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The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY JOSEPH CURL

to pass his $1 tril­lion stim­u­lus plan. While his min­ions now cook­ing the books claim the rate is 6.3 per­cent, mil­lions of Amer­i­cans have sim­ply fallen out of the work­force — dis­ap­peared. The num­ber of “un­der­em­ployed” — those who want to work full time but can find only a part-time job — is 16 per­cent, Gallup says.

Mean­while, home sales na­tion­wide have fallen 5 per­cent ver­sus last year, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Real­tors. The Wash­ing­ton Post, one of the most Obama-friendly news­pa­pers in the coun­try, re­cently of­fered this head­line: “Two charts that show why the hous­ing mar­ket is off track.” Right now, home sales are run­ning at 2010 lev­els.

The num­ber of em­ploy­ees in the auto in­dus­try, while ris­ing, is still be­low those in 2008. That year, there were 880,000 work­ers in auto man­u­fac­tur­ing; to­day, there are 850,000. Deal­ers are also down from 1.83 mil­lion to 1.82 mil­lion. Not bad, but not good — not even tread­ing wa­ter.

On the deficit, Mr. Obama fudges the num­bers as only he can. He ran a $1 tril­lion-plus deficit each of his first three years in of­fice. Then in fis­cal year 2013, that dropped to $680 bil­lion (so roughly a 32 per­cent drop). His “cut our deficits by more than half” comes from com­par­ing that num­ber to the deficit he in­her­ited when he took of­fice, $1.4 tril­lion. He’ll sur­pass $5 tril­lion in debt this year, but to him, it’s all good.

Most as­tute Amer­i­cans know the Oba­macare num­bers are ab­surd. But Mr. Obama also words the claim care­fully, as skilled liars of­ten do.

“More than 8 mil­lion Amer­i­cans have signed up for pri­vate in­sur­ance plans through the Af­ford­able Care Act.” While no ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial has ever pro­vided proof of that claim, mil­lions were forced out of their in­sur­ance plans. Get it? “Signed up”?

One thing Mr. Obama didn’t men­tion in Min­nesota was the brand new num­ber re­leased on the gross do­mes­tic prod­uct, a key in­di­ca­tor on the state of the U.S. econ­omy. Obama eco­nomic gu­rus had pre­dicted 2.6 per­cent growth in the first three months of 2014. When they re­leased a pre­lim­i­nary num­ber, those gu­rus said the econ­omy had grown by 0.1 per­cent. When they re­vised the num­ber last month, it had be­come a 1.1 per­cent con­trac­tion. And last week, the fi­nal num­ber came out: The econ­omy con­tracted by 2.9 per­cent.

So de­spite Mr. Obama’s lofty claims, the econ­omy has done — noth­ing. In fact, it’s all get­ting worse — and Amer­i­cans know it.

Still, he plans events next week push­ing the econ­omy and his poli­cies. And there’s only one rea­son: It’s elec­tion time. Maybe Democrats can bor­row the pres­i­dent’s bril­liant words as their slo­gan this midterm elec­tion: “You’re Bet­ter Off, You Just Don’t Know It.”

It cer­tainly will be the epi­taph of this mis­er­ably failed pres­i­dent.

Joseph Curl cov­ered the White House and pol­i­tics for a decade for The Wash­ing­ton Times. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twit­ter @josephcurl.

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