John Ransom

The liberal press is finally enunciating what the rest of already knew through pure common sense.

As poll after poll shows that Obama’s management of the economy will be the number one issue for voters, the liberal press has suddenly come to the conclusion that, yes, Virginia, there is an election under way.

Despite months of manufactured good news on the job and employment front, average voters are doing what average voters do: vote their own pocketbooks, not those of their neighbors in the Beltway.  

“A rising number of Americans see improvement in the economy,” reports the New York Times, “but a persistent wariness about their own financial circumstances is allowing Mitt Romney to persuade voters that he could improve their economic prospects more than President Obama, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.”

Americans are treating the so-called recovery more like a sighting of Big Foot than an economic reality.  

They know people who say they have seen it, they just really don’t believe that for them, personally, Big Foot exists.



This is how it should be.

Because in most things Americans are worse off today than they were last year at this time.

And this is reflected in more than just prices at the pump, although that’s not helping either.

While the official unemployment numbers have sagged a bit over the last few months, Washington is finding out that Americans aren’t going to be satisfied by statistics posing as real jobs.

Or green jobs posing as permanent jobs of any kind.  

Or pork barrel spending disguised as stimulus, or stimulus disguised as shovel-ready jobs, or healthcare disguised as deficit reduction or any one of the evasions, shifts or outright fabrications that Obama has offered instead of, say, a B-U-D-G-E-T.

Sawing a lady in half on stage doesn’t actually create two people with two jobs, even if Obama insists that an illusion has the same weight as truth if only you can get away with it.    


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.