Are You Better Off Than You Were Two Years Ago?

There's an episode of the old show Roseanne where Roseanne Barr's character is complaining about her weight. Her husband, trying to be sympathetic, tells her that her weight is okay—after all, she has had three kids. But Roseanne hisses back, "I can't blame the kids forever, Dan. Maybe another year or two, but not forever!"

Barack Obama loves blaming the state of our economy on George W. Bush. After all, he's only been in office for half his term. The funny thing about blaming Bush is that Obama has chosen to continue the failed policies of his supposed saboteur's administration, like propping up dying companies, issuing obscene bailouts using money we don't have, and launching entitlement programs we simply can't afford.

Meanwhile, he's getting rid of the Bush policies that did work, such as tax cuts across the board to stimulate the economy. It may play well to call them "tax cuts for the rich," but the fact is that middle class business owners, the ones who actually keep the economy running, will lose the tax cuts they got under the last president. It really is the worst of both worlds. Tax hikes and high spending do not a strong economy make.

The unemployment rate when President Bush left office was a dismal 7.6%. It was the highest unemployment rate in 15 years. The current unemployment rate, 9.2%, makes that number look almost manageable. Back in January when the unemployment rate hit 10.6%, it was already past the time for Barack Obama to be blaming his extra cheeseburgers on the baby weight. Today, the blame can only be layed at the feet of our current president.

Americans can send a message tomorrow that they want real change, not the kind promised to them two years ago which turned out to be just more of the same. They can elect candidates who want to reign in spending, stop inventing programs we can't afford, and let Americans keep more of the money they make. It's a simple plan to get America back on track and to lower the unemployment rate. The Obama plan of repeating "it wasn't me" just isn't working.

Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at Alarming News and about life in the city with her husband and baby at 212 Baby. She can be followed on Twitter.