via The Dish
Aside from a fun post answering 30 questions about myself, my absence amidst the pages of ethecofem has gone on now for just over 4 months. Ever since this time there's been a great groundswell of opine, led by the impassioned musings of the incomparable Bema, including of all ethecofem's contributors sans me. So, it's about damn time I wrote something around here...
Much like my recently lethargic attitude towards the written word, much the same can be said to describe our country's current economic situation. It's really been a drag recently. In fact, a year ago it forced me to take up a temp job, effectively pushing me harder than ever to seek out a real job that I hope will afford me the often overlooked benefits of paid time off and vacation. With my attention directed towards the job hunt it has made it all the more difficult to focus on my writing.
The chief motivator for me to write, most often, is when I read or hear something that just totally pisses me off. Such was the case on Thursday when Mitt Romney belatedly announced his candidacy for the presidency. What really perturbed me, as it should anyone who's been paying attention the past 2 years, is when some conservative, prep-school reared stuffed shirt from New England (who should technically know better) bows to the radical elements in his party to gain their favor (see John McCain 2008 - the model for going against your own morals to win The Nomination) by making false accusations.
There is a long list of crap this man spewed on Thursday, but there were two that specifically stood out for me. The first: "When [Obama] took office the economy was in recession. He made it worse." And the second:
The gross domestic product, the prime measure of economic strength, shrank by a severe 6.8 percent annual rate before Obama became president. The declines eased after he took office and economic growth, however modest, resumed. The recession officially ended six months into his presidency. Unemployment, however, has worsened under Obama, going from 7.8 percent in January 2009 to 9.1 percent last month. It hit 10.1 percent in October 2009.
A case can be made for and against the idea that Obama's policies made the economy worse than it needed to be and that the recession lasted longer than it might have under another president. Such arguments are at the core of political debate. But Obama did not, as Romney alleged, make the economy worse than it was when he took office.