Tim Phillips

To hear President Obama talk you’d think the last four years demonstrate that the country is headed in the right direction. According to the President, life in America is pretty rosy and only getting better. Unfortunately, for many families that just isn’t true. As a society, we Americans are incredibly resilient and resourceful. In difficult times, we adapt and overcome without much complaining. But I fear Americans are growing accustomed to President Obama’s economic failures, and accepting a country with 23 million people looking for work, 46 million on food stamps, a skyrocketing national debt, $4 a gallon gas as the “new normal.”

It was shocking to listen to President Obama on Tuesday night. He tried to explain away the problems of the country by shirking his responsibility for the economy. In listening to the President, you’d think that there is nothing his policies have done to increase the growth of our economy or bring down the price of gasoline or rein in federal spending. The President is living in that new normal, where he accepts economic malaise and crushing debt that already has Europe moving from crisis to crisis.

This new normal is not at all where we should be. At the debate Tuesday night, Governor Romney said it best, “We don’t have to live like this.” We’ve seen it in our own communities – we all have friends or even family members who can’t find a job – when in years past unemployment was something you only saw on the evening news. In four short years, our incomes are down an average of $4,000 while taxes are on the rise. Health care premiums, which this president said he would lower by $2,500, are up almost $3,000. Food stamp usage has growing astronomically, more than doubling in the last four years. Even the price of bacon is up 22%! Our economy is "growing" at less than 2% in many quarters. For the first time, our generation believes that our children won’t have a better future.

President Obama has presided over a "recovery" that feels like we never left the great recession. Yet he’s asking for four more years to prove that the last four years weren’t his fault and no one could have done better.