Private Sector Blindness

The President of the United States does not have a white cane, but he must be completely, clinically blind. I don’t know how else to explain his statement on our economy:

“The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone,” he said. “The private sector is doing fine.”

Sir, do you think the private sector is comprised of Bon Jovi, Clooney, and Wintour? If you do, then one could understand your ignorance about the large numbers of us who are not in their sector.

Employment is at a level 1 percentage point above that of 1956. Nineteen fifty six. A number of people which is almost equal to the population of Wyoming have lost jobs since Obama took office–and not gotten them back.

Thousands upon thousands of small businesses (and larger ones as well) have turtled for the last 2-3 years, not knowing what to make of the enormous federal deficit and the knowledge that they are the ones who will be paying the piper.

Maybe the President is not blind. Maybe his understanding of the way things stand is proof that there are alternate universes–and that he lives in a different one, but gives his speeches and press conferences in this one.

UPDATE

John at PowerLine has another theory for the President’s extraordinary statement:

I think the belief that the private sector is rich and the public sector is poor, so that transfers of wealth from private sector to public sector are endlessly justified, is embedded deeply in Obama’s ideology.

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Government spending consumes an ever-growing share of America’s wealth, and study after study shows that public sector workers are paid vastly better than private sector workers. In today’s world, opulence is far more a feature of the world of government than of private industry. But this is a fact around which leftists like Barack Obama simply cannot wrap their minds. They cling bitterly to the old stereotypes, because to do otherwise would call into question their entire worldview. To them, the private sector is always “doing fine;” if anything, in their hostile eyes, too well.

So, it is blindness, but of the worst sort. Ideological blindness which refuses to countenance facts which are contrary to the approved narrative.