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Mr. President, What are you Talking About?

President Obama launches this week’s address to the nation with a fallacy that I assume, if repeated enough, will begin to be generally accepted, if it isn’t already. Here’s what he said.

After a decade of hardship for middle class families, and a recession that wiped away millions of jobs, we are in the middle of a tough fight to rebuild this economy and put folks back to work.

Really? A decade of hardship for middle class families? From 2001-2008, the annual unemployment rate was in the range of 4-5 percent, never topping 6 percent, despite the recession that President Bush inherited from President Clinton.

THAT’S BASICALLY FULL EMPLOYMENT.

Once the recession ended in 2001, the economy grew steadily until 2008.

No question the Bush years ended with a bang, from which Obama has been unable to lift us. There is, however, legitimate debate, rarely voiced in polite society – which accepts that Bush is the culprit – about who and what caused the recession and how widely blame is shared. Likewise, one can also debate how well the middle class did relative to other segments of the society during the Bush years.

BUT THERE IS NO CONCEIVABLE WAY TO ARGUE THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS ENDURED A DECADE OF HARDSHIP, unless having a job and a home is the new hardship.

Please get it right, Mr. President.

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6 Responses to Mr. President, What are you Talking About?

  1. So true, MrK.
    The mantra that the WH has been pushing of “we don’t want to go back to the way things were” backfires when folks think about how good it used to be ‘back then’.

  2. Actually, the President has it pretty much on target. Unemployment was low a few years ago, but many good jobs had disappeared and more and more jobs were low-paying and non-union. Health and education costs were soaring. Real income barely budged — except for the wealthy. Many whom we call “middle class” are actually bordering on poor. The president is talking about real people, not statistics bent to suit one’s purposes. I work with such people, and I know what is really happening to them. The “middle” is often underpaid, the “poor” have next to nothing, and America continues to ignore the truth.

    • Real median income began declining in the latter years of the Clinton administration when the tech bubble that benefited Clinton burst. Bush reversed this by the middle of his administration and it was rising until the current recession. As of 2008, the period Obama refers to, most members of the middle class owned homes, seventy percent had two or more cars and cable TV, two thirds had high-speed Internet, 40 percent owned flat screen TVs. I think a lot of the world would like to have this kind of hardship.

  3. I have belonged to unions before–for short periods. But I was surprised to see that in a story about how the admin was looking at govt pay levels and found the lower levels to be above private sector averages, that Obama said , well, that’s because most of those are union jobs. He admitted it. Now is he going to “adjust” those levels downward. Yeah, I bet.

  4. What else would a Socialist say? ANY LIE that can be told, will be told. The Democratic Party, the liberal media and others share one thing in common: the propagation of the LIE. Adolf Hitler mentioned that the people will beleive THE LIE if its extraordinary within the political realm. Mr. Obama knows this and as a Maoist, he understands that political power comes out the end of a microphone.