Some of the biggest news on Friday was the monthly jobs report that showed we gained 115,000 jobs and saw unemployment dip to 4.9 percent. While the economy is still far from perfect, and income inequality is still a pressing issue, we’ve come a very long way from the disaster that eight years of George W. Bush left us with in 2008 and 2009.
However, to hear Republicans talk about the economy, you would think things were worse off now than when we were losing hundreds of thousands of jobs every single month. It really is comical to see Republicans say, with a straight face, that we’re worse off now than when Barack Obama was elected. You have to be delusional to the point of near insanity to actually believe that. Though the truth is, when Republicans say that, most of them don’t really believe it. They just know those who support them are ignorant enough to believe it.
Well, in his final year in office, President Obama seems to be a bit more outspoken than he has during his first 7 years. Though that’s not exactly surprising. After all, at this point, what does he care if he ticks off some far right conservatives a few more times? He has less than a year until he can really say what he wants. While I’ll miss him being our president, I am looking forward to the day when he’s out of office and is allowed to say and do more of what he wants without the constraints of being president.
Comments that may sound similar to what he said Friday when he basically mocked the continued Republican fear-mongering about the economy.
“Those who are running down the economy and adding to the anxiety don’t seem to have any plausible, coherent recipe other than cut taxes for those who have been doing the very best in this economy and somehow magically, that’s gonna make other folks feel good,” Obama said. “Or, alternatively they argue the reason you’re feeling insecure is because immigrants, or poor people are taking more and more of your paycheck and that is just not true. The facts don’t bear that out.”
And he’s absolutely right.
Instead of blaming greed, the real root of our income inequality, Republicans want Americans to blame the poor, immigrants, or Democratic policies. Then their “solution” to combat income inequality is more of the same exact policies that caused it in the first place!
It would be laughable if it wasn’t adversely affecting millions of Americans.
Imagine for a moment if a Republican president took office in the midst of the worst economic crash since the Great Depression, then proceeded to set an all-time record for consecutive months of private sector job growth – currently at 71 straight months. The GOP would be hoisting them up along side “Saint” Ronald Reagan as one of the best presidents of all-time. Heck, Obama’s exceeded many of the promises Mitt Romney said he would accomplish if he were elected in 2012 – yet Republicans still push their ridiculous fear-mongering nonsense.
But because it’s a half-black Democrat who’s presided over this recovery, they call him one of the “worst presidents in history.” Funny how that works, isn’t it?
It is my belief that when history looks back upon Barack Obama’s eight years in office, we will look at him as one of our nation’s greatest presidents.
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