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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:17 PM

WSJ editorial page tries to make point by comparing Presidents, skips (hides) Bush.

The president who must not be named

By Steve Benen

The Wall Street Journal editorial page believes President Obama has an "economic growth deficit," and publishes an image comparing GDP by year under Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and Obama.

Now, in a comparison like this, context is everything. Reagan and Clinton didn't inherit global economic catastrophes, didn't need mandatory Senate supermajorities to pass legislation, didn't have debt-ceiling fiascos to put up with, didn't have the luxury of getting economic boosts from the Fed lowering interest rates, etc. All of these relevant details went unmentioned.

But Jon Chait notices something else omitted from the WSJ visual.

No George W. Bush! Possibly there wasn't enough room. Or possibly the lesson of the most recent former president, whose tax cuts are set to expire and who presided over poor economic growth, might not offer the lesson the Journal editorial page is seeking to convey.

The WSJ also left out George H.W. Bush, probably for the same reason.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/30/15576365-the-president-who-must-not-be-named

Economic growth improves significantly
http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/11/29/15540655-economic-growth-improves-significantly

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ProSense Nov 2012 OP
spanone Nov 2012 #1
arcane1 Nov 2012 #2
ProSense Nov 2012 #3
hifiguy Nov 2012 #4
kenfrequed Nov 2012 #5
bongbong Nov 2012 #6
ProSense Nov 2012 #7
Tsiyu Nov 2012 #8
ProSense Nov 2012 #9

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:18 PM

1. it's owned by rupert murdoch....expected.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:21 PM

2. And yet there are people afraid that Jeb will run, and win, in 2016!

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:32 PM

3. Republicans would love to erase Bush from history

It's really hilarious.



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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:38 PM

4. The Chimp cannot be denied.

He is an inflamed, suppurating pustule on the face of the GOP and will remain so for another twenty-plus years.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:48 PM

5. Hmmph

The conservative free market fundamentalists cling to the idea still that their absurd economic policies cannot fail, but rather people fail to apply them. In this manner their Wallstreet crowd actually seems more religious than their religious wing.

This has been said many times by people far wiser and more articulate than myself.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:12 PM

6. Why include shrub?

 

Cheney was president for 8 years. shrub was just his 24x7-drunk assistant/spokesman.

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Response to bongbong (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:20 PM

7. "shrub was just his 24x7-drunk assistant/spokesman."

Whatever the reason, they're hiding him.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:30 PM

8. Well, isn't the WSJ so CUTE and COY!



Leave out their main squeeze? Their KING; their GAWD?

Why, it's like they want us all to think there was never a Shrub presidency at all!

Wonder why they would want us to forget that ignoramus of a FAILURE they fellated for 8 years?









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Response to Tsiyu (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:55 PM

9. They're pushing Bush's failed policies

while trying to erase him from memory...as if anyone is going to forget.

Republicans are delusional.

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