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It's The Economy Stupid - Well Said Clinton

Updated on June 5, 2011

Where's The Change?

Seems I remember watching a video of one of Obama's snarky stunts where he told the Republicans to pipe down while a true Mopper-in-Chief grasped the mop and showed the nation how to mop up the mess the last administration had left him. So I knew what he said had to have been placed on the internet. Take a look at his Snarkiness in action then think about where we are today with his grabbing the wrong end of the mop from the get go.

Try Grabbing The Correct End Of The Mop

His teleprompter did a wonderful job of him making a complete fool of himself in retrospect. Billy Bob Joe Ray Clinton had it about right when he said, "It's about the economy stupid!" Or maybe think about the question Ronald Reagan asked, "Are you better off now than than you were four years ago?" Try this one on for size, "Are you better off now than you were 2 1/2 years ago than President Snarky Smirksalot promised you that you would be?" It is all about the economy Stupid! While you should have been using the correct end of the mop to address job creation, you started off in the wrong direction of attempting to nationalize 1/6th of this nation's economy - the health care industry. And yes, that smacks of socialism. Combine that with the auto industry buy out, the Wall Street buy out, the AIG buy out and the picture should be clear as to the agenda of this administration. Change mops Obama or at least grab the right end of the darned thing.

Lets take a look see at some data to determine if he was mopping in the right area, the general area or was way out there in left field with Keysean economics where the answer is always the government spending more and taxing more in an attempt to solve what it will never solve. The federal government isn't in the job of creating jobs unless it is to grow the federal monster of a bureaucracy that we see now. Lets see how that hopey changey thing is going for you these days.

Here's what someone who knows nothing about economics and economies promised you and I'm sure you weren't "hoping" for this kind of "change" when you helped elect the most inexperienced, unqualified person ever to sit in The White House and start whining.

Here's your change:

Category/ Jan 2009 / Today / % of Change / Source

Avg.. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S. / $1.83 / $3.44 / 84% / 1
Crude oil, European Brent (barrel) / $43..48 / $99.02 / 127.7% / 2
Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel) / $38..74 / $91..38 / 135.9% / 2
Gold: London (per troy oz.) / $853.25 / $1,369.50 / 60.5% / 2
Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL / $3.56 / $6.33 78..1% / 2
Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL / $9.66 / $13..75 /42.3% / 2
Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. Fob / $13..37 / $35..39 / 164.7% / 2
Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall / 7.6% / 9.4% / 23.7% / 3
Unemployment rate, blacks / 12.6% / 15.8% / 25.4% / 3
Number of unemployed / 11,616,000 / 14,485,000 / 24.7% / 3
Number of fed. Employees / 2,779,000 / 2,840,000 / 2.2% / 3
Real median household income / $50,112 / $49,777 / -0.7% /4
Number of food stamp recipients / 31,983,716 / 43,200,878 / 35.1% / 5
Number of unemployment benefit recipients / 7,526,598 / 9,193,838 / 22.2% / 6
Number of long-term unemployed / 2,600,000 / 6,400,000 / 146.2% / 3
Poverty rate, individuals /13.2% / 14.3% / 8.3% / 4
People in poverty in U.S. / 39,800,000 /43,600,000 / 9.5% / 4
U.S.. Rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings / 5 / 9 / n/a / 10
Present Situation Index /29.9 /23.5 /-21.4% / 11
Failed banks / 140 / 164 /17.1% / 12
U.S.. Dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate 89.76 / 82.03 / -8.6% / 2
U.S.. Money supply, M1, in billions 1,575.1 / 1,865.7 / 18.4% / 13
U.S.. Money supply, M2, in billions / 8,310.9 /8,852.3 / 6.5% / 13
National debt, in trillions / $10..627 / $14..052 / 32.2% / 14

Look at the last item. In two short years the national debt has accumulated at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation's history. Metaphorically speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane. 27 times faster, it would be doing 7,555 MPH! Sources:(1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. Of Labor; (7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC; (13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury

The present situation requires action to create jobs. The answer isn't more government spending. The private sector is the creator of jobs, not Obama. He has no answers so he decides instead that his next "political tactic" is doing nothing. Not exactly though as the Democrats have taken up the sword of attempting to scare people. People should be scared in light of the data I just presented to you. Those little footnotes are the source of the data for you Doubting Thomas's out there who want to scream,. "LIES, LIES, LIES..." like you did during the election campaign when presented source links to the truth of Obama. So narrow it down to scare tactics followed by blaming the Republicans with blaming Bush (which got old real fast) as a last resort.

