Feb. 12, 2016

Two Parties in One?

Obama boasts of the economy while Clinton and Sanders trash it.

“We saved the economy from a depression,” Barack Obama recently boasted. “We helped our businesses create 14 million new jobs over the past six years. We cut the unemployment rate from 10% to 4.9%. We covered nearly 18 million more Americans with health insurance. … There’s no doubt America is better off today than when I took office.” He also crowed, “The United States of America, right now, has the strongest, most durable economy in the world.” Obama followed that with a typical dig: “I know that’s still inconvenient for Republican stump speeches as their doom and despair tour plays in New Hampshire. I guess you cannot please everybody.”

That’s quite a tale of making America great again, but you wouldn’t know it listening to the presidential candidates from his own party. That’s right: It’s not just Republicans bemoaning the Obama “recovery.” During Thursday night’s Democrat debate, Hillary Clinton took a cue from her husband to feel our pain. “I know a lot of Americans are angry about the economy,” she said. “And for good cause. Americans haven’t had a raise in 15 years. There aren’t enough good-paying jobs, especially for young people. And yes, the economy is rigged in favor of those at the top.” Thanks Obama.

Bernie Sanders, the Socialist who’s no different than any other Democrat, demanded to know, “Who in America denies that we have an infrastructure that is crumbling? … Who denies that real unemployment today, including those who have given up looking for work and are working part-time, is close to 10%? Who denies that African-American youth unemployment, real, is over 50%?” Thanks Obama.

The man concerned with his own legacy can brag all he wants, but the stock market is down 14.5% since last May, stoking fears of another recession. Obama’s economy has never been good, and candidates of both parties — and the American people — know the score.

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