Cognitive dissonance is crippling Capitol Hill

William Spriggs | 11/6/2013, 12:11 p.m.

To end this cognitive dissonance, President Obama needs to speak directly to the unemployed workers in those Tea Party districts. He needs to explain that since he took office in January 2009, government spending is down, federal employment is lower, the deficit as a share of the economy did shrink in half, the level of business investment in buildings and equipment are higher and the stock market and corporate profits are at record levels.

This is what the Tea Party set out to achieve: grow the economy by making the rich richer and the government smaller. Ask those voters why 13 Republican House members who get government farm subsidies voted to keep their government subsidies but cut food to America’s children? As a result of the Tea Party policies, their voters are still unemployed. If we keep doing what we are doing and expect a different outcome, that isn’t just cognitive dissonance, it’s the definition of insanity.

The way to restore America’s economic health is to focus on getting America back to work and raising America’s wages. The focus has to be closing the gap in potential GDP. We need to focus on the loss of teachers and our crumbling bridges and roads that will cause our investments to deteriorate and reduce potential economic growth. You can’t starve your way to economic growth and job creation. The president needs more faith in America’s common wisdom than in the pundits.