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Sunday, April 11, 2004
The New “Misery Index”

By Steven Taylor @ 8:05 pm

Back in the 1970s, the “Misery Index” combined inflation (what’s that? ask the younger readers in the audience) and unemployment (which, despite much grousing, is actually below historical averages these days). Jimmy Carter was damaged by the ol’ Misery Index (plus there were the terrible interest rate numbers (double-digits and everything!). So, it seems that Senator Kerry wishes to revive the Misery Index and tag it on President Bush. No, not the original one-on that score Bush actually does quite well (check it out here). Instead the Kerry camp haS devised a devastating new “Misery Index":

John Kerry broadened his economic assault on President Bush by releasing a “Misery Index” that suggests a combination of soaring college and health care costs and stagnant incomes have battered working families during Bush’s three years in office.

First off, as important as these things are, I don’t think this stacks to the hypwe of a “Misery Index.” Second, the President has precious little power over college tuitions. Third, radical health care reform is rather unlikley (see: Clinton, Hillary-1993). So, even assuming that said “misery” is acute, what will a Kerry administration do about it?

Quit honestly this has a certain “grasping at straws” feel to it.

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  1. I agree. Kerry is trying to ride the body bags of dead American soldiers into the White House.

    Comment by Ricky Vandal — Sunday, April 11, 2004 @ 8:12 pm

  2. 1) Bush added a major glob onto health care in the form of a drug entitlement. Kerry won’t get much traction here.

    2) College tuition still remains a HUGE bargain. Only idiots look at the current cost of a college tuition and avoid factoring in the future benefits - i.e., higher earnings. We have students grousing that the average college debt a student takes on at our institution is $14K. That is basically the debt one might take on buying their first car.

    3) Misery loves company. Let’s unemploy this inflated windbag in ‘04. (Damn, he hasn’t given up his Senate seat yet - that can’t be a sign of confidence in himself, eh?)

    Comment by John Lemon — Sunday, April 11, 2004 @ 10:07 pm

  3. and really a bonehead play considering it will bring up the original

    Comment by Paul — Monday, April 12, 2004 @ 1:56 pm

  4. includes a Misery Index of Kerry quotes and recent Misery Index rating.

    Comment by Dave — Sunday, April 18, 2004 @ 6:56 am

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