President Obama ought to consider joining the world of professional wrestling after his take-down of all the Republican economic rapture talk over the last several years. It seems the more the economy improves the more emphatic the right becomes in denouncing it, proving once again that American politics has turned more toward a turf war than concern for the security of the country. Where one would expect politicians, regardless of party, to take joy in seeing the country improve, for the sake of the country, it’s abundantly clear that all that matters is having one’s party in control and at the top. All concern for the well-being of the country is out the window, and since Democrats are currently in power, Republicans do nothing but balk, no matter if the state of the country is Okie poor or doing the backstroke in gold like Scrooge McDuck, which is why whichever party is in power so often has to smack down the other in order to provide the nation with some semblance of reality. Here is President Obama doing just that:
President Obama states in the above video:
‘Most importantly, this progress is finally starting to translate into bigger paychecks. Over the past six months, wages have grown at their fastest rate since the  crisis. And the policies that I’ll push this year are designed to give workers even more leverage to earn raises and promotions.’
‘So, unemployment, deficits, gas prices are all down. Jobs, wages, and the rate of the insured are up. I should mention, by the way, that since I signed Obamacare into law, nearly 18 million Americans have gained coverage, and our businesses have created jobs every month since. On net, all of them full-time jobs.’
‘So, as I said at my State of the Union address, the United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world. I know that’s still inconvenient for Republican stump speeches as their doom and despair tour plays in New Hampshire. I guess you cannot please everybody.’
After Obama laid that full-nelson on the GOP, he hit them with a pile-driver, pointing out that for all their critical talk, Republicans have yet to deliver any feasible economic policies of their own, aside from continuing the tax-breaks for the rich that got the nation into its financial mess in the first place, compounded by austerity measures for the rest.
Obama stated further:
‘Had we adopted some of the policies that were advocated by Republicans over the last four, five, six years, we know that we probably would have done worse. And we know that because a lot of European countries adopted those policies, and they haven’t yet gotten to the same place they were before the crisis. So, evidence, facts are on our side. And this jobs report gives you one more indication that the facts are on our side.’
‘I think that it is important for us then to understand how do we take the next step and make people feel more secure and feel more confident about the future. And that’s why investments in education and job training — going after the high costs of higher education; making sure that issues like paid leave and family leave are put in place; raising the minimum wage so that if you’re working full-time, you’re not in poverty; making sure that we’re investing in transportation, infrastructure, and clean energy; going after the jobs of the future; investing in technology — all those things are a recipe for continued growth and increased security.’
‘And, as far as I can tell, those who are running down the economy and adding to the anxiety don’t seem to have any plausible, coherent recipe other than cut taxes for the very folks who have been doing the best in this economy and somehow magically that’s going to make other folks feel good.’
It’s no secret that the United States fell into economic ruin after eight disastrous years under the Republican George W. Bush administration, coupled with conservatives’ penchant for deregulation and off-shore accounts, not to mention the costliness of war, war and more war, which is why Obama wanted to set the record straight from the Democrats’ perspective, pointing out that it is far easier to dump all over one’s opponents than to actually take up the reigns of leadership by offering intelligent alternatives that serve the country and its people, rather than a political party.
What the true economic state of the country is, however, is anybody’s guess, theory and perspective, but if one is willing to trust anyone over such a crucial matter, the best bet every time would be to trust the people of the nation, living under the thumb of all this partisan bickering.
“United we stand, divided we fall.”