“The extreme right wing of the Republican leadership seem so stuck in the divisive politics of the past that they didn’t get the memo of change American voters delivered in 2008,” said SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger. “They talk a big game about working together to fix our economy but they cannot hide their true obstructionist ways. Their first ad of the season is an attack ad on an economic recovery bill that every working family wants, every economist agrees we need and many of their own Republican Senators support.”The statement 'that every working family wants' cannot be proved or disproved since the SEIU would find some way to disqualify any opponent as not being a working family. (See the photo. They could say for example that since working families support Obama, anyone who does not is not a workng family). The claim that 'every economist agrees' however is patently false on its face.
Notwithstanding reports that all economists are now Keynesians and that we all support a big increase in the burden of government, we the undersigned do not believe that more government spending is a way to improve economic performance. More government spending by Hoover and Roosevelt did not pull the United States economy out of the Great Depression in the 1930s. More government spending did not solve Japan’s “lost decade” in the 1990s. As such, it is a triumph of hope over experience to believe that more government spending will help the U.S. today. To improve the economy, policymakers should focus on reforms that remove impediments to work, saving, investment and production. Lower tax rates and a reduction in the burden of government are the best ways of using fiscal policy to boost growth. –Statement signed by more than 200 academic economistsWhy not call SEIU contact Mark McCullough at (202) 730-7283 and ask him to explain why SEIU lies to its members and the public.