Though this is a climate and energy blog, I’ve decided to meander off into pure politics this one time. It’s a slow day.
In 2009 I asked a friend of mine, who I’ll call Norm, to predict where we would be under Obama’s leadership by 2012. Norm is a flaming liberal and ultra-Obama fan. Needless to say Norm thought Obama was going to heal the planet and deliver the world’s population to socialist prosperity. Below are three predictions he made in April 2009, with reality in brackets. Do you see the difference?
– Unemployment rate 4.5% [8.3%]
– Federal deficit: balanced [about -1.5 trillion$]
– Price for a gallon of gas: $4.50 [$3.82]
Now you’d think Norm would be disappointed with Obama’s performance and change his vote this time around. Even gasoline was nowhere near as expensive as he had hoped. But he won’t. Some people live their lives denying reality. The excuse of course is that Obama had inherited a problem that was much greater than any of us could have imagined, but he’ll surely fix it in the next 4 years, if given the chance. No matter what the stats say, we are better off today, they insist.
On Facebook someone posted the following table. Are we really better off today?
If these numbers aren’t enough to convince all the Norms out there, then nothing will. Some people are unable to cope with reality.