The Economy Alone Doesn’t Equal an Automatic Win for Republicans
You’ve heard that stat, no president’s been reelected with the unemployment rate above 7.9% or something. I think that’s probably out the window is all I’m saying. The tradition has been dealt a little bit of a blow. Sure, it still matters. I’m just saying there’s a different way to go about campaigning on the economy than simply assuming that when you tell people the economy’s bad, which they already know, and that you’re gonna fix it. They’re gonna have to go after Obama. Obama is gonna have to be gone after the same way Romney went after Newt. The same way he went after Rick Santorum. That’s what’s called for here, as far as I’m concerned.
But don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying the economy is not a factor; it’s just different. And by the way, 44% get a government check when Obama sits down in the Oval Office; 49% today and growing. That is significant, too. Because we’re approaching 50% here. You combine that with people that aren’t paying any income taxes… By the way, did you see this, the CBO, the Tax Foundation says this every year and a couple other tax organizations, but the nonpartisan precious and beloved Congressional Budget Office yesterday said that the rich are paying more than their fair share in taxes. And as they define the rich, they said the rich are paying 70% of the tax burden, which is true, by the way. It just the CBO’s never said it like this. The rich are paying more than their fair share. It didn’t get a whole lot of coverage. It’s out there in, quote, unquote, right wing newspapers, but it’s out there.