Out of ideas

Obama's top priority now seems to be forging divisions to keep his job

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Barack Obama can’t use “It’s the economy, stupid.” It’s been done before and, in this particular instance, he’s on the wrong side of that equation: Most Americans fault his handling of the economy, believe the country is on the wrong track and suspect his policies have made things worse.

Jay Kober, 60, of Portland, Ore., who has been unemployed for 10 months, waits in line with others during a job fair in Portland, Ore. Unemployment rates rose in a majority of states in August for a third straight month.  RICK BOWMER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
RICK BOWMER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jay Kober, 60, of Portland, Ore., who has been unemployed for 10 months, waits in line with others during a job fair in Portland, Ore. Unemployment rates rose in a majority of states in August for a third straight month.

His approval rating on the economy is at a pitiful 34 percent in a recent CBS News/New York Times poll.

What to do?

Wait! How about pitting one group of Americans against another?

Tragically, this tactic of anger and fear appears to be Mr. Obama’s strategy for the presidential campaign – as he is appealing to minority groups to “put on your marching shoes,” pitting rich against poor and claiming that Republicans will “cripple” the country.

Last year, he encouraged Hispanic voters to “punish our enemies.”

What happened to Mr. Bipartisanship? Mr. I Want Good Ideas From All Sectors? Mr. Hope?

In truth, he’s out of ideas. His Keynesian economic theories have failed, the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve are out of ammunition – and nowadays only make things worse when they speak or act, as in last week’s stock market dive – and his notion of “shovel-ready” public works projects from his first stimulus bill has Republican presidential candidates and even Mr. Obama himself laughing.

If jobs are his No. 1 priority, it appears to be his job he’s worried about. He seems willing to further divide the country by race and party in order to keep his job.

No U.S. president or candidate in modern history has been more divisive in his rhetoric or done more to exacerbate America’s divisions. The strategy appears to be to Balkanize the country – to divide and conquer.

That cynical approach would be sad and damaging enough if the election were just a month away, or if the economy were doing well. But it looks as if Americans, who are carrying the weight of uncertainty and dread on their backs already, will have to endure a year of a president’s bad-mouthing half the population in order to get ahead.

With the economy hanging by a thread, and with Americans’ psyches fraying, can the country survive a full year of our president dividing us further and finding new domestic enemies every week?

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wtinney
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wtinney 09/27/11 - 12:33 am
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The AC gives too much credit

The AC gives too much credit to President Obama in this editorial. First, even though then-Senator and later (early) Obama did say all those quotes above, he never meant them to be taken as promises. President Obama has an agenda that is far more important than strengthening the economy. As a matter of fact, strengthening the economy would go against his far-reaching application of socialist principles. The Obama administration has already stated that they will take advantage of emergencies making sure they can expand government influence in areas that were not intended by the restraining on government document known as the U.S. Constitution. This happened with New Deal legislation in response to The Depression the U.S. suffered in the 1930s (a depression that only the WWII production machine and circumstance got us out of - not Seabiscuit or the public projects). This administration has already stated that it is willing to accept (and expects) 8 percent unemployment (twice as high as it was during most of George W. Bush's term and 40% higher than it was with the first Bush's term that saw to his loss to Bill Clinton). The press has been defending Obama - even when they can claim to be his biggest critics. I mean, who amongst the legitimate press is willing to say, "our president wants the economy to fail?". If the economy does fail, and to the surprise of many, Obama can use his class warfare language to get elected. Even though this whole mess is due to the influx of socialist programs (sub-prime housing loans, Social Security, Medicare, Education spending, wealth redistribution schemes [see the Black farmers' payoff, even though they did not win a court case], agricultural subsidies, corporate subsidies, community investment grants, etc. - making government spending outpace revenues; it just does not matter. Too many are not willing to see Obama as actually an ideologue and very bad for this country at his core. As long as the AC and others continue to think Obama wants these things fixed instead of conceiving of the possibility that he is gaming the government to make them the only source of resources therefore the only one that people can turn to, no one among the independents will understand who Obama really is (and thus would actually consider voting for him ... again). That, of course, would make an election, that should be a trouncing of the incumbant, a close call.

