Greetings from Flyover Country

Greetings from Flyover Country

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President Obama is in the midst of touring the country and giving speeches about the economy. I agree with most of the content of those speeches, but after five years of saying those same things, the economy remains stuck in the shitter for most Americans. The fact that those speeches focus almost entirely on the middle class, and only briefly mention “those willing to work” out of poverty highlights the President’s desire distance himself from those hardest hit by economic inequality, lest he be blamed for catering to his base of “moochers.”

Yes, the obstructionist House is mostly to blame, and I’ll probably go after them in next week’s ‘toon, but thinking a nationwide tour will somehow turn them around this time is a folly. Wall Street and the elite are reaping all the benefits from this anemic “recovery,” but the rest of us remain mired in an economic crisis. Both parties are so far removed from it, they’re not treating it like the disaster it is.

Detroit is an extreme example, but if the status quo remains, its fate could be any city’s.