1. The economy is struggling. Since 2008 the U.S. economic clock has been turned back 10 years. If congressional gridlock continues The Economist reckons it will continue declining. The only country that slid more than the U.S. is Greece.
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2. Gas is more and more expensive. Obama said, "There is no silver bullet" to temporary rising gas prices. Temporary? On Obama's watch gas has risen from an average of $1.85 a gallon to near $4 today. He does have a solution: Americans will drive cars that get 55 mpg. In the small print, there's a warning: These cars are small. They have a clutch and roll-down windows.
4. The kids are not fired up. Mr. Hope-and-Change has disillusioned his younger voter champions -- 66% voted for him in 2008. Youth unemployment is at a 60-year high. It is now over 18%. It was 14% in 2008 (10.5% in 2007).
5. Lending is still down. New bank loans remain at historic lows: Just 50% of GDP. Healthy growth calls for new loan growth of at least 100% of GDP. The 848-page Dodd Frank Act is a major contributor to bank reticence to lend.