June 23, 2011

Memo to Chuckie Schumer and Dickie Durbin: 11 GOP-Led States Are Saving Obama’s — and the Country’s — Bacon

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:15 pm

(originally posted at about noon; revised significantly at 3:15 p.m.)

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All right, that does it. Gloves off.

I just heard audio of Democratic Senators Chuckie Schumer and Dickie Durbin accusing the GOP leadership in Washington of wanting the economy to tank in the name of electoral advantage.

Erik Wasson covered this utter crap at the Hill yesterday:

Schumer argued Republicans are focusing on the deficit at the peril of the economy, and that infrastructure spending and support for clean energy are other stimulus measures that should be considered by Congress.

“It is hard to figure out why Republicans would say no for three reasons: It’s pro-business, it’s a tax cut, and many of them have supported it in the past,” he said.

Schumer suggested that opposition to the stimulus proposal could come because the GOP deliberately wants to scuttle the economy in order to prevent Obama from being reelected.

Here’s a direct Durbin quote recorded by Greg Sargent at the Washington Post’s Plum Line, also from yesterday:

Today Senate Dems went there: They accused Republicans of deliberately sabotaging the economy in order to further their own political interests. And a senior Dem Senate aide tells me that Dems will not shy away from making that case in the weeks to come, if the Republicans keep blocking their efforts to spur job creation.

Senators Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin made the charge in remarks to reporters today. Durbin said: “Unfortunately our Republican colleagues in the House and Senate are driven by putting one man out of work — President Obama.”

Schumer seconded …

Bleep both of you, Chuckie and Dickie — and your little party too.

Perhaps the two pathetic progressive senators can explain how it is that the states identified below with conservative Republican governors have been the predominant job creators in the economy this year. In fact, the named states are mostly doing the things Schumer and Durbin despise: Cutting or holding the line on taxes, cutting spending, and doing what they can about excessive regulation and bureaucracy.

Gosh … that’s what the GOP in Washington wants to implement nationally. In other words, they want to do at the federal level what has been working at the state level. If the GOP is determined to tank the economy (which has never really left the tank, in case you two haven’t noticed), they have a funny way of trying to make it happen, don’t they, Chuckie and Dickie?

Here are the facts, in case you fools give a damn:

Fact 1: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the first five months of this year (pending revision), the economy has added 783,000 seasonally adjusted jobs.

Fact 2: The following eleven states with Republican governors, most of whom (where described) have replaced Democrats or proven RINOs, have added a total of 445,000 jobs (full graphic off all 50 states and DC is here):

  • Texas, 118K
  • Ohio, 70K (John Kasich defeated incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland in 2010 and took office in January 2011)
  • Florida, 60K (Rick Scott replaced proven RINO and one-man disaster Charlie Crist in January 2011; Florida’s economy, after growing 29% from 2001-2006 under the marvelous Jeb Bush, contracted by 4.4% from 2007-2010 under Crist; only Michigan and Nevada fared worse during those years)
  • Virginia, 37K (Bob McDonnell replaced Democrat Tim Kaine in January 2010)
  • Michigan, 32K (Rick Snyder replaced Democrat Jennifer Granholm in January 2011)
  • Wisconsin, 28K (Scott Walker replaced Democrat Jim Doyle in January 2011)
  • Arizona, 25K (Jan Brewer replaced Janet Napolitano in January 2009)
  • Oklahoma, 24K (Mary Fallon replaced Democrat Brad Henry in January)
  • Louisiana, 21K (Bobby Jindal replaced Democrat Kathleen Blanco in January 2008)
  • Utah, 16K
  • Nebraska, 14K

Fact 3: These states have only 32% of the nation’s population.

Fact 4: Despite regulatory impediments and downright hostility from statist ingrates in Washington, particularly members of the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress, the above states are making meaningful economic headway.

Fact 5: Meanwhile, many blue states, in terms of their seasonally adjusted workforce growth percentage, aren’t impressing (e.g., California, +0.52%; Maryland, -0.28%; Minnesota, +0.34%). Maybe that’s where your “scuttling the economy” is coming from, Chuckie and Dickie. Why don’t you ask them why they’re working so hard to scuttle precious President Barack Obama’s electoral chances?

To be clear, comparing the Bureau’s national and state-by-state data isn’t a clean apples-to-apples exercise. But it should be nonetheless obvious that if it weren’t for the disproportionately strong economic performance of the eleven states listed above, all of which “just so happen” to have conservative Republican governors, the nation’s economy would be in much, much worse shape than it already is.

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UPDATE: The only really strong performer among larger states with Democratic governors thus far is Illinois (+64K, or 1.15% of the workforce, which still trails Ohio’s +70K, or 1.39% of the workforce). This is admittedly odd given the tax increases Illinois just passed. As of course is the case with the 11 relatively stellar states run by GOP governors noted above, we’ll see if it lasts.

UPDATE 2: If all 50 states and DC were replicating the performance of the 11 states above and did so for the rest of the year, the national economy would add about 3.3 million jobs by the end of the year — far more than any of the current predictions, most of which are in the 2 million range. That would still be nowhere near Reaganesque, but it would beat the pants off of what’s happening now.

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8 Comments

  1. “The only really strong performer among larger states with Democratic governors thus far is Illinois (+64K, or 1.15% of the workforce, which still trails Ohio’s +70K, or 1.39% of the workforce). This is admittedly odd given the tax increases Illinois just passed.”

    It won’t last and if the increases just passed it’ll take a while for the damage from such actions to seep in anyway. Also, there may be other positive things that are going on in that state that are stemming off the damage from increases for now, and also doing well under higher taxes is not evidence higher taxes are “working”, since there is always the issue of how much *even better* Illinois would be doing if taxes had not been increased and/or lowered.

    P.S. As a Floridian, I must say that calling Crist a RINO is actually being too generous!

    Comment by zf — June 23, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

  2. #1, IL may also be benefitting from Obama, Daley, Axelord, et al steering jobs into the state. I know they moved the DNC to Chicago before the 2008 election, so some of the increase may reflect the beginning of mobilization for 2012 — which, by the way, which would probably end up as part of “private sector” employment.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 23, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

  3. A pure natural experiment providing empiric proof of both “The Conservative Effect” and “The Democrat Effect.”

    Comment by Joe C. — June 23, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

  4. Here’s a question, how much money will the Federal Government get for the 30 million barrels of oil it released from the SPR? In round figures of $100/barrel (I believe it’s less) this is something around $3 billion. Does Obama intend to drain down the SPR to keep funding his spending? Does he intend to open the spigots every month or so to keep a lid on oil prices just so he can prove his narrative that there is no shortage of oil so therefore he should continue to block drilling? Here’s a bigger question, how much did he tell Soros about the timing of the draw down(s). If he did, Soros could make big bucks shorting the oil market, no differently than currency fluctuations.

    Comment by dscott — June 23, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

  5. #4, someone else brought manipulation up as a topic tonight, b/c of the way the price dropped just ahead of the official announcement. Proving that would be difficult, but if done, very damning.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 24, 2011 @ 12:02 am

  6. Given the collapse of the Biden budget talks over tax increases, we need to meet them half way. Give the Democrats the tax increase which they don’t want: Eliminate the Ethanol subsidy and tax credits, there’s at least $30 billion a year between the two of them. There’s what another $40 billion a year in agricultural subsidies for sugar and corn and milk. End them all… End all crony capitalism welfare. That’s IF they are serious about addressing the deficit. End the non profit status of Planned Parenthood and their subsidy as well, that should bring in around $1 billion/year as well.

    Comment by dscott — June 24, 2011 @ 4:07 am

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