We are better off now than 4 years ago.
By what possible measure can you even make this claim???
The stuff you wrote below?
Well let's inject a little reality into this list shall we?
The national debt has gotten worse,
That's stating it mildly. Obama annual deficits (a trillion plus for 3 years) makes Bush's deficits look like pocket change. In a mere 3 years Obama has jacked up the national debt by about $5 TRILLION dollars, a feat that took that spendthrift Bush (let's face it, Bush was a lousy President when it came to spending) 8 years to accomplish (and yes, that included the wars).
Obama is on track to double Bush's contribution to the national debt!
What do you mean "still suck" buddy? When Obama took office the average price of a gallon of regular gas was $1.85, now it is almost $4.00/gal and it is actually much higher in some cities! And it only promises to get worse under Obama.
I like how he's running commercials bragging about how oil production is up under his presidency, but the fact is that oil production on federally leased lands is down by 50%! The ONLY reason oil production is up is because that increase is coming from production on PRIVATE land that Obama cannot control!
Obama is anti-oil and has done everything he can to thwart the production of oil in this country!
but everything else is much better.
Please tell that to the 5 million people no longer in the workforce! Hell, try to tell that to me, with only a very part time job and next to no prospects at getting a full time job any time in the near future!
Better my ass!
People aren't afraid to spend money.
I'd hardly call a .5% increase in consumer spending a sign that people "aren't afraid to spend money."
They are buying houses again.
Again, a 1.5% rise in housing starts does not a winning picture make - it also doesn't hurt that house prices are at about rock bottom and interest rates are lower than ever - something sure to be attracting real estate speculators more than regular home buyers who intend to live in their purchases. And let's not forget that foreclosures are set to be worse this year than in 2010, with foreclosures jumping 28% in January of this year alone.
They are buying a ton of unnecessary crap.
They've ALWAYS bought a ton of unnecessary crap. Though I submit the tonnage is not up in any significant way.
Again, a bullshit stat.
When Barack Obama entered office in January, 2009, the labor force participation rate was 65.7%, meaning nearly two-thirds of working age Americans were working or looking for work.
When the recession supposedly officially ended in June, 2009, the labor force participation rate was still 65.7%.
In the latest, much celebrated, unemployment report, the labor force participation rate had plummeted to 63.7%, the most rapid decline in U.S. history. That means that under President Obama nearly 5 million Americans have fled the workforce in hopeless despair.
The trick is that when those 5 million are not counted as in the work force, they are not counted as unemployed either. They may desperately need and want jobs. They may be in poverty, as many undoubtedly are, with America suffering today more people in poverty than in the entire half century the Census Bureau has been counting poverty. But they are not even counted in that 8.3% unemployment rate that Obama and his media cheerleaders were so tirelessly celebrating last week.
If they were counted, the unemployment rate today would be a far more realistic 11% (at least), better reflecting the suffering in the real economy under Obamanomics.
Just last month, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported finding 243,000 new jobs, they also reported in the same release that an additional 1.2 million workers had dropped out of the work force altogether, giving up hope under Obama.
To say that "jobs are coming back" is a sign that you are clearly drinking the leftist MSM koolaid.
The stock market is at its highest levels.
I'd hardly call the stock market a predictor of a robust economy in all it's parts, particularly on Main Street.
Troops are coming home. Iraqi occupation is over.
First of all, we were never "occupying" Iraq. This is just leftist propaganda. Second, the troops were always going to come home, Obama simply followed Bush's timeline for Iraq.
People are buying cars, especially big gas guzzlers.
BS! According to no less a leftist source than the New York Times, the sales of small, fuel efficient, cars have gone way up - thanks to skyrocketing gas prices.
Top terrorists have been taken down.
Based on intelligence gathered under the Bush Administration and the brave work of some very scarey and dedicated warriors.
Affordable and easier health care is here or on its way.
This is so patently false I wouldn't even begin to know where to start! Health insurance policies are going out the roof thanks to Obamacare mandates that they cover everything from A-Z for EVERYONE whether they need and/or want it or not. THOUSANDS of companies have sought exemptions from provisions of Obamacare and have been granted them. Thousands of doctors have stated that they will quit the profession if Obamacare stands, many states have actually sued to repeal Obamacare and the majority of the public WANT it repealed because they know things are only going to get worse for them under Obamacare!
Seriously buddy, you have no freaking clue how bad this will be if it stands. Hell, NO ONE HAS EVEN READ THE WHOLE 27 HUNDRED PAGES OF THIS THING YET!!!!
[quote=JT]Minimum wage going up.
Minimum wage going up is not a reflection of an improving economy, it is the use of federal power to force employers to pay entry level and low/no skilled employees more than they are worth, adding to pressure on unemployment levels.
You've yet to hit a single true note... you might want to fill in some of those "etc's."
This message is not for dbl or texasred. I'm not dealing with them anymore.
Tough luck buddy, this merited a response from someone living in the real world.