It’s the economy, stupid

The phrase popularized by James Carville was never more apropos.  And President Obama knows it.

“I’m pretty confident that [Republicans are] going to recognize that our job is to govern and make sure that we are delivering jobs for the American people and that we are creating a competitive economy for the 21st century,” the president said.

Julie Pace, Associated Press

But it’s one thing to say it.  It’s quite another to understand how to fix it.

The President and Democrats like to point figures at the obstructionist Republicans and say, “Look at us, look at everything we are doing to get America back to work.  And we’d be able to do that if it weren’t for those evil gridlocking Republicans and their giveaways for the wealthy!”

Let’s take a look at where we are. As of today, Gallup finds unemployment at 9.6% with underemployment at a staggering 19%.  The last time I checked, the Democrats have controlled Congress for four years and the White House for two.  For at least the last two years any obstruction by an opposing party would be a moot point.

Now they would like you to think that they weren’t in charge or that their ideas were being obstructed in Washington gridlock.  But the facts don’t lie.

And neither do the unemployment figures.