Good News About Iraq, the Economy

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I know you don't want to hear about Iraq, but I'm going to tell you anyway.

Let's start with President Bush's disapproval rating, which hit an all-time high according to the pollsters at Gallup. Bush is now tied with Nixon for highest disapproval. Actually it's a bit higher, but in the polling world it's the same as a tie. Either way it's not good.

But here's the deal: Even the second highest-ranking Democrat in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, said the surge is evidently working, and roadside bombing incidents and sectarian violence are down. The reason, Hoyer said, is the surge.

On another front we have full employment, and the economy is sailing strong into a storm of $100 a barrel oil.

On yet another front, a published report today said that homelessness is virtually over. People may have crushing mortgages, but they have homes.

So all in all, the war is going in our favor. Proof of that is that Democrats have shut up about it. Bush has made sure you have a job, and this economy has insured you have a home.

So are doubts about all this good news the reason that Bush's disapproval numbers are so high? I don't think so. I think it is instead the tide of bad news turning to better or — dare I say it — good news isn't discussed in the media. Instead it's a constant drumbeat of things are bad, we're losing the war, you're going to lose your job and your house.

Look, I am aware there are problems in the economy and the war isn't won yet, and the good news is never as good as it sounds. But I know for a fact the bad news you hear isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. This is the mainstream media unwilling to change it's doom and gloom narrative when facts suddenly pop up that run counter to the story the media loves.

When history gets hold of the story and begins to carve things in stone, I think the picture will be much different than the one you are seeing today.

That's My Word.

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