A Gay Married Couple in the Obama Economy
Obama has raised big brouhaha over his suddenly evolved change in position on gay marriage. It’s an obvious ploy: come out “personally” in support of gay marriage, have the media fawn over your “affirmed” change in position from even just a day before, fire up your base and young voters and hope to God it doesn’t come back to bite you in the general election.
But the underlying ploy is almost sinister: Obama is seeking to distract us from the real important issue of the day for most Americans. It’s the economy, stupid.
So for the sake of argument, let’s pretend Obama’s flip flop on gay marriage means something. Let’s imagine a world where gays can get married across the United States because the President changed his position on it. What would their economic outlook be?
For starters, once the two newlyweds tied the knot at the local church, they’d head off for their honeymoon. To drive to Florida, they would pay twice as much for gas as they would have the day President Obama took office. So while President Obama may have allowed them to get married, he sure didn’t make it more affordable for our couple to drive to their honeymoon or afford gasoline for any other routine activities once they came back home.
It’s not advisable, but let’s imagine the couple got married just after graduating from college. Both paid for their marriage ceremony and honeymoon out of savings and have since returned home to look for a job. The fact is, in the Obama economy, one in two recent graduates are out of a job. Chances are, depending on their line of work, only one of the newlyweds will be able to find a steady job to support their new family.
Labor force participation under Obama has shrunk to 63.6 percent and the unemployment rate has been above 8% for a record 39 months. If our newlyweds are able to even get a job, chances are they will be low-skill and low-wage. What’s more, average hourly earnings aren’t even keeping up with inflation. So there goes their hope of buying that new house then, and explains why home sales on back on a downward trend. Thanks Obama!
And healthcare? Forget about it. If our newly married gay couple were to even find a job, under Obamacare health care has actually become even less affordable.
And thanks to the rising national debt under Obama and the Senate Democrats’ inability to propose a solid plan to deal with the crisis, our couple can look forward to the day when, if they finally do manage to find a job, they’ll be paying higher taxes. And that’s not even considering the state entitlements are in: our couple has no virtually no chance of collecting Social Security on the Obama trajectory.
Obama, his campaign, supporters and the media are making a big deal of his flip on gay marriage because it’s a distraction from his dismal record and Romney’s plan to to put the economy back on the right track. But the fact remains: everyone, whether gay married or not, is worse off under President Obama.