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Michael “Winey” Weinstein can be heard every Sunday evening on The Mike&Winey Show on News Talk 92.3 KTAR from 5-7 PM. (www.mike&winey.com).

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 5:15 am | Updated: 12:47 pm, Sun Jun 19, 2011.

The federal government would like us to believe that the economy is on the rebound and that President Obama’s policies are creating jobs. Do you feel it? Do you see it around you? Do you believe it? I sure as heck don’t.

I still have many friends losing their homes and looking for employment. Many of my friends are trying to figure out how they are going to afford the gas necessary to go out searching for a job. Some are still trying to figure out how to put food on the table.

The problem is that those in the federal government are out of touch with the average hard-working American. Of course they are... their policies don’t affect them. They have plushy jobs that pay well, include health care benefits and offer hefty pensions.

The president recently proved my point. In a recent interview on the “Today Show,” the president cited the fact that many Americans are using ATM machines to conduct their banking business, eliminating the need for tellers. In short, the president hinted that ATM machines are responsible for the high unemployment rate.

“There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers,” said the president. “You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM. You don’t go to a bank teller. Or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.”

Does this sound like a grown-up who has a grasp of the economy and the steps necessary to put Americans back to work? It shows me that the president is utterly ignorant about economics and job creation.

Do you remember the Democrats’ $800 billion stimulus package that the president signed into law and was supposed to create jobs? The White House would like you to believe that the stimulus package did just that. In truth, approximately 2 million Americans who had jobs when Obama signed the law don’t have jobs today. There are another 12 million Americans who remain unemployed.

It’s as if the president and his team are governing from the kid’s table at a Thanksgiving dinner. They are more worried about who is touching who and who is throwing the mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, the Oval Office is the grown-up’s table and we need grown-ups occupying the chair who can deal with the issues that face us.

Say what you will about George W. Bush, at least he came to the table with business experience (Texas Rangers). Though at times he talked as if he had a third grade vocabulary, he at least understood the economy and how his policies affected everyday Americans. He sounded more like a grown-up than his successor.

The president and many on his team lack corporate experience. They lack the business experience to truly take our nation out of this crippling recession. How can you run this great country of ours if you have no experience in running a business?

I understand that many of you are ready to defend the president and believe that his policies have been effective. Unfortunately, the proof is in the numbers. The proof is all around you. Just ask your friends. Just ask your neighbors.

Where are the grown-ups? We need them sitting at the grown-up’s table.

• Michael Weinstein is co-host of the “The Mike & Winey Show” heard frequently at KFYI (550 AM) or at www.kknt960.com. He can be reached at winey@mikeandwiney.com.

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