Breathtakingly bad…from the guy running to lose to Congressman Pete Gallego.
While there is a lot that is really off about this ad, the thing that stands out to me is the 4Runner. Shirley Mae? Really? And she ain’t a hybrid? Well, no shit CIA man… it’s from the previous fucking century.
Sure, I’ve seen worse but this early on something this bad is a sign of real trouble.
1) Ending inflation
2) Killing the USSR
3) Robust economic growth in the 1980s
4) Generally being the smartest economist in any room
by conservatives who are, frankly, too stupid to know the difference between a real economist and Arthur Laffer. Nevermind that it was the Fed that killed inflation by finally starving out speculation in commodities and real estate. Or that the USSR died, as had been long predicted, under the weight of it’s own failed economic policies and leadership. Or that robust economic growth in the 1980s all worked it’s way to the top and never really trickled down… the inflation adjusted median wages rose a little over 8% from 1980-1990 (it rose about 16% from 1993-2000 while the evil Democrat Bill Clinton was President). Or that Laffers one big prediction never came true… tax cuts never did pay for themselves.
Forget all that and realize that the most damning thing about Arthur Laffer is that Governor Perry thinks he’s smart. For those us with triple digit IQs, that like damning with faint praise.
Still, we did get a picture of Laffer and Perry out of the event. Laffer is the one with the wig on.
The coverage of the event didn’t reveal if anyone in attendance had the presence of mind to ask Laffer to explain why the 2009 stimulus did work (he said it wouldn’t… of course, all it did was stop the bleeding since it was too small. Still, Arthur said it wouldn’t even do that so we still call FAIL on Laffer) or why we haven’t seen that hyperinflation he was predicting by the end of 2009.
Seriously, why would you fete someone who is sooooo bad at their chosen vocation? Is TPPF so desperate for respectability that Laffer was all they could get? Even John Taylor won’t accept their invite?
So, there’s this. There are a few things that were left out…
1) That 2010 election in which Republicans took control of WI was funded by a mountain of corporate money and voter suppression… you can forget D’s in WI allowing that shit to happen again.
2) Governor Walker seems most proud of his economic portfolio which includes pathetic economic growth and net migration of people out of WI. He promised 250,000 new jobs and he’s only a third of the way there with one year to go. All this should be put into the context of what Walker and Teabaggers like him promised their voters in 2010… that IF they cut the budget and implemented harsh austerity it would lead to much higher economic growth. Now, smart people (and yeah, I’ll put myself in that group) knew that was complete bullshit and dumb people (like Governor Scott Walker who, seriously, believes economic fantasies) believed that magically it would happen. It hasn’t. Don’t expect any Democrat to let Walker forget it.
3) Speaking of that corporate money, you tell Chuck and Dave Koch hello because we certainly will in 2014.
Governor, you’re not the man you think you are and challenging any Democrat to a debate on economics is tempting fate.
TURF and the SA Tea Party are mad as hell at the woman they helped elect for turning on them and voting pro-toll. We at McBlogger would just like to say that you deserve what you get for supporting a carnival freak like Dr. Donna Campbell.
Call us when you’re past the indignation phase and ready to act to rid yourselves of that sad person. And for the love of Mike, stop listening to this asshat.
There is a ton of demographic bullshit coming out about how the US population is separated along ethnic, geographic and even culinary lines. Since you know I love to throw shit as much as the next person, I’ve identified three distinct populations in America that more completely define the country:
1) Urban Folk
2) Suburb/Exurb Olive Gardeners
There. Can I have my MA in Sociology? I mean, some of these whackos are coming up with 15 or more different cultures and I manage to reduce the whole damn country down to three subgroups.
Here’s a link to what could only charitably be called a snarky press release from Ag Commissioner Todd Staples attacking Senator Dan Patrick as a politician. A few things that weren’t mentioned:
1) Staples has been a politician for 24 years.
2) Staples has also voted to raise revenue.
3) Support of the gas tax indexing is, you know, kind of a common sense thing. The alternative is toll roads which are much more expensive. We’ve discussed this extensively but here’s a fun post that goes into a little more reasoning. Staples has voted repeatedly for toll roads and public private partnerships, which harm Texas taxpayers.
4) Staples is in last place in polls by a pretty decent margin.
Do you remember Rep. Paul Ryan’s super awesome mega badass budget? It was the fraudulent one he released that everyone loved until smart people (who were not Paul Ryan) looked at the numbers and realized the books were cooked and nothing added up. Well, it looks like Sen. Dan Patrick wants to be known as the Paul Ryan of Texas…
We look forward to details, Senator. From all we can see, there’s no way to do this without either a large tax increase or a massive spending cut. This is what makes me believe you’re going to opt for the Paul Ryan solution, anticipate a growth rate FAR in excess of what one can reasonably expect and then apply it to the revenue assumptions in your budget.
Yep, not too many ways for you mooks to cook this one… but feel free to give it your best shot!