Obama, 42 months into his term, has overseen a net loss of 300,000 jobs. He has yet to pass a balanced budget; our debt has increased 51 percent — from $10.6 trillion to more than $16 trillion. U.S. gross domestic product annual growth is 1.7 percent. Unemployment exceeds 8 percent. More than 17 percent of those who want to work full time are either not working at all or are working part time.
How does this compare?
When President Ronald Reagan was 42 months into his first term, 3.8 million new net jobs had been created.
Four years after the Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 1994, running on the Contract With America, GDP growth was 4 percent; unemployment was 4.2 percent; 11 million new jobs had been created; and the budget was balanced. — Jackie Gingrich Cushman
Whose ridiculous idea was it to make a genius such as Obama first get his plan approved by some other branch of government? People say it’s in the Constitution, which I can’t verify for certain, as I’ve never read it (I don’t read white supremacist propaganda), but who cares what some thousand-year-old document says when we have such a brilliant man trying to transform our country. — Frank J. Fleming
The growth of entitlement payments over the past half-century has been breathtaking. In 1960, U.S. government transfers to individuals totaled about $24 billion in current dollars, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. By 2010 that total was almost 100 times as large. Even after adjusting for inflation and population growth, entitlement transfers to individuals have grown 727% over the past half-century, rising at an average rate of about 4% a year. In 2010 alone, government at all levels oversaw a transfer of over $2.2 trillion in money, goods and services. The burden of these entitlements came to slightly more than $7,200 for every person in America. Scaled against a notional family of four, the average entitlements burden for that year alone approached $29,000. — Heather Ginsberg
How are contraceptives any different from shoes, hamburgers, toothpaste, bubble gum, automobiles, or any of thousands of other products that some (but not all) Americans want to buy? Briefly put: Buy your own freaking contraceptives, Ms. Fluke! — John Hinderaker
At least Romney had a five point plan. What we heard from Obama was a vision. And he pulls numbers out of a hat. 100,000 new math and science teachers. 600,000 more people working in natural gas. Two million more trainees, and he doesn’t say how we get from A to B. It’s a vision. I have a vision of an America where there is no disease and everybody has a private airplane, but unless I tell you how we get there, I’ve said nothing. — Charles Krauthammer
I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy b*tches are f—— up the economy. — Nicki Minaj
When you don’t have frighteningly white upscale liberals obsessing about the racist subtext of golf, it’s amazing how much time it frees up to talk about other stuff. For example, as dysfunctional as Greece undoubtedly is, if you criticize the government’s plans for public-pensions provision, there are no Chris Matthews types with such a highly evolved state of racial consciousness that they reflexively hear “watermelon” instead of the word “pensions.” So instead everyone discusses the actual text rather than the imaginary subtext. Which may be why political discourse in the euro zone is marginally less unreal than ours right now: At least they’re talking about “austerity”; over here we’re still spending, and more than ever. — Mark Steyn
If Mitt was Santa Claus, he’d fire the reindeer and outsource the elves. — Ted Strickland
Given Democrats’ current peevishness, it is fitting that Sandra Fluke will address their convention. In February she, you might not remember, became for progressives the victim du jour of America’s insufficient progress. She was a 30-year-old-student — almost half way to 62, when elderly Americans can begin collecting Social Security — unhappy about being unable to get someone else (Georgetown University, a Catholic institution) to pay for her contraceptives. — George Will