The ‘Summer of Recovery’ that wasn’t.
On the third Sunday of July, Vice President Joe Biden appeared on ABC’s This Week with Jake Tapper and declared that the summer of 2010 is the Summer of Recovery. Jump ahead five weeks and the front page of this morning’s Dallas Morning News trumpete the story that a “double-dip” recession is increasingly likely.
Even if we avoid a slide back into recession, no one believes that a real recovery is underway. Not with nagging unemployment and a cratering housing market dominating the headlines. Therefore, the question I wrestle with is this. Do Democrats like Joe Biden actually believe what they say, in which case they stand at a remove from reality measured in light years – or do they think we are such unsophisticated rubes that we cant’ spot a complete presposterosity when one pours out of their mouths? Either way, it’s a problem.
On the one hand, if the politicians running the show believe what they are saying despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, then our leaders are incompetent. On the other, if they think we are so stupid that they can just say whatever they want, we no longer have a representative government.