Archive for August, 2010
Americans Are Waking Up
Gallup data is showing that more and more Americans are becoming aware of Barack Obama’s leadership capabilities. His approval rating is now near 40%.
As we fall further into the abyss, it’s getting harder and harder to pass the blame for our current economic situation on George Bush. We are nearly seven quarters into Obama’s presidency and there is very little sign of economic recovery. After the passage of one of the largest spending packages in the history of our country, $787 billion for economic stimulus passed February of 2009, the outlook is still grim. Housing prices have plunged 30%. The primary asset of the working American has tanked. Unemployment remains steady at levels the Obama administration said would never be reached if the package were passed.
The Bush blamers tend to forget a couple of very important facts concerning our current economic situation. From 2007 to the end of his presidency, George Bush had very little control the direction our government was taking. The Democrats controlled the House and the Senate from 2007 until the end of Bush’s presidency. At that point the Democratic party made the acquisition of the presidency it’s top priority, at any cost. And they did it with smoke and mirrors that predicted a recession, or even a depression.
Politics Caused The Worst Recession Since The Depression
In late 2007 and early 2008 the Democratic party’s prediction of a recession became a self fulfilling prophesy. Consumer confidence began to fall sharply. People started to hold onto their money.
Enter Barack Obama. Pounding the campaign trail with threats of higher taxes and tighter controls over the economy, investors across the country began to convert their assets to cash. The stock market entered one of it’s worst declines in history. On March 6th, 2009 the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached it’s lowest point since April 15, 1997. Those were the days of Bill Clinton.
Where to you put the blame?
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ABC news reports that the “Pew Poll Finds 1 in 5 Americans Wrongly Believe Barack Obama Is a Muslim”. My question is this. How does ABC know that this is “wrongly” believed. Click here for the ABC article and watch Obama struggle through a pre-election interview with George Stephanopoulos where he darts the question.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
This year Obama did not observe the 21st annual National Day of Prayer.
President Obama has issued a National Day of Prayer proclamation but will not hold an interfaith observance at the White House, as President Bush did. The administration is appealing a ruling last month that the official day of prayer is unconstitutional. - Christian Science Monitor
But on September 25th, 2009 he attended a national day of prayer for the Muslim religion.
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The Boy Scouts Booed The US President At The National Jamboree
Something is bad wrong. The question is this: Is it there a problem with our Boy Scouts or a problem with our president? One of the voices you hear in the background says, “I can’t believe I wanted this guy to be president.”
Hope And Change
The public is losing sight of “Hope and Change” with good reason. The real employment rate is reaching Depression era levels. Key White House staff is leaving the Obama administration in large numbers. In the middle of all of this our vacationing president is taking vacations “to stimulate the economy.” And now the lack of respect for the president is making itself known in organizations like the Boy Scouts.
CNN Video On The Story
Even CNN couldn’t cover this one up. Here is a link to their YouTube video that I was able to view on 8-11-2010. They turned off the ability to embed this video on your site. I wonder if they remove this at some point in the future from the 19,184 videos they currently have on YouTube. Click on this to see the video on YouTube:
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“Hope and Change” was Obama’s campaign slogan in the 2008 campaign. My question was this: “What did we want to change?” The only things I could get out of his messages was that he was going to take things away from people. Certain people were making too much money. He wanted to restrict and tax these people. And with that message he implied that those lower on the totem pole were somehow going to benefit.
Well, where are they now with the real unemployment rate above 16% (MSN Reports). Estimates range as high as 28% (Daily Finance Poll). During the Great Depression the unemployment rate reached 24.9% (Answers.com). Will we look back on this period as a depression?
The Truth Is Coming Out
The public is finally catching on to who Barack Obama really is. A man with no experience running anything. It was unrealistic to believe that he could run the most powerful nation in the world.
