Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fundamentals Of Our Economy Are Strong

I follow politics pretty closely and I've worked for a politician before so I know that a lot of running for office is blowing sunshine up voters' asses to make things seem better than they are; and yes, politicians regularly use the same stump speeches over and over again but it seems pretty clear to me that McCain either didn't see this current economic crises coming or he decided to ignore it and pretend that everything was all right over the past year:

Of course when the economy finally did tank he realized how naive he looked for repeating this fiscal mantra for several months so he did what politicians do best: he parsed his words:

During a campaign stop today in Orlando, FL, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attempted to defend his repeated claims that the “fundamentals of our economy are strong” by redefining those fundamentals as “workers and small businesses.” “The American worker and their innovation and their entrepreneurship, the small business, those are the fundamentals of America and I think they’re strong,” he said...

As Atrios writes, McCain is now arguing that “if you suggest something is wrong with the economy, you’re insulting workers. This follows the Bush strategy of saying that criticizing his Iraq policies is insulting the troops.”
See? He's not economically ignorant, he was just saying that the American worker is strong. You know how people always use completely unrelated phrases in place of simple words and then expect everyone to somehow just guess what they've really been saying for months? He was just doing that. And now that I think about it, that's quite an incisive commentary on the American economy; I wonder: will he take an equally brave stance on American culture by extolling the virtues of baseball and apple pie? Maybe a courageous declaration about how "babies are cute". Douche.

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