Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Time to Analyze the Situation and Fix Blame

With Republican and Democratic Party candidates for president of the U.S. filling the news with exaggerations, pie-in-the-sky proposals, insults to just about everybody, and downright lies, it seems time to take a more objective view of important trends and place blame for the situations that are making America "ungreat."

* Latest data show unemployment has dropped to 4.9 percent, lowest in eight years, while average pay increased modestly.

* Some 30 million Americans whose lives would have been ruined by a major illness a few years ago now have insurance that allows them to live without fear of being unable to pay for a health disaster.

* Over the past six years, American military deaths in Mideast conflicts have fallen from several a day to several a year.

* Violent crime rates continue to decline in the U.S., a trend that began about 40 years ago.

* Expert observers tell us more illegal residents left the country than entered it in the past few years.

* The geezer just filled up the family sedan with gas at $1.35 per gallon, half the price paid just a couple of years ago. Most predictions are that prices will remain stable or go lower at least through next year.

George W. Bush has been out of office for more than six years, so it no longer is reasonable or fashionable to blame these tragedies on him. There's only one thing to do. We should follow the example of our less-enlightened candidates for president and blame it all on Barack Obama's poor leadership.


PiedType said...

I was not aware of that statistic on military deaths in the Middle East. Rather remarkable, all things considered. And I think you're right ... we should "blame" Pres. Obama for the stats you cite.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

1. Military deaths have decreased because we pulled out of the worst places in the Midddle East. THE RESULT IS INSTABILITY, ISIS and millions of refugees. I have two relatives serving in Yemen and Kuait, very dangerous places thank you. Former Secretaries (Gates, Pannetta) of Defense and Military generals are very upset with this administration.

2. Gas prices have dropped because the Bush administration fostered gas and oil exploration. As you know it takes many years to bring an oil well into production. Prices are also down because the Suaudis are pumping more and the world economy sucks.

3. Immigration numbers are suspect. I know this because I worked with these data for over 30 years and I know nothing has changed since I retired. No one knows how many illegals are in the U.S. NO ONE.

4. Health care. Given my poor granddaughter, who worked as a bar tender/waitress last year owes the IRS $4,500 in taxes...largely owing to the Obamacare mess, I don't consider this a success.

Frankly, I think all the politicians running for offfice have "spin" issues. The guy I like most is John Kasich, who, as governor of Ohio had the good sense to work with the Obama administration regading health care. Many state exchanges are working quite well, particularly under Republican governors with Democrat legislatures. Can't say this is true in my state where the Democrat governor is having a heck of a time with the Republican legislature. (I'm in the mend it don't end it camp.)

5. Employment....the number of people who have become unemployed and quit looking for work troubles me. They are not part of the stats you cite. Also underemployed are an issue.

No matter how politician and "pundits" try to spin the numbers, we have serious problems and demogogues from either party are not likely to fix them.

Dick Klade said...

I think you've done a pretty good job of spinning the situations.

Big John said...

As a Brit I have to ask ... Where do you find those candidates ? ;-)

Dick Klade said...

'Tis a mysterious process, John. Apparently this time one originated in Canada, two descended from Cubans, and two have strong family ties. A few of us have attempted to ship the lot of them somewhere else, but so far we've found no country willing to take them.

joared said...

Whee! I love the dialogue on this post -- pretty well sums up major party political positions. Especially appreciated your explanation to Big John about the candidates.

Kay said...

Sigh... It's so true. When things were bad that first year of Obama's presidency, people kept complaining that things weren't fixed already. Now it's much better and people are still blaming him. They forget how BAD it was! And they don't give him credit for the good things that have been accomplished.