Saturday, June 21, 2008

It's the economy, again, stupid

Bill Clinton's famous campaign slogan for his 1992 presidential bid - "It's the economy, stupid" -  focused on the shaky economy.  There were early signs that a recession was developing, and the cost of oil spiked dramatically at this time.  Despite President George H.W. Bush's 90 percent approval rating in 1991 following the invasion of Iraq, his popularity dropped to 64 percent the next year.  

Déjà vu or a Bush redux? Rising oil prices, a recession, a Bush in office, a war in the Middle East.  It's the same old script that ousted the last Republican presidency.  I can't help but wonder, if the economy is being manipulated to influence the presidential election.  The obvious question is who or what has this kind of power?  OPEC? Priory of Sion? Osama Bin Laden sitting in a cave buying and selling stock on a lap top? 

When choosing our next president, let's consider all the issues - health care, education,  jobs, the war - and not get carried away with the price at the gas pump.   

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