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Fake Republican Claims that Tax Rate Cuts Invariably Raise Revenues: For the Virtual Green Room

How Not to Significantly Boost the Recovery: For the Virtual Green Room

Obama:

There are also things that Congress could do right now that will help create good jobs.  Right now, Congress can send me a bill that would make it easier for entrepreneurs to patent a new product or idea.... Congress could send me a bill that puts construction workers back on the job rebuilding roads and bridges –- not by having government fund and pick every project, but by providing loans to private companies and states and local governments on the basis of merit.... Congress can advance a set of trade agreements that would allow American businesses to sell more of their goods and services.... And right now, we could give middle-class families the security of knowing that the tax cut I signed in December will be there for one more year. So there are a number of steps that my administration is taking, but there are also a number of steps that Congress could be taking right now on items that historically have had bipartisan support and that would help put more Americans back to work...

Rebutted by Jonathan Chait:

[T]he thrust of the passage is to assail Congress for failing to act. This is... a major component of Obama's political message.... The economic recovery is going to be too long and difficult to run a "see how great things are" campaign. The only real alternative is to shift the blame for the status quo onto Republicans who have blocked his economic recovery agenda....

The truth is that none of Obama's proposals would have more than a marginal boost for growth. (That makes them better than the Republican proposals, which would worsen the economy.) But he needs a theme...

The truth is that boosting the recovery significantly requires much larger monetary, fiscal, and banking side interventions than Obama has proposed and is proposing.

Rebuttals to talking-points misinformation that I want to have at the forefront of my brain--for when I am surprised, as I will be, by an unexpected question from an unexpected direction while talking to reporters, phone callers, passers-by, radio interviewers, cable TV interviewers, etc....

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