How to perpetuate a recession
August 5, 2011 1 Comment
Let’s say you are a political party interested not in, you know, fixing the problems in the country, but instead states its goal as “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
Now, let’s say the recession in which you’ve mired the country might be starting to recede before the next election, so the main negative you were going to try and saddle the president with was diminishing, meaning you’d actually have to come up with an idea or two on which to run instead of the trotting out the same bankrupt ideology that got us into this mess.
Let’s say things are starting to turn around on the employment front and considering your campaign is going to be about how the president hasn’t yet fixed the economy you destroyed.
What do you do in order to make the president look ineffective?
Well, first, you do everything you can to block any and all economic recovery efforts that are not the same policies that killed it in the first place, demanding instead that in order to get out of this, we have to KEEP DIGGING.
Then, to ensure that the numbers stay bad, you purposefully and willfully lay off thousands and thousands of workers across the country by slashing government spending and forcing them to shed jobs, meaning all of those people who were productive contributors to the economy are now all on the public dole and therefore only making the deficits bigger by demanding the service you just cut.
Voila! instant continuing recession! even if private sector hiring is up 1.7 percent in the past year..
I have been thinking about this for a month or so now, but today, there were numbers that absolutely prove I was right.
Dig this graph:
That’s a tough hole to dig out of.
And if I were president, especially one running for re-election at a time when the top concern is jobs, I would be goddamn sure to point these things out.
Unless, of course, I didn’t want to win anyway.