Minority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Pinnochio) is Lying About President Obama’s Jobs Plan…

…wears flammable pants

True to the GOP plan to make sure not to put any Americans back to work in the hopes that the economy and high jobless rate will kill President Obama’s reelection chances, Kevin McCarthy gleefully reported that everybody hates President Obama’s jobs bill.

He then linked the blog post (which I assume someone on his staff wrote) on Twitter and lied about what the blog post says.

First the blog post/press release:

The President’s jobs package is estimated to cost $447 billion dollars and will be paid for with massive tax increases on small businesses and hard working families, which will only increase economic uncertainty in the future, and will not spur new hiring.

President’s Proposed Tax Hikes Create More Economic Uncertainty & Will Stall Growth. “All of this assumes that American business owners aren’t smart enough to look beyond the next few months. They can surely see the new burdens they’ll face in 2013, and they aren’t about to load up on new employees or take new large risks if they aren’t sure what their costs will be in 16 months. They can also reasonably wonder whether Mr. Obama’s tax hike will hurt the overall economy in 2013—another reason to be cautious now.” (Editorial, “The 2013 Tax Cliff,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/14/11)

A Bloomberg Poll out this morning confirms that the public is not buying the White House’s latest plan. Making matters worse for the President, his economic approval ratings have reached new lows. Probably not a coincidence.

51% Of Americans Doubt The President’s Proposal Will Bring Down Unemployment. “By a margin of 51 percent to 40 percent, Americans doubt the package of tax cuts and spending proposals intended to jumpstart job creation that Obama submitted to Congress this week will bring down the 9.1 percent jobless rate. That sentiment undermines one of the core arguments the president is making on the job act’s behalf in a nationwide campaign to build public support.” (Julianna Goldman, “Obama Approval Plummets On Jobs Plan: Poll,” Bloomberg, 9/14/11)

The poll hands Obama new lows in each of the categories that measures his performance on the economy:

36% of respondents approve of his efforts to create job.

30% approve of how he’s tackled the budget deficit

Now the tweet:

See what he did there? You need a cape to make that flying leap of logic:

1) The Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street™ Journal repeats the same tired bullshit about “ZOMG! Tax Hikes” and “Economic Uncertainty LOL”;

2) 51% of Americans doubt the American Jobs Act will actually bring down the 9.1% jobless rate; ergo

3) Americans oppose the Jobs Act because of the tax hikes.

Has your brain melted yet?

I loathe these Norquist bootlickers. They will do anything and say anything in order to continue doing jackshit about the economy in order to shovel more and more money upward into the pockets of the rich while kicking the Kenyan Usurper-in-Chief out of the White House. We may all end up living in HooverObamaville and it will be because the fucking Republicans force us to move in.

This isn’t “Trickle Down Economics”; it’s “Shovel Up Economics.”

Fucking liars.

[cross-posted at ABLC]

26 replies
  1. 1
    Tone In DC says:

    The WSJ op-ed page was a right wing waste of space before Rupert the Plutocratic bought the paper. Now it’s worse.

    And yeah, the tweet is indeed foul.

  2. 2
    Morzer says:

    You want some more good news?


    Blue Dog Democrats are pushing members of the joint deficit Super Committee to reduce the deficit significantly more than they’ve been tasked with. But they don’t want to talk about President Obama’s jobs plan. And beneath the surface its clear that there are major differences between the White House and conservative members of his party.

  3. 3
    The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik says:


    Yes, because trying to out conservative and out-deficit hawk the GOP worked so goddamn well for you idiots in 2010. Cretins.

  4. 4
    Paul in KY says:

    Thanks for the Arcade Fire song. Saw them at Bonnaroo, one of the best sets of the festival.

    Right before they started, about 6 parasailers above crowd each dropped about 1000 or more blue/purple flashing streamers that floated down out of night sky (it was about 2300) like pixie dust. One of the wildest things I’ve ever seen.

    I was also +8 and smoking it up at that time :-)

  5. 5
    Morzer says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik:

    Those idiots, please. They aren’t mine by any stretch of the imagination. The sooner the Blue Dogs are castrated without anesthetic, the better.

  6. 6
    Hunter Gathers says:

    @Morzer: I guess that Heath Shuler isn’t content with only being one of the shittiest NFL quarterbacks, he wants to be remembered for being a shitty congressman as well.

  7. 7
    aisce says:

    @ morzer

    fucking blue dogs. i figure they have to just be self-loathing masochists who like losing, because nobody should be this stupid and terrible at politics.

    also, too, can we just cut to the chase and get your thoughts on glen rice nailin’ palin already, abl? we all know you want to.

  8. 8
    Ben Cisco says:

    Shuler’s second career will flame out even worse than his first one did.

  9. 9

    TPM provided some analysis on the Bloomberg poll, with a CNN poll that asks the same question on the Jobs Act, but leaves out the futuristic push question of will it lower the unemployment rate, that nobody can answer right now. And is fickle at best.

    CNN and Bloomberg on Wednesday both released polls on reaction to the jobs plan and the economy in general. CNN asked Americans if they agreed with the proposals in Obama’s plan, and a plurality said they did: 43 percent favored the bill and 35 were against it. But Bloomberg asked voters if the plan “will or will not help lower the unemployment rate?”, which respondents doubted. 40 percent said no, 51 yes.

