Friday, August 5, 2011

Kaine and Obama Play Fiddle while Economy Burns

Some good news!  Virginia's own Tim Kaine will attend Obama's Birthday Party.  According to 'Entertainment Tonight' it will be a 'star studded' bash.  And no doubt Kaine deserves to be there.  He has been President Barack Obama’s #1 cheerleader in Washington.  The former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine touted the Democrats’ $787 billion stimulus as “one of the first flagstones on the road to recovery,” and promised it would “create or save more than 3 million jobs.”  The Democrats even projected that their massive spending spree would hold unemployment below 8 percent.
But over the nearly 2-and-a-half years since the Democrats rammed their stimulus into law, America’s economy has instead been mired in anemic growth and stagnant high unemployment.  In the last 24 hours alone, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by more than 500 points, while this morning’s disappointing jobs numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor reveal that Americans are now in our 30th consecutive month with higher-than-8-percent unemployment – and the country has actually lost 2.4 million jobs since President Obama came into office.
Economists once again fear a double-dip recession, as the New York Times reports that such a weak economy hasn’t been seen in a generation:
It has been three decades since the United States suffered a recession that followed on the heels of the previous one. But it could be happening again. The unrelenting negative economic news of the past two weeks has painted a picture of a United States economy that fell further and recovered less than we had thought.
But instead of supporting common-sense measures that will bring Washington’s excessive taxes, spending and debt under control – providing job-creators with the certainty they need in order to hire workers and grow our economy – Kaine and Obama continue to demand that struggling Americans foot the bill for their reckless spending agenda with job-killing tax hikes.
Meanwhile, Kaine spent last night at what ABC reports was a “star-studded birthday party [for President Obama] at the White House,” where Politico notes that Kaine rubbed elbows with the likes of Al Sharpton, Nancy Pelosi, Jay-Z and Charles Barkley – no doubt a welcome reprieve from the work of trying to distract Virginia voters from his support of Obama’s deeply unpopular, failed economic agenda.  Appropriately, as Politico also noted, Kaine was treated to a rendition of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.”

“Given the fact that his views are so far outside the Virginia mainstream, it’s no surprise that Tim Kaine loves to go back to Washington and hang out with his liberal friends at every opportunity,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Chris Bond.  “But it’s a safe bet that while Kaine was clinking glasses last night with Jay-Z, Nancy Pelosi, and Al Sharpton, normal Virginians were focused on the reality that the stock market just tanked, millions of Americans are out of work, and now Tim Kaine and President Obama want to raise their taxes.”

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