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Obama’s Orwellian economy

Obama’s Orwellian economy

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http://www. w ashingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/25/obamas- orwellian-economy-were-moving-backward-not-/?page=all#pagebreak LAMBRO: Obama’s Orwellian economy 
 We’re moving backward, not ‘forward’
ByDonald Lambro-The Washington TimesTuesday, September 25, 2012
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How is it possible thatBarack ObamaleadsMitt Romneyon who can better handle the economy when it has been in decline all year?Economists on both sides say this is one of the weakest recoveries since the Great Depression.New York Timeseconomic columnistPaul Krugman, one of PresidentObama
ʼ
s early supporters,said, “This is still a terrible economy.”The overall economy barely grew by 1.7 percent in the second quarter, down from 2.0 percent inthe first three months of 2012. Business economists have lowered their forecasts to 1.5 percentor lower for the year. TheFederal Reserve Boardsays it will keep its interest rates near zero forthe foreseeable future because they expect the economy to remain in a weakened condition forseveral years to come.Most Americans do not follow the economic data that diagnose the economy
ʼ
s ups and downs.They know what their economic circumstances are. Yet political pollsters and reporters doingvoter canvassing tell of interviews with people who say they have been out of work for months stillsay they are voting forMr. Obama.Most get their economic news from the nightly network shows, but the people who produce theseprograms bend over backward to report as little as possible about the levels of economicdeprivation that characterizeMr. Obama
ʼ
s presidency.Did you see the story onNBCNightly News withBrian Williamslast week about how unemployment rose in more than half the states in August? Of course not, because he didn
ʼ
treport it.Nevertheless, in the fourth insufferable year ofMr. Obama
ʼ
s term in office, the unemployment rateclimbed in 26 states, according to theU.S. Bureauof Labor Statistics. Five were battlegroundstates that probably will decide this election and whereMr. Obama, improbably, is leadingMr.
 
Romney.Unemployment was unchanged in the battlegrounds of Ohio, Virginia and in Florida, where the jobless rate nears 9 percent.TheBureau of Labor Statisticsalso reports that the number of working Americans shrank lastmonth as payrolls fell in 21 states, the result of tens of millions of discouraged workers who havestopped looking for a job and are no longer counted.Yet there wasMr. Obamastill tellingCBS
ʻ
 “60 Minutes”on Sunday that the economy was movingin the right direction. “We
ʼ
re moving forward,” he repeatedly says on the campaign trail. But byvirtually every major economic measurement, we have been falling backward over the past fouryears, not moving forward.For example, did you see the story on the nightly news about how median income has fallen from2010 to 2011? You didn
ʼ
t because it wasn
ʼ
t reported. TheU.S. Census Bureaureported on Sept.12 that real median household income last year was $50,054, “a 1.5 percent decline from the2010 median and the second consecutive annual drop.”The data-gathering agency also reported that median family household income declined by 1.7percent in real terms last year, and that median household income was 8.1 percent lower than in2007, the year before the economy fell into a deep recession. Moreover, it further reported thatthe nation
ʼ
s official poverty rate was a record 15 percent in 2011, with 46.2 million people inpoverty.This doesn
ʼ
t sound like our economy is moving forward, as the president insists in his campaignspeeches and his TV ads. It sounds like we
ʼ
re moving backward.Poverty is growing, incomes are falling, the economy
ʼ
s growth is slowing to a snail
ʼ
s pace, joblessness is climbing in more than half the country and the president is talking to us in Orwelliandoublespeak. Or, as George Orwell defined this type of communication in his classic novel,“Nineteen Eighty-Four,” doublethink:“The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one
ʼ
s mind simultaneously, and accepting bothof them To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has becomeinconvenient and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just aslong as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while take account of thereality which one denies.”Thus,Mr. Obamaconveniently puts objective reality out of his mind, even when it is reported byhis administration. In his mind, backward becomes forward, weakness becomes getting stronger,decline becomes “moving in the right direction.” Just as in Orwell
ʼ
s world, millions are ready tobelieve 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 likebeforeMr. Obama. A few examples:The average national unemployment rate in the previous administration was 5.2 percent. Theaverage inMr. Obama
ʼ
s presidency is 9 percent.The budget deficit totaled $1.18 trillion over the last four years of George W. Bush
ʼ
s presidency.Mr. Obama
ʼ
s four deficits have added $5 trillion to the national debt.WhenMr. Obamawas sworn into office on Inauguration Day 2009, regular gas was selling forabout $1.90 a gallon. Today, underMr. Obama
ʼ
s energy policies, it is approaching $4 a gallon.

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