One of the most obnoxious parts of the Republican propaganda campaign against the left is the constant blaming of Barak Obama for America’s problems and the disparagment of his incredible accomplishments. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday hit back at the right, deciding “to poke fun at Republicans for blaming all their problems on President Obama, and suggesting they suffer from ‘amnesia’ over George W. Bush’s presidency.” Republicans live in another world and “in their world, every problem that you can possibly imagine is caused by Barack Obama…If there is rain, if it’s too hot, if there’s a mosquito in the room, it is all Barack Obama.”
A weak economy is “always” the Democratic president’s fault, however, if a Republican president “presides over the worst financial crisis in a half-century after seven years in office, that is clearly the fault of poor people” said Sanders sarcastically. Sanders was rightly furious at the false narrative propogated by the right, where the people who were encouraged to buy homes and participate in the American dream are blamed for perpetrating a great fraud on the American people and tanking the economy in 2008, instead of blaming the newly deregulated banks using absurd amounts of leverage in crazy financial deals. Of course, President Obama was later blamed by the Republicans for the $700 billion taxpayer funded bailout that was approved under the Bush Administration in October 2008 – three months before Obama took office.
Remember the dire warnings from Republicans if President Obama was reelected in 2012 – “One Republican in Congress warned our policies would diminish employment and diminish stock prices.” President Obama reminded them “the stock market has doubled since I came into office. Corporate profits are—corporate balance sheets are stronger than they have ever been—because of my terrible business policies…one Republican senator claimed we faced trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see…another predicted my reelection would spike gas prices to $6.60 a gallon. I don’t know how he came up with that figure: $6.60.”
Just to remind Republicans, the economy under President Obama has ‘suffered’ the best job growth in 14 years with 12 million new jobs – all while John Boehner asks “where are the jobs?” In addition, the deficits have decreased dramatically, and Obamacare has not ballooned the deficit. Bernie chuckles when it comes to GOP’s selective memory on the economy as; “Heads they win, tails you lose.”
However, on a very serious note, Sanders accused Republicans of trying to turn voters away from the polls, and suggested dire consequences if Democrats don’t get out to vote. “Here’s the way politics works…When nobody votes, Republicans win. When large numbers of people come out, when people demand that the United States government start representing all of us and not just a handful of billionaires, when that happens, we win…That is what this campaign is about. It is reaching out to our friends and our neighbors. Reaching out to working class Republicans who continue to vote against their own best interest. Bringing people together. When we do that, when we significantly increase the voter turnout, it ain’t going to be a contest, we’re going to win hands down.”
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.