Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style:
White House press secretary Jay Carney laid the blame for a surprise* economic contraction squarely at the feet of congressional Republicans Wednesday, saying economic threats during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations had prevented important defense spending.
“Our economy is facing a major headwinds, and that’s Republicans in Congress,” Carney said.
— “White House: GOP responsible for contracting economy,” The Hill, today.
Kerry and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California) have proposed a new draft for a cap-and-trade bill with exceedingly stringent restrictions on carbon emissions. During a hearing on the bill, Kerry made the astounding statement that the recession has been the environment’s best friend, and he couldn’t be happier about it:
Let me emphasize something very strongly as we begin this discussion. The United States has already this year alone achieved a 6 percent reduction in emissions simply because of the downturn in the economy, so we are effectively saying we need to go another 14 percent.
What did Kerry just unwittingly admit? He admitted that cap-and-trade advocates and like-minded global warming believers see economic prosperity as a huge source of the supposed problem. That’s why they’re proposing the perfect solution – from their perspective – in the form of a massive tax increase directly on industry.
— “John Kerry: Awesome recession is helping the environment,” the North Star National, October 6th, 2009.
Why is just one reason why “Environmentalists hail newly confirmed Secretary of State Kerry for climate change activism,” as the Daily Caller noted yesterday. No word yet though, if Kerry concurs with Democrat claims that our economy is in the midst of “The Best-Looking Contraction in U.S. GDP You’ll Ever See,” or if he’s merely for-gainst the idea.
Related: “Remember when Obama OWNED the economy? That was SO 2009.”