Donald Lambro

Take, for example, the rising unemployment rate that last month rose to 10 percent, more than 20 percent if you count discouraged or part-time workers still looking for full-time work.

The network nightly news shows made much of the 290,000 jobs created in April, but failed to mention or buried the fact that close to 70,000 of them were short term.

Or even to mention that many if not most economists have been forecasting that unemployment will remain near the 9 percent to 10 percent range for the rest of this year and beyond, under Obama's so-called stimulus spending that is now winding down.

University of Maryland School of Business economist Peter Morici and others say the economy will have to create 13 million jobs over the next three years "to bring unemployment down to 5 percent -- still higher than pre-recession levels. That requires 360,000 jobs every month and economic growth at 5 percent a year."

Economists in the administration are not projecting job growth or economic growth anywhere near those numbers. For good reason: Obama's stimulus money is falling into a black hole of temporary projects and federal spending programs that vaporize once the spending stops.

Add to this a volatile stock market that has been on a rollercoaster ride driven by growing pessimism about the American economy including the administration on Wall Street and the Main Street investors.

The economic future looks especially bleak at year's end, too, as the administration plans to let the Bush tax cuts expire on Jan. 1 -- raising tax rates on individual and business income, increasing taxes on interest and dividends, and very possibly throwing in a value-added national sales tax to pay for Obama's costly government-run health care plan.

"I have an expensive education in economics. Nowhere do the textbooks state raising taxes creates jobs," Morici says.

The American people instinctively understand that the Obama administration is taking the country in the wrong direction of higher spending, debt and taxation that cannot be good for anyone.

We can see it in the polling numbers in House and Senate races where Democratic incumbents are running behind their challengers. We can see it in shrinking 401(k) and other worker pension funds. And we can see it in Obama's declining approval numbers, now at 47 percent in the Gallup poll.

The message this sends is that the time for evasions and excuses is over and the time for accountability is at hand.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.