Stupid should hurt:
Maybe it’s reverse psychology, or maybe Jeb Bush is trying to reenergize his flagging White House bid by diving cuboidal-head first into absurdity, but the Republican presidential candidate has come out as an advocate for an unlikely cause: recession.
In New Hampshire on Wednesday, speaking to Sean Hannity in front of two plastic pumpkins and a Jeb! 2016 placard, the former Florida governor was asked how he would make the argument to voters that the Democrats’ plans to expand the safety net would bankrupt the country.
“We have the benefit now of all of this philosophy of offering free things to people not working,” Bush said. “I think the better message is, let’s disrupt Washington. Let’s create a little bit of a recession in Washington, D.C., so that we can have economic prosperity outside of Washington.”
Bush added that as governor, “I got to do that,” and it resulted in the Sunshine State leading the nation in job growth for the majority of his tenure.
Asked if Bush really meant that he would like to create a recession in Washington, D.C., the country’s fourth-largest metropolitan economy, his spokesman, Tim Miller, responded, “We should shrink D.C. so we can grow the economy of the rest of the country.”
But Bush said recession.
Asked “yes or no,” does Bush believe D.C. should be hit with a recession, as the country as a whole continues to recover from the Great Recession, Miller said, “He certainly wants to shrink the size of D.C. as laid out on his plan to reform Washington.”
Shrinking the size of the federal government is a vastly different endeavor than creating a recession in the city in which the federal government is based. Asked if Bush is aware of the definition of a recession, Miller said, “a period of temporary economic decline generally identified by a fall of GDP in two successive quarters.”
Asked why in the hell a candidate for president of the United States would wish such a thing on an American city, Miller didn’t respond—not even to suggest it was a joke.
Michael D. Brown, Washington, D.C.’s “shadow” senator, was not amused, either way.
“I think he’s trying to be clever and say, ‘If we deprive the congressmen and the senators, if we screw things up for them, they’ll pay attention,’” Brown said. “My first impression is that it’s reflective of the way these people think about our city, that this isn’t a place where Americans live for some reason. Why would you say that about a place where 650,000 taxpayers live—many of whom are veterans?”
“I just think it’s a preposterous idea,” he said. “Washington is a major economic hub. We have greater GDP than nine different states. We are an economic engine! It’s ridiculous.”
That was written by Olivia Nuzzi, who seems to be a reasonably intelligent human being. As far as I know she is a native English speaker. There is no indication that this article was intended as satire or sarcasm.
I must therefore conclude that she is being deliberately obtuse.
If Jeb! misspoke or was being facetious, his spokesman should've said as much. Instead he said this http://t.co/EaycKY3XqV not my problem!
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) October 16, 2015
She wasn’t alone.
Why does the national media conspire to mislead? This is even more egregious than the “stuff happens” fauxrage. It pisses me off because it puts me in the position of having to defend Jeb Bush, and I really don’t want to do that.
You can expect the usual suspects on the Left to pretend they don’t understand what Jeb was saying either.
Meanwhile, The Hated Dodgers lost last night. It was glorious.