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Conservatives have made a lot of hay this past week over DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s contention that Democrats now “own the economy” and for good reason. Democrats have owned the economy for quite a few years as its been Democrats whose Brobdingnagian budgets have acted as a fairly steady brake on the economy. It was also largely Democrats who promoted dodgy home-ownership schemes and pumped steroids into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to shove more people into grossly overpriced homes that the new owners could never afford. So, yes, Democrats own the economy, not just the woeful one we have right now but the one that slowly collapsed over the past several years.

However, there was something else in DWS’s statement that caught my eye and, to my knowledge, no one has picked up on it. Let me give you more of her statement. See if you notice what I did.

“We own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery, not go back to the policies of the past under the Bush administration that put us in the ditch in the first place,” Wasserman Schultz told Mike Allen at POLITICO’s ‘Playbook Breakfast.’

If you’re interested in handing out awards for gall, there’s your first nominee right there. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz didn’t say that Democrats owned the whole economy. She said Democrats owned the good parts of the economy — the alleged turnaround. There is no chance in the world she’d claim the still-plunging housing market, high unemployment, low wages, dropping dollar value, or any of the other signs that our economy is far from turned around. What she’s set up is a circumstance under which any good sign in the economy, no matter how faint or temporary, belongs to her party and all the rest belongs to the bogeyman Bush and the Republicans.

That, folks, is dishonest and we shouldn’t let her get away with it. While plenty of folks on the right are out there saying “Darned right you own this woeful economy”, they’re missing the bigger point. As the economy recovers, which it surely will, Democrats will continue to claim it and the right will have no effective comeback because they already ceded the issue. The Democrats do not own this economy. They have, in fact, disavowed any ownership of this economy for years with their continuing ignorance of how a private economy works. They have instead spent their time fattening their own campaign chests with multi-billion dollar payoffs to favored contributors, pumped up their personal wealth, and increased their personal political power by making more people dependents on the crumbs they’re thrown from the public table.

We conservatives shouldn’t hand this economy over to the Democrats. They had it for far too long and have made a hash of it. They do not own this economy. They have simply used it like a 60s British rock group would use a hotel room and when they’re done with it, all we’ll be left with is a ruin. It’s time we disabused Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of the notion that she and her merry band of totalitarian wanna-bes own any part of us.


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3 Responses to “Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Doesn’t Own This Economy, and We Shouldn’t Let Her Claim It.”

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  3. Mockingbird says:

    I remember Debbie from yesteryear at Univ. of Florida. Stupid socialist then-stupid socialist now.
    Debbie is an insult to the Form W2.

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