Obama’s Old Normal: Talk Economy To Distract From Scandals


Have you noticed?  When President Obama want’s to distract from scandals he goes into campaign mode and talks about the economy as though it was something to tout as an accomplishment.

He’s all for wealth redistribution, and adapting a new economic normal from Europe where growth in the US is now less than 2 % and unemployment is at a realistic rate of 10.6 % and the number of people unemployed is 18 million.

Full time work has been replaced with part time work of less than 30 hours a week thanks to ObamaCare.

Mediocrity has replaced exceptionalism, Obama never liked the word exceptionalism anyway.

And scandals seem to have replaced ethics and transparency in DC.

If the scandal dots do not appear to have direct dots to Obama’s White House that’s because the rhetoric and transparency has been laundered through the bureaucracy.

But the tone of character and leadership can be directly linked to the White House in the scandals that have been uncovered: Benghazi;  the FBI spying on Journalists; the IRS targeting conservative groups for intimidation tactics and the NSA metadata gathering and spying on the world.

If Obama’s tactics in a series of speeches to be launched tomorrow in Galesburg, Ill, sound familiar it’s because they are,  even those his advisers are billing them as a major address.

You might find them more familiar when labeled as “Winning the Future,” or “We Can’t Wait,” or, the “Middle class Jobs and Opportunity Tour.”

Yes, it’s the same old same old, even though his head flak, Jay Carney, would like to put a new spin on the old rhetoric when he says, “the president has always been focused on these (economic) issues.”

“That doesn’t mean we don’t need to continue to remind people that improving the economic situation in America is the principle reason why our fellow citizens elect and send people to Washington,” Carney said.

Yes but the message is the same and there is little improvement over what has been said in the past..  The realistic unemployment number is 10.6 %, when not fudging the numbers.  And the real number of unemployed is $18 million.  The stock market does well as long as Washington infuses the street with money it prints, which isn’t any more realistic than ignoring our national debt.

As we see more and more cities go bankrupt, the latest and largest being Detroit, the lesson becomes clear that you can’t tax into prosperity.

A new round of fiscal deadlines threaten to upend whatever progress Obama might tout in his latest PR campaign.  Republicans want more deficit reduction in exchange for raising the nation’s borrowing limit, a bargain Obama says he would not back.

And so it is deja vu all over again.




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