Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.

Via Real Clear Politics:

Earlier this week David Plouffe, one of Obama’s senior advisers and an architect of his 2008 campaign, was panned for saying “the average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers.”

…White House press secretary Jay Carney basically told the press corps the same thing…

“I don’t know where, you know, the voters that some other folks might be talking to — but — or — but most people do not sit around their kitchen table and analyze GDP and unemployment numbers,” Carney said.

No, most people probably aren’t paying much attention to the statistics, but they know when they’re out of work, and they know when their friends and family members are out of work.  Last night I was at a book club meeting and of the five in attendance, one was unemployed, one was working for free with the hope of getting employed, and one was doing part-time consulting with the hope of getting employed.  That’s 20% unemployed and 40% underemployed among five smart, hardworking professional women.  Statistically relevant?  Of course not.  But a lot of people are looking around at their friends and neighbors and seeing the same trend.

The White House can tell everyone we’re in rainbow and unicorn land all it wants.  The sharp, pungent scent of reality is intruding.



About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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