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thewiz0oz 09/27/11 - 03:35 am
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By every definition Obama has

By every definition Obama has failed the American people. He should follow LBJ's 1968 example and step aside from the 2012 Presidential election. No matter who the Republicans nominate he/she will be more qualified to manage the U.S.A. affairs than will Obama. His OTJ training during his first term hasn't taught him anything. He still doesn't know what he doesn't know.

Only the highly partisan, uneducated and uninformed could vote for him in 2012. However, this describes a significant number within our Republic.

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Riverman1 09/27/11 - 04:59 am
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Obama is starting to sound

Obama is starting to sound like a racist blaming black people for being lazy. Conservatives and free market advocates never blame classes of people. It's governmental policies that create unhealthy forces harming capitalism and attitudes that don't promote self reliance.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 09/27/11 - 06:14 am
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In 2012, the Dems will change
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In 2012, the Dems will change their slogan from "Its the economy, stupid." to "Its all Bush's fault." Hey, gotta use something to take the focus off Obama's incompetency.

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harley_52 09/27/11 - 07:04 am
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Very well said, wtinney.

Very well said, wtinney.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/27/11 - 07:10 am
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"However, this describes a

"However, this describes a significant number within our Republic."
Correction:However, this describes a significant number within our Republicans.

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Brad Owens 09/27/11 - 07:10 am
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Yawn...

Yawn...

southernguy08
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southernguy08 09/27/11 - 07:12 am
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TECH, seen the polls lately?
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TECH, seen the polls lately? The voters will be turning Obama back into a "community leader."

Techfan
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Techfan 09/27/11 - 07:57 am
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I wonder if the AC just gets

I wonder if the AC just gets it's editorials from the headlines of right wing site or actually reads the polls it cites. Of course they could read them and just cherry pick the parts they like for their propaganda machine.
NYT/CBS poll:
Obama handling of the economy: Approve-34%, Disapprove-57%
Obama handling his job: Approve-43%, Disapprove-50%
Democrats handling their job: Approve-29%, Disapprove-63%
REPUBLICANS HANDLING THEIR JOB:APRROVE-19%, DIAPPROVE-72%
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/16/politics/main20107599.shtml

Techfan
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Techfan 09/27/11 - 08:10 am
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Do you think Barack Obama

Do you think Barack Obama does or does not have a clear plan for creating jobs? Does-43%, Does not-52%
Do you think the Republicans in Congress do or do not have a clear plan for creating jobs? Do-24%, Do not-67%

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Techfan 09/27/11 - 08:12 am
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In order to try to create

In order to try to create jobs, do you think it is probably a good idea or a bad ideato spend money on the nation's infrastructure - such as bridges, airports, and schools?
Good idea-80%, Bad idea-16%

southernguy08
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southernguy08 09/27/11 - 08:14 am
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TECH, unfortunately for Dems,
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TECH, unfortunately for Dems, most of the current GOP candidates running for president, including frontrunner Rick Perry, ARE NOT in congress. Therefore, Dems can't very well claim they are part of the same Washington fiasco. Sorry, nice try. But cheer up, when Obama is out of office, you can whine how Republicans are ruining the world. You'll have to wait until then, though.

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Techfan 09/27/11 - 08:14 am
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In order to lower the

In order to lower the nation's budget deficit, do you think taxes should be increasedon households earning $250,000 a year or more or should the government address the budgetdeficit without increasing taxes on those households?
Increase taxes-56%, Don't increase taxes-37%

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justthefacts 09/27/11 - 08:14 am
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Everybody has a poll: The

Everybody has a poll: The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of Likely Voters trust Republicans to handle the issue of the economy, while 39% trust Democrats. Another 17% are undecided.

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justthefacts 09/27/11 - 08:16 am
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Taxes are a hot button issue

Taxes are a hot button issue as of late, and voters trust Republicans more than Democrats by a 44% to 38% margin to handle it. Nineteen percent (19%) are undecided.

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Techfan 09/27/11 - 08:16 am
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Do you think any plan to

Do you think any plan to reduce the federal budget deficit should include only tax increases, or only spending cuts, or a combination of both tax increases and spending cuts?
Only increase taxes-3%
Only spending cuts-21%
Both-71%

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/27/11 - 08:17 am
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Wait a minute, JustTheFacts.

Wait a minute, JustTheFacts. They didn't include me in those poll numbers. I trust neither the Republicans nor the Democrats and I am not undecided.

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justthefacts 09/27/11 - 08:18 am
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On the third most important

On the third most important issue to voters, healthcare, 43% trust the GOP while 40% trust the Democrats. Seventeen percent (17%) are undecided.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/27/11 - 08:21 am
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Yeah, Little Lamb but you

Yeah, Little Lamb but you don't the difference between a bunt and a........ha. You're not going to live that one down...for a while.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/27/11 - 08:22 am
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Rasmussen is the most right

Rasmussen is the most right wing slanted "poll" out there. What do you expect from a guy who worked for World Net Daily (We make up the news so you don't have to)?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/27/11 - 08:23 am
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Much more trustworthy that

Much more trustworthy that CBS/NYT.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/27/11 - 08:26 am
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The AC used the CBS/NYT poll

The AC used the CBS/NYT poll to cherry pick their numbers. That's the same poll I used. Also, unlike the "news"paper, I gave the link to the entire poll for readers to access. Wouldn't want the public to have the full amount of information would we AC?

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Little Lamb 09/27/11 - 08:26 am
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Regarding this question on

Regarding this question on the NYT/CBS poll:

In order to try to create jobs, do you think it is probably a good idea or a bad ideato spend money on the nation's infrastructure - such as bridges, airports, and schools?

What the dumb masses don't understand is that government spending on infrastructure repair or replacement or even new infrastructure does not create any jobs. Sure, you can see the engineers with their pencils in their pockets and their blueprints. You can see the construction workers in their hard hats. But you don't see the equivalent number of workers laid off or jobs not created in other sectors because of the taxes taken from the rest of us to create that infrastructure building boom.

If the government had not taken the money from us, we would have created jobs with that money based upon our desires, not upon the whims of bureaucrats.

Government creates nothing. It merely redistributes.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/27/11 - 08:27 am
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"For all the derision

"For all the derision directed toward pre-election polling, the final poll estimates were notfar off from the actual nationwide voteshares for the two candidates. On average, preelectionpolls from 23 public polling organizations projected a Democratic advantage of7.52 percentage points on Election Day, which is only about 1.37 percentage points away
from the current estimate of a 6.15-point Obama margin in the national popular vote.Following the procedures proposed by Martin, Traugott and Kennedy (see Public OpinionQuarterly, Fall 2006, pp. 342-369) to assess poll accuracy, I analyze poll estimates fromthese 23 polling organizations. Four of these polls appear to have overestimated McCain
support (indicated with a * below), while most polls (17) overestimated Obama strength.Pre-election projections for two organizations’ final polls—Rasmussen and Pew—wereperfectly in agreement with the actual election result (**)." BTW...CBS was 16th,

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/27/11 - 08:27 am
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Oooh, my face is turning red

Oooh, my face is turning red again, JustTheFacts.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/27/11 - 08:28 am
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That's a good one just. Do

That's a good one just. Do you use WND as one of your trustworthy sources as well?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/27/11 - 08:33 am
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Regarding this question on

Regarding this question on the NYT/CBS poll:

In order to lower the nation's budget deficit, do you think taxes should be increasedon households earning $250,000 a year or more or should the government address the budgetdeficit without increasing taxes on those households?

It's class warfare and wealth envy time again. When it comes to raising taxes, it is

Don't tax you.
Don't tax me.
Tax that man behind the tree.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/27/11 - 08:35 am
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Try looking at more elections

Try looking at more elections on his accuracy. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/27/11 - 08:42 am
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I don't have time or

I don't have time or inclination to try and change your closed mind. Hey Little Lamb did they ask if everyone would like free ice cream, if the mean ole rich white people have to pay for it?

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southernguy08 09/27/11 - 08:44 am
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I find it funny to hear libs
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I find it funny to hear libs screaming to raise taxes on the wealthy, but they whine like spoiled children being denied candy if you mention passing a national sale tax. Also, if we increase taxes and collect all this extra money, what's to stop Obama and congress from finding new ways to spend it instead of paying off the national debt? There's no Balanced Budget Amendment, requiring them to do so. And from Obama's big mouth directly, I heard him say, "We don't need a balanced budet amendment." Bunk! We need more taxpayers, not increased taxes on those who are already paying!

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