It would be appreciated by many Americans if the Liberals and the Obama Administration would make up their collective minds about the state of the American economy. This waffling between woe & doom and confidence is getting more than a bit wearing.
When they’re pushing for increased government spending, they’re all doom and gloom – alternating between wringing their hands over the financial disaster and finding wealthy people to blame for it.
Just this week, we saw more people file for unemployment than at any time in the last 26 years, and experts agree that if nothing is done, the unemployment rate could reach double digits… If we do not act boldly and swiftly, a bad situation could become dramatically worse.
— President Obama
January 24, Weekly Address
There’s been no good news, and there’s no good news on the immediate horizon. The only good news is the president acted swiftly; he’s put together an economic stimulus package that we believe, and outsiders believe, will create 3 million to 4 million new jobs and set a new framework for the economy to develop on, a new foundation. And so we’re off and running, but it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
— Vice-President Joe Biden
January 25, CBS’ Face The Nation
Our economy is dark, darker, darkest almost. There isn’t any economist who will give you an optimistic view of the direction our country is going. We have listened to their assessment of where we are.
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
January 25th, ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos
Now, when they’ve gotten their wish for more government spending than has been seen since the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu built The Great Pyramid over a 14 – 20 year period ending around 2560 BC, they begin to sing a far different tune.
So I am very confident about our long-term prospects. We live in such a rapid-fire information-rich environment that people’s attention spans go like this. And that makes for volatility in confidence. A smidgen of good news, and suddenly everything is doing great. A little bit of bad news — oh, we’re down in the dumps. And I am obviously an object of this constantly varying assessment. I’m the Object-in-Chief of this varying assessment.
So my view — you know, people ask me sometimes, well, you seem like a pretty calm guy, how do you do that? I say, well, look, I don’t think things are ever as good as they say and they’re never as bad as they say. And things two years ago were not as good as we thought because there were a lot of underlying weaknesses in the economy, and they’re not as bad as we think they are now.
— President Obama
March 12, Business Roundtable
If Obama and his Liberals want to inspire any confidence in the American people at all, they need to settle on a message. Either things are “darker, darker, maybe darkest” and it’s “going to get worse before it gets better,” or things aren’t as bad as the incessant fearmongering and media hype has made it out to be. It’s one or the other and the President’s ongoing message should convey that.
All that this waffling does is convince the American people that they’ve either been conned by Obama and the Liberals worse than anyone was conned Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, or that our government doesn’t have any answer to the crisis and is praying that we can be convinced to remain quiet and complacent about their failures – at least through the 2010 Congressional elections.