Forget Justice Roberts; It’s the Economy, Stupid!

Forget the calls to waterboard Chief Justice Roberts until he confesses to committing high crimes and misdemeanors over the Obamacare “tax.”  It is time to move on to what really matters to American voters. The strategy must now be for the GOP presidential candidate to switch focus from the Obamacare tax controversy to America’s tepid economic recovery.

Recent official figures show that the U.S. economy grew by 1.9 percent in the first quarter of 2012, less than the 2.2 percent originally reported. According to the annual report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), this year’s growth forecast for the U.S. economy has been lowered to 2 percent. The IMF also lowered its forecast for 2013 from 2.4 percent to 2.25 percent. It also warned of the fiscal cliff known as taxmageddon, the $4 trillion tax increases and defense spending cuts that are due at the end of 2012.

The U.S. Gross Domestic Product growth rate in the first three months was slower than originally announced. This news was accompanied by a downward revision in consumer spending. After-tax corporate profits experienced their biggest fall since the last three months of 2008.

Meanwhile, U.S. employment rose only slightly in April. The Labor Department reported claims for jobless benefits were higher last week, suggesting a slowdown in job creation.

US retail sales fell for the second straight month in May, indicating that growth in the economy is still sluggish. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, retail sales fell by 0.2 percent.

The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that U.S. manufacturing shrank in June for the first time in nearly three years. The manufacturing activity index fell from 53.5 percent to 49.7 percent, the lowest reading since July 2009. Readings below 50 indicate contraction.

The Federal Reserve cut its forecast for 2012 growth to between 1.9 percent and 2.4 percent. That’s half a percentage point lower than April’s estimate.

With facts and figures like these, it is time for the GOP to go aggressively back on the offensive against the failed economic policies of the current administration. That the economy is tanking and employment prospects remain grim need not be explained to voters living that reality.

Give no quarter to the “progressive” campaign. Do not let them off the mat. While they are down, kick them as hard and as long as possible. Rest assured, given half a chance, “progressives” kick with glee…without hesitation.

The survival of America and the principles upon which it was founded are facing an existential threat.  Don’t be stupid.

 

 

Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

  • We have got to have an a cross the board shake up in DC. Senate and WH by good majorities is the goal. Zero in on economy and nothing else if we are going to win both back.

  • Lizelot

    Sorry, can’t agree on appearing to be a “one- trick pony” by concentrating on the economy alone. It’s not that simple, as we face a many-pronged attack on everything not only our Constitution but we as a society used to stand for. I say “used” because our traditional values and principles have already been drastically altered for the worse, what with prophylactics and abortion now seen as a right to be demanded and funded, porno rife, drugs rife, sexual deviance rife, governmental control over our personal decisions on the rise, lieing now officially condoned (by the Supreme Court!), and living on hand-outs becoming the norm. We have to start hammering down on all these issues and play broken record, for we are dealing with voters who are kept ignorant by design plus indoctrinated daily via “entertainment.”

  • CSN

    US is on the path to destruction, as the rest of the world falls behind it. Should we be blessed when we’ve put to death 40,000,000 unborn babies? Haven’t we a price to pay for all that blood on our hands? End the Genocide, and I believe we’ll be Blessed again as a country. Otherwise, don’t expect to see thing getting better, in my opinion.

  • joe smith

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