In redefining the recession, Democrats are turning to confusing math and government via gaslighting

The term “fuzzy math” was first introduced during the 2000 presidential campaign by Republican candidate George W. Bush. He used it to describe Democratic candidate Al Gore’s criticisms of Bush’s economic proposals regarding tax cuts and how to spend a budget surplus.

Fast forward to 2022 and fuzzy math has been reintroduced into our politics. This time it is a democratic proposal to spend $ 700 billion on the irony of the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022”.

That’s right: Democrats, including President Biden, are pushing the argument that injecting hundreds of billions of dollars into an economy that is heading towards 10 percent inflation (current rate, 9.1 percent) and probably is. just entered a recession (commonly referred to as two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth) and that spending $ 300 billion on green energy initiatives and $ 370 billion on “deficit reduction” is just the cure. our sick economy needs it.

And at just the right moment, many of the headlines refer to the prospect of the act becoming law as a potential big win for the Democrats and the turning point the party must hold in the House and Senate.

CNN: “With a big boost to the Democrats, Manchin and Schumer announce an agreement for the energy and health bill.”

Politic: “Somehow, somehow, Joe Biden is back in the game. After enduring a brutal year, Biden is suddenly on the verge of a turning point that, according to the White House, could save his summer and alter his presidency trajectory. ”

US policy: “Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin reach agreement on renewed reconstruction, better if it is a massive victory for the Democrats and America”.

But are the public really excited about an incompetent government spending more money with inflation at its highest since 1981?

A NewsNation poll this week found 94% of voters say they are somewhat or very worried about rising prices, with 66% feeling “very worried.” Nearly two-thirds view inflation as their main concern.

Democrats and their media allies have become adept at euphemism; it is crucial to their messaging. It is not a border crisis, it is a “challenge”. Antifa is not an organization; it is “an idea”. It is not an unborn child and not even a fetus. They are the “products of conception”. Riots are not riots. They are “mostly peaceful protests”. Infrastructure spending is not about improving roads and bridges. The infrastructure includes childcare and paid leave.

And now, with inflation approaching 10 percent, we have the law on reducing inflation.

There are things Democrats can do to reduce inflation, like cut spending. But instead, the Democrats want to inject $ 700 billion into the economy, which they believe will reduce inflation.

As for those opposing higher spending amid a recession, the president insists we’re not even in one despite two consecutive quarters of negative growth, skyrocketing inflation, and stagnant wages.

The Inflation Reduction Act will add an additional $ 370 billion in clean energy tax credits in reconciliation, including incentives to accelerate domestic production of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and critical materials processing. It doesn’t feel like a recession to me, “Biden said last week after news broke that the economy contracted by 0.9%.

The law on reducing inflation would also significantly increase corporate taxes. In a related story, here’s what Joe Biden’s old boss had to say as president during a recession.

“You don’t raise taxes in a recession,” then President Obama said in 2010. “The last thing you want to do is raise your taxes in the middle of a recession.”

An old proverb says that the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. With the party in power in Washington, stupidity seems limitless. And voters are very much in agreement: Biden is voting lower than any other president in his first term since those polls began. This includes Jimmy Carter. This includes Donald Trump. Both men lasted a term. In recent Quinnipiac University and New York Times polls, Biden has 31 percent and 33 percent approval, respectively.

Blurry math is back. Only this time we’re drowning in debt. We are spending what we don’t have. The result is sky-high prices for everything from food to gas to lumber. Any reasonable leader would put a stop to spending while acknowledging that the economy is indeed in recession.

But not these leaders, who believe confusing math and gaslighting government are a successful strategy.

Joe Concha is a media and politics columnist.

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