The other day, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claimed that the economy is getting better all because of that new Republican Congress smell.
There's one little problem. Nobody is buying Captain Turtle's pronouncement. The president's approval rating keeps climbing, and a new CBS poll indicates that Americans are beginning to give credit where credit is due: to the President. By a nine-point margin (43-34), Americans in the CBS poll credited President Obama's economic policies with the recovery, as his approval among independents has turned around by 11 points since October.
Although the news media begrudges the president any credit, the spin this time being that presidents always get a disproportionate share of the blame or credit for economic conditions - which to a good degree is true - as I covered previously, every inch of the current economic progress can be traced back to specific Obama policies. Here's a refresher
||Obama Policies Responsible
|Accelerated job growth and falling unemployment.||
|Rebounding American manufacturing and resurgent US auto industry.||
|Free-falling federal deficit||
|Booming consumer spending||
|Falling gas prices||
.I could go on. And on. And on. I could talk about the earliest measures in the midst of the most horrific economic disaster in living memory and precisely what effects they had of softening the blow and giving the economy and chance to get back on track. But that's why there's a search function and an archives.
Republicans, in the mean time, have done everything conceivable to block the president's agenda, tear it down, and throw monkey wrenches into the process.
Suffice it to say that although it is true that Americans often assign more than their share of responsibility to a president for the country's present economic conditions, this is one time where their hunch, if anything, underestimates this president's contribution to the current economic growth. Suffice it also to say that were it not for the GOP's obstructionism, we'd be much further along than we are now.
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