Jumping on a brain cramp — Presidential edition

Bill Clinton can have brain cramps.  He showed that when he was President.  There was a Bush who had brain cramps before and after that.  Ronald Reagan had brain cramps.  Jimmy Carter suffered from them.  Gerald Ford … yep.  Richard Nixon had at least one doozy of a brain cramp.

English: In January 2009, President of the Uni...

English: In January 2009, President of the United States of America, George W. Bush invited then President-Elect Barack Obama and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter for a Meeting and Lunch at The White House. Photo taken in the Oval Office at The White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barack Obama is not immune.  It’s an election year, which means his brain cramps are magnified to the Nth degree.

“We’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the past 27 months. The private sector is doing fine,” Obama said in a press conference Friday to discuss the continued anemic economic recovery.

If he’d stopped that remark after the first sentence, he would have been fine.  He messed up a bit with the second sentence, needing to focus a bit more on how many more jobs still need to be created.  He needs to reflect on the positive upticks in jobs that have been seen through much of his presidency, but to say the private sector is doing fine overall at this point … brain cramp.

Of course, presumptive presidential challenger Mitt Romney and other Republicans saw fit in this election season to pounce.

“He said the private sector is doing fine. Is he really that out of touch?  I think he’s defining what it means to be out of touch with the American people,” said Romney, who pretty much knows what defining being out of touch with the American people is all about.

As for another Republican who’s out of touch, there was this from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.

“We just listened to the president say that the private sector is doing fine. And my question would be to the president: Are you kidding? Did he see the job numbers that came out last week? The private sector is not doing fine.  And, frankly, I’d ask the president to stop engaging in the blame game. It’s not because of the headwinds of Europe. It’s not — despite his attempts and his party’s attempts here in Congress — it is not because of House Republicans. It’s because of the failed stimulus policies and other items in his agenda that small businesses in this country just aren’t growing,” Cantor said, apparently forgetting or just flat out disregarding that if the auto industry hadn’t gotten some stimulus help, the picture right now would be looking even more dismal.

It just seems so comical all the way around, so many people running the show on each side claiming to have their finger on the pulse of America yet falling a bit short in the diagnosis or the cure for what ails us.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but haven’t Republicans in the House had their chance to do something to turn around the jobs picture over the last couple of years and fallen woefully short?  Hasn’t there been a jobs bill that was proposed by the White House and quickly shot down with little in the way of alternatives or any action whatsoever in that time?

That’s what my memory recalls, anyway.

I haven’t seen much in the way of any sense of urgency when it comes to Republicans showing leadership in a jobs bill since taking control of the House.  Yet they do a good job themselves of pointing fingers and talking about what a bunch of finger-pointers the other side is, which gets us … where?

Meanwhile, the election year trudges on — in the never-ending election cycle that produces little in the way of true action or at least compromise — and the latest jobs reports look dismal, but by golly we can sure point fingers with the best of them.

Washington, D.C., is good at looking for brain cramps, and making the most out of them if it can get them anywhere politically.

The middle class are still hanging onto their refrigerators and their televisions and their cell phones as much as possible, so things must not be all that bad … right?

As for me, I’ll be going into my third and final week tomorrow of a re-training class to do what I can to try and improve my own situation.  That’s about the best thing that people in my situation can do — try their best to improve their own situation by broadening and sharpening their skills, however and whenever possible.

If we don’t do something ourselves, who will?  Certainly not those who suffer such intense, ling-lasting, election-driven bouts with brain cramps.

About A View From The Middle (Class)

Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October that year. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up on a daily basis over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that put us back into the "middle class." But then that job went away, and I took a job as a transit bus driver that put us more in a lower income bracket. Now, I want to blog again on a more regular basis to tell of the kinds of struggles people like us go through as we work toward something better. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at https://viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com/ and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at http://thecrossovermusicchannel.blogspot.com/ that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/daddysangbassdude2 for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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