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For all of my Republican friends who continue to worry and stew about the fact that Jesus decided not to hop on the Republican ballot this time around and consequently there is no perfect candidate for them to choose to face off against Obama in 2012, please, please, please try to keep it in perspective and realize what the eventual nominee will be facing.
It's just remarkable to me that we have double the gas prices since Obama took office, almost double the unemployment from what it was the majority of Bush's term, double the debt, double the deficit, four times as many foreign countries under the thumb of the Muslim brotherhood, fewer staunch allies who trust us, one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, more Americans than ever on food stamps, jobs being shed due to the president's own signature "accomplishment" from his first term, and Republicans honestly think the election is going to be about their candidate...whoever it is. I'm in disbelief at that.
I understand fearing a second term of such incompetence. But the negativity that so many of them are dabbling in simply because the media keeps telling them how weak their candidates are is just unbelievable to me. Let me give you yet another example of what this election is really going to be about. It happened in the daily White House briefing at the end of last week.
White House Spokesman Jay Carney was caught celebrating the "dip" in unemployment down to 8.6% recently. Remember the President warned Americans that if we didn't enact his stimulus a few years ago, unemployment might jump to 8%! If only.
Well, one of the reporters there - might have been Dan Harris - pointed out to Carney that the real reason the unemployment rate "dipped" to 8.6% was because hundreds of thousands of Americans just stopped looking for work! Yep, they just threw up their hands and said, in essence, "Ain't no way we're finding work in this Obamaconomy, so we're out." They leave the job market and so they aren't counted as unemployed. They still don't have work. Their families are still hurting. But they aren't counted in the official number that Carney then celebrates. That's what this White House has been reduced to.
Well, it got even better. When called on this, Carney responded by saying how that was a good point, but that the president remained committed to solving the "long term unemployment problem." Uh-huh. And how was he proposing we do that, you ask? Check this out:
"That's why the President is insisting that the Congress extend unemployment benefits. That helps the people who are looking for work, that need the assistance."
My gosh. The president's long term unemployment plan is a short term fix: send people a government check. That's it. That's what we're down to. This administration is so out of ideas that even when asked about the long term unemployment problem, the best thing they can cite is that they want to send more short term checks out - checks that basically cover a person's basic essentials. Remember when they told us these checks actually stimulated job growth? If that's the case, why don't we all lose our jobs and get on these checks? Think how much the economy would be humming then!
This is the incompetence and the cluelessness the Democrats are offering in 2012. Republicans don't have a single option on their primary ballot that doesn't beat that.