This city exemplifies the economic recovery the country has experienced since the Great Recession ended. Elkhart’s unemployment rate, which had reached a high of 22 percent in March of 2009, is now at 3.9 percent. Hiring signs dot the doors of the Wal-Mart, the McDonald’s, and the Long John Silver’s. The RV industry makes 65 percent of its vehicles in Elkhart, and the industry is producing a record number of vehicles, which is creating a lot of jobs in this frosty town in northern Indiana.
But despite the decisions that the Obama administration made that might have helped Elkhart, many people here have a strong dislike of Obama, who presided over an economic recovery in which the unemployment rate fell nationally to 4.6 percent from a high of 10 percent in October 2009. They say it’s not Obama who is responsible for the city or the country’s economic progress, and furthermore, that the economy won’t truly start to improve until President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
“He didn’t help us here, but he took credit for what happened,” Chris Corbin, 47, who works for a dispatch company in Elkhart, told me. Corbin thinks it will be Trump who improves the economy. “It’s going to take two terms, but he’ll fix things,” he said.
Brandon Stanley owns a bar in Elkhart. He says he’s optimistic that the economy is improving now that Republicans have regained power, but emphasizes that there are still a host of economic problems that haven’t been solved in Elkhart. As for the shrinking unemployment rate in Elkhart, “they changed how they report unemployment numbers,” he told me, so they’re not believable.
Andi Ermes, 39, offered a number of reasons for disliking Obama. She said Obama didn’t attend the Army-Navy football game, even though other presidents had. Obama has actually attended more Army-Navy games than George H.W. Bush. She said that he had taken too many vacations. He has taken fewer vacation days than George W. Bush. She also said that he refused to wear a flag pin on his lapel. While it is true that Obama did not wear a flag on his lapel at points during the 2007 campaign, it was back on his suit by 2008. Ermes told me the news sources she consumes most are Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and a local conservative radio show hosted by Casey Hendrickson.
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/its-not-the-economy-stupid/511634/But in Elkhart, people have jobs they didn’t have six years ago, and they’re working more hours. Their homes are worth more than they were before Obama took office, on average, and their paychecks are fatter than they used to be. Yet Obama is, and will likely remain, the president who didn’t do anything right.
** Fox news alert **silvermani wrote:He just rode the coatails of the income inequality boosting false economic recovery engineered by the ponzi scheming Federal reserve.
I'm afraid none of the SuCHers are 8th grade dropouts.
Nice try but a nation of part time burger flippers and a fudged up unemployment figure does not equate to an economic recovery. Take the blinders off and you will figure out Obama is just an opportunistic politician lacking substance. Even huffpo called him out for his arrogant claim of winning against Trump and throwing Hillary under the bus. He is a self centered bubblehead who is more worried about his legacy than about the fate of American workers.
Taking lessons from Al Sharpton, Il Professore?MaxEntropy_Man wrote:The worst of the redneck world hate the President unfettered by facts. I'd heard of brown folks amongst them, but had never met one. Now we have proof.
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We know why you're wasting your time on suCH with out of touch dems bcz those breitbart dudes, despite your love for them, will never consider you as one of them, in fact they may not like the fact that you're having a better life than them and will not want to see you alive. So, you can carry on with your incoherent ramblings, out of touch dems wont mind
confuzzled dude wrote:We know why you're wasting your time on suCH with out of touch dems bcz those breitbart dudes, despite your love for them, will never consider you as one of them, in fact they may not like the fact that you're having a better life than them and will not want to see you alive. So, you can carry on with your incoherent ramblings, out of touch dems wont mind
You think white(and also black) democrats don't think similarly? Don't be naive.
MaxEntropy_Man wrote:The worst of the redneck world hate the President unfettered by facts. I'd heard of brown folks amongst them, but had never met one. Now we have proof.
The worst of the koolaid drinker world love the President unfettered by facts. I'd heard of brown folks amongst them, but had never met one. Now we have proof.
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