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LAMBRO: Obama’s Orwellian economy
We’re moving backward, not ‘forward’
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Thus, Mr. Obama conveniently puts objective reality out of his mind, even when it is reported by his administration. In his mind, backward becomes forward, weakness becomes getting stronger, decline becomes “moving in the right direction.” Just as in Orwell’s world, millions are ready to believe dishonest doublespeak that would make a carnival barker blush.
But before this can happen, a majority of the electorate has to completely forget what it was like before Mr. Obama. A few examples:
The average national unemployment rate in the previous administration was 5.2 percent. The average in Mr. Obama’s presidency is 9 percent.
The budget deficit totaled $1.18 trillion over the last four years of George W. Bush’s presidency. Mr. Obama’s four deficits have added $5 trillion to the national debt.
Mr. Obama says that “we’re making progress.” This is the “new normal.” We’re moving forward, not backward.
Just what kind of Orwellian compass is he using?
Ronald Reagan inherited a deeper one where the unemployment rose to 10.8 percent. Four years later, when he ran for re-election, the economy was expanding at 6.3 percent, the jobless rate was about 7 percent and he won re-election by 49 states to 1.
Mr. Obama lamely insists things would be better but for the House Republicans. But Reagan faced a Democrat-controlled House and it gave him the across-the-board tax cuts that got our economy moving again.
Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and former chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.
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