This year’s presidential election is shaping up as the starkest choice since 1980, a year with which 2012 has much in common. (OK, 1984 was a stark contrast too, but with a foregone conclusion.) The Obama administration tells voters that 8% unemployment and 15% underemployment is the new normal. Monthly job reports that indicate regression–80,000 jobs are not enough to keep up with new entrants into the job market, so a report like today’s means that we are sliding backward, not moving forward–constitute “a step in the right direction,” according to Barack Obama. We have been taking such steps in the “right direction” for going on four years, and the result has been economic disaster. It is no surprise that only 30% of likely voters say the U.S. is heading in the right direction.
If you think “the private sector is doing fine,” then you probably also think that steadily losing ground, with more and more Americans facing economic distress, means “moving in the right direction.” Actually, the only ones who think we are moving in the right direction are those who want to increase dependence on government. If you want more Americans on food stamps; more on disability; more on welfare; ever-increasing unemployment rates for minorities and the young; more on unemployment compensation; more begging in the streets–then, yes, Barack Obama is the candidate for you. Many Democrats actually want such failure, such dependence, to increase, because it will add to the power of government and therefore the power and financial dominance of their party. That is why the Obama administration is urging its supporters to sponsor in-home food stamp parties, much like Tupperware parties, to try to increase enrollment in that program, so that Obama can go down in history as the Food Stamp President.
If these indices are not your idea of progress, then the choice couldn’t be clearer. If you haven’t already donated to the Romney campaign, you should go here and do so.