September 14, 2009
Here are some figures which, if they came out in a Republican administration would be treated in an entirely different way. The recession has plunged 2.6 million more Americans into poverty, wiped out the household income gains of an entire decade and pushed the number of people without health insurance to over 46 million. That last figure is debatable as even President Obama is using a figure of 30 million which removes the illegal immigrants from the count.
Median household income has dropped nearly $2,000 between 2007 and 2008. If George W. Bush were still in the White House, the media and the Democrats would be blaming him and the Republicans. President Obama promised that his economic policies would produce millions of new jobs. They haven't unless you count expanding government jobs. He promised the unemployment rate would not exceed eight percent. It is poised to soon pass 10 percent.
The deficit is so far out of sight it needs the economic equivalent of the Hubble Telescope to be seen. Obama wants to spend more on nationalizing health care. Incredible!
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.