BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: This post was given the 1st Place Award by Adrienne’s Corner:
Butt, the first place award goes to MOTUS, who reflected the real meaning of that miserable press conference with a depth of understanding only a mirror can produce - and we thank her.
Please join me in scampering over to Adrienne’s Corner to thank her for this truly magnificent award!
Lady M decided to lay low yesterday after Thursday’s trip to the pie store.
Just as well, I had my hands full. I was called in to provide some optics for the Big Read and Presser. You probably saw my handiwork on your teevee:
Did you see it?
Stage left, no MOTUS optics, stage right, MOTUS enhanced gravitas
Due to the gravitas of the issues being discussed yesterday, Big Guy felt he needed to project a little extra awesomeness so he had me reflect his world famous Oracle of Delphi columns onto our stock
stage set presidential podium backdrop:
Because everyone remembers how well they worked the first time we used them:
Of course I had to scale them back a little. Butt I think yesterday’s historic “the private economy is just fine,” and “I’m insulted you would think otherwise” presser went pretty well, don’t you? At least the optics end of it?
Although I’ve heard from Dewey’s Flatsimile Studios that I’ve violated Dewey’s copyright on the cartoon stage set he created for Big Guy:
I’m hoping to negotiate an out of court settlement, and since I’ve retained Dewey as my attorney I’m pretty sure I can.
Anyway, I just thought I should point out that everyone missed the real news in yesterday’s presser:
Today, we’re fighting back from the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression.
We’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the past 27 months. The private sector is doing fine.
Where we’re seeing problems is with state and local government,
often with cuts initiated by governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help they’re accustomed to from the federal government.
The big challenge we have in our economy right now is state and local government hiring has been going in the wrong direction. You've seen teacher layoffs, police officers, cops, firefighters being laid off…
oftentimes, cuts initiated by governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don’t have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.
The problem is that it requires Congress to take action, and we're going to keep pushing them to see if they can move in that direction.
So,while everyone’s yapping about “the private sector is doing fine” comment, they missed the big point of Big Guy’s message: without government there is no economy.
Let’s connect the dots: a) the economy is in the dumpster, b) the private sector is doing fine, and c) state and local government hiring has been going in the wrong direction, ipso fatso, we need to send more federal money to state and local governments to avoid the lay off of any more public employees.
Got it? The Economy = Government. The economy is only bad because public employment is down; the private sector is robust (with the exception for that teeny little segment called “construction” butt that isn’t really all that important).
Of course that’s
a lie an exaggeration: partially true only through the miracle of government mathamagicals which un-counted all the jobs lost during Big Guy’s first year in office (because those must have been Bush’s fault, right?)and counts all temporary (e.g. Census) and part-time jobs. And although almost everyone else knows our “robust” jobs numbers were achieved by magic tricks, Big Guy really thinks the private sector jobs number is robust. Like the Wisconsin re-call results, nobody really wants to tell him.
Butt I digress: the truth is Big Guy really, really believes the economy IS the government sector. Or at least that’s his vision for the economy. There’s a term for that, what is it again? Oh yes: “Socialism.”
Butt after that, all holy-hell broke loose - damn, that RRRT (Romney Rapid Response Team) is fast –
… and Big Guy had to calm things down a little:
The president walked back the comment later in the day. ""It is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine," he said. "That's why I had a press conference."
“Let me make this perfectly clear.”
Well, we did the best we could. It’s not as easy to walk something back as you might think. Just ask the Big Dawg.
Anyway, after that, the day was on a definite upswing. The Giants were here to celebrate their NFL Superbowl championship, followed by a swanky $40k/plate fundraiser.
Let’s check in with the 24/7 BO-tie economic indicator cam for an instant read: