A seal of disapproval

Growing discontent with Obama is becoming too big to ignore

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An anonymous "ranter" complained this week that this page's handlers "must have graduated from the college of negativity" for all our criticisms of Barack Obama.

President Obama has spent the past year in free fall, as growing numbers of Americans have become dissatisfied with his dismal job performance.  Charles Dharapak/AP Photo
Charles Dharapak/AP Photo
President Obama has spent the past year in free fall, as growing numbers of Americans have become dissatisfied with his dismal job performance.

Blame The Chronicle all you like. But if anyone thinks this page is alone, or even off base, in its urgent criticism of this president's misbegotten policies, they're just not tuned in to reality.

First off, Barack Obama's popularity has plunged in a fireball down a mountainside and into a ravine over the past year: After enjoying positive ratings of near 70 percent following his inauguration, Rasmussen Reports said this week that 43 percent of voters strongly disapprove of Obama's performance, as opposed to only 22 percent who strongly approve.

Perhaps most troubling for the president is the fact that, among independents -- the nation's swing voters -- those numbers are 45 to 17.

He's losing the country, if he hasn't already lost it.

And in an astonishing online poll by CBS News, people were asked to grade Mr. Obama on nine issues or characteristics and to give him an overall grade. In each and every case, a plurality -- or a whopping majority -- gave him an "F."

In every area.

Certainly, it's an unscientific poll -- but consider the source: CBS News, hardly a right-wing organization.

Nearly 80 percent gave the president an overall grade of "F." But his worst grade was reserved for his signature issue, health care: 82 percent gave him an "F."

That isn't just a national consensus. It's a deluge.

Mr. Obama isn't likely to be judged any more kindly should he insist on taking the country, kicking and screaming, off the health-care cliff he's guiding us toward. Consider these numbers:

- 57 percent believe his health-care plan will hurt the economy.

- 66 percent believe the Democrats' health-care plan will increase the national deficit.

- 78 percent believe taxes will have to be raised on the middle class to pay for health-care reform, despite Mr. Obama's campaign pledges to the contrary.

- 81 percent say the health-care plan will cost more than official estimates.

Given the federal government's track record for cost estimates, on such things as Medicare, that 81-percent majority is likely right.

You don't need to go to college to see what's wrong.

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scorehouse
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scorehouse 03/11/10 - 09:05 pm
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every program and/or piece of
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every program and/or piece of legislation this administration, read obama and this pelosi.reid led congress, has passed has been a failure. a very expensive failure that i believe has us doomed to financial ruin. someone please explain how we are going to repay this debt?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/10 - 09:14 pm
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In the administration's

In the administration's latest embarrassment, Israel slapped Joe Biden's visit with an announcement they will build more housing in East Jerusalem.

Fish Out of Water
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Fish Out of Water 03/11/10 - 09:45 pm
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Way to go, Chronicle! Refer

Way to go, Chronicle! Refer to those who disagree with you as "ranters". That's a surefire way to appear more reasonable and "tuned in" to reality. Keep preaching to the choir, I'm sure it does wonders for your bloated egos.

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joehill 03/11/10 - 09:50 pm
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unjust war fine, universal

unjust war fine, universal health care an abomination!!

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joehill 03/11/10 - 09:51 pm
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absolutely ridiculous

absolutely ridiculous

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joehill 03/11/10 - 09:53 pm
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hang in there, mr. president!

hang in there, mr. president! stick to your principles and don't listen to the naysayers! the time for the USA to join the rest of the industrialized world in offering a secure health care system has come!! just do it!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/10 - 09:55 pm
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Scorehouse, exactly. We need

Scorehouse, exactly. We need to save and Obama wants to spend more. He always had trouble balancing his checkbook when he worked for ACORN, I bet.

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joehill 03/11/10 - 09:56 pm
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why do you folks stop with

why do you folks stop with the health care system? why don't we get rid of public safety, fire and police, free coverage in emergency rooms? why don't we get rid of all public education including state run universities and colleges? what about social security and medicare, shouldn't we get rid of that too? why don't we all just fend for ourselves? everyone get guns and stock up on ammo?

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johnston.cliff 03/11/10 - 10:46 pm
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Fish, wouldn't someone who

Fish, wouldn't someone who disagreed with an editorial or article be a ranter in relation to the article in question? This is a primarily conservative editorial section and the unbelievably tin-ear politics of our Marxist in chief will continue to solicit negative response here, as it does in most of the country. The "left controlled" media, and those convinced by the leftist "news reporting", are the 20% of voting Americans that currently support our president. Unfortunately, they make up 95% of the "news" media. Our government education system produces a lot of people that are easily tricked.

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Riverman1 03/11/10 - 10:04 pm
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We could have health care

We could have health care like the Swiss where families pay on average over a thousand dollars a month. But to turn your thinking around, JoeHill, why don't we give everyone a house and car in addtion to health care and food? Plus, let's make the minimum wage $50 an hour.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/11/10 - 10:46 pm
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Dang joehill, your posts

Dang joehill, your posts sure make my point. My government education came prior to the "leveling of the playing field" that provided us with the "lowest common denominator" education that is used to turn out subsidy dependents.

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joehill 03/11/10 - 10:05 pm
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hey johnston.cliff, did you

hey johnston.cliff, did you support W. leading us into iraq when cheney lied and lied and lied again to claim a link between al queda and saddam hussein? just wondering if you were "easily tricked".

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johnston.cliff 03/11/10 - 10:07 pm
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joehill, is your question a

joehill, is your question a result of buying the CNN and NPR perspective? Do you believe in national defense?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/10 - 10:10 pm
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If we are going to point

If we are going to point fingers, what about Bill Clinton bombing the aspirin factory? Or refusing to blow up the house Bin Laden was in because his own CIA wouldn't "certify" Bin Laden was in there. Now that was weird.

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joehill 03/11/10 - 10:08 pm
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interesting though, one could

interesting though, one could argue that you all have been easily tricked into believing that universal healthcare is the root of all our problems instead of the power of the federal reserve and the unchecked power of multinational corporations.

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joehill 03/11/10 - 10:11 pm
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Um, Riverman, why would

Um, Riverman, why would Clinton want to bomb Obama's house?

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Riverman1 03/11/10 - 10:11 pm
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"Um, Riverman, why would

"Um, Riverman, why would Clinton want to bomb Obama's house? Dolt."

Ha...got me there, dolt I be on that one. I must have Obama on my mind. I changed it. :)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/11/10 - 10:12 pm
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But, come to think of it, it

But, come to think of it, it was a hard fought campaign with Hillary.

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johnston.cliff 03/11/10 - 10:12 pm
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LOL joehill. You're a fine

LOL joehill. You're a fine Dem representative.

joehill
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joehill 03/11/10 - 10:14 pm
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the question remains, where

the question remains, where were y'all when bush was running the country into the ground?

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joehill 03/11/10 - 10:15 pm
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you are right there,

you are right there, riverman. good point.

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Riverman1 03/11/10 - 10:19 pm
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JoeHill, I do think the AC

JoeHill, I do think the AC and many conservatives ranted against Bush's spending. The AC went over that once in an editorial. Personally, I was against the ground war with Iraq, but once things started, the dynamics have changed and this is our chance to establish an important democracy in the Mideast. I think Obama is seeing this too, now. Notice how he has changed his stance?

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joehill 03/11/10 - 10:31 pm
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it didn't seem to have the

it didn't seem to have the same desperate, rabid vehemence that the attacks on Obama's spending have had. and who the hell are we to tell another country what type of government they should have? let alone to tell them at gunpoint?

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johnston.cliff 03/11/10 - 10:48 pm
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We tell another country (or

We tell another country (or political entity) how to act when they attack us and are physically weaker than we.

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joehill 03/11/10 - 10:54 pm
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are you suggesting that we

are you suggesting that we were attacked by iraq?

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jrobinson 03/11/10 - 11:05 pm
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Joe, please, stop with the

Joe, please, stop with the mythology... it's as if it's all you lefties have left. Time has passed, and we know a few things we didn't then. The docs we captured from saddam showed he believed he was still at war with us from '90. He had chemical and bio programs, but was going to import his nukes from NKorea. He shot at our planes every day and had violated all 14 points of the armistice - so we were, technically, still at war. No one in the Bush admin, at any time, ever suggested that Iraq was behind 9/11. That's a straw-myth of sorts you lefties pass around like clamydia. Iraq had connections with over 300 terror organizations. Al-Queda wasn't in the top 25, but to think their role as a Nexxus of terror was unimportant is lunacy.

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joehill 03/12/10 - 02:27 am
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ah, you come across as a

ah, you come across as a lawyer trying to argue some technicality about how they meant us harm even though they did not actually attack us and so that justified our going in to topple the government -- shock and awe, i believe was the terminology rumsfeld favored. my point is, if you're going to ridicule folks as being easily tricked, don't forget to look in the mirror, because you have probably been tricked yourself a time or two. and to answer your question, there probably were a few radicals in Iraq and we probably did have a problem or two with Iraq, but I don't believe it justified the actions that the Bush administration took. I just find it hypocritical to denounce the democrats for out of control spending when you supported the Bush administration spending money it didn't have for a war that should not have been started.

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namlive 03/11/10 - 11:50 pm
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So CBS conducts a poll about

So CBS conducts a poll about the 1200 page health care bill, that no one has read, and asks their opinion about it. Yea, sure. Those numbers mean alot. And can't the Chronicle print one editorial without an em-dash? Who are these uneducated people?

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johnston.cliff 03/11/10 - 11:55 pm
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Oh great, one of my posts was

Oh great, one of my posts was removed. Is our ultra sensitive and ultra liberal moderator on duty tonight? I wonder which sensitivity I tweeked tonight.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/12/10 - 12:03 am
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Nancy Pelosi says, "Just pass

Nancy Pelosi says, "Just pass the bill, we'll figure out what's in it later."

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