Today’s right column, above the fold headline in the New York Times: Economy in 2021 Surged by 5.7%, Best In Decades. All that was missing was the exclamation point. “The economic lift was largely provided by vaccination efforts, cheap credit conditions put in place by the Federal Reserve and a fresh round of federal aid to households and businesses,” the story deceitfully “explained.” Note that these are all positive factors that the Biden Administration can take credit for, or at least try.
Is the American public that stupid? The economy “surged’ in percentage terms because it was starting from a point of unprecedented ruin, substantially put in motion by Democrat-led shutdowns of the schools and much of the economy. Emphasizing the percentage increase is a deliberate tactic to mislead the mathematically challenged. One could trumpet a drug that “increases cognitive ability by 300%” if one doesn’t mention that its test subjects were suffering from closed head injuries. Many, many paragraphs into the story, we are told that the “economy has recovered almost 19 million of the 22 million jobs lost near the peak of virus-induced suspensions in activity in 2020.” Oh. So the “surge” still hasn’t brought the economy back to what it was after almost four years of the Trump administration policies—which the Times never praised, only slammed.
This is partisan gaslighting in its purest form. Not to stop with just one desceitful story, the paper gives us a second: “Growth Is Surging in Biden’s Economy. Why Don’t Voters Feel Better?” Translation: “We Keep Telling You Everything Is Good Now that Democrats are In Charge, So Why Don’t You Believe Us?”
Gee, what could explain this “disconnect”? It’s a mystery! It can’t be that gas prices are higher than at any time in the Trump years, or that schools remain closed in many communities, or that masks are being mandated even though they are nearly worthless, or that grocery shelves are often empty of items that you need, or the prices are inflated, or that the Times and other news sources are still trying to keep the public terrified of the virus so that mail-in ballots will be used again, giving Democrats an invitation to harvest votes. It can’t be that flying, which was already Hell on Wings, has become even worse. It can’t be that various essential institutions have exploited Wuhan phobia to excuse imposing lazy restrictions that only make life more difficult, could it? Our bank branch is open only three days a week. At the hospital last night, I was informed that visiting hours ended at 5PM instead of 9. Nobody had told me. “Why the change?” I asked. “Because of Covid!” came the reply. “How does cutting four hours of visiting have anything to do with the virus?” I asked.
No answer. None. The virus is a justification for making all aspects of life crap.
My business has been all but killed by the pandemic. My sister still won’t set foot in our home, and apparently wears a mask in the shower. I have major dental problems because it was so hard to see my dentist. The current administration’s idea of improving things is to announce that the next Supreme Court justice will be the right color and have ovaries, but only because the pool of transgender judges is still awfully thin.
Might any of those kinds of factors be keeping voters “down”?
“The contrast between how the economy is doing on paper and how it feels on the ground has made it difficult for Mr. Biden to capitalize politically on what has been, by most measures, a historically strong economic recovery even after accounting for rising prices,” the piece states.
The Times wants us to believe that it’s just a “feeling.”
“It isn’t what it is.”