Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hiding from the Numbers

Yesterday brought with it horrible data on employment. Job creation stalled with ZERO job growth reported for August. The unemployment rate remained at 9.1% and hourly wages and hours worked were actually down. Ugly numbers. But where was President Obama? He was nowhere to be seen. If the numbers were good he would have been in the Rose Garden promoting his economic policies. He shouldn't really do that either. Good data speak for themselves.

Our President unfortunately forgets that his task is to level with the American people. He failed yesterday. A great leader does not hide from bad news he discusses it in a straight forward manner. For example, in 1940 when the French Army collapsed in the face of the Nazi onslaught, Winston Churchill went on the air with "The news from France is bad."

The lesson here is simple, don't hide from the American people.

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