Thanksgiving is a time when we express our gratitude to the Almighty for the many blessings bestowed on our country and its people.
But, sadly, this is also a time of severe economic anxiety and fear for many Americans who are still struggling in this persistently weak economy to earn a living and make ends meet. A time when many more people now say "they worry a lot" about losing their job in the Obama economy, not to mention the long-term unemployed who are still looking for work in an economy where jobs are in short-supply.
These are the results of a new survey that has yielded some deeply disturbing findings on this Thanksgiving that should fuel new debate about the president's policies and programs that have failed to revitalize our once-mighty economy.
This is a time when our country and its leadership at all levels of government need to begin refocusing on why our economic performance remains shamefully weak and sub-par four years after the recession supposedly ended.
At the highest level of our government, President Obama rarely talks about the economy's enduring weakness, and has given up on improving its fundamentals -- because he hasn't a clue about what is needed to make that happen.
On Capitol Hill, you can search in vain for a Democratic leader who is angry that, as Obama nears the sixth year of his presidency, 11 million Americans are still unemployed, and millions more are underemployed, working part-time, or fewer hours at less pay, as wages flatline.
Stories about the economy's underlying weaknesses are a rarity on the network news shows. The highly-paid news anchors, reporters and producers in New York, no matter how bad things have gotten, all too often give that subject short-shrift or avoid such unpleasant subjects altogether.
All too often, they gush over minuscule numbers that they say purportedly show the economy is doing better, but very often ignore the bad numbers or play them down.
But there were signs in some sectors of the news media that the economy was getting a deeper reexamination.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post ran a lengthy story on its front page, beneath this headline: "For low-wage workers, unprecedented anxiety", adding that "Many fear losing their jobs, poll finds."
The newspaper reported the dismal results of a recent national survey by the Post and the Miller Center (a public policy research affiliate of the University of Virginia). What it found is this: