Summer of â€œWreckoveryâ€
By: Guest Authors
By: Jeff Lewis
Remember back in June the White House proudly announced we were entering the “Summer of Recovery?” Ever since, President Obama and Vice President Biden have been crisscrossing the country visiting “great” projects the Recovery Act was funding. David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president, said: “This summer will be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with thousands of highly-visible road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects breaking ground across the country, giving the American people a first-hand look at the Recovery Act in their own backyards and making it crystal clear what the cost would have been of doing nothing.”
What’s crystal clear is the “Summer of Recovery” has turned into the summer of “it’s not our fault, it’s George Bush’s fault,” and “we spent $787 billion of your money and have nothing to show for it except these really expensive signs to let you know you paid for this one too.” Oh wait a minute, I forgot about the 3.3 million jobs “created or saved” by the stimulus. Did you know this article you’re reading right now will “save or create” 50,000 jobs all by itself? Don’t believe me? Prove me wrong!
Unfortunately, none of the highly publicized photo ops were at places like the University of Missouri, where $180,935 was awarded to discover a better method for freezing rat sperm, or at Lake Jackson, Florida where $3.4 million is being spent on a tunnel to help turtles cross a busy highway. Those projects will create lots of jobs!
Joe Biden recently patted himself and the president on the back by saying, “We’re turning this great ship of state around that was wandering out to sea and it’s headed back to port…There is no doubt that we’re moving in the right direction.” The captain of the Titanic tells the orchestra to keep on playing. Let’s take a look at how Joe’s ship is doing:
* According to the Associated Press, “the economy barely has a pulse”.
* Unemployment is at 9.6%. If you count those who are under-employed, or who have given up looking for a job that figure is anywhere from 16% to 22% depending who you believe.
* Housing sales are awful. Sales of new homes are down 12.4% in July from the previous month, to 276,000 homes, the lowest since 1963. Existing home sales in July fell to the lowest level in more than a decade.
* Growth has slowed to under 2% and some economists are predicting a double-dip recession or even a depression.
While “Hope & Change” was vacationing at Martha’s Vineyard, where the recession is probably believed to be some kind of disorder that happens to common people, the “ship” is sinking.
President Obama can blame Bush for “driving the car into the ditch” all he wants, and Bush deserves his share of the blame. But, to continue the metaphor, Obama has had the keys to the car for almost two years now. It’s the car he wanted, it’s the car he begged to drive, and what has he done? If it was in the ditch when he got behind the wheel, it’s on the edge of a cliff now. As the president said, “you put the car in ‘D’ (Democrat) to driveand ‘R’(Republican) to go in reverse.” So, are we going to step on the gas and drive off the cliff, or put it in reverse and get back on the road?
The good news is you get to decide on November 2, 2010. It will be the most important mid-term election in decades. Transform America or Restore America. I can’t wait for your decision.