Saturday, August 24, 2013

Robert Wilkerson: Good news, bad news

  There is a great deal of good news for almost all Americans. Unemployment is coming down. Last month our workforce increased by 175,000 jobs. Over the past four years, the unemployment rate is down from 10% to only 7.6% in Alabama.

  Home prices have risen and continue to rise. This makes it possible for homeowners to recover some of the value lost during and after the Great Recession. Home prices in April rose 12.1%, which was the largest year-to-year increase since 2006. Factories are getting more orders. Production is increasing. People are returning to work, and new jobs are being created.

  The Dow-Jones Industrial Index has risen over 100 points and is bouncing along at record high levels. Predictions indicate the economy could accelerate even more in the remainder of 2013.

  The Consumer Confidence Index hit 81.4% this month. Overall, Americans are being encouraged by the current state of affairs, and about the direction of the job market and the economy.

  The bad news is that politicians who have bad-mouthed, criticized and just plain lied about the President and his administration are running out of reasons to hate him, and for trying to defeat anything and everything he proposes. Obstructionists will be forced to be more creative in the days ahead. “He’s a racist because he has two black dogs. He wasn’t born in this country. He doesn’t have a birth certificate, etc.” My suggestion would be to get over it. You have lost your credibility with millions of Americans and rightfully so. If you want to rebuild credibility, stop being obstructionists. Work cooperatively with others for the good of all Americans. That is, after all, what you were elected to do.

  About the author: Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life.,

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