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The question that resonates

We’ve said it is a question that ought to be asked. Mitt Romney brought it up in his RNC speech. Chris Wallace ask it of David Axelrod. George Stephanopoulos posed it to David Plouffe. The answer? Well you’ll not hear a straight one from either Axelrod or Plouffe.

The question they’re avoiding?

The question Democrats didn’t want to answer head-on Sunday: Are Americans better off today than they were four years ago?

Asked the same question repeatedly host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” President Barack Obama’s senior White House adviser, David Plouffe, reverted to talking points about job creation and the failings of the Bush administration.

“We were this close to a Great Depression,” Plouffe said at one point, pinching his thumb to his index finger.

Stephanopoulos cut him short.

“We’ve clearly improved, George,” Plouffe replied. “We’ve made a lot of progress from the depths of the recession … We’ve got to continue to recover.”  

Of course, what Axelrod and Plouffe both understand, surely, is that it really doesn’t matter how close we got to a depression or whether or not we are actually technically recovering. What matters is how the American voter perceives the situation.

That, of course, includes the unemployed and the underemployed. It means all the households which have seen their income slip over the years (median income dropped from about $54,000 to $50,000 during the Obama years).

As I keep pointing out, economic issues become priority issues when a voter is effected by something like a downturn. When the negative effect is widespread, it is likely to be the priority issue for the majority of the voters.

So it will be interesting to see how the DNC chooses to theme its convention. Sandra Fluke being a keynote speaker should tell you much of what you need to know. My guess is it will be themed to avoid talking about the economy and the administration’s dismal record and instead, heavy on this faux “war on women” theme, with splashes of “I got Osama” and “why didn’t the Republicans talk about Afghanistan?”. Throw in a dash of “the evil rich not paying their fair share” and you’re done.

What you won’t hear, not even faintly, is whether or not we’re better off than we were 4 years ago.

Because we know we’re not.

And they know it too.

~McQ

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18 Responses to The question that resonates

  • On CBS’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer asked: “Can you honestly say that people are better off today than they were four years ago?”
    Responded O’Malley: “No, but that’s not the question of this election. The question, without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses, the Bush recession, the Bush deficits, the series of desert wars — charged for the first time to credit cards, the national credit card.”
    Quipped Schieffer: “George Bush is not on the ballots.”

    No wonder people are flacking O’Malley as a Deemocrat presidential candidate in the future.  He’s a high-caliber, facile liar.
    But even 107 year old Schieffer was not buying that snake-oil!  Young whipper-snappers, kan’t put one over on him…!!!
    Happy EMPTY CHAIR DAY!
     

    • Ruh-rowh…somebody musta got a nasty email…

      “We are clearly better of as a country because we’re now creating jobs rathare than losing them,” O’Malley, a Democrat, said on CNN’s Starting Point. “But we have not recovered all that we lost in the Bush recession. That’s why we need to continue to move forward.”
      He then motioned to a panel that included Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, among others. “Is there anyone on this panel that thinks we’ve recovered all we lost in the Bush recession? Clearly we’re moving forward, we’re creating jobs, unemployment is down, job creation is up. And that job creation would not happen without the president’s leadership.”

      See what I mean about being a facile liar?  Can turn on a dime and contradict himself AND insult your intelligence, without breaking a dead-pan.

      • Remember, Rags – if you strapped a lie detector to him, it probably wouldn’t even flutter. They’ve been conditioned to the ways of post-modern debate all their lives.

        These people have conditioned themselves to *believe* their narrative. For them, it is the literal truth. This is the Bush recession, and everything bad that has happened in the last four years is either due to Bush’s mistakes or Congressional Republican’s intransigence. That is fact for them. They can shout it from the rooftops with complete belief that they’re telling the truth.

        So it is with all the accusations of racism that have been becoming ever more ludicrous. The narrative is defined and accepted – the party that helps blacks is the Democrats and it’s proven by the fact they vote for Democrats as a monolithic block. To a post-modern leftist, it’s completely impossible for conservative/liberatarian values to help minorities. So if you advocate such policies, it must be to take advantage of blacks in some way, ergo, you are racist. 

        When you talk about how smoothly they lie, you’re looking at it wrong. They’re smooth because they believe what they say, and just think the other guys are mean and stupid because they can’t see it too. Or so selfish that they see it but won’t admit it.

        • “These people have conditioned themselves to *believe* their narrative. For them, it is the literal truth. This is the Bush recession, and everything bad that has happened in the last four years is either due to Bush’s mistakes or Congressional Republican’s intransigence. That is fact for them. They can shout it from the rooftops with complete belief that they’re telling the truth. So it is with all the accusations of racism that have been becoming ever more ludicrous. The narrative is defined and accepted – the party that helps blacks is the Democrats and it’s proven by the fact they vote for Democrats as a monolithic block. To a post-modern leftist, it’s completely impossible for conservative/liberatarian values to help minorities. So if you advocate such policies, it must be to take advantage of blacks in some way, ergo, you are racist. When you talk about how smoothly they lie, you’re looking at it wrong. They’re smooth because they believe what they say, and just think the other guys are mean and stupid because they can’t see it too. Or so selfish that they see it but won’t admit it.” >>>>> Which is why America doesn’t need an election so much as a divorce.

        • I don’t dispute what you say, Billy.  I really do find it hard to wrap my mind around, which I think is sorta good, paradoxically.  I like reality.  I like integrity.

          •  ” I like reality.  I like integrity.”

            Opps, your idealogy is showing. Not very pragmatic of you.

        • You have to understand that it has to be Bush because they did nothing.

      • “See what I mean about being a facile liar?  Can turn on a dime and contradict himself AND insult your intelligence, without breaking a dead-pan.”

        Yep, it’s one of the things that makes me so proud to live in Maryland.

  • The answer is amazingly going to be: 1) It’s Bush’s fault and 2) Yes we are.

    It’s gonna be a wipeout in a couple of months isn’t it?

    • I sure hope so.  Not that the republicans can pour pee from a boot. But at least Romney understands commerce and doesn’t actually hate his own country.

      • “Not that the republicans can pour pee from a boot.”

        Well, some of them can. If you tell them the instructions for doing it are written on the heel.

      • You know, I always figured that if you need to pour pee from a boot, knowing how to do it is not your biggest problem.

  • A warning parable for today. What I call “reality energy” is being regulated to death, while “delusional energy” is being funded with tax-payer dollars…
    http://www.redstate.com/2012/09/02/during-my-companys-eight-year-run-as-an-operator-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-we-found-and-produced-about-one-days-worth-of-u-s-natural-gas-consumption-and-a-few-hours-worth-of-oil-production/
    Markets work. Every time you let them.
    Four more years will not see an improvement.

    • “Markets work. Every time you let them.”

      No, no, no, no, no! How many times do you have to be told? Markets only work if they produce the results you want, otherwise it’s a market failure. The fact that I cannot drive a Porsche and eat truffles with my Dom Perignon every day is a market failure, for example.

  • Anyone thinking Biden will be switched out?
    Hillary will be visiting the Cook Islands…this is suspicious. You couldn’t blow off a real country with a head-fake domestic policy move, but you could do it to the Cook Islands.

    • They can’t get rid of Joe!  He and Barack, they were a team the night the Seals took the X-Box into Abbottabad!  Joe and Barack, landing on the roof, rappelling their men avatars down off the roof while Joe took out the windows and tossed in the flash bangs.  Moving from room to room, firefighting the guards for 45 minutes!

      there is NO WAY they can replace Sheriff Joe!  He and Barack!  they’re a team man!  a team!