Writing in the Washington Times, Joe Curl has penned an excellent survey the various measures of decline that have occurred under Obama, reaching beyond the usual items like unemployment and GDP.
Regular gasoline per gallon cost $1.68 in January 2009. Today, it’s $3.39 — that’s a 102 percent increase in just three years. (By the way, if you’re keeping score at home, gas was $1.40 a gallon when George W. Bush took office in 2001, $1.68 when he left office — a 20 percent increase.)
Electricity bills have also skyrocketed, with households now paying a record $1,420 annually on average, up some $300.
Some 48 percent of all Americans — 146.4 million — are considered by the Census Bureau either as “low-income” or living in poverty, up 4 million from when Mr. Obama took office; 57 percent of all children in America now live in such homes.
Curl mocks Obama’s contention that he’s really not to blame for any of this.
Obama’s buck passing of course will be the cornerstone of his campaign. Well, as Custer said when he realized he’d been encircled by Lakota Sioux, “That’s a problem.”
Americans understand that Obama inherited a bad economy, but after three years they will be wondering why they are still being asked to “hope” when there hasn’t been much “change.”
The Obama recovery pales next to the Reagan recovery of the early 1980s. And it’s because of specific steps Obama took, or failed to take. Reagan could claim he’d made serious progress. Obama cannot.