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Conservative Catastrophic Memory Loss Reaches Epic Proportions

On Real Time with Bill Maher Friday night, we learned that memory loss has spread beyond the corridors of the Beltway media.
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Conservative Catastrophic Memory Loss is spreading faster than the measles in California. First there was Ron Fournier, now Bret Stephens. It must be related to the size of one's brain or something.

To his credit, Bill Maher didn't let him get away with it, which is good, particularly after last week's pronouncement about who true liberals are or are not.

Still, this is getting ridiculous. Just like Ron Fournier, Bret Stephens seems to be unable to recall anything past two weeks ago or so. Stephens is suddenly very concerned about the middle class, just like all of the phonies climbing into the clown car.

Stephens started off in la-la land when he said, "The weird thing is how the President, six years into his office, suddenly discovered that the middle class has been hard hit for the last six years."

It's time to cure this ridiculous memory loss syndrome.

Bret Stephens, climb into my time machine and travel back with me to February 7, 2009. That was the day that President Barack Obama, just two short weeks or so after his inauguration, released his weekly address about the stimulus bill that had just passed the hurdle of a Senate filibuster. I would like you to note what he said specifically about yes, the middle class:

It includes immediate tax relief for our struggling middle class in places like Ohio, where 4.5 million workers will receive a tax cut of up to $1,000. It protects health insurance and provides unemployment insurance for those who've lost their jobs. And it helps our states and communities avoid painful tax hikes or layoffs for our teachers, nurses, and first responders.

That's what is at stake with this plan: putting Americans back to work, creating transformative economic change, and making a down payment on the American Dream that serves our children and our children's children for generations to come.

You remember the stimulus bill, right? That was the bill no Republican voted for, the one Democrats had to pass on their own? That stimulus bill? Yet it passed anyway the following week, on February 13th.


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As the Real Timepanel heated up, Stephens made hash of the fact that Democrats had a supermajority in the Senate. Of course, that supermajority was short-lived. It existed from the time Al Franken's election was finally certified to the time that Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy's seat -- a total of approximately 59 days.

But you know what Democrats and the President managed to do in two short years? Pass the Dodd-Frank Act, the Lily Ledbetter Act, the Affordable Care Act, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. That's what they did with their supermajority in two short years.

What have Republicans done with their House majority for the past four years? Nothing. What have they done since they took control of the entire Congress? Pass the Keystone XL bill in the House with the Senate still pending. Pass a purely symbolic abortion ban. Kill immigration reform. Vote to repeal the ACA over 40 times.

Please proceed, Mr. Stephens, or just join the Villagers' babblings over things they cannot remember and cannot be bothered to consult The Google about.

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