Why Would This Be?
Posted by Dan Draney on November 11, 2005
“‘One puzzle these days is why Americans are so confident at the shopping mall and so glum in opinion polls. By many measures, the country’s prosperity is broad-based. Families are buying and renovating homes at a ferocious pace. Since
mid-2003, the number of payroll jobs has increased by 4.2 million. The unemployment rate of 5 percent is low by historic standards. But in polls, Americans are downbeat…. We have a real economy and a rhetorical economy: what’s actually happening and what we say is happening. The first is often more stable than the second’ — Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson.”
We’ll hazard a guess: perhaps the past 3 years of the MSM continously calling a good economy bad in order to hurt Bush just might be a factor. If the Democrats were in power under these conditions we’d have been treated to daily, glowing reports about growth, jobs, and optimism.
Samuelson may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but at least he noticed the good economy.