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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gail Collins' "What Everything Means": How Stupid Americans Forgot that Bush Destroyed the Economy

In a New York Times op-ed entitled "What Everything Means" (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/opinion/11collins.html), Gail Collins acknowledges that she can't stop obsessing about the recent midterm elections. According to Collins, "This could mean that the public wants to forget all about the first eight years of the 21st century and just blame Barack Obama for wrecking the economy."

Sorry, Gail, but Americans aren't stupid, as you and several of your disappointed colleagues would now have us believe:

US unemployment, January 2009: 7.7%

US unemployment, October 2010: 9.6%

In fact, Americans haven't forgotten anything. Someone promised "Change", but didn't deliver. (Yeah, it's rough holding yourself out as a messiah these days.)

And whereas Collins "can't stop thinking about the elections," others can't stop thinking about finding a job.

If the circulation numbers of The New York Times continue to plummet, perhaps, in the not too distant future, Collins will be more empathetic to those "stupid" unemployed people and less concerned with Obama's flagging popularity ratings.

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