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.