In Barry’s world, there is only the past economy and the future economy. The former is George Bush’s fault, the latter will be Barry’s divine gift to America if he’s reelected. What we are living in now doesn’t exist for Barry. Time for someone to talk about what Barry hath wrought:
Also left unsaid by Mr. Obama but free for the telling by Mr. Romney is that as the U.S. unemployment rate hit 9.5% in June 2009 and a shocked public was looking for a response, the new president introduced the Affordable Care Act. Whatever else one may say about ObamaCare, it has nothing directly to do with U.S. employment. For the next nine months, as unemployment ran between 9.5% and 10%, Congress at Mr. Obama’s insistence worked on his health-care legislation. When Mr. Obama signed the bill into law in March 2010, the unemployment rate was 9.8%. If an opponent wanted to describe this in partisan terms, he might say that the president legislated an entitlement dream while the economy burned.
Last Sunday in his “60 Minutes” interview, Mr. Obama referred vaguely to “some emergency actions” he took to deal with the post-2008 economic crisis. His primary emergency measure was the $831 billion stimulus bill, which was written by House Democratic committee chairmen and passed in February 2009, a few weeks after his inauguration. As a partisan might put it, the Obama-Pelosi stimulus was a fire-and-forget ballistic missile shot into the economic ozone. Even today, no one knows where the stimulus landed. There was also cash-for-clunkers.
Henninger goes on to describe a lot more of where we are right now and what has been the reality for these past four years. Go read it all.
The plea here is for Romney to talk about these things in the debates that are coming up. To pin Barry down on what he’s actually done – and actually hasn’t done. Don’t let him get away with the ‘Once and Future Economy’ schtick. Pin him with his ‘accomplishments’.
The press won’t. It’s about time someone did.