Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Liberals claim the economy has been turned around for years, big recovery going on, stock market booming, unemployment at all-time lows. I don’t believe the government’s statistics; I think bureaucrats manipulate the numbers to make the administration look good.
How about a more concrete number: vacant buildings in St. Paul. 856. Economy is in a huge rebound thanks to the libs who have fixed all Bush’s errors but 856 vacant properties remain? That’s nearly as high as during the bad years. People generally don’t just walk away from their homes, their businesses, their investments, not without a damned good reason and in recent years that reason has tended to be “can’t afford to make the payments.” That is not a sign of prosperity.
When the city is littered with vacant buildings, businesses are moving out, restaurants are folding up, but the government statistics say everything is rosy, who are you going to believe: them or your lying eyes?
There’s a place for “fake it ’til you make it”; the old Hungarian saying “the best way to become wealthy is to appear as if you already are” is one of the guiding principles of my life.
But not for “journalism”, thankewverymuch.