I can’t really disagree with Paul Rosenberg:

If we continue seeing a “recovery” like we now have, Democrats may avoid a bloodbath in November. It’s a good sign that we have significant job growth this past month, for the first time in years. But given how many workers have given up even trying, the immediate results of job growth should not be expected to reduce the unemployment rate, which reflects the rate for those actually looking for jobs. And even if the unemployment rate does start going down, that doesn’t remove the very real threat of a double dip recession, especially in light of foreseeable bad news about the next wave of foreclosures, which could well hit just in time to sink Obama’s chances of re-election.

In short, Obama’s indifference to the suffering of tens of millions of Americans may or may not result in Democrats’ loss of Congress in 2010 and/or his own loss of re-election in 2012. Because Republican victories would be utterly catastrophic, I have to hope that these losses don’t come to pass. But Obama’s governance so far has been disastrous for the middle class. Supporting disaster as opposed to catastrophe is not my idea of a good place to be politically. And a politician who gives us that choice is not remotely a competent one.

And that’s not saying anything about his utter failure to even fight for a credible response to global warming, or his continued support for the Bush/Cheney “long war” approach to the “war on terror”, the very existence of which is a victory for al Qaeda.

This is incompetence on a breathtaking scale. This is Nero fiddling while Rome burns. And the fact that Obama is a superb fiddle player (first black fiddle player evuh!) does not even come close to making any sort of difference at all.

4 thoughts on “Incompetence

  1. This sudden job growth includes the census workers. I’m a census worker.
    Two of the five of us don’t have another job. The other three do have jobs.
    They took census jobs to save for vacations. They aren’t spending this money now. They’re sticking it away in banks.
    And in two months, the jobs will be gone.
    So much for the fantastic job growth.

  2. 3K — that’s what I was thinking when I heard the story on NY1 this morning.

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