A mistake has been made - a huge one. Keysean economics was a failure, is a failure and always will be a failure. You don't spend yourself to prosperity folks. All you do is accululate a massive amount of federal debt.

Is it okay for that to be your legacy to future American generations?

The scenario: Large group huddled around a campfire. One person looks at the group and asks, "Why did our great grandparents do this to us?" Everyone else in unison answers, "Because it was all about them and they didn't even consider us."

Now there's a question for you. As I said in the beginning, it all depends on knowing which end of the mop you need to grab to do a job. But then again, even a simple janitor knows that.

Hey what can I say. I'm the writer liberals love to hate! I have a new weekly for you Hubbers - The Week In Review. After you read the comments and make your astute observations, come on back up and take a look see.

As Always,

The Frog Prince


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    • Harvey Stelman profile image

      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      Froggy, Of course! Soros is in the Black, the USA is in the red! H

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Harvey - What shouldn't surprise anyone is that his puppet master - Soros - has his fingers in many of the markets above.

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      Froggy, Your stastics prove one the, the President is accomplishing his goals. DESTROY AMERICA! He can't be that stupid to not understand what is happening, can he? H

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      The facts speak for themselves. Now if only the liberals would learn how to read. Up useful and oh so awesome.

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      You're the man! Flag up and awesome!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Polly - And it shouldn't be about the Dems pulling a Mediscare smoke and mirrors routine. What we are facing economically can be an absolute disaster if they don't don't cut spending, start domestic oil production and revise our trade agreements so they aren't so one sided to our disadvantage.

      The Frog

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      I only hope we live to have great grandchildren, I hope we live another 4 years. Everyone knows how I go on here about it all but yesterday was an unbelievable day that I cannot shake, of what everywhere I went, people had to say and I had not opened my mouth about anything,,,people are getting seriously scared; and they should. Great hub and went back to watch your video there. Even being different sides of the coin I cannot see why people can't see through Sarah as well as Obama. No doubt they will spend eternity together and still be blaming someone else.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      sean - Speaking of Sarah, don't know if you saw this or not.

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      sean kinn 6 years ago from Key West and Budapest

      I like the Hopey-Changey banner, that's pretty good. Did Sarah actually say that? I can't wait 'til she starts slinging stuff his way, if she runs. I know the mainstream media plans to tear her to shreds, but she's survived their tripe thus far ...

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Voting Up and every button on this one, Frog. It's one of your best. Just about spewed my coffee, laughing at that first graphic. WOULD have lost it at the second, thoughtful photo--but had wisely put the cup out of reach until I could finish reading the page.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago


      Carville's a bright guy, but when is Mary gonna turn him around? :)


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      tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

      Froggie as you know I think you rock. But it was James Carville who coined that phrase. And it till holds true.

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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      If the damned OFA really wanted to help clean things up, they'd go to KoolAid rehab, grab a mop themselves, and scrub the floor clean of Obama.

      "Obama is not the solution to the problem; Obama is the problem" (the Gipper v. 2.0)

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      KK Trainor 6 years ago from Texas

      Frog, another fabulous hub. We in Texas have been luckier than many with the current economy, but I lived through a horrible recession here in Houston back in the early 80's and feel for those living it now. There is nothing worse than not knowing what's next, whether there will be food in the pantry or gas in the car. But back then we had Reagan, and someone to trust. Houston went through some bad times, but recovered thanks to a strong country. Now we have Obama, so do we still have a strong country? I'm sure we will in the end, but having some hope and someone to trust would be nice.

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      Carol 6 years ago from Michigan

      This is brilliant Frog. Absolutely brilliant. Well WELL researched and SPOT ON. I still can not FATHOM who the heck the 47% is that thinks Obama is doing a good job!? What is up with that?!?!

