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Leading conservative economist Bruce Bartlett penned a great article over at the Daily Beast on how so much of the rage being stirred up in Republican circles is misplaced:

Where is the evidence that everything would be better if Republicans were in charge? Does anyone believe the economy would be growing faster or that unemployment would be lower today if John McCain had won the election? I know of no economist who holds that view. The economy is like an ocean liner that turns only very slowly. The gross domestic product and the level of employment would be pretty much the same today under any conceivable set of policies enacted since Barack Obama’s inauguration.

In January, the Congressional Budget Office projected a deficit this year of $1.2 trillion before Obama took office, with no estimate for actions he might take. To a large extent, the CBO’s estimate simply represented the $482 billion deficit projected by the Bush administration in last summer’s budget review, plus the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, which George W. Bush rammed through Congress in September over strenuous conservative objections. Thus the vast bulk of this year’s currently estimated $1.8 trillion deficit was determined by Bush’s policies, not Obama’s.

I think conservative anger is misplaced. To a large extent, Obama is only cleaning up messes created by Bush. This is not to say Obama hasn’t made mistakes himself, but even they can be blamed on Bush insofar as Bush’s incompetence led to the election of a Democrat. If he had done half as good a job as most Republicans have talked themselves into believing he did, McCain would have won easily.

Read the whole thing.

Quote of the Day out of the article (via Sully stand-in):


Until conservatives once again hold Republicans to the same standard they hold Democrats, they will have no credibility and deserve no respect.

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  1. schu says:

    The GOP will never admit that the economical melt down was their fault; they are basically incapable of admitting any fault. The only thing they are capable of doing is making up extreme conspiracy theory’s about how they lost.

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