By Tony Farkas
When is a recession not a recession?
When does a curve not flatten?
When it’s found on social media, or sadly, in the mouths of politicians.
President Joe Biden, facing criticism on his economic and national policies, did what any 8-year-old would and countered with, and said there is not recession.
In the background, the administration also changed the definition of a recession so their vaunted leader wouldn’t look like the fop he is.
Which is not so surprising, given that Biden’s 45-plus years in office have been peppered with doublespeak, memory holes and even plagiarism.
Former newscaster Sam Donaldson even questioned if there was any depth to Biden, asking, “What’s behind the words? What’s there? A lot of people’s rap on Biden is he’s just surface.”
In regard to the accusations of plagiarism, Biden’s response was he’s done some dumb things, and he’ll do dumb things again.
One commentator said that if he’s going to do something that’s stupid, as well as immoral, he’s probably too dumb to hold the job of president. Eleanor Clift even went so far as saying he looks like a wind-up doll with someone else’s words coming out of his mouth.
Mind you, this is from as far back as 1987.
But more recently, Biden stood in front of the assembled “news” people and read the latest economic data, which was not good. He then proceeded to tell the crowd that it didn’t look like a recession to him and walked off without taking any questions.
Then most of the national media, along with the administration lackeys, now report how $4 per gallon gas prices and empty grocery shelves are signs of a robust economy.
White House economic adviser Brian Deese was quoted saying, “With respect to food … high prices are hitting Americans very hard, but in a way that is different from some places that are facing famine, for example.”
Painting something bad as something good, or vice versa, has become a hallmark of politics, and because most people don’t bother to use common sense and dig into things a little (preferring to rely on our leaders), our leaders get away with it. That’s proven by the fact that the same people keep getting put into office.
All one has to do is look around and see the results of governmental malfeasance. Supply chain issues, which are blamed on COVID and Putin, have left grocery stores shelves empty and just about every industry, including newspapers, in difficult and dire straits. People are losing jobs and becoming homeless, as evidenced by the streets of major cities across the nation. Gas prices continue to hover at the $4 mark.
Unemployment is listed at a low 3.6 percent, but that definition was decided by the government, which does not count people who have dropped out of unemployment rolls after not being able to find jobs. Then the government, which decimated the workforce through its ham-fisted COVID response, claims that the workers returning are the reason unemployment is so low.
So, when is a recession not a recession? When it’s deemed not a recession by the people who caused it in the first place.
It’s vitally important that whatever you choose to believe it’s based on loads of research, and not just information spoon-fed from dubious sources, and that includes the government.