Since taking office, sustained high unemployment has been a constant reality of the Obama economy. Yet statistics that should be met with outrage were treated to a sleepy yawn by most in the media. We were assured that things really aren’t that bad, and the economy is getting better. But a shocking infographic that put the jobs numbers in focus seemed to circulate only on Facebook; a graphic that counted 43 straight months of unemployment over 8% under Obama, contrasted with a total of 39 months of unemployment that high under the last 11 presidents combined. When unemployment reportedly dropped a couple tenths of a percent last month, the President was immediately on the campaign trail gloating, despite the economy not creating enough jobs to even keep up with population growth. Hardly the change we’ve been waiting for.
Our national debt has been on the rise for decades. In many ways we have grown numb to the constant upward march of the debt clock. Too many Americans shrug it off, and fail to hold the politicians they elect accountable for spending. Now the problem has grown into a behemoth larger than our entire economy. Each American’s individual share of this debt is over $51,000. Can you imagine the blood-curdling screams that would erupt if anyone actually tried to collect on that? We can’t ignore it for much longer though. Two years ago, even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, "Our rising debt levels (pose) a national security threat…It undermines our capacity to act in our own interest, and it does constrain us where constraint may be undesirable. And it also sends a message of weakness internationally.” But even urges from Mrs. Clinton are met with knee-jerk reactions issued by the left and amplified by liberal talking heads, who attack responsible budget reform – such as the Paul Ryan budget – as attempts to pitch grandma off a cliff.
It’s time to stop listening to the hollow echo chamber that distracts and confuses. Over the next two weeks, there will be much temptation to veer off message and into the latest meme. But millions of Americans are now making a decision about the proper role of government, and choosing between more liberty and prosperity, or four more years of economic despair. Let’s do them and ourselves a favor, and keep everyone’s attention hyper-focused on issues that really matter.