What Have They Been Smoking?

By Alden L. Benton

“Ask yourself, ‘Are you better off now than you were four years ago?  Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago?  Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago?  Is America as respected throughout the world as it was?’”
~Ronald Reagan, October 28, 1980, presidential debate

In 2008, Barack Obama asked us the same question.  The answer then was not really.  Now, after three and a half years of failure, corruption, and deceit, Obama has the audacity to ask us to rehire him.  What has he been smoking?

Today, Congressman Paul Ryan asks us the same question Ronald Reagan asked 32 years ago.  The answer today is the same as it was then — a resounding hell no!

According to The Hill, Ryan told supporters in Greenville, North Carolina,

“Every president since the great depression could run on a record saying you are better off than you were four years ago,” Ryan said.  “Except for Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.”

Ryan said in 1980, under the Carter administration, 330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy, compared to 1.4 million in 2011 “under President Obama’s failed leadership,” and that mortgage delinquencies have ballooned from 77,000 to 3 million over the same time period.

“Simply put, the Jimmy Carter years look like the good old days compared to where we are now,” Ryan said.

Ryan is on target.  Under Carter, a combination of failed economic policies and failed energy policies, forced the trucking company may father worked for out of business.  Until my father was eligible for early retirement, we struggled mightily to survive and keep our home.  No one wanted a 57-year-old truck driver.

Today, the news is rife with reports of people losing jobs, and like my father, unable to find another.  Students, even the ones with useful skills, cannot find jobs and are moving back home.  And they are the lucky ones — their parents have managed to hold on to their homes. 

Ask the 2 million unemployed if they are better off, and that doesn’t count the millions of people that the government doesn’t even bother to count anymore.

In defense of their beloved anointed one, highly placed Democratic Polyannas are attempting to pull the wool over our eyes.  According to The Hill,

“…Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and Democratic National Committee communications director Brad Woodhouse hit the airwaves Monday to answer the question affirmatively and without caveat.”

However, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said

“Yes, this morning Democrats were in desperate damage control.  Interestingly and bizarrely, that we now are better off after four years of Barack Obama.…that must mean that millions of Americans had suddenly found jobs, and that deficits, poverty and gas prices had all fallen.”

What have the Democrats been smoking?

Today, the thrill and pixie dust of Barack Obama’s presidency is gone,” Priebus said.  “Americans feel no hope and have seen change for the worse.”

Doing the same things over, and over again and expecting different results is a sign of insanity.  The Democrats have no new ideas, they just keep recycling the same programs and ideas that have always failed — and expect things to be different.  What have they been smoking?

Now, with all the chips on the table, the Democrats have gone all-in with the hope that if they tell enough lies about how things “really” are, we will believe them and re-elect the president.

What have they been smoking?

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