October 9th, 2009

Chet! What the heck Happened?

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Written by: Krusty Konservative

Chet TranceMan what a difference a few months can make. In just a matter of months Chet Culver has gone from being the eternal optimist about the state’s finances to dubbing the state’s economy as “the great recession.”

Remember this is the same Governor who chastised Republicans for scaring people, now he’s saying things like, “This is the great recession. It’s as bad as….the Great Depression.”

The news media does a good job of telling us what happens every day, but why are they incapable of asking Culver why he changed his tune so quickly? We have known the economy was in the tank for a year now, but Culver did nothing.

Below are some quotes I pulled from various news stories from June, July, and August. Compare to them to what he said yesterday. It is shocking.

June 5, 2009

”The great news is that a report just came out this week that Iowa had the eighth-fastest growing economy in America,” Culver said. ”We’re energized by what we’re doing to work our way out of this recession.”

June 16, 2009

“There’s no need for alarm”

June 25, 2009

“We’ve done across-the-board cuts, we’ve cut salaries, we got rid of bonus pay and we’ve trimmed. That puts us in a good position for 2010.”

July 2, 2009

“I think its important for anyone in elected office, especially those running for governor, to be responsible and not try to scare people,”

July 2, 2009

“The idea that we’re in denial, that’s not accurate,” he said. “I mean, we are very concerned, we’re very focused, we’re going to do everything like we have done the past two years, as quickly as we can.”

August 3, 2009

“While our state and nation continue to face the challenge of a recession, these figures suggest we may be seeing the early signs of improvement in the economy,”

August 3, 2009

“If you look at how deep this recession was, I’m encouraged to see some of the trends showing improvement.”

Just a few months later, the story is much different.

October 8, 2009

“We have no certainty that this situation will not get worse before it gets better.”

October 8, 2009

“This is the great recession. It’s as bad as….the Great Depression”



Why are you scaring me?

Or where the Republicans right all along?

About the Author

Krusty Konservative
Herschel Krustofski is the pseudonym for the anonymous author of Krusty Konservative, a blog which focuses on Iowa Politics. Created in February of 2006, Krusty Konservative is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the Iowa blogosphere. Since its conception, Krusty Konservative has never shied from tackling controversial issues, and providing insight to the inner workings of Republican politics in Iowa.

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