It's The Economy, Stupids!
So what do you do when your One Party Government us faced with the Eye-Rack quagmire, an energy crisis and corruption from all sides? Why talk up the growing economy of course. Bernard just couldn't unnerstand why ordinary people can't see for the fact that the economy is going gangbusters. What, are you people blind? Five million jobs in three year! GDP's increased five percent! Dow 36,000 is coming any day now! The economy is not in the shitter, what the fuck is wrong with you people!
Well, sorry to have to break this to him, but just because the economy is going great for the elites doesn't mean it's going great for the rest of us. According to the true measure of how well the Average Joe is doing - median wages - the "economy" has only grown 1.5 percent from 2000-2004. Meanwhile, inflation has ballooned 10 percent during the same time. Compound that with the fact that poverty has increased every year Bush was in office, then you get an entirely different economic picture between the have mores and the have nots.