Saturday, August 04, 2012
So, I got to listen to Rush Limbaugh's show yesterday. It was open line Friday and wasn't very interesting, actually. But then Rush related something he'd heard from another source (sorry, didn't catch the source). This source speculated that rising unemployment could help Obama in November. I know. That sounds totally counterintuitive. How could a worsening economy help Obama? But Rush explained it. He pointed out that more and more unemployed and underemployed people means more and more people looking to government for help. And who is promising more and more government entitlements? Obama! People who are on the edge, scared, and feeling like there's no hope can be very susceptible to Obama's class warfare, government-is-here-to-help-you message. Such people would be very tempted to vote for benefits over values. That's how a weakening economy could help the president on election day. And I'm sure the preceding scenario hasn't escaped Obama and his team. So, is Obama deliberately letting, or even making, the economy run down to help his re-election chances? I don't want to be conspiratorial but I can't put anything past the current occupant of the White House.