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Perception defeats reality
By HERMAN CAIN - Ask a Bahamian driver if you don't believe me.
Perception won on Election Day. We get that.
But I did not realize how effective the Obama and Democrat talking points were until my wife and I were riding to the airport in the Bahamas last Saturday after a much needed week of vacation.
Alfred, our driver, struck up a conversation about the recent presidential election, and recited the Obama talking points almost verbatim as to why he thought Obama won. And he was not even eligible to vote.
Alfred's observations were the following:
â— Obama inherited a bigger economic crisis than most people thought.
â— The U.S. economy is recovering, but Obama needs more time.
â— Obama cares more for the common man than Romney.
Those are the sound bites that Obama and the Democrats repeated over and over whether they were true are not, and people who can't even vote believed it.
Alfred did not bring up the Benghazi coverup, the high unemployment rate, the anemic GDP growth rate, much higher gasoline prices, the Fast and Furious debacle or the coming job losses that will be the consequences of Obamacare.
Alfred was another example of how perception beat out reality. Now, the impact of the aforementioned issues will painfully unfold in the eyes of those who did not want to open their eyes to the facts. And yes, the mainstream media was an overt part of this historic presidential perception campaign.
What troubles me most about the Obama re-election is the unnecessary economic suffering and job loss that will happen over the next four years, due to ineffective tax policy and new regulatory burdens on businesses and families.
I did not try to argue Alfred's perceptions, because I was relaxed from vacation and I wanted to stay that way for at least a few days more. But I did make one important observation that he acknowledged.
He asked if the Republicans would continue to stop Obama from doing what he wants to do. I said that if it is the wrong thing to do they should and they will.
Alfred said that makes sense. So he was not ready to blame accept Obama’s claim that Republican obstructionism is to blame for all of Obama's failures.
As we arrived at the airport, Alfred commented that he respected me for, so to speak, calling a spade a spade. Alfred is a proud Bahamian Black man, so his comment wasn't taken as being about skin color. And then we agreed, it is about "green" – economics.
Despite the growing la-la land of perception here in the USA, reality will eventually prevail – very painfully. Watch the facts unfold.