February 16, 2006
The stock market has cracked 11,000 again and this time appears to be able to stay there for a while. Retail sales have seen the best gains since 1999. Lower heating bills, despite higher fuel prices, have left shoppers with extra cash which they are spending. Retail sales soared by 2.2 percent last month, the biggest gain in six years.
Does the administration get any credit for this? Are tax cuts responsible? The administration gets no credit and tax cuts are responsible, but the left will never acknowledge this.
Instead, liberals focus on trivialities and negatives from Democrats and not on positives.
This is typical of today’s news cycle. Murder, mayhem, allegations about lying and political one-upsmanship are all that consume the media. Anything good or positive or wholesome is ignored or trashed. No wonder so many are so cynical.
The administration and conservative talk radio should be touting their successes more effectively and every chance they get.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.