If you have friends or family on the fence about whether or not they'll be voting for Barack Obama again in the fall, there's some literature you should print out and have at the ready next time they come around.
Reason's Tim Cavanaugh has done the yeoman's work (and believe me, assembling a piece like this is a lot heavier lift than you'd think) of assembling the Obama Administration and its media sympathists' pollyannaish pronouncements about the economy for every single month of the 44th president's tenure. Read all at once, the collection makes it nearly impossible for even the most fervent Obama supporter to conclude anything other than that the Administration is overmatched and under-read. A few of my favorites:
January 10, 2009: Council of Economic Advisers Chair-designate Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, economic advisor to Vice President-Elect Joe Biden: "As Figure 1 shows, even with the large prototypical (stimulus) package, the unemployment rate in 2010Q4 is predicted to be approximately 7.0%, which is well below the approximately 8.8% that would result in the absence of a plan."
June 17, 2010: Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ron Sims: "This summer is sure to be a Summer of Economic Recovery."
February 17, 2011: Vice President Joe Biden: “Through the Recovery Act, we've proved that the government can move quickly and get the job done and do it right.”
December 30, 2011: Matthew Yglesias, economics columnist for Slate: "Happy days are here again!"
This is one of the most comprehensive chronicles you'll find of the Obama Administration's capacity for willful delusion. Now do the responsible thing and use it to afflict a liberal.