At a press conference last Friday, President Obama asserted that the “private sector is doing fine,” something that approached Biden-like levels of detachment from reality.
It didn’t take long for the Romney campaign to say, in effect, “Oh, yeah? On what planet?”
Expect to see this on TVs everywhere in the coming months.
This moment is especially revealing:
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.”
(transcript via Hot Air)
Obama’s concern isn’t with the private sector, regardless of the feeble state of the so-called “recovery” or the danger of another recession. His priorities are those of the statist — the primacy of government in society. His solutions to “problems” in the public sector are those of the Socialist (1): more government, more borrowing and spending, in spite of the evident failure of the first stimulus (2).
It’s the view of someone so trapped by his ideological paradigms that he literally cannot see what’s all around him, like a horse with blinders on. Hence, “the private sector is doing fine.”
Next November, we take the blinders off for him.
PS: Romney 2012
(1) But more on that, later.
(2) For a good explanation of why fiscal stimulus fails, see Bruce Reidl.
UPDATE: Louisiana’s Governor Jindal also noted Obama’s “government first” orientation:
“I suspect that many in the Obama administration really don’t believe in private enterprise. At best they see business as something to be endured so that that it can provide tax money for government programs,” said Jindal.
Responding to Obama’s statement that the private sector was doing fine, he added: “Mr. President, I’ve got a message for you: The private sector is not doing well when 23 million Americans are unemployed and underemployed in this great country. This president, the private sector is so foreign to him he might need a passport to actually go visit and he might need a translator to help him talk to folks in the private sector.”
Yep. (via ST‘s Hot Headlines)
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)