Mr. Obama could protest that his swift and sudden fall from grace is no fault of his. He had been a blank slate, and the devotees had projected onto him their hopes and dreams. His victory had not been the triumph of policies he had enunciated in great detail. He had never run anything in his entire life. He had a scant public record, but oddly this worked to his advantage. – Fouad Ajami – Wall Street Journal – 9-11-2010
Obama is running out of time to pass on the blame. And the public is finally realizing that they are the only ones to blame for putting this man in office. Mr. Ahami concludes his WSJ article very appropriately:
There is a widespread sense of unstated embarrassment that a political majority, if only for a moment, fell for the promise of an untested redeemer—a belief alien to the temperament of this so practical and sober a nation. – WSJ
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2008 Campaign Ad for Hope and Change:
You are seeing the change you voted for. Here’s the change you were promised:
Barack Obama’s hope and change is delivering on the change, but brings with it very little hope. He rhetoric alone has done incredible damage to our economy. Threats of higher taxes and tighter restrictions have crippled economic growth. Investors are sitting on piles of cash waiting to invest it in plant and equipment. The questions are: “Where will they invest it?” and “When will they invest it?” Our economy needs them to invest it in the US and we need them to invest it now. Scary parallels are being drawn between Presidential decisions made today and those made prior to the Great Depression.
I’ve provided a link to Donald Luskin’s article below. I strongly encourage you to read it.
We’re repeating some of the same mistakes right now, even as fears of a “double dip” recession mount. – Donald Luskin, Wall Street Journal
Is this man capable of leading the free world? Tell us what you think.
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Hope and Change
The Obamas are heading for a vacation, again. On Thursday they start a ten-day vacation at Martha’s Vineyard after making a quickweekend trip to Florida.
On Memorial Day he elected to skip services at Arlington National Cemetery to take his family for rest and relaxation in Chicago. But, of course, he would stick out like a sore thumb in that place of honor.
If we could just keep him on vacation what kind of damage could he do there?
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White House Aides Head For The Exits
Obama’s aides are beginning to realize that the worst is yet to come. And they want out. Why haven’t you heard about this? Because they are leaving with little fanfare. They have accomplished little to make fanfare about. Linda Douglass, after her resignation said: “I felt like a real burden was lifted from my shoulders. I was really surprised how exhausted I was when I left.”
Peter R. Orszag, White House budget director, left less than two weeks ago. Christa Romer, head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, recently announced she plans to return to California. Others gone are Desiree Rogers (social secretary), Mark Lippert (National Security Council), Ellen Moran (communications director) and Gregory B. Craig, (White House counsel). And there are over a dozen others.
Even the liberal press has found itself in a position to admit there is a problem. The evidence from the polls is so overwhelming that NBC, who’s commentators backed Obama dramatically in 2008, feels the need to post this on their website:
Here’s our take on the new NBC/WSJ poll: “To borrow the famous line from the 1976 film “Network,” Americans are mad as hell at Washington — and they’re not going to take it anymore. That, at least, is the conclusion from the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which finds:
- that less than half the country approves of President Obama’s job;
- that the percentage believing the current Congress is either below average or among the worst is at an all-time high;
- that the number viewing the Republican Party favorably is at an all-time low;
- and that the Democratic Party doesn’t fare much better.”
Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s take: “Americans are growing more pessimistic about the economy and the war in Afghanistan, and are losing faith that Democrats have better solutions than Republicans… Underpinning the gloom: Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the economy has yet to hit bottom, a sharply higher percentage than the 53% who felt that way in January.”
The New York Times on the Team Obama members who’ve exited the White House. “Eighteen months into President Obama’s term, some of the first-generation team that arrived with him at the White House are moving on. One by one, usually with little fanfare, they have turned in White House badges and BlackBerrys to rejoin the outside world, some eagerly seeking the exit, others unhappily shown the door.” – MSNBC
We elected a president that was totally unqualified. Now we are paying the price. America has woken up. The press is finally catching on a year or so behind.
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