President Barack Obama, crassly, I might add, chose to highlight his administration’s economic successes Monday, on the day 13 people were killed at the U.S. Naval Yard, 20 blocks from the White House. Amazing does not even begin to describe such hubris. Using people, who have supposedly benefited from his efforts as backdrops, or props as some would say, he chose to triumph all his administration has done, since the economic collapse five years ago. The only reason he has not been able to do more is because of those dastardly Republicans.
Instead of a president trying to unite, he continues to divide.
No so coincidentally, the president chose to ignore a bit of information even his own government provided on Monday, the same day he was touting the economy: the middle class in the USA is failing. When adjusted for inflation, median income stood at $51,017, the sixth consecutive year of declines. How’s that economy now, Mr. President?
Even Dan Haar, who works for a publication that takes the president’s side on most of these things, could not ignore the reality, writing on the Hartford Courant’s website Tuesday:
“This is a national report card on the prosperity of the middle class, and it’s a big, fat D.”
Haar did go on to take the liberal viewpoint in the remainder of the piece. So what. He is entitled to his opinion. And to his credit, he was quick to point out the USA poverty rate remains at 15 percent and that “Aetna and Northeast Utilities IT employees are losing their jobs to cheaper workers on visas from India, when large numbers of U.S. high school graduates basically can’t read.” He also mentioned how the stock market is percolating and more income is being generated.
One problem. That income is not making its way back to the middle class. A great nation without a prosperous middle class is a great nation no longer.
That is the national debate on which Democrats and Republicans should be focused, not a one-way conversation, dominated by a president more content with scoring political points, as tragedy lurked 20 blocks away.