A letter to Cheryl:
Cheryl, as an Obama supporter, and one who understands the dynamics of the economy fairly well, I can tell your sister and brother-in-law this much, and with conviction. The American economy is steadily on the mend. The policies laid out by the Obama administration in the last four years are beginning to work.
She should take heart in this scenario: In January 2009 when Obama took office, 800,000 people were laid off in that month alone, and 700,000 every month after that until the stimulus package was passed, money disbursed, and war-rah the job hemorrhaging stopped, the domino effect of large financial institutions collapsing stopped. Then a modicum economic growth ensued.
In order to get a better grip of what happened in the previous years picture this: eye-drops are great cures for a red eye. But, if one dripped eye-drops (please let no one try this on anyone, they will get hurt and you will go jail or face the death penalty) into a friends glass of water over a few years, you will slowly poison them to death. That in a nutshell is what the entire republican administration did to this great nation's economy for eight years! Bush, Cheney, Newt, Sununu, and Rove with Romney cheering them from his golden stands passed policies that took this country's economy back to the similarities of the great depression of 1929. Although the rest of us kept saying, please stop, the misinformed conservatives' followers had no idea! Unpaid for medicare drug package, two unnecessary unpaid for wars that consumed both blood and treasure from the bottom of the granaries of the American economy, and gutted the regulatory framework that eventually destroyed the checks and balances of a confused capitalist philosophy.
Cheney and friends got rich, they financed more corrupt elections so they can continue the plunder, and to add insult to injury, they redistributed the surplus of the Clinton economic years to among the top wealthiest Americans, who often screamed that they did not need it. But, Bush/Cheney had a plan, give the money back to the wealthy and then call them up to cough up political contributions to finance their next elections. It is a circular dance of the absurd. And as the banks collapsed, citizens lost their savings, health benefits, home values disappearing,....Romney again stood on his golden stand and said...let the real estate bottom out!
So, Obama comes, puts policies in place in an attempt to reverse the eight years of the Bush/Cheney economic abuse, all this while the conservatives, mainly driven by primal, visceral rage, and an eye on the 2012 elections did their best to stop the passage of the economic policies. Do not mention health care, it will confuse you.
Now that the majority of the American people have tamed the republicans by voting back Obama, there is a great chance that his pro-growth policies will have minimal opposition. The result, as we can all see is an expanding economy and more jobs being created. So, to your sister and brother-in-law, I would say; take heart, Obama is back in office, and the good Lord is watching over us. We will be fine, the nation is in good hands!
As for you, I recognize that you are both a sceptic and virulent cynic, but you should find comfort in this letter, too. Thank you!
Isn't an Obama supporter who "understands the dynamics of the economy" a contradiction in terms?