David Limbaugh

President Obama continues to prove how out of touch he is with the plight of the American people under his anemic economy. No, Mr. President, the economy and the private sector are not "doing fine."

Sure, Obama is pretending that he didn't mean it the way it sounded. But I am not buying that it was a gaffe. I watched the video, and he stated the point clearly and deliberately.

Obama is an incorrigible leftist ideologue who believes that only his statist policies can stimulate the national economy. He thinks that without the prodding, deficit spending and wisdom of the federal government, the private sector cannot recover on its own, much less flourish.

Now he has put his theories to the test, having run up unprecedented national debt in the process and producing nothing but failure. Even President Franklin D. Roosevelt's treasury secretary Henry Morgenthau admitted that FDR had spent a record amount of federal money for eight years and had amassed extraordinary debt without creating jobs or stimulating the economy. Why can't Obama learn from his own mistakes?

When his $868 billion stimulus bill didn't work, he demanded more infrastructure spending, and then came Stimulus Jr.: his $447 billion jobs bill. He only knows one course, and it involves expansion of government.

Though he intermittently assures us he's a fierce advocate of the free market, he revealed what he really thinks in his Osawatomie, Kan., speech, in which he revised history to conform to his unshakable belief that capitalism and free markets have only worked in America when the superior wisdom and generous pocketbook of the federal government have led the way against evil corporatists and profiteers.

His stubborn ideology blinds him from seeing or accepting the failure of his policies; to him, failure means that Bush left him an even worse "mess" than he thought and that his stimulus programs weren't big enough. He might grudgingly concede that the economy isn't doing as well as it could be, but he insists it'd be much worse if he hadn't implemented his agenda.

So when he told us that the private sector isn't performing poorly, he meant it. But unfortunately for him -- and for the rest of us -- the facts don't corroborate his statement.


David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert on law and politics. He recently authored the New York Times best-selling book: "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel."

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