Friday, April 10, 2009

Craziest Republican of the Day: Michael Steele

By Michael J.W. Stickings

RNC Chair Michael Steele guest-hosted Bill Bennett's radio show this morning. In response to a caller who claimed that he "[doesn't] see people spending any less money than they have been, Steele said this:

I've heard a number of people say that across the country. The malls are just as packed on Saturday.

And he said it while laughing, exhibiting just the sort of detachment from reality and insensitivity to the plight of normal Americans that you'd expect from a high-ranking Republican, or any Republican, at this time of historic economic crisis.

It's so hilarious -- isn't it? -- that so many people are having trouble paying their bills, putting food on the table, and supporting their children, so uproarious that so many people are losing their jobs and that the economy has collapsed to the point where only massive government activism and investment can save it from itself.

Well, I suppose it is, to Republicans like Steele (and there are many, many like him, however much of a joke he may be as RNC chair), who are either too ignorant to have a clue or too viciously ideological to care.

It's just like when there's an unseasonably warm day in February and all the global warming denialists come out of their caves and upchuck the same old lies. Yeah, sure, malls are still busy, people are still spending money -- but is such anecdotal evidence, which takes no account of job numbers or corporate profits, or anything else, a meaningful indicator of the state of the economy, let alone of the struggling, and suffering, of normal Americans? Of course not.

Steele is a moron and a fool. No wonder he was tasked with heading up the GOP.


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  • Really? I'd love to know which malls he's been to, because here in L.A., the malls are kind of pathetic. Definitely NOT full, often hardly any people around at all. Stores are closing in the malls.

    Do any of these clowns ever go out into the real world? Or do they rely on reports from their minions? Because this chowderhead clearly doesn't have a clue what's going on.

    By Anonymous Excelsior, at 11:59 AM  

  • Apparently he doesn't watch or read the news that had headlines yesterday discussing the closure of stores in malls across 'Murk-istan
    since Murkin's don't seem to have frivolous shopping money to keep those closed stores open.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:49 PM  

  • "...but is such anecdotal evidence, which takes no account of job numbers or corporate profits, or anything else, a meaningful indicator of the state of the economy"

    Actually, Peter Lynch of Fidelity Investments built a fortune, as well as fortunes for millions of mutual fund holders, by using the similar investing philosophy. He observed occurences in everyday life who was buying what at supermarkets, cultural trends, television, etc., and yes, parking lots at shopping malls, as one of the key factors in gauging the economy.

    As a matter of fact, even President Obama said last week that there were "glimmers of hope" in the economy. And bloomberg just reported that retail sales for the February and March are up.

    But I don't expect liberal moonbats such as yourself to let facts get in the way of what is a narrative that is appealing to the drones who swallow your garbage.

    I agree idiots shouldnt be making assumptions about the economy right now, and that includes idiots like our president. That's right. I said idiot.

    By Anonymous JG, at 11:29 AM  

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