O.K., here are some facts. The economy is weakening. Home sales have fallen to the lowest point in 12 years; foreclosures have hit a record high; crude oil prices have topped $100 a barrel; energy prices rose 18.4% in 2007; health care costs are up; consumer confidence is at a five-year low.
As the economy weakens, unemployment is growing. Currently the unemployment rate is 6.1% – up from 4.7 percent in November. As unemployment rises, so does the number of uninsured. Approximately two-thirds of people who become uninsured have lost employer-sponsored health insurance. Analysts estimate that when the unemployment rate rises by one percentage point, the number of uninsured increases by 1.2 million to 1.5 million people.
We need a president whose experience demonstrate that he or she is 'ready on day one' right?
If that is your criteria for electing a president, one small point:
In the past 50 years, we've only had three presidents whose experience suggested that they were 'ready on day one': Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush.
If one of them were running today, which one would you vote for? Really. Let me hear from you.