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Wake up dummies – you ARE better off than you were 6 years ago – Obama decrees it!

Apparently we “underestimated” ebola and ISIS, but when it comes to the economy and our well being, our man in the White House did us proud, but we’re just not apt enough to realize that.   From Obama’s “60 Minutes” interview:

Steve Kroft: You’ve got midterm elections coming up. Are you going to get shellacked?

President Obama: Well…

Steve Kroft: Or do you think that, I mean, are you optimistic? What are the issues and what are you going to tell the American people?

President Obama: Here’s what I’m going to tell the American people. When I came into office, our economy was in crisis. We had unemployment up at 10 percent. It’s now down to 6.1. We’ve had the longest run of uninterrupted private sector job growth in our history. We have seen deficits cut by more than half. Corporate balance sheets are probably the best they’ve been in the last several decades. We are producing more energy than we had before. We are producing more clean energy than we ever had before. I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis. Ronald Reagan used to ask the question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” In this case, are you better off than you were in six? And the answer is, the country is definitely better off than we were when I came into office, but now we have to make…

Steve Kroft: Do you think people will feel that?

President Obama: They don’t feel it. And the reason they don’t feel it is because incomes and wages are not going up. There are solutions to that. If we raise the minimum wage, if we make sure women are getting paid the same as men for doing the same work, if we are rebuilding our infrastructure, if we’re doing more to invest in job training so people are able to get the jobs that are out there right now, because manufacturing is coming back to this country. Not just the auto industry that we’ve saved, but you’re starting to see reinvestment here in the United States. Businesses around the world are saying for the first time in a long time, “The place to invest isn’t in China. It’s the United States.”

So there you go.  When you ask the salient question (are you better off now than you were 6 years ago), you dumbasses always give the wrong answer.  You ARE better off because our King says so.  Screw the fact that “income and wages” are not going up, or the labor participation rates is at historic lows or real unemployment is considerably higher than the manipulated number!  You’re better off, dammit!   And government can fix the wage problem – you know, just raise the minimum wage for heaven sake.

*Sigh*

Given that level of cluelessness, are you at all surprised this administration underestimated ISIS and ebola?

~McQ

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30 Responses to Wake up dummies – you ARE better off than you were 6 years ago – Obama decrees it!

  • Mr Obama brings a whole new meaning to the line … “I feel you pain”

  • This is the same genius who tells the Israelis that too many of them have given up on the peace process. Because he knows better.

  • You know why we ARE better off now than we were 6 years ago?

    Because we’re 6 years closer to being done with this clueless git

  • More magic thinking. The question is, is HE that deluded, or does he think we can be that deluded.

    But the whole thing boils down to delusions and delusional thinking.

    • Yes, because post-modern thinking is essentially “magic thinking”.

      A post-modernist doesn’t believe in objective reality, so actual numbers of people who can’t find a job are irrelevant. What matters is what people believe. If he can push a narrative that we’re better off, and be assisted by his acolytes in the media and academia to make it accepted, then, voila, we are better off – because everyone (who matters) believes it!

      If that narrative becomes what the media reports as reality, then stupid, stupid people who are firmly insulated from reality in their faculty lounge in the middle of woods and moose herds will be by to tell us that “we’re losing” and “Obama is the most successful president in history” and similar preposterous notions. Any objective evidence against those assertions will be hand-waved away, because the narrative overrides objective evidence to those who don’t believe objective evidence even exists.

      For the rest of us, some realities are more real than others. We have to pay our bills, waste time on the Augean stables problem that is government paperwork, console our friends who have not been able to find a job for five years, console our children graduating from college who can’t find a job in their profession because the people who normally be retiring and leaving openings can’t afford to retire, etc. etc.

      Of course, when someone is firmly attached to the government teat, none of that matters.

      • …and the war is over and al Qaeda is on the run…

        or, uh, “they” got the intelligence wrong…DAMN their eyes!

        And, um…Putin is so last century. That kind of thinking is failing. Yep. Don’t you dare mention that airliner…that was good and necessary. Watch and learn. Keep those magenta caterpillars BACK…!!!

      • How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?

      • Trusting Obama to tell the truth is much like asking the US Congress to certify virginity

      • I do believe that animal spirits can affect the economy. A press constantly reporting bad news and McJobs will convince people a recession is here, and affect consumer spending a bit. The reverse can be true as well. Though I think its a limited effect.

  • What’s the over/under on Obama saying the following sometime in the next two years:

    “Well, if you rubes hadn’t elected me I wouldn’t be in this mess?”

    I’m going with even money.

    • I’m betting on:
      “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into Michelle”

    • “Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into…”

      Except that was a line in a slap-stick comedy, not a historical wrap-up of eight years of Obamic Decline. And we still have not really plumbed the depths. A lot of chickens are STILL due to come home to roost…or roast.

  • Hey, the US unemployment rate HAS steadily declined since the GOP swept the 2010 elections. 🙂

  • I suppose swapping 6 million $50K jobs for 16 million $14K jobs might be considered “job growth” if you’re cement-headed/dense enough to measure mere raw job numbers. Many doltish people can’t measure quantity versus quality, and many think a $150 restaurant dinner HAS to be ten times as good as a $15 dinner.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/389092/fair-point-kevin-d-williamson

  • Ironically, China has been raising its minimum wages for years now. Its part of the reason America is now “the place to invest.”

    But our pols will make sure to drown that kitten.

  • But…all his wealthy campaign contributors are better off!

    And he’s used the federal government to make sure Democrats get elected. We all know Republicans are evil wealthy people…oh wait.

  • “I found out about ISIS on the news on Friday evening like most other Americans. No one could be more angry about this than I am”

    • “I would like to mention however, I know who’s to blame for me not knowing, and I just want to be clear, it’s not me”

      • It was Moleesha and Sasquatch. Damn those girls! They better not ever punish me with a baby…

      • Clapper never told me Iraq asked for bombing in Nov. 2013. And he never told me freaking Fallujah fell.

        Or maybe I never read my iPad that day cuz I had a campaign speech and then I wanted to watch ESPN.

        • Or maybe that was the day I was scheduled to hip-bump with Beyonce… It all becomes a blur, you know?

  • By now the “intelligence community” ought to be able to give an extremely detailed report on the condition of the tires and underside of the Obamabus.
    They spend a lot of time getting thrown under it.

  • Hey, would now be a good time to say –
    “Greatest President Evah!”
    ???
    Well, certainly destined to be remembered as one of the greats, right?
    Like, uh, James Buchanan or Warren G. Harding.
    He’s trying hard for that number 1 slot though.
    If he keeps it up, it’s going to be a tight race to see if he was ‘greater’ than Buchanan.