Former congressman Ernest Istook, The Heritage Foundation's latest hit man, played Hardball with Michael Smerconish tonight, taking his turn at spinning the usual GOP yarns on the state of the economy and weaving from them some damned fine solutions for stimulation and job creation.
Ernie says that cutting off unemployment benefits is the right thing to do, before people become dependent on getting gov'mint handouts, and besides that, we just can't keep doing this forever. And if there aren't jobs out there right now, there could be. Dammit.
Ernie says giving tax breaks to everyone--including that one or two percent who own it all already--is the right thing to do because that's the way you get the economy rolling. (This economy, the Obama economy, that is, and not that economy, the Bush economy. You fool.)
Ernie says there are two trillion dollars just sitting there waiting to be paid to willing and able workers if only the gov'mint would stop scaring those potential employers by threatening higher taxes and re-regulating the deregulations.
Ernie says nobody's gonna hire under those circumstances. And Ernie ought to know because Ernie used to be in congress and now he's a "Distinguished Fellow" at the Heritage Foundation. Add to that the fact that Ernie is a Republican and you can take those words to the bank. (But don't expect to get anything back for them. The banks aren't giving out money. They're scared, too, poor 'lil guys.)
Trillions of dollars for millions of jobs are out there, available, Ernie says, but small business employers are afraid to hire for fear it might cost them too much and they might run afoul of a couple of dozen obscure regulations and then really bad things might happen. So they're sitting on their businesses, not wanting to expand, not willing to spend a dime to make a dollar because. . .
because. . .
they're afraid this current government might possibly come up with some pro-socialist, anti-business funny business.
Well, hogwash, poppycock, and besides that, bullshit. Those people don't even make good liars. (Poor Rep. Gregory Meeks tried so hard to refute. I salute the refute, honestly I do, but he might as well have saved his breath. Lalalalalalala. They can't HEAR you!)
Ryan Chittum looked at the coverage of the unemployment benefits extension over at Columbia Journalism Review today, using real facts and real figures. It's just one of a dozen dozen responsible refutations of the Istook and Friends idiocy above, but they might as well be ant hills on a mountain for all the attention they get.
It's a crazy world out there. I guess you heard the Republicans won the House. . .