On the perpetual campaign trail in Washington, today, Obama stated that wary, financially strapped Americans were going to have to wait a few years for economic recovery.
Wow. Did I hear that right? A few years? What happened to the summer of recovery? The green shoots that surely must be full grown trees by now? Has Obama jumped the shark here? I will be the first to admit Americans have short memories but I am guessing most are going to remember that they have been out of work for two years, when the strip malls in their communities were not boarded up and when they could afford the little luxuries that they once took for granted. Just a hunch.
Assuming this is not Obama's "Fonzi moment", why would he say this? What does he know about the economy that we do not know? Perhaps the next job numbers can not be massaged and we are going to breech the 10% unemployment mark? That would be a huge psychological blow to the American people. It would also be an albatross around the necks of Democrats heading into the midterm elections.
July unemployment was at 9.5%, almost a full 4% higher than July 2008. The Labor Department reported first time claims for unemployment benefits jumped to 479,000 last week from 460,000 a week earlier. The median duration of unemployment has jumped to 26 weeks and is growing. This is already the longest recession since the depression.
Obama concluded his appearance accusing the Republican party of offering cynicism and fear. So, projecting another few years of downward economics and declining standard of living is pushing optimism? It may be, because this country will not recover under the Obama administration. It may not survive a second term.
You have got to give it to her. If nothing else, the chick has stamina. Hot off the red eye from her Spanish holiday she headed straight to Maryland for a little day trip and impromptu tour of the State House. This is impressive. Travel is exhausting. She is some sort of (un) lean, certainly mean, traveling and eating machine.
The visit was described as a "private tour" and a Washington Post reporter with an office in the State House was told to leave the building as the Obamas arrived. Other reporters were told they could not enter the building once the tour had begun. Several House and Senate staffers who were allowed to remain inside said they were told to turn away down hallways or into offices as the family passed. Outside a crowd of about 50 onlookers were pushed back three times, ultimately across a roadway.
It seems the nomenklatura act may be wearing a little thin with the American people. Today's Rasmussen shows Obama tied with his lowest approval ratings to date.
I see a lot of outrage over this statement in the echo chamber. I think Juan is right. Well, a man ahead of his time, let's put it that way. But don't worry, right wingers and libertarians. It surely won't get worse than this.
There is no denying, we are at a pivotal point in, ofcourse, national history but also in our movement to restore the country. As we approach these important elections in November we can expect the ratcheting up of demoralizing and negative spin coming from the leftist favoring media. This is why it is important to remind ourselves and our fellow conservatives, that is precisely what communists do. They try to win via intimidation and overwhelming their opponents.
We are hearing the narrative already. The Tea Party Movement is floundering. We are losing steam. There is in fighting among various components of the movement. The Tea Party Movement is leaderless. Nothing will change with Republicans in charge. We can not possibly gain enough seats to make a difference.
It is easy to fall into their trap. And conservatives do it all too often. Even more important to point out is the idea that we can not allow ourselves to put too much hope in this one election. Conservatives every where are similar. We are not activists by nature. We would simply like to get back to the business of our pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Our largest risk is when this election doesn't allow for that, many on our side will be discouraged and shrink from the responsibility we have and in turn, hand the left more power.
We have escaped the nets for a reason. This is our time. This is our moment. We either hold on to everything our forefathers gave us or we lose it all. November is just the begining of a long hard fight. Man up, buck up and hold on to your hats.