Rep. Allen West seems to be the gift that keeps on giving to the world of misinformation.
West went on Fox & Friends this morning, and let everyone know that he was still playing the blame game and made it clear he hadn't read Standard and Poor's report on its decision to lower the country's credit rating.
Responding to Sen. John Kerry's accusation that the new AA+ credit rating is a "Tea Party downgrade," West called it the "most insidious" thing he'd ever heard.
"[Those from the left] have to look at themselves and they have to understand that they are the ones that are totally to blame," West said. "It has nothing to do with increasing revenues by tax hikes. It has everything to do with cutting spending."
Well, not according to the S&P report, in which it explained part of the rationale behind the lower rating on page four:
Even assuming that at least $2.1 trillion of the spending reductions the act envisages are implemented, we maintain our view that the U.S. net general government debt burden (all levels of government combined, excluding liquid financial assets) will likely continue to grow...
Compared with previous projections, our revised base case scenario now assumes that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, due to expire by the end of 2012, remain in place. We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act.
The report also says the decision was made based on the "prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling," which wasn't exactly a lefty position.
As usual, West then decided to use insults in lieu of facts -- this time while giving his opinion on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
"When you open that refrigerator door, the lights don't come on," West said on Fox News. "I really think he should move on. I don't think that Timothy Geithner really has a handle on the fiscal situation of the United States of America."
That's what we call irony, considering this is coming from the guy who still believes that TARP was enacted under President Obama -- which it obviously wasn't.
That sounds like something Sarah Palin would do.
TL;DR: Allen West is still clueless.
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