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1 t, r, - September 12, 2012 COMMUNITY OPINION Page 5 Still looking for evidence that we're on the upswing By Rich Lowry "Are people better off than they were four years ago?" is hardly a trick question. It's one of the most reliable cliches in Ameri- can politics. So Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat from Maryland, should have been ready with some handy dodge when he was asked the ques- tion by Bob Schieffer of "Face the Nation." Really, in the circumstance, any circumlocution would-do. Instead, O'Malley said"No," igniting a firestorm with his un- adorned, monosyllabic honesty. Which didn't last. Within 24 hours, the skies had -brightened, the malaise had lifted, and O'Malley was pronouncing the country "clearly better off." O'Malley can be forgiven for his initial forthrightness. People who make their living coming up with creative ways to avoid ques- tions inconvenient to President Barack Obama didn't do all that much better. Asked twice on "Fox News Sunday" if Americans are bet- ter off, David Axelrod pointedly wouldn't say "yes" or "no." Asked three times on "This Week," David Plouffe passed on a direct answer all three times• After getting knocked around for their evasiveness, though, the Obama team recalibrated and de- cided to answer "absolutely" to the better-off question. The herald of the new message was none other than the man best- suited to bluster his way through a not-particularly credible state- ment, Vice President Joe Biden. "America is better off today than they left us when they left," ' Biden told a union rally, before ad- ducing as evidence what he called a "bumper sticker": "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive." The catchy bumper sticker doesn't address the better-off ques- tion. The query has to do with per- s Έ • sonal economic well-being. It's a wonderful thing that bin Laden was dispatched, but it doesn't give anyone any additional income. It's terrific for GM's remain- ing workers that they are still working, but the cost of the car company's bailout - some $35 bil- lion - makes it a rotten deal for everyone else. A cleve: bumper sticker can't obscure that real median income has declined $4,300 since Janu- ary 2009, the unemploYment rate has been above 8 percent for 42 straight months, and long-term unemployment is up and labor- LETTERs TO Tile LDITOR the donations for 2012 "Bras Across the Bridge" totaled $1,675. A huge Southern thank y'all to the businesses who, through their generosity, provided goods and services for our prizes. We want to thank all who came to play with us! Every- one enjoyed the music by Pam Massey, Perry Tomlin, Mike Thanks from Bras Across the Bridge Editor: The South Santiam Sweet Potato Queens are so proud to be able to help area women with breast cancer and other women's health needs. We are excited to announce force participation is down. The Democrats can say all of this is an accident of timing: .The aftereffects of the Bush recession are unfairly counted against their record. But the recovery that they take credit for is also an accident of timing. The economy wasn't going to keep shedding 800,000 jobs a month forever. In fact, the recovery proved dismayingly lackluster. President Obama's signature initiatives - a stimulus designed to sate pent;up congressional spending demands, ObamaCare, the hideously com- Duncan, Steven Mankel and our soloist, Richard Deneke. The crowd was hoopin' and hollerin' as cow-pers0ns (the Queens are equal opportunity royalty) chose their trusty steeds. They raced their inflatable stick horses around barrels, courtesy of Chafin Farms. Winners received the ob- ligatory belt-buckle-bigger-than- plex regulations of Dodd-Frank - were irrelevant to or crosswise with promoting a sustained, robust recovery. Now, the president gives him- self a grade of "incomplete," as if he has much else yet to accom- plish.. Yet his stated second-term agenda consists only of a tax in- crease on the wealthy, and getting along with the same congressional Republicans he can't abide. There's evidently nothing for him to complete, except riding out the consequences ofhis misbegot- ten first term. their-heads. Nancy Lee won the SSSPQ's Gen-U-Wine Southern Dinner for 6 which will be cooked and served in .her home, by the Queens their very owrselves. We thank everybody and hope to see y'all next time! Rogene Stock South Santiam Sweet Potato Queens Sweet Home Eventually, Americans will be better off than they were in 2008. When that day finally comes, this president will have had nothing to do with it. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. / Editorial From page 4 ing customers. It's pretty obvious that this is an agency - er, business - with little direction, which is grasping at straws. Yes, USPS officials have little power to solve their financial woes, but sticking it to one of its pri- mary customers, newspapers, is nei- ther service nor good business. The question we have to ask is whether America needs a federally owned advertising service. The answer is no. This editorial was submitted by the National Newspaper Association and is being published with some modifications by The New Era. mlm m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m m i m city of sweet Home I • Craig Martin, City Manager, (541) 367-8969 I - crnai-tin @ ci.sweet-horne.or.us City Council I • Craig Fentirnan, Mayor, (541) 367-6826 I e-mail: cfentiman@ci.sweet-horne.or.us I • Jim Gourley, President Pro Tern, (541) 367-5517 I • Marybeth Angulo, Councilor (541) 367-7798 I • Michael Hall, Councilor, (541) 570-2044 • Greg Mahler, Councilor, (541) 401-0110 I • Scott McKee Jr., Councilor, (541) 405-6191 I • Ron Rodgers, Councilor, (541) 401-2590 I I School District No. 55 m Contact Your Local Government Representatives -, I Don_Schrader @ Sweethome.kl 2.or.us m School District No. 55 Board of Directors II • Jason Redick, Chairman, (541) 401-8601 • Dale Keene, Vice Chair, (541) 409-1034 I • Michael E. Adams, Foster, (541) 367-1003 I • Kevin Burger, Cascadia, (541) 367-3773 I • Jenny Daniels, Liberty, (541) 367-4080 I • Chanz Keeney, Holley, (541) 367-7999 I I Mike Reynolds, Sweet Home, (541) 367-5601 • Jan Sharp, Member at Large, (541) 367-7242 I • David VanDerlip, Crawfordsville, (541) 367-3856 I Linn County Commissioners I • Roger Nyquist, rnyquist@co.linn.or.us I • John K. Lindsey jlindsey@co.linn.or.us ' I I • Don Schrader, Superintendent, ([541) 367-7126 • Will Tucker wtucker@co.linn.or.us e-mail: rep.philbarnhart@state.or.us I lib IIIIll lib l l l l Imml mill mlm l l l l l l mmm ml I l l l l l l l l mml mlm B ml illlm mml i iiiiim l l ml mm l l IIIll mm mmm I l l l l l im Federal Government • Sen. Ron Wyden (D) (202) 224-5244 e-mail: http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/ • Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) (202) 224-3753 e-mail: http ://merkley.senate.gov/contact/contact/cfm • Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D) (800) 944-9603 e-mail: http://defazio.house.gov/emailmne.shtml State Government m sen. Fred Girod (R, Dist. 9) (503) 986-1709 e-mail: sen.fredgirod@state.or.us • Sen. William Morrisette (D, Dist. 6) (503) 986-1706 e-maih sen.billmorrisette@state.or.us • Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R, Dist. 17) (503) 986-1417 e-maih rep.sherriesprenger@state.or.us • Rep. Phil Barnhart (D,Dist.11) (503) 986-1411