Time to get real: Rhetoric vs. reality
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Mitt Romney’s electoral win in Nevada has allowed the former governor to take some of the rhetorical pressure off Gingrich and focus his message more clearly toward the true conservative goal of the 2012 elections: annihilation of the Obama presidency.
In his Sin City victory speech, “Gov. Mormon” (as CNN anchor John King accidentally addressed him that night) took aim at Obama’s economic record, criticizing the president’s stimulus for not bringing unemployment below 8 percent, among other specious failures, saying that “President Obama demonizes and denigrates almost every sector of our economy.” Be gone, devil!
Yet the message resonates. In a recap of the speech, the L.A. Times cites one Romney supporter, retired airline pilot Larry Bleitz, as saying the following: “I’d take anybody over Obama. The man is a traitor and an American hater.” Bleitz’s wife, Mieke, chimed in:?“Right now, I feel that the U.S. is actually more socialist than Canada.”
This sort of attack has been viciously employed from the moment our nation’s first biracial president assumed the presidency. Unfortunately, it’s complete nonsense.
Far it be from us to stifle legitimate Obama critique (for confirmation of our nonbias on this front, please see our weekend column, “Seeing through Obama’s transparency”), but the economic data simply refute these claims.
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Obama’s stimulus measures boosted the GDP and added millions of jobs. (Multiple analyses confirm this assessment.) GDP has had positive growth since 2009, payroll statistics show 16 straight months of job growth, and the unemployment rate is down.
All this while faced off with an opposition openly committed toward sinking the president’s re-election chances at the expense of the U.S. economy.
Look, we don’t love Obama, but it’s important to bring this conversation back to reality — where the only America-haters are those distorting the data and the true traitors want America, to fail.
Just how socialistic is Obama?
According to findings from the political analysts at Voteview, President Obama is actually the most moderate Democratic president of the post-WWII era, despite some very loud opinions to the contrary. By contrast, former President George W. Bush was found to be the most conserva-tive president in that same era. In a series on political polarization, Voteview data show how U.S. politicians have moved farther apart from each other in the past hundred-plus years, with the steady disappearance of true moderates.
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