- The Washington Times - Friday, August 23, 2013

“What this means is that the U.S. economy is not merely recovering from the recession more slowly than one might like, but is actually getting worse for many Americans,” economic analyst Michael Sivy wrote in Time magazine’s business and money website.

In his prescient March 3 analysis, titled “Why Many Americans Feel Like They’re Getting Poorer,” Mr. Sivy forecast that “the standard of living is falling for as much as half the population, particularly if you look beyond monthly numbers to longer-term trends.” That forecast was deadly accurate. The nation’s gross domestic product barely grew at a snail’s pace 1.4 percent annual rate in the first six months of this year.

In virtually all of the news media’s reporting about the economy’s decline, one name is hardly ever mentioned: Mr. Obama. He is to blame, though, for the economic pain millions of Americans are going through. It all stems from his anti-growth policies, which have given us higher taxes, oppressive gas prices, crushing federal debt, unending economic uncertainty and costly regulatory obstacles.

It’s not going to end until his term is over, and a pro-growth, pro-free enterprise president occupies the Oval Office and declares that America is “open for business.”

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.