I don’t know about you, but every once in a while I read something online or in the newspaper that makes me ask “What planet are these people living on?” Just the other day, the news media trumpeted the headline “Recession Ended in June 2009.” They were referring to a report issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), which several members of the media said were “the arbiter of the start and end dates of a recession.”
It’s easy for someone sitting in an academic ivory tower to decide that a recession is over, but try telling that to the almost 15 million Americans out of work. Personally, I won’t be convinced until I see the unemployment rate go down significantly. And I don’t believe that Americans who have been affected by the economic downturn will be convinced either. The NBER can cite all the statistics they want – but until we start sending more paychecks and less unemployment checks, the recession is on.
Families all over America are struggling to provide for their children, worrying about keeping their home and finding a job. Those Americans who haven’t been directly affected by unemployment have family members or friends or neighbors who are struggling. Each one of us has been affected in some way.
It’s time for the President to level with the American people and admit that his economic policies have failed (which may be why three of his top economic advisers have recently stepped down) and that he will develop a new plan, working with both political parties and listening to the American people.
I’m fighting to make certain I’m part of the team that will work to get our economy going and get Floridians and Americans back to work. Join our campaign team and support my efforts to be your voice in Washington.