The Republican Party of Wisconsin should read articles before tweeting them. If they had, this Politico article about political concerns overcoming the consensus from economists for more stimulus wouldn’t have made the cut.
Reince Priebus and his crew clearly didn’t make it past the headline of “Politics trumps economics on deficit” before sensing an opportunity to take a shot at President Obama.
The author wasn’t supportive of Obama’s economic policy, the WISGOP got that part right. What clashes with the RPW’s thoughtless talking points was the author was lamenting the influence of political concerns getting in the way of more stimulus.
The RPW seized on a few lines in the piece on the tea party “scaring the bejesus out of politicians” and bailouts being “massively unpopular.” If the reader had made it to the second page they would see the author decrying austerity measures, claiming “many economists see a real danger of the world slipping into a double-dip recession.”
The article ends;
“Congress is now opting to shred the safety net for millions of unemployed Americans…Why are they doing this? Not because of economic necessity. Because of political fear.”
But maybe the WISGOP crew didn’t err in posting the article. Before the line above, the author discusses what happened when Franklin Roosevelt cut spending just when the country started coming out of the Great Depression, and unemployment went from 5 million to 12 million;
“Going into the 1938 election, Republicans held 88 House seats. They gained 81 more.”
That would be the Republican Party of Wisconsin I know. Willing to put the outcome of the next election above the jobs and prosperity of citizens.