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Obama Plays Pin the Tail on the Economy

When it comes to the economy, is the president better off keeping his mouth shut?

1:41 PM, Aug 2, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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Of course, the "Washington-inflicted wound(s)" on the rest of the country -- note that "Washington" designates that land mass that completely surrounds, but does not include, the White House -- may mean these bills may not make it to the president's desk so he can make the kind of swift and decisive economic action that's been a hallmark of his presidency. As the president reminds, voters voted last year for "divided government, not dysfunctional government." If that's the president is acknowledging  voters rebuked him last year, well, that would be a laudable and atypical moment. But given that the vice-president just called tea partiers "terrorists" yesterday, it's pretty clear the White House views the dysfunction here as having a heavy starboard tilt.

So that about sums up the president's approach to the fact that nearly one in ten Americans are unemployed. Forgive me for thinking our "crisis of confidence" is far from over thanks to another stern talking to from a politician "who has an ear for eloquence and a tongue dipped in the unvarnished truth." One of these days the president might actually consider having something to say (or heaven forfend, written down) to address the horrible economy. Until then, it might be better to be thought economically feckless then open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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