Friday, July 13, 2012

Don’t Be Fooled By Appearances

The political season is in full swing and my man Obama is taking a beating. That jobs report was pretty bad. Okay, some people are saying it was awful. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel my stomach sink as I listened to the news about the numbers. 

But here’s the thing: Don’t be fooled by appearances. What do I mean by that? I’m rereading “The Value in the Valley” by Iyanla Vanzant and one thing she says is never, ever be fooled by appearances. Things may look bad on the surface, but you don’t always know what is going on underneath. One economist on CNN says that he has confidence the economy is on the precipice of an economic explosion in the right direction. We must remember that we are now gaining (instead of losing) jobs. We must remember that more jobs have been created during Obama’s presidency than were created during all the years that Bush was in office. 

Again, don’t be fooled by appearances. Mitt Romney would have us believe that he is the solution to the economy. But, as Obama and his administration are saying, their (the Republicans’) policies have gotten us where we are today—in economic ruins.  

For years, under Bush everyone thought things were fine. Everyone thought our economy was robust and in good health. We got fooled by appearances. Underneath the surface, disaster was brewing, Wall Street was cheating folks, and the housing industry was collapsing. All of this was hidden and going on beneath the surface until one day it bubbled up and our economy nearly died.   

Under Romney (should he win), what if the same thing happens again? What if everything starts to look like it’s going in the right direction, but it really isn’t? Wall Street will be conducting business in the “same old, same old” fashion. The wealthy will be getting their tax cuts. Big business will go on as usual. And I’m sure the economy will start to look like it’s well, but what will be going on beneath the surface? 

Yes, Obama has wrinkles that he needs to iron out (and fast). He needs to grab Congress by the balls and make them do what they need to do to get this country rolling. I’m convinced the Republicans in Congress are trying to stonewall President’s O’s plans in an effort to bring the economy to its knees so they can win an election. The election means more to them than the people of America. Isn’t that a shame? 

Obama cares. He really does. I would rather go with him than a person who has a record of benefitting the rich and leaving the poor behind. I’m not going to be fooled by Romney’s appearance…the promises that he makes…because I know the catastrophe those promises—that fa├žade—will cause. And hopefully you won’t fall for it either.