By Rick Saunders
Like the video, but wary of receiving a political education from a man, a coffee table, and a jar of pennies? The charts included in this piece (click to enlarge them) were made from data from the U.S. Dept. of Labor. They’re not as fancy as a coffee table full of pennies, but they represent the fate of so many Americans thanks to the actions of the Obama administration — penniless.
Last February, President Barack Obama proclaimed that the “stimulus package” (not to be confused with a “suicide pact”) would create or save between three and four million jobs. Administration propagandists continued the party line that, despite some job losses, other jobs were being created and the stimulus plan “was working.” Such logic leads me to wonder whether our president is still smoking unfiltered Camels in the Rose Garden, or if he has evolved into indulging in a different species of chopped leaves.
- the nation’s unemployment rate is (again) up–not down as Obama had assured us would happen if only the stimulus lunacy were enacted–to 9.5 percent, the highest since 1983 following the disastrous administration of Jimmy (“Dhimmi”) Carter;
- the Obama regime continues to peddle the notion that universal, collectivized healthcare–with annual price-tags in the trillions of dollars–is the way to go, despite the failure of the stimulus infusion to prevent the loss in June of an additional 467,000 jobs; and
- the likely response by Obama and White House Press Jester Robert Gibbs to these “inconvenient truths” will be that the stimulus package just didn’t contain enough money . . . and then blame the Republicans. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will nod their heads approvingly, and then clamor for a second “stimulus.”
These folks are amazing. No, strike that. “Amazing” doesn’t even come close to describing the toxic amalgam of stupidity, arrogance, recklessness and outright unprincipled behavior of this regime–and its congressional enablers–when it comes to looking out for the interests of America and its citizens.
And now, with a “filibuster-proof” Senate super-majority thanks to the addition of Al (“SNL-Was-Just-a-Warm-up-Act-for-What’s-Coming-You-Rubes”) Franken, the ominous truth of Lord Acton’s famous observation comes even more sharply into focus: “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
These people are unfit to govern. To borrow a phrase from White House Hearst correspondent Helen Thomas: “It’s shocking.”
At least the Republicans seem to be finally getting it:
At a time when families are struggling to make ends meet, the rising unemployment rate is further evidence that we cannot borrow and spend and bail our way back to a growing economy.
More than four months after the economic stimulus was signed into law, our country still faces the highest unemployment in almost three decades.
Sadly, Democrats’ answer to near record unemployment is runaway federal spending and a national energy tax that will increase the cost of energy on every household in the country and cost millions of American jobs.
Congress should be doing what every American family is doing during these tough economic times: cutting expenses, and making sacrifices.
Instead, Washington is pushing for more spending, more debt and higher taxes, all on the backs of our nation’s taxpayers.
Our nation deserves a strategy for prosperity, not more spending, more taxes and more unemployment.
– Congressman Mike Pence, July 2, 2009