He said it because he believes it.

Click here to listen to the broadcast of You Tell Me on KTBB AM 600, Friday, June 15, 2012.

Let’s listen to 32 seconds of President Obama at a news conference from the week of June 4. (Listen here.)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “As I said, we’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the past 27 months – over 800,000 just this year alone.  The private sector is doing fine. [EMPHASIS ADDED] Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy, ah, have to do with state and local governments, ah, oftentimes, uh, cuts initiated by, ah, you know, governors or mayors not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government.”

 The private sector is not doing fine. No one who is out of work, no one who is worried that his or her job may soon evaporate, no one whose income is stagnant or declining even as prices rise, no owner of a small business at which holding revenues flat is a considered a major victory and no recent graduate looking for a first job needs to be told that the private sector is not doing fine.

Yet when the howls went up after he made such a risible statement, rather than simply say he misspoke, the president tried to spin it, saying that what he meant was that relative to the problems in public sector employment, the private sector is doing fine.

But that’s not true, either. Private sector jobs are still down 4.6 million from 2008 while government jobs are down by just 407,000 and while federal employment has actually increased by 11.4 percent.

Only someone with a faculty lounge worldview could say with a straight face that the problem facing the economy derives from the fact that state and local governments need more money from the federal government in order to hire more government workers.

The real headline in all of this is the fact that Obama truly believes that the key to national prosperity is to expand government at all levels. From the perspective of a man with this belief, the private sector, no matter how beset, is nevertheless “doing fine” not because it actually is doing fine but because the private sector  doesn’t matter. It’s like the CEO of The Coca-Cola Company saying that the sales of TaB, (the 1960s diet cola which is still being made), are doing fine because in the scheme of things at Coca-Cola, TaB doesn’t matter.

Obama believes that the private sector is TaB (not important) and that the public sector is Coca-Cola (supremely important). He truly believes that for there to be prosperity state and local governments must expand even as the federal government expands. The president recognizes that state and local governments almost without exception are bound by balanced budget laws. But since budget deficits of Biblical proportion at the federal level do not phase him in the least, Obama sees the problem as something for the federal government to solve by showering money upon cities, counties and states.

All so that Obama can speak in sonorous tones about hiring more police officers and firefighters while in the real world state and local governments will use any money they get from Washington to avoid laying off bureaucrats.

Obama accuses Mitt Romney and the Republicans of being out of touch with average Americans. Yet he fails to recognize that average Americans consist not of rent-seeking victim groups but rather of entrepreneurs and salesmen and restaurant owners and dry cleaners and shopkeepers and sign makers and construction tradesmen and family farmers. That they all get up every day and keep trying, even after years of little to no reward, is testament to the spirit and character of the American people.

That the President of the United States understands none of this is stark testament to the fact that it is he who is cosmically out of touch.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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3 Responses

  1. Linda E. Montrose says:

    The only one who is out of touch with average Americans, would be obama! Someone who has NEVER held a REAL job in his life or had to hold to a budget, could NEVER relate to average Americans.
    obama has never been made to be held accountable for his actions, which shows in his constant blaming of others for HIS failings. obama has been petted and pampered all his life, which shows in is arrogance and distaste for those he considers beneath him…that being “AVERAGE AMERICANS”!
    In obama’s world, he sees everything as fine. He gets to play golf when ever the urge hits him, they can vacation around the world at taxpayer expense, they eat the finest that money can buy…that, too, being taxpayer funded, they buy the most expensive clothing our money can buy them…the list goes on and on. So why wouldn’t obama say the private sector is doing fine? Everything is going his way. The obama’s have been like kids let loose in a candy store since the day they set foot in the Whitehouse. Reaching and grabbing everything in front of them with no restraints. It is past time that obama be held accountable for HIS failings. obama got everything he asked for, by hook or crook, he can not say that he was denied. This economy is HIS…he OWNS it lock stock and barrel…it is past time that he be man enough to accept responsibility for HIS ACTIONS and quit whining like a spoiled child!

  2. adam says:

    I like how this radio segment, gushing about free markets, and small government, was sponsored by KE Cellars, a winery that benefits heavily from a market that is rigged by our local government so that they do not have to worry about competition. This is why so many people can’t take Republicans seriously.

  3. Sdrake says:

    At this point in his term as POTUS it should be painfully obvious to any patriotic American that this man has no love for the America we know.
    His agenda is clearly the expansion of his socialist agenda, and the destruction of the private sector.
    I don’t believe he is out of touch at all. I believe his plan is working just as it was laid out long ago by him and his cronies such as Biden, Reid, Pelosi, Shumer, Holder, and other liberal goons.
    I have not and never will underestimate their ability to take advantage of the overall ignorance they have created through the dumbing down of many Americans. Ignorance is trainable, stupidity is terminal.

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