Axelrod: Blaming the Symptoms and Not the Disease

Posted: Oct 18, 2011 12:32 PM

Woah, woah, woah, Mr. Axelrod - people in glass houses should really avoid throwing stones.

Axelroad tries to argue that Mitt Romney represents that "Wall-Street side of business" because Romney has "stripped down businesses and outsourced jobs in ways that I think reflect people's concerns about the economy." So, because while living in the private sector Mitt Romney supported businesses' profitability and competitiveness by outsourcing jobs, he did something wrong and is greedy, awful Wall Street's candidate?

I mean, yes, I would call him Wall Street's natural candidate, because he is pro-business and will likely handle the economy much more productively than President Obama could in his wildest central-planning dreams, allowing businesses to freely compete instead of regulating and taxing the hell out of them. Is this really less virtuous than President Obama's over-bureaucratized economy, in which businesses cannot compete so they must either move away or curry favors with the feds and get in bed with the administration? Because in 2008, Wall Street was all about President Obama, and it sure as heck wasn't because he promised an ideal business environment.

Yes, Mr. Axelrod, people are concerned about Wall Street and the economy, obviously, but let's hope that most people are smart enough to not blame the businesses themselves moving overseas, and instead blame the reason that businesses are moving overseas - the federal government. Later in the interview, after blaming the GOP for obstructing more necessary regulations, Axelrod continued blaming the private sector for the financial crisis:

"But that system has to work under a set of rules and has to be accountable, or we’ll get into the same kind of problem we got before, where consumers were exploited, where deals were done in secret — it almost took our entire economy, and actually did take our economy down. Now the same folks who did that are resisting reforms on Wall Street."

Let me be clear: our current economic crisis is due to neither 'consumer exploitation,' secret Wall Street deals, the Japanese tsunami, the Arab Spring, nor even entirely the previous administration. We are in this crisis because of the exponentially increasing, interfering spending and regulating habits of our bloated federal government. The Obama administration is playing both sides of the fence, encouraging the Wall Street protests and promoting class warfare while taking plenty of big-business money behind-the-scenes.

Mr. Axelrod has certainly identified the chief campaign tactic of the Obama team - misdirection.