In perhaps the most compelling proof of our popular culture’s liberal bias, conservatives are relentlessly mocked by late-night comedians — while a pathetic doofus like Harry Reid escapes largely unscathed. But Reid may be doofy like a fox: His most jaw-dropping display of chutzpah yet — “Word is out that [fill in intentionally fabricated political slander of your choice against Mitt Romney]” — has helped President Obama change the subject away from his failed economy.
The president’s numerous attempts to change the subject away from the economy are shamelessly transparent — perhaps this is what he meant when he promised us the most transparent administration in history. The president knows that if Romney were to release 10 years of his presumably voluminous tax returns, it would supply a compliant media with an endless supply of stories about how rich Romney is — and hopefully make average voters forget how poor they are in Obama’s economy. If Obama’s campaign is behind the defamatory nonsense that Reid has been spewing (and “word is out” that it is), it proves once again that they’re running their campaign according to the “Chicago values” that Rahm Emanuel speaks so movingly about.
The Obama campaign’s latest attempt to change the subject may or may not succeed. If it doesn’t, they have a backup plan: If you can’t change the subject, change history. That is essentially what the president is trying to do when he accuses Republicans of wanting to “go back to the same failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place.” And in purporting to explain to Americans what “got us into this mess in the first place,” the president is peddling a revisionist narrative that’s bound to resonate with economic illiterates everywhere.
Mitt Romney has put forward a jobs agenda that focuses on pro-growth tax reform, reducing red tape for job creators, curtailing government’s dominance of the economy, eliminating barriers to domestic energy jobs, repealing Obamacare, reining in labor union excesses, and fighting unfair trade practices. Romney also proposes to deal with our debt crisis by cutting spending and reforming entitlement programs. The president would be hard-pressed to explain logically how any of these policies “got us into this mess in the first place.”
The president recently gave a very telling interview to Charlie Rose. “The mistake of my first term — couple of years — was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right,” said Obama. “And that’s important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”
You see, getting the policy right was the easy part for President Obama. As he recently reported with a straight face to a crowd of supporters: “We’ve tried our plan, and it worked.” And the president’s plan has indeed worked, if by “worked” you mean keeping unemployment over 8 percent for a record three-and-a-half years, producing what liberal CBS News called “the worst recovery America has ever had,” sending GDP growth plunging to 1.5 percent, sending our debt soaring to record levels, increasing debt much faster than any administration in history, wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on doomed projects sponsored by the president’s cronies, and enshrining trillion-dollar-plus deficits, unheard of before Obama, as the new normal. But getting so much policy so right apparently took up all of the president’s time, and left him with no time for the very important job of “telling a story.” Some of the president’s critics have suggested that he spends far too much time making speeches — but those critics are apparently flat wrong.
Determined to make up for lost time, the president is intent on “telling a story” on what caused our current economic troubles. According to Obama’s story, the Republican policies of tax cuts for the rich and deregulation are what got us into this mess. Obama’s story shares something in common with many stories, particularly those filed in the “Fiction” section: It isn’t true.