In America, things are different. Talk to an unemployed American, and he’ll tell you what he really wants to do is find a job. And Americans are willing to take most any job. Because on top of the 9.1% unemployment rate, is a further 7% or so who are underemployed — people who took part-time work because that’s all they could get.
In just the past four months, Obamanomics has killed nearly a million full-time jobs. It’s a good bet that’s another 900,000 people who won’t be voting for Obama next year.
On paper, it all seemed so smart. Give the liberal base the huge expansion in government they craved. Give out the big “green” payouts to the environmentalists. Complete the merger of DC with Wall Street. Prop up the unions. Break big business to the saddle while suffocating the entrepreneurs who might prove a threat — all to keep the money flowing into DC to buy off the poor proles crushed by the new system.
In reality, it hasn’t worked so well. As it turned out, there aren’t enough liberals in this country to make bigger government any more popular than it ever was. “Green” jobs went bust too soon before the election. The fugly DC/Wall Street hybrid is sucking the life out of finance. The unions can’t deliver the votes anymore. And the private sector might be saddled — but it can’t run fast enough to make the economy grow that way.
And the proles aren’t bought off — we’re pissed off.