Both Bush Presidents had the same idea in terms of getting the economy going. They chirped that things were fine and thought if they could con America into believing them, everything would be fine.
It is not fine.
Let's start with unemployment. If you have been out of work for over 18 months, you are no longer counted. What?!?! Because you are assumed to have stopped looking for a job. Sooo, let me see. People don't need to eat after 18 months of unemployment? They don't need to fix their car? Do they just vanish, like the uncomfortable statistics they are?
W. learned from his father. He rigged it so that no really bad numbers could be thrown in his face. Of course, the media wouldn't go to the trouble of actually thinking to see behind this. So it is up to us to spread the word.
Plenty of people are suffering from long term unemployment. They are not lazy or stupid. And they deserve to be counted.