On "Hardball" today, Chris Matthews spoke with CNBC's Jim Cramer about a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll which showed a majority of Americans trust the Democrats over Republicans on economic issues such as balancing the budget, taxes and government spending. Tweety claims the only reason for this is because they're mad at Republicans about the situation in Iraq -- and it's just so unfair to the poor Republicans. Cramer agrees with him and goes on to give us this comedy gold:
"It is nuts, and of course if it were not for the war - and you can't asterisk a war, but we would have a balanced budget, we'd be able to spend more on social programs, but, you know frankly, the Democrats can't be trusted any more than the Republicans on this. What I think does - I think we think both Congress and the President are very out of touch with what's going on across the board. And look, anybody who bought a home in the last three years, Chris, is liable to be evicted. Do you hear either side talk about that?"
I'm not as economically savvy as Jim, but anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that George Bush and the Republicans would have gutted as many social programs as they could get their hands on whether we invaded Iraq or not. As for government spending, the rubber stamp Republican-controlled Congress started their spending spree long before the invasion and as for nobody talking about rising mortgage foreclosures, I guess Mr. Cramer apparently missed the hearings held by the House Committee on Financial Services on Rising Mortgage Foreclosures this past April. Oh, and there is that pesky little fact that the last Democrat who lived in the White House not only balanced the budget, but left a surplus when he left office...
John Amato: Matthews must be looking for some of that Aqua Velva man love from the entire Republican Party.