It's been months, even years of everyone wondering when the economy will “get back to normal.” Now, after the 8000th terrible jobs report, many people are beginning to believe that the answer is “never.” Could this be the new normal? In a Huffington Post editorial, Joseph A. Palermo tells us to get used to this high unemployment.
Progressives didn't expect Obama to do the heavy lifting in Washington without the power of a social movement behind him. But it was Obama's many "compromises" with the same people whose policies ruined the economy and destroyed the United States' reputation that reached a point where his base was no longer "Fired Up and Ready to Go." In 2010 the Democrats got walloped largely because Obama failed to keep his base mobilized going into the first midterm election he faced as president.
This new normal, where Wall Street criminals go free and whistleblowers are prosecuted, has been brought to us by a Chief Executive whose political enemies call him the most radical left-wing socialist president in our history. Wall Street banks should be pouring money into Obama's reelection since he's been so good to them, and the neocons should be rejoicing in his establishing precedent for more unchecked executive power. And either next year or four years from now, when the Republicans get their guy back in the Oval Office, he'll be able to point to the Obama years as justifying an even greater expansion of presidential powers.
I took a vacation day last Friday and drove around town running errands. And man, let me tell you, do we have a ton of unemployable people in this state. I saw people of working age walking around in sweatpants and ripped shirts. This was at 11am on a weekday. I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts and I was still dressed better than anyone I came across. What I'm saying is, these people weren't running errands during their lunch break. Being out and about during work hours was a lifestyle choice. It was a weird seedy underbelly of Connecticut I rarely see, since I'm usually at work from 9-5. And Connecticut is supposedly a progressive, well-educated, wealthy state! I can only imagine what kind of invalids you find roaming the streets in rural Kansas. There are some genuinely unemployed folks out there, but there are many more people who don’t feel like working. Anyone who criticizes the President for unemployment needs to choose a nearby working-class town and spend a day driving around when everyone is supposedly at work. It's an eye-opening experience. I'll never criticize Obama for a high unemployment rate again. I'm amazed he's even trying. Trying to find jobs for all Americans is like trying to get all rappers into MENSA.
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