.
#3 The number of full-time workers in the United States is still nearly 6 million below the old record that was set back in 2007.
#4 It is hard to believe, but an astounding 53 percent of all American workers now make less than $30,000 a year.
#540 percent of all workers in the United States actually make less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968.
#6 When the Obama era began, the average duration of unemployment in this country was 19.8 weeks. Today, it is 36.6 weeks.
#7 During the first four years of Obama, the number of Americans “not in the labor force” soared by an astounding 8,332,000. That far exceeds any previous four year total.
#8 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.
#10 When Obama entered the White House, the mortgage delinquency rate was 7.85 percent. Today, it is 9.72 percent.
#12 When Obama first became president, 12.5 million Americans had manufacturing jobs. Today, only 11.9 million Americans have manufacturing jobs.
#13 Median household income in America has fallen for four consecutive years. Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.
#14 The poverty rate has shot up to 16.1 percent. That is actually higher than when the War on Poverty began in 1965.
#15 During Obama’s first term, the number of Americans on food stamps increased by an average of about 11,000 per day.
#16 When Barack Obama entered the White House, there were about 32 million Americans on food stamps. Today, there are more than 47 million Americans on food stamps.
#17 At this point, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. This is the first time that has ever happened in our history. That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.
#18 When Barack Obama took office, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $1.85. Today, it is $3.53.
#19 Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.
#21 The United States has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for four years in a row.
Bush Sr.: 11.3
Bush Jr.: 10.8
#23 In 2008, that total amount of student loan debt in this country was 440 billion dollars. At this point, it has shot up to about a trillion dollars.
#24 According to one recent survey, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
#25 During Obama’s first term, the number of Americans collecting federal disability insurance rose by more than 18 percent.
#26 The total amount of money that the federal government gives directly to the American people has grown by 32 percent since Barack Obama became president.
#27 According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted by the U.S. Census, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.
#29 Under Barack Obama, the velocity of money (a very important indicator of economic health) has plunged to a post-World War II low.
#30 At the end of 2008, the Federal Reserve held $475.9 billion worth of U.S. Treasury bonds. Today, Fed holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds have skyrocketed past the 2 trillion dollar mark.
#32 During Obama’s first term, the federal government accumulated more new debt than it did under the first 42 U.S presidents combined.
#33 When you break it down, the amount of new debt accumulated by the U.S. government during Obama’s first term comes to approximately $50,521 for every single household in the United States. Are you able to pay your share?
Right now, Mitch McConnell is working diligently to craft a surrender (which he’ll present as a grown-up, bi-partisan compromise) — even as Obama is looking to reward one more of his biggest constituencies with ObamaCare waivers in yet another iteration of the health care law John Roberts wrote. With the help of Senate Republicans.
The House, in response, is set to vote tonight, and it remains to be seen how it will react to rumors of the Senate capitulation. [UPDATE: a conservative revolt killed the vote; ARSONISTS! Note how the WaPo frames this: "leaving Washington without a clear path forward for avoiding a first-ever default on the nation’s debt." This is a straight out lie. Default will only occur if Obama and Lew choose to default. At which point Obama must be impeached. Or risk a civil uprising of the kind we haven't had in this country for a long time.]
But make no mistake: you don’t get where we’ve gotten to, as represented in those 33 factoids, without bi-partisan (or, as I’ve preferred to call it, “single party”) DC comity.
We don’t need more “compromise.” What we need are more Cruzes and Lees. And a much bigger set of balls.