FALSE EQUIVALENCY WATCH
From The Hill (emphasis added):
Barack Obama won the White House on a message of hope, but when it comes to dealing with the first test of his presidency, he has mixed in a little fear.
... In his economic address Thursday, Obama warned that "we start 2009 in the midst of a crisis unlike any we have seen in our lifetime -- a crisis that has only deepened over the last few weeks."
... Obama’s tactics ring familiar to those President Bush and his administration used when they claimed that the evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq could come in the form of "a mushroom cloud."
While the economic stakes are not as high as with Bush's unpopular war, there were reports Vice President-elect Biden made a similar argument this week, comparing the current economic crisis to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and telling lawmakers on Capitol Hill: "We're at war."
Much like some Democrats in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, Republicans made pleas for patience and due diligence, urging caution and hearings as Congress considers such a sizable stimulus package.
... "There's no question that fear is a tool to be used to drive an agenda through the House or the Senate," [House Minority Whip Eric] Cantor told The Hill....
Yeah, that's a great analogy.
I bet we aren't really even in a recession, and those 2.6 million people who lost their jobs in 2008 are all completely fictitious. I bet SEC inspectors found and destroyed all the bad mortgages back in 1995. I bet Bernie Madoff didn't really have an active Ponzi scheme recently -- I bet he just had a Ponzi scheme buried in his back garden that he wanted to activate. Obama and Barney Frank lied! Limited government died! Yeah, that's the ticket.