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>And When You Say "Economy", You Mean. . .?

>People seem to understand the word “economy” in the weirdest ways:

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In worrisome signs for Republicans, the president’s standing improved not just on foreign policy but also on the economy.

We are all glad that Osama is dead, that goes without saying. But the economy didn’t improve overnight because the terrorist was killed. There are very serious economic problems plaguing this country. They need to be resolved by changing what happens within this country. While chasing down terrorists who are hiding in Pakistan is a very worthy goal that I, for one, wholeheartedly support, it doesn’t fix the economy.
In the two most recent elections, we kept hearing that this time people will vote on economy because that’s what everybody cares about right now. Today we are seeing what this caring about the economy actually amounts to.
Do you remember how I told you that one of Marxism’s tragic flaws is its reliance on the idea that people are motivated by economic factors? Does anybody need any more proof that people couldn’t care less about the economy even if they loudly claim they do?
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