“A big, fat, sloppy, inefficient, obstructionist, Porky Pig that’s standing in the way of economic progress”

Newbusters has a segment of Dick Armey’s appearance on Meet the Press earlier today.   Armey’s defense of Paul Ryan’s Roadmap was amazing but this is out-of-the-park spectacular.  David Gregory asked Armey to defend Republicans’ unwillingness to pay for an extension of the Bush tax cuts.   As Newsbusters notes, Gregory has been beating this issue since Alan Greenspan told him on August 1 tax cuts don’t pay for themselves.  This was Armey’s response:

REP. ARMEY: Where has Alan Greenspan been? John — I, I was a young undergraduate watching all my faculty celebrate the genius of John F. Kennedy as he taught us you cut taxes , revenues increase. Reagan cut taxes , revenue doubled. What — the first, most important, critical thing for the American economy is to cut the size of the federal government. This is a big, fat, sloppy, inefficient, obstructionist, Porky Pig that’s standing in the way of economic progress for the American people. It is counterproductive. It’s an extra weight. It is — and it needs to be cut or this economy can’t carry the weight. This is no thinking…

Speaking of no thinking, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm responds to Armey:

GOV. JENNIFER GRANHOLM (D-MICHIGAN): Just quickly — this is the argument, and it’s a 20th century argument, it’s not a 21st century argument. When we’re competing in a global economy , the government has to partner with the private sector to create jobs. If you just slash spending, you slash the investments in the things that are going to move our economy forward, we miss out. Just very quickly, last year, the vice president came to Michigan , said we were going to get all these battery grants; we created — we have 16 companies now in Michigan just in the past year because we partnered with the private sector creating 62,000 jobs. Strategic investment with the private sector is what works in the 20th century.

Newsbusters takes apart her inaccurate statements about the battery grants and the 62,000 that haven’t yet been created or saved. I must have missed the part where Granholm’s big government model took her state to new levels of economic growth and employment. Perhaps she thinks that will be a 22nd century realization of her 21st century argument.  Meanwhile she presided over a big, fat Porky Pig of a government that drove the auto industry into a ditch.

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