Three Numbers and Donkey Poop

By Alden L. Benton

Despite the hoopla and more-of-the same rhetoric coming from the Democratic Party Convention, there are three numbers that will ultimately sink their leaky, pork-laden boat: unemployment, gasoline prices, and national debt.

Unemployment stands at 8.3 per cent, the highest sustained rate since the Great Depression. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment increased by 163,000 jobs in July, but the labor force lost 150,000 people.  If you are young or an ethnic minority, you are suffering.  Hispanics have a 10.3 per cent unemployment rate while blacks have a 14.1 per cent rate.  Teenagers suffer 23.8 per cent unemployment.

No matter what spin you put on these numbers, and they do not include the millions of Americans who have used up their benefits and are not counted any more, they do not add up to success.

Regular gasoline costs an average of $3.82 per gallon nationwide.  (AAA Fuel Gauge Report for September 6)  The price of gas ranges from a high of $4.36 in Hawaii ($4.17 in California) to a low of $3.58 in Colorado.  The cost of fuel affects the price of everything. 

It takes fuel to process and transport everything and higher energy prices make everything from food to cars cost more.  Inflation increased from 0.4 per cent in 2009 to 3.2 per cent in 2011.  According to US Inflation Calculator, prices have increased 6.4 per cent since the president took office.  Yet, the Democrats still insist we are all better off.

Then there is the monster in the closet: the national debt.  According to Fox News, the national debt passed the $16 trillion mark last Tuesday.  The Obama administration added $5.4 trillion, nearly 34 per cent of the total, to the national debt in just one term. 

According to Business Insider, the total United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is $15.6 trillion.  We owe more than our entire economy is worth.  The debt, coupled with ever-increasing deficit spending, will impoverish us all and endangers our future.

The numbers do not lie.  All the bilge spewing from the Democrats at their convention will not change reality.  Donkey poop, is still donkey poop no matter how you try to disguise it.

The Republican Party candidates don’t have to lie or crawl into the gutter with the Democrats to win this election.  All they have to do is keep hammering on these three numbers, numbers the president cannot blame away or honestly defend.

In a recent  Human Events column, Newt Gingrich says there are two kinds of conventions and campaigns: campaigns of achievement, and campaigns of accusations.  He suggests the Democratic Convention, and thus the president’s campaign and re-election, will fail because of these three numbers, numbers that have already forced them into an accusation campaign.

According to Gingrich,

“Obviously the Obama convention cannot be an achievement campaign.  The failure of their policies forces them to have an accusation convention.  That means accuse Romney of everything.  Accuse Ryan of everything you failed to accuse Romney of.  Accuse Republicans in general of even more than you have accused Romney-Ryan.

The problem for Obama is that these three numbers are going to be louder than all their accusations combined.”

Do you want more of the same tired, failed policies of Obama, or a clear path to success with Mitt Romney?

“The formula is simple: 8.3 percent plus $3.80 a gallon plus $16 trillion equals failure,” Gingrich said.

America will choose November 6.

The choice is clear. Choose success.

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