The right wingers have been asking this question a lot in the run-up to election day. Despite facts such as rising (slowly) employment. After the freefall was stopped. Consumer debt at record lows. Consumer spending rising. House prices rising rapidly.
But THAT is not my point here. The point is about the super wealthy- who have poured unprecedent sums of money into Romney and conservative super-pacs.
You know- the people who are benefitting from the Dow jones being above 13000 for the first time since the economic collapse under Bush. Whose companies are generally returning record profits under Obama’s leadership.
Who are doing just fine- but want more. They want millions in tax cuts. Which leads to another recent meme of the right- “the rich pay far more in taxes to drive on the same roads, etc etc you do”. Well, of course their corporations which make them this money also rely on these roads etc. For their employees. For the delivery of their raw materials, and for sending out their finished products. They rely on ports and airports. Government negotiated trade agreements, and government protections against foreign competition. They rely on public schools and universities for providing them with educated employees. They rely on…well…you get the picture.
And of course- they also rely on outsourcing and increased mechanization to remain “competitive”. And to be able to produce cheap goods- because they don’t pay most of their employees enough to live an american standard without cheap goods. Yep- look at Glenn Beck and his $149 “made in the USA jeans”. How many working americans can afford those? (sure- more americans will be able to if Romeny wins, because he will remove regulations on banks and credit card companies. So americans will get more “credit” then they can afford. And years down the road we will be back in this mess again.
Just look at what Romney, and those truly funding his campaign have actually done. They talk about things like “personal responsibility”. They talk about ideals like supporting the american worker and their families. But their past actions say otherwise.