• Obama's Lost Decade

      David Harsanyi's column in today's Denver Post is excellent:

      Of the many tall tales spun by President Barack Obama during the State of the Union address this week, there is one, and perhaps only one, that most Americans believe to be true.

      The old yarn goes something like this: A long time ago, the United States was an economic powerhouse. We built things with our hands and worked in factories and we loved it.

      Our recent prosperity, on the other hand, was built on a house of cards — intellectual innovation, risk, free-wheeling markets and international trade — and nothing more than an illusion.

      "We can't afford another so- called economic expansion like the one from the last decade — what some call the 'lost decade,' " Obama explained. The president went on to promise he would do all he could to stop any pesky so-called expansions in the future. And I believe him.

      Me too. If the President won’t stop the next expansion, Congress and the public sector unions will.

      A recent poll shows that Obama is not alone in his aversion to the 2000s. According to a Pew Research Center poll, over 50 percent of American hold a negative view of the decade. Yet, the 2000s, like decades before it, are by nearly any measure — be it health, standard of living, the environment or technology — a success.

      The average unemployment rate during this "lost decade" — including one of those unfortunate man-made disasters to the country's financial center — was at 5.6 percent. One would think that the president — a man who believes a "jobs" bills that only saw unemployment go from nearly 8 percent to over 10 percent was a wild success — would be sort of impressed.

      No. Obama tells us a real economic expansion will be based on legitimate, tangible, economic drivers like high-speed rail systems no one wants and government-subsidized "clean energy" nobody uses.

      Other delightful developments of the “lost” decade: A drop in the number of teens having sex, a drop in teen pregnancies, a drop in the cost of food/clothing, less crime, and steady drops in accident rates. For most Americans, life got better.

      [T]he state of the union will be just fine — if only our so-called leaders in Washington would let it be.

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