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The Definition of Fake History

Steve Kornacki has a new show on MSNBC called “The Cycle”, and if it keeps doing stories like this, he’s going to be great. Kornacki points out that Obama’s proposed tax increase on the rich is exactly the same thing that Bill Clinton did when he was president. Back then, Republicans claimed that it would kill jobs and wreck the economy. But they were completely wrong. Unemployment dropped. The deficit was eliminated. The economy went gangbusters.

Now, Republicans are making the same baseless claims about Obama’s proposed tax increase, even though it will only take things back to the rates as they were under Clinton, when the economy and employment were doing great.

So my question is, are the Republicans lying, or just stupid?



  1. just me wrote:

    The answer to your question…. yes.

    Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
  2. Arthanyel wrote:

    I concur with Just Me

    Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    I guess there’s another alternative — they’re just wrong all the time!

    I thought it was interesting at the end of the video — he asked that woman who I assume is the conservative voice on the show and she had no answer to what he said, but even so tried to turn it into something purely political by asking him “So, you’re going on the record as supporting tax increases?”. He should have responded “Can you give me a good reason why that isn’t a good solution to our deficit problems?”

    Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Permalink
  4. Solid Muldoon wrote:

    As the GOP said on day one of the Obama administration, their #1 goal is to make him a one -term president. If it takes tanking the economy and destroying the middle class to git ‘er done, well…

    Friday, July 13, 2012 at 7:21 am | Permalink

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