    Of course, asking a question specifically about the unemployment rate colors the policy as a success or failure ahead of data actually being available. As many pundits and businesspeople will tell you, the unemployment rate is a lagging indicator.

    And fuck the blue dogs, sounding more like tea baggers humping for the rich to not pay more taxes. And increasingly, speaking from a lack of respect for a president of their own party. Now joining in with the progs in that department. I’d have said fuck you fuckers a long time ago, but Obama chugs along like water off a ducks back. This fucking country deserves the ash heap of history, where all stupid countries end up sooner or later.

  10. 10
    Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937 says:

    I doubt that the Norquist bootlickers are only licking boots.

  11. 11
    The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik says:


    I wasn’t lumping you in with them, and I’m sorry if it came off that way.

    @General Stuck:

    And fuck the blue dogs, sounding more like tea baggers humping for the rich to not pay more taxes. And increasingly, speaking from a lack of respect for a president of their own party. Now joining in with the progs in that department.

    Uh…what? “Now joining”? They were pulling that shit back in ’09 at the very least and are easily more influential and damaging than the ‘progs’ are as far as undermining Obama and the party.

  12. 12
    Hunter Gathers says:

    @General Stuck:

    This fucking country deserves the ash heap of history, where all stupid countries end up sooner or later.

    I guess that it’s a good thing that I’ve almost completed my interstellar communications device. That way I can secure transport to somewhere just outside the Betelgeuse System, so I can get good seats for the upcoming supernova. Supernovae are infinitely more entertaining that watching 300 million mostly pale descendants of apes fuck each other for the last can of Spam.

  13. 13
    Zifnab says:

    Remember that time Heath Shuler wanted to be Minority Leader and got, like, 11 House votes right before Nancy Pelosi laughed her ass off at him?

  14. 14
    ABL says:

    @Paul in KY: I saw them at Coachella in 2004, right when Funeral came out. They were so shocked by the crowd and the cheering that they ran off stage for a while. I could see them firing each other up, and when they came back out, they played one of the best shows I’ve seen in the last ten years. Then right after them, I saw Mos Def.

    So much fun.

  15. 15

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik:

    speaking from a lack of respect for a president

    I specifically was referring to demeaning rhetoric, and was thinking Jim Webb running around hollering how “terrible” the Obama package is. But don’t worry, as far as demeaning rhetoric toward President Obama, the progs are still number one for that somewhat inside the dem tent. Blue Dogs haven’t called Obama a “wimp” or “pusssy” yet. edit – far as I know

  16. 16
    Zifnab says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik:

    They were pulling that shit back in ‘09 at the very least and are easily more influential and damaging than the ‘progs’ are as far as undermining Obama and the party.

    After the Tea Party Revolution pretty much wiped them out, I’d beg to disagree. The Blue Dogs lost half their caucus in ’10, and their Senate counterparts took a hammering as well. Conservative Democrats are playing a dangerous game. It’s not the 1980s anymore and you can’t play kinda-sorta-liberal without taking flak like you were Bernie Sanders or Barney Frank.

  17. 17
    eemom says:


    The sooner the Blue Dogs are castrated without anesthetic, the better.

    dayum. And I thought we GREEKS were bloodthirsty.

  18. 18
    beergoggles says:

    If the Dems actually disagreed with the blue dogs, they would strip them of their comittee assignments or at least threaten them with it for not toeing the party line. Apparently Nancy is not being so smashy…

  19. 19
    Morzer says:

    @Hunter Gathers:

    Heath Shuler, whose NFL career was spent lying on his back with his legs spread and who took those dubiously valuable talents all the way to Washington.

  20. 20
    Mnemosyne says:

    ABL wonders what crabs in a bucket have to do with politics and, as usual, Fred Clark at Slacktivist has the most cogent answer:

    Crabs in a bucket

  21. 21
    Steve says:

    @beergoggles: Well, they haven’t stripped Dennis Kucinich of his committee assignments, so obviously they agree with him too. Or maybe your logic is a tad faulty.

  22. 22
    pete says:

    MAJORITY Whip Kevin McCarthy.

    Might be a good idea to update the post. Or maybe it’s off to the ashcan of history by now.

  23. 23
    Stinerman says:

    My employer must know something other employers don’t. This year we’ve increased employment by about 15-20%. And I’m at one of those small businesses everyone with the CW says that are the most spooked by Kenyan Socialism.

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    Linda says:

    All the Repubs are on the same page w/the same lies. I called Rob Portman’s office, asking what he would do, and his staffer said he opposed the bill, because it was part of the “failed stimulous” and would “increase the deficit.” I asked her why he was opposed to getting rid of the tax reduction for wealthy people, and she said, “How do you know that he is?” (Nice bit of dodging). I said, because it’s part of the legislation, and will help pay for it. She stammered that she didn’t know much about it, and that Portman was for true job creation, with competitive tax structure, etc, etc. She couldn’t wait to get rid of me.

    Tommorrow, it’s my sister and her buddy’s turn to bug the office staff.

  25. 25
    JoeCitizen says:

    Contra your headline, McCarthy is, unfortunately, the majority whip, not the minority whip.

  26. 26
    Paul in KY says:

    @ABL: I think they’re more jaded now ;-)

    Appreciate the response from you, for some reason I thought you didn’t care for my rare commentary.

    I do appreciate your hard work.

    Edit: ‘Funeral’ is one of the top 5 albums of the 00s, IMO.

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