While Washington is preoccupied with gay marriage, Congress is out of town and much of the nation is on spring break, it’s easy to forget about the sad state of our economy. Maybe Washington and much of the nation’s media are tired of the topic, but a recent Gallup poll shows that Americans are anything but.
According to Gallup, four out of the top five of “Americans’ prime worries when it comes to the nation’s problems today” are the economy, gas prices, unemployment, and federal spending and the budget deficit. President Obama and the Democrats can work to convince their friends in the media and anyone who doesn’t much care about our future that our budget and deficit problems don’t exist, but Americans aren’t fooled. And these issues are what will ultimately drive votes in the 2014 elections.
Read Mort Zuckerman’s smart piece in the Wall Street Journal, where he reminds us of some of the dismal numbers associated with the so-called “recovery” that we have been in since the recession technically ended in 2009. But Zuckerman only tells us half the story. He exposes the grand illusion following the great recession, but the other half of the story is the grand lie that is now becoming part of this grand illusion. Unable to make any hard choices or even level with Americans, Obama and the Democrats have now declared that our debt and deficits matter little and that we don’t have a spending problem in Washington.
Instead of working toward real economic solutions, the Democrats have created a cosmetic veneer to cover the cancer of our deficits and debt. And many in the press either agree with Obama or have taken their cue from the White House to move on to other subjects, thereby accommodating, enabling, pandering to and excusing Obama and his disastrous economic policies.
President Obama and the Democrats have taken a play out of Lee Atwater’s book. One of Lee’s rules of politics was: “At last resort, deny the obvious. It will create a moment of confusion where you might catch a break.” Well, denying that we have a spending or a deficit problem is currently creating a moment of confusion. It remains to be seen whether Obama will catch a break that will keep voters distracted until after the November 2014 elections.