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Economists Declare the Recession Over - For Who?: Left of Center View

When you wonder how the Economists declare the recession over, just remember they work for the same people that declared the Iraq war over a couple years ago. But more importantly whether or not the recession is over is a measurement of economic growth and has very little to do with how people are living. List most politicians’ decrees and there is more emphasis on image than sustenance. The recession may be over, it may have actually ended quite some time ago when it became a Depression, but that is such a negatively charged word that no active politician will ever actually admit that we were in a Depression and not just a recession.

Recession, Depression, Boom, it’s really all irrelevant if it doesn’t have a direct effect on you or your family. The country can be in good economic times, the evening news can declare the country in its best fiscal shape ever, but you spend every night in a cardboard box, do you really care how the rest of the world is doing. If you have a little money in the bank, but still can’t afford to see a doctor or if you and your family earn above the poverty line but still can’t make your house payments and buy groceries in the same month, does it really matter which socio-economical group the economists put you in.

As long as the vast disparity in our national distribution of wealth is allowed to exist, much of the country will live in depression era conditions. The trickle-down theory of economics only really works if you are at the top of the equation. For everyone else it’s the same as serfdom in the feudal system. Corporations have been laying people off left and right, but have expectations, quotas or deadlines been pushed back? Have the folks left who are “lucky to have kept their job” given any additional compensation for taking on the additional responsibility? There are fewer and fewer long term jobs because working to the burnout point and then being replaced by someone who’s been out of work for a while and therefore “hungry” and willing to do more for less, has become a way of life for the rank and file in most American corporations.

The Recession may be over, but unless we find a way to change the rape and pillage elitist practices of corporate America, the depression will continue.


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Economists Declare the Recession Over - For Who?: Right of Center View

If you listen to the experts it seems that they have decided that we are no longer in a recession. Apparently there has been some magic invisible growth going on that most of us can’t see because we didn’t get our special Barack-O-Vision rose colored glasses. I guess it’s because not all of us remembered to join the Obama fan club. I guess that increasing unemployment and foreclosures are really good for the economy and we’re all just too stupid to understand why because we didn’t all go to an Ivy League school.

After slamming President Bush for eight years on his handling of the economy the Obama-Pelosi express want to take credit for the "end of the recession". Give me a break folks! We all know that the economy is in the toilet and the current Congress and White House are making things worse by trying to spend their way out of debt on programs that are not sustainable or even sensible in many cases.

The truth that people are finally starting to wake up to is that both sides of the aisle are to blame for the mess we’re in and we need to send some new blood to Washington. We need to replace those sneaky tax-and-spenders in Republican clothing and unabashed tax-and-spenders in Democratic clothing with true leaders that are really looking out for the people of this country. We need more Tea Party Patriots and Libertarians running for office and shaking up Washington. We need some fiscal sense in the halls of power!

The recession may be over for some pencil necks locked away from the world in their ivory college towers but for the working folks of America things are still pretty darn bad. I don’t care if a hundred "economists" say things are completely peachy. The American economy is jacked up and not looking to get any better as long as the liberals are allowed to continue to spend us into the poor house. We need some serious change in Washington and not just to some nicer looking crooks who speak well in public. We need scrappers that will claw and fight the special interests to do what’s right for the people of this country.

The recession will not be over for most Americans until we get people back to work. Borrowing from China to get Americans working is not the solution. Congress and the White House need to work together to make doing business in America appealing to companies that could put our people back to work. They need to untie the hands of business and stop trying to fix the problems caused by Washington’s bad spending habits by sucking the life out of companies that employ Americans with insane taxation.

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