Robert Hurt is losing it


    Just how out of touch is Robert Hurt?

    According to the Martinsville Bulletin yesterday, Hurt has a three-point plan for job creation. Two of those points are the same tired GOP talking points of lowering taxes for the rich and easing regulation – your basic discredited supply-side/trickle-down economic theory – blah blah blah.

    But that’s not what this diary is about.

    This diary is about the third element, the one the Martinsville Bulletin described as the centerpiece of Mr. Hurt’s plan. According to the bulletin, “Hurt said his plan starts with stopping spending in Washington. It includes adopting a balanced budget amendment to hold Washington accountable for spending, he said.”

    (more on the flip)

    Now, whatever the policy merits of such an amendment (which are questionable), it would at a minimum take several years to see such an amendment actually adopted, which requires, among other things, approval by the House of Representatives and the Senate, not to mention passage by two-thirds of the state legislatures in the U.S.

    Mr. Hurt, do you even know what is happening in this district? People need help now, not five years from now.

    If you want to save and increase jobs in the Fifth District, forget Constitutional amendments — how about starting by opposing tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs overseas.

    Seriously, even among my Conservative friends, is there really anyone who is going to vote for this ding-dong?

    • mechenvy

      Isn’t Hurt’s third element the same as Herbert Hoover’s strategy for dealing with the Great Depression? And didn’t Hoover’s pulling in the reins on spending just make things worse rather than better? Do we really think that the Hoover approach should be resurrected now? Certain elements (sharks) in the “business community” will say and do whatever it takes to increase their profits while offloading their costs and their risks onto the public purse. And they have been doing it for 200 years or more in this country. At least Tom Perriello’s intepretation of populism understands the need for some reasonable balance — and for a stronger shark tank.

    • mydailydrunk

      At what point does this enter the realm of quantifiable delusion, and subject for a new entry in the DSM-IV?

      They obviously have given up on even pretending to provide solutions to admittedly complex problems, and are relying on pabulum as their platform.

    • aznew

      I think Hurt neither believes in the snake oil he is selling, or indeed, could care less about policy one way or another.

      He’s just saying what he thinks will get him elected. There is no thought behind it at all, beyond the political calculation.

      We can chalk it up to self-preservation. If Hurt really thought about what he was saying and tried to reconcile the logic of it with reality, his head would explode. And I mean that literally, not metaphorically.  

    • VA Blogger

      This is quite a desperate stretch.

    • VADEM

      single ad I see from him against Perriello has lies in it. Every single one. But no one questions him.

      There is a televised debate I think tomorrow or Wed. The only televised debate. I hope when the lies come out either Perriello or the moderator calls him out. I also hope that someone holds his feet to the fire and makes him lay out exactly how he plans on cutting the deficit and bringing jobs here. And not the usual talking points about cutting taxes blah blah blah.

      Ought to be interesting.