Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley came out on Sunday on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer and told him that Americans are not better off then they were four years ago. However, he quickly jumped at the chance to state that is not what the election is about. Though he sounds like he is about to depart from the Democrat rhetoric, there was no surprise when he said what the election was about.
“Without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses, the Bush recessions, the Bush deficits, the series of desert wars, charged for the first time to credit cards — the national credit card,” O’Malley said.
That’s right, he pulled an Obama on us. He blamed Bush for why we are in the mess we are in.
Of course, to be fair, there is plenty of this to go around. Barack Obama has been blaming George W. Bush from Day One. I’m not going to sit here and justify George W. Bush’s spending, nor will I say that we were not entering a recession when he was leaving office. Both side understand this. However, the Obama administration has been in command for nearly four years and we have not only gotten worse, we’re continuing downhill faster than we were when he took office.
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter also has chimed in on the issue, adding that she wanted to “remind you what was happening four years ago at this time. In the quarter before the president took office, we lost three million jobs. Our country was bleeding. Our financial system was on the verge of collapse. We were passing bank bailouts to ensure that our system could stay afloat.That’s what was happening before the president took office,” Cutter said.
Yes things were tough then, there is no doubt. However what Ms. Cutter failed to mention was that unemployment was at 7.8% on the day he was inaugurated. It peaked at 10%. It came down to 8.2% and now is back at 8.3% and on its way up.
Barack Obama owns this economy. It has his fingerprints and his failed fiscal policies all over it. He really needs to grow up and accept responsibility and quit acting like a five year old and blaming other people for his own failures.
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