Despite polls showing Americans unhappy with Barack Obama's handling of the economy, MSNBC's Contessa Brewer on Thursday touted how the President and Democrats in Congress have "passed job extension benefits again and again. They passed a big health care reform bill that will lower health care costs."
Highlighting the passage of the Democratic agenda, she continued, "They had stimulus spending. They sent more money to small community banks." She worried, "What else do people want the President and Congress to do?"
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CONTESSA BREWER: Most Americans are in a bad mood when it comes to the economy. A new Quinnipiac University poll finds just 23% think the economy is getting better. Nearly a third think it's getting worse. And 44% say it's not changed. A new Citigroup survey finds nearly 2 out of 3 think we haven't even hit rock bottom. Let's go to Nate Silver, we just gave you a sneak peak there. He knows a thing or two about crunching numbers. When you're looking at these kind of numbers what does it say about the battle in store for especially Democrats because they control Congress and they control the White House?
NATE SILVER: Well, the economy has been the biggest story in politics for the last 2 years. Expectations are shifting more from blaming Bush to, hey, this is a Democrat's problem now if the economy isn't recovering, they are going to be the ones in power and they are going to have a lot of issues in November.
BREWER:Ok, go to poll number three here. Looking at the Quinnipiac poll, who do you trust to handle the economy? This is a pretty shocking result. 41% saying President Obama, 42% saying Republicans. My, how things have changed.
SILVER: I think the deficit reduction talk has benefitted them. They haven't had too many substantive solutions. When you set expectations and say unemployment's only supposed to be 8% and now its almost 10% and could be getting worse instead of better, you're going to have problems. They probably need to have a bigger stimulus. People debate that.
BREWER: You heard, Ben Bernanke says the other day that the government needs to do more stimulus spending in order to keep this recovery growing. Here is my question, you have a president come in and though there were battles, Congress followed suit. They passed job extension benefits again and again. They passed a big health care reform bill that will lower health care costs, it is predicted to for a lot of people. They had stimulus spending. They sent more money to small community banks. What else do people want the President and Congress to do?
SILVER: Well, I don't know. People are probably short-term focused. The country has been in a state of distress for a long time. And 2008 was difficult year. Last year a difficult year. I think people are fatigued by all the bad news, the oil spill doesn't help. People are angry; the party in power tends to get blame.
BREWER: Alright, Nate good to see you.
SILVER: Thank you.