Projection is the psychological term for attributing one’s own faults to someone else. It is a classic defense mechanism for people who are unwilling or unable to face their own demons. In a marriage, a partner struggling with thoughts of infidelity might begin to suspect every text his partner receives, and eventually accuse his partner of cheating. A store manager with poor organizational skills might blame his employees when he receives a poor rating.
In politics, a party with no plan for job creation might accuse the other party of having no plan for job creation.
Recent polls show that Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about jobs. “The most recent CBS News poll showed that “jobs” are the top priority of 54% of all Americans. Way behind in second place was the national debt (6%); and as an interesting side note, at 2% was “moral/family values.”” (LINK) Republicans are aware of this, even through their anti-abortion fevered haze. They are at least aware enough to spend time yelling about the Democrats’ lack of a plan for job creation.
Here’s an interesting little fact sheet. The current Republican House has introduced the following bills:
- 44 abortion
- 99 religion
- 36 marriage
- 67 gun control
- 552 taxation
- 445 “government investigations.”
The overwhelming majority of the tax legislation has involved lowering taxes — on the wealthy. The overwhelming majority of the government investigations have been witch hunts, hunting for someone to blame for some ill or another. These data were compiled by the Congressional Research Service, a non-partisan group whose purpose it is to track legislative activity. Their most damning finding? The Republican House has introduced exactly zero bills concerning job creation.
Let’s put this in clear relief: The Republicans have done exactly nothing to create jobs. Objectively. Factually. Empirically. They have done exactly nothing.
One has to wonder why anyone would believe them when they say that the Democrats have no job creation strategy, especially after President Obama’s JOBS CREATION BILL was unanimously stonewalled by Republicans. They wouldn’t even allow a vote on it.
Republicans are good at projection. Remember after the attacks on 9/11 when they labeled anyone who opposed the military occupation of Iraq as anti-American? How many Republicans have been implicated in the various lies, cover-ups, and arguably treasonous acts that led to thousands of American deaths and hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, even though Iraq was not our attacker?
Remember when Republicans told us that the sanctity of marriage was one of our most important challenges as a nation? How many Republicans have since been exposed as philanderers and closet homosexuals?
Remember when Republicans told us that they were starting a new era of “compassion?” How many Republicans have voted for even one of the Democratic bills aimed at extending aid to the millions of homeless, jobless Americans? (Americans, it should be noted, who had jobs and homes during the Clinton administration.)
The GOP is a study in projection. These days, one can be almost assured that if they accuse someone else of a fault, even a cursory examination will reveal that exact fault festering away just below the polished Christian Patriot veneer of today’s Right Wing.
Many progressives are unhappy with the Democratic party, and some of them are even parotting the FOX News mantra — “Democrats have no plan.” However, the facts belie this notion. Perhaps the Democratic plan is not perfect. Maybe it’s even a poor plan. But it is a plan. Obama presented a comprehensive, immediate plan for job creation. It is the Republicans who objectively, factually, empirically have proposed nothing. Nothing at all. If they have a plan, it is one of history’s best kept secrets.