Christian Coalition: Obama Caused the Recession
The Department of Agriculture released data this week showing that a record number of Americans received food stamp assistance in July.
While Newt Gingrich sees this news as an opportunity to score cheap political points, most people with a basic understanding of cause and effect probably view it as a vivid reminder that the pain of this recession is far from over.
But Michele Combs, Director of Communications for the Christian Coalition, is not most people. From Politico:
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich has always had a talent for getting to the nub of the matter. And when he implies that this election is a choice between “paychecks vs. food stamps,” that just about sums it up. Except for less than a handful of the nearly 250 congressional Democrats running for reelection, not one Democrat running is using advertisements trumpeting his or her vote for Obamacare; or for Obama’s stimulus bill, or for any other legislation the president forced through Congress.
Since every single Republican in Congress voted against Obamacare, they were the ones who voted for paychecks for the American people. On the other hand, the vast majority of Democrats in Congress voted for all of these Big Government programs and as a result, we have a record number of Americans on food stamps.
Combs doesn’t bother to actually enumerate the logical leap she takes to connect the stimulus and healthcare to food stamp increases. But peel back the gibberish and you find an implied “job-killing economic disaster” stage that I suppose is self-evident to conservative ideologues. Most of the time, though, they try to make long-term arguments about the deficit and an “anti-business climate.” Combs wants to assign blame in a more immediate time frame.
But considering the stimulus has been a job-creating success and the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) didn’t take effect until two weeks ago, it’s clear she comes up more than a bit short.
Employing an economic logic untethered to chronological reality, you’d think Combs could come up with a better cover for her partisan attacks.