But suppose you don’t buy this theory. Let’s instead just look at the empirical evidence. The Democrats like to pretend that the Republicans were in charge right up until The One™ came in to save us in 2009.
For instance, on The McLaughlin Group Friday night, Michelle Bernard slipped one past, and no one called her on it:
I think most Americans sat back this week and listened, heard a lot of really smart rhetoric, and also sit back and can’t help but think to themselves the day Barack Obama got elected; we had a Republican Congress that decided that their answer to governing, with the taxpayer dollars that pay their salary, would be to say no.
Note she states that the Republicans controlled Congress the day that Obama was elected, when the reality is otherwise, but inconvenient to the narrative of the media and the Democrats.
Here’s a graph that provides a good guideline to the collapse of the economy.
Average and median housing prices over the past three decades are a pretty good surrogate for the rise and fall of the housing market, whose collapse caused first the recession in 2007, as construction and durable goods orders dried up, and then the fiscal crisis as all of the bad mortgage paper came to light in the summer and fall of 2008.
Here is a very simple question for those who claim that it was Bush policies that caused this.
George Bush was in office from 2001 through 2009. If his policies were the cause of this, why did it take over six years, until late 2007, for the evil Bush to bear its poison fruit? Is there something else that happened around that time that might provide a better explanation? Let’s see, 2007, 2007…
Oh, wait! Wasn’t January 2007 when (Democrats) Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took over the Congress? Why, I think it was!
And what did they do to fend off the impending fiscal crisis? Not only nothing, but they precipitated it:
On Friday, regulators specifically fingered Schumer for IndyMac’s failure. The Office of Thrift Supervision said in its statement announcing the seizure that “the immediate cause of the closing was a deposit run that began and continued” after Schumer went public with his concerns.
“This institution failed due to a liquidity crisis,” OTS Director John Reich said Friday. “Although this institution was already in distress, I am troubled by any interference in the regulatory process,” a reference to Schumer.
Maybe it’s old news now, but it wasn’t covered well at the time, and it’s no older than Obama and the Democrats’ fantasies about Bush’s policies causing the problem.
As for the other false premise, that Romney will return to the Bush policies, well, yes, he wants to return to the policies that were working (keeping tax rates and regulation down, and get energy production up), and ditch the ones that were failures (e.g., loan guarantees). If he wants to wage war on this meme, it can be done very simply. All it requires is some healthy criticism of the Bush administration, the same kind that many Republicans were making in the summer and fall of 2006 that resulted in some of them staying home and allowing the disastrous Democratic takeover of the Congress, and explaining how his policies will be different. That would certainly cement my vote.
If Mitt Romney wants to fight back against the big lie, he needs to spend his newly freed ad money a) educating the public about the real history of our current fiscal mess, properly allocating the blame and b) pointing out the ways that he is not and will not be George Bush. The ad should feature the above graph, with a big tag on 2006 saying “Democrats Take Control Of Congress.”
Because he can count on the Democrats to continue with their own false narrative from now until November, with aid from their wholly owned subsidiary in the media. It’s all they have.