Reagan years’ roles have reversed

Photo by Adam Wolffbrandt

Another charge is that Obama’s efforts on the ARRA — passed by Congress and signed by the president at the very dawn of his administration — did not save any jobs.

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I think I’ll let that old adage speak for itself in this matter, with the accompanying graph.

What you are seeing here isn’t the boogeyman of conservative punditry: the welfare queen, the unemployed bum laying around waiting for a check. You are seeing hundreds of thousands of people able to feed their families, pay for their homes and bills, and live their lives thanks to the ARRA.

Finally, calling the rise in unemployment from 7 to 10 percent over the last couple years the fault of the president, is like yelling at a firefighter for letting your kitchen burn down when he could have let the flames take the whole house. It makes no sense.

This economic downturn has not been named the “Great Recession” for nothing. We are enduring an economic uncertainty the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression, when unemployment hit 25 percent.

The only reason our nation’s joblessness hasn’t gotten anywhere near the levels found in the Depression was due to quick thinking by this administration when things started to head south.

It’s time for conservatives to stop maliciously lying about the successes of the Obama presidency. It’s time for them to join the rest of the nation in helping to rebuild from the ravages of this financial meltdown.

And, for goodness sake, it’s time for me to read a conservative opinion without smiling to myself and thinking, “There you go again.”