It was many years ago when I was a salesman at a car dealership that sold Pontiac, Peugeot, and Jaguar cars. My niche was the two imports. One day, a customer was keenly interested in the 1981 Peugeot 505 STI that we had on the showroom floor. I really liked this car. I was a terrific car for highway cruises. He asked a lot of the typical questions and I answered them all, truthfully. Yes, parts can be expensive but that is true with all vehicles in this category. No, we have not had any problems getting parts and yes, our service department is fully equipped to maintain this car. Then he asked me about trade in value, “will this car hold its value a few years from now?” I lied. I said yes. Then he got me painted into a corner with his next question, “Okay, I am interested in purchasing this Peugeot and I have a trade….and it’s a 1976 Peugeot 504.”
My heart sank. His trade was virtually worthless. I tried to have it both ways and I got caught.
Democrats are caught in this trap today when they try to attack the “Trump Economy” and praise the “Obama Economy” when in truth, the former is just an extension of the latter, with a few added insults added to the injuries previously meted out upon the working class.
We told American voters during the 2016 election that the economy was freakin fabulous even though 44% of U.S. workers were employed in low-wage jobs and nearly 80 percent of American workers (78 percent) said they’re living paycheck to paycheck. And all of this happened during Obama’s eight years in the White House.
I watched an interview today where the reporter asked the Democrat running for president how he was going to attack the Trump economy while polls show that 70% of Americans think that the economy is doing well. The Democrat sounded like me trying to explain to the Peugeot owner why his trade is of no real value but the new one will be different.
Democrats should not be surprised that 70% of Americans think this crappy economy is “great”. After all, we told them it was for eight years.
Can we afford to tell them the truth?