      Voted up and all the way across!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      TFTP - Herman Cain has forgotten more about business and job creation than Obama will ever know.

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      TheFewTheProud 6 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I like Herman Cain's response (Presidential Candidate) when he is asked that although he is a businessman he doesn't have the political experience like a lot of other candidates have that are running for President.

      His response, was that "he is proud of the fact that he has never held public office and most members of Congress and in the Obama Administration have held public office. How's that working out for you?"

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Will - You must have read about the McDonald's tie in to the new hires on this last round. They had their national hiring day recently. One of my clients had to end our meeting a bit short so that she could take her daughter to a local Mickey D's to fill out an application. Those are just the kind of jobs the economy needs to get us out of the hole we're in.

      drbj - His sarcasm when confronted with reality always slays me. Makes me want slap the bad taste out of a mouth or two.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      That 'Grab a Mop' video has got to be the most stupid thing I have ever viewed. How could anyone in his or her rght mind who views it, possibly vote for this loser again?

      We do need a mop though to clean house and start over with a leader who knows which end is up.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The new employment figures are dismal, and even those were mostly jobs like McDonalds.

      Barack Obama is indeed one of the smoothest orators in history, but beneath that exterior is the proverbial empty suit.

      And it's all about to get far, far worse.

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.


      You went all out here Frog. I'll keep this open, so I can pound on a few lefties with bad manners. Since I'm moving my political blogs to the new venue, that's about the only political fun I'll have here on the hub. (laughing)


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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Sherri - When one of the first moves President Exlax made was to bring in Paul Volcker as an economic adviser I knew this wasn't going to go well. He was instrumental in shaping economic policy for Carter during his administration. That didn't go well because Volcker is a disciple of Keysean economics. We see where the economy went under Carter.

      Since that time they have removed gasoline and food from the Consumer (Inflation) Price Index, which might give people a warm fuzzy, but says nothing about the true rate of inflation. For those of us who go to the grocery store or gas station we see the rate and feel its effects on our households. It has now become an invalid tool to gauge the true rate of inflation. The chart above vividly illustrates that point. It is now a smoke and mirrors act.

      Obama brought in other good economists and most of them have jumped off the USS Obama because they know the long terms effects of policies such as those we are seeing. The only reason I can see for their departure is because Obama didn't listen to their advice. I think the man has a hearing problem. He needs to shut up and listen now. Will he? I don't think so. Narcissists rarely do.

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      SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia


      Like I have said before, where is this incredible intelligence of his we keep hearing about!!?? Even a dumb ass could see that his policies are miserable FAILURES. I did borrow this from a movie, but : HE IS THE DUMBEST SMART GUY I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      FP - You may have stumbled onto something here.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      OP - I think that's the way Albert Einstein defined it but what did he know?

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      FP - Not enough coffee yet so help me out here. Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result?

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      David Vines 6 years ago

      You are right on and after Clinton's under the desk performance in the white house I never thought he would get a second term but lo and behold the impossible happened. I guess it shows the state of morals in this country. So sad but so true!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      David - Another term with this guy trying to steer the ship of state will be a disaster. This sort of reasoning is why our nation kicked Jimmie Carter to the curb and Obama makes him look like a peanut salesman.

      See you and I lived through the Carter era when things were upside down.

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      David Vines 6 years ago

      Well done Frog. I hope all the people who voted this loser in are having voter remorse but sadly there are a large number of them who hang onto his every word as though it is the gospel. The light bulb has yet to go off for these people and if we aren't careful and keep the facts in front of their noses we could be stuck with him for another term. Thanks for a factual post,good job and I appreciate it.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Poolman - And they don't want to put down the shovel and try something else. Everything he has tried to do so far has failed. Most people would have a light come on even if their ideology is to remain in the dark.

      Reality though is beginning to set in just as it did during the waning years of the last Progressive sitting in The White House - Jimmie Carter.

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      Old Poolman 6 years ago

      Good job FP. I just love it when the facts are laid out like you just did. It will be very interesting to see what sorts of comments come back challenging any of this material. It is just so hard to argue with facts and results you have likely ruined the day for some. Bottom line is always the results, and ours have not been positive. This country is in deep trouble.