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GOP Economic Predictions Less Than Impressive

David Waldman aka Kagro X has a must read at Daily Kos for those who may be wondering about the GOP’s track record in criticizing Democratic economic policy. Waldman has assembled an amusing collection of quotations from Republican politicians making ‘Chicken Little’ predictions about the Clinton Administration’s economic policies, which later resulted in the most impressive period of economic prosperity the U.S. has yet experienced. A sample:

On Clinton’s deficit reduction package –
Rep. Robert Michel (R-IL), Los Angeles Times, 5/28/93: They will remember who let loose this deadly virus into our economic bloodstream.
Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA), GOP Press Conference, House TV Gallery, 8/5/93: I believe this will lead to a recession next year. This is the Democrat machine’s recession, and each one of them will be held personally accountable.
…Rep. John Kasich (R-OH), CNN, 7/28/93: This plan will not work. If it was to work, then I’d have to become a Democrat…
…Rep. Christopher Cox (R-CA), 5/27/93: This is really the Dr. Kevorkian plan for our economy.
On jobs –
Rep. Dick Armey (R-TX), CNN, 8/2/93: The impact on job creation is going to be devastating, and the American young people in particular will suffer a fairly substantial deferment of their lives because there simply won’t be jobs for the next two to three years to go around to our young graduates across the country.
…Rep. Jim Bunning (R-KY), 8/5/93: It will not cut the deficit. It will not create jobs. And it will not cut spending.

Read the whole thing for more chuckles, as well as guidance for how seriously Americans should take the GOP’s current rash of Chicken Little doomsayings.

One comment on “GOP Economic Predictions Less Than Impressive

  1. oben66 on

    The severity of our economic downturn that made the passage of ARRA so urgent made the President’s appeals for passage sound similar to the scare tactics used in the past by the Republicans. It is a very tight rope to walk to be persuasive on the one hand without being open to the charge of ‘fear-mongering’ on the other. It seems to me that we as democrats might be wise to emphasize the positive aspects of a strong GDP figure, such as higher tax revenues that can be used to maintain our defense apparatus or to pay down our deficit, and that recovery and reinvestment legislation will help keep the GDP figure at a level that will enable America to remain in a leadership role in global affairs.
    I also wonder if it would be advantageous to quote predictions from think tanks or study groups in explaining the need for action or specific legislation, as opposed to stating the scary forecasts as if they were the property of the democratic party.
    I have also noticed that we seldom compare the American family with the way we protect and nurture the members of our blood-families. In other words, when any American is diminished in ability to earn a living, the whole American family is diminished. We take care of our blood-family member when he / she is out of work, or sick, or in need of retraining, etc. We should likewise support, encourage, nurture a member of our American family under the same circumstances. When the number affected is in the millions, it is our moral duty to come to their aid in what ever way is helpful.
    In any event, I am grateful for the list of past Republican statements that so missed the mark and that reveal their penchant for the use of ‘scare tactics’.


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