Less talk, more action

As Obama chats up the economy, what is he actually doing?

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Barack Obama loves to show off his basketball prowess now and then. His favorite move on the court: the pivot.

The Wall Street Journal wrote this past week that “President Obama made his fourth or fifth, or maybe it’s the seventh or eighth, pivot to the economy on Wednesday.” By another reporter’s count, the president has pivoted to supposedly make the economy a priority 19 times now.

That’s a lot of talk with very little action. If it’s really a priority, why must the topic be pivoted to so much?

What it all means to you is that this president is more concerned with using the sputtering economy as a talking point to occasionally change the subject. And to somehow blame Republicans for his record.

In short, Barack Obama has seen his track record, and he’s not going to take it anymore!

Mr. Obama claimed in his latest pivot to the economy that he wants to work with Republicans to get things going. But skipping out of Washington to make empty campaign-style, beat-opponents-over-the-head speeches won’t get the job done on jobs.

Mr. President, for goodness’ sake, you are term-limited; stop campaigning and start governing! Meet with Congress and find some common ground on the economy. Hyperpartisan speeches with whiny complaints about duly elected opponents, and absolutely no new proposals, may move left-wing audiences but they won’t move the needle on the economy.

“We have a president who loves to give campaign speeches to adoring crowds, but who doesn’t seem to have much interest in governing,” observes columnist Michael Barone.

Perhaps the president realizes the truth: that his own policies of mushrooming regulations and soak-the-wealthy class warfare are holding the economy back, and that what we need is less regulation, stable or lower tax rates and more certainty on both regulations and taxation.

Obamacare is a proven job killer, and the worst of it hasn’t even been implemented. How can it not be a job killer? It disincentivizes business growth and having full-time workers, and is raising the costs of health insurance drastically. It’s so ominous that Obama had to delay full implementation of it until 2015 – and even his hard-left union friends are sending up warning flares about Obamacare’s potential to destroy the middle class.

Mr. Obama’s much-vaunted “economic” speech was more about how to distribute the pie, rather than how to grow it for everyone.

“For four and a half years,” The Wall Street Journal notes, “Mr. Obama has focused his policies on reducing inequality rather than increasing growth. The predictable result has been more inequality and less growth. ...

“(T)he striking fact of the Obama economy is that median real household income has fallen even during the recovery.”

Honest historians will someday wonder – as many of us already do – how in the world America re-upped for more of this misery. Mr. Obama may not have caused the recession, but he owns the most dismal “recovery” in American history, and his policies appear aimed at keeping America down.

That, after all, is the very definition of the socialism/communism this president was suckled on: You don’t throw open the door to opportunity and let people run free; no, you try to rig the race so everyone ends up at the finish line at the same time. Of course, entire nation-states have been erected, and subsequently fallen, on that arrogant government-knows-best folly.

Being an inveterate sports fan, you would think the president would appreciate the beauty of a system based on merit and individual ability, achievement and reward.

Why is a meritocracy in sports a good thing, but not elsewhere?

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/30/13 - 07:41 am
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To this gem

“We have a president who loves to give campaign speeches to adoring crowds, but who doesn’t seem to have much interest in governing,”

Because he is much better at running for "something" than he is at governing....& evidently he knows that. :)

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soapy_725 07/30/13 - 08:12 am
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One Big Arse Mistake America. O-B-A-M-A
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One Big Arse Mistake America. O-B-A-M-A

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/30/13 - 08:13 am
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The "Big O" loves his own image & hates all that is America.
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The "Big O" loves his own image & hates all that is America.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/30/13 - 08:14 am
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The Big "O" is bringing the chickens home to roost.
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The Big "O" is bringing the chickens home to roost.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/30/13 - 08:16 am
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We have shown our tolerance by electing a half-black POTUS?
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We have shown our tolerance by electing a half-black POTUS?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/30/13 - 08:17 am
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We will next show our diversity by electing a half man/woman?
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We will next show our diversity by electing a half man/woman?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/30/13 - 08:17 am
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Our strength is in our Diversity of Expressed Cultures. ?Amen?
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Our strength is in our Diversity of Expressed Cultures. ?Amen?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/30/13 - 08:18 am
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From a "Melting Pot" to a "Cobb Salad". Lord help us all.
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From a "Melting Pot" to a "Cobb Salad". Lord help us all.

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deestafford 07/30/13 - 08:53 am
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Excellent, Excellent Editorial

obama's basketball "prowless" is one notch about his economic knowledge. Both of which are over rated by him and his maleducated, misinformed, statist supporters.

obama does not govern because he doesn't know how. He is a community agitator whose background is to stir up people and tell them they are where they are because of "the man" or "the system" never because of the decisions they made.

He is not an orator as many want to purport. He has a speaking style that says nothing when analyzed but says what one wants to hear when one hears it base on what one wants to hear. There is never any substance there...particularly when he is off teleprompter. He has to use a teleprompter because he does not have the depth of knowledge to speak on most subjects.

One thing obama does not lack and that is self esteem and over self impressiveness. The other day he was being interviewed by the NY Times and was asked how contitutionally he could justify not implementing or changing the implementation of some laws while the Republicans said he was violating the Constitution by his actions. His reply, "I know more about the Constitution than the Republicans."

Look in the dictionary under for "narcissist" and you will find obama cited as an example along with his picture.

grouse
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grouse 07/30/13 - 09:06 am
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The House is too busy trying
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The House is too busy trying to repeal Obamacare and stop abortion to pass any jobs bills.

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dahreese 07/30/13 - 09:26 am
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Any average 7th grader,
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Any average 7th grader, reading the first line of this "opinion", can easily recognizes that its going to be nothing but just another one sided slam at Obama.

No, Obama shouldn't blame Republicans for his record.

Rather, they should blame themselves as much as they (and this "opinion") blame Obama.

And good editorials and good editorial writers would objectively do that.

That said, Obama and both political parties are to blame for the poor economy we have - which could have an upbeat like nothing we've seen since Eisenhower, and which could be implemented by a national improvement in our crumbled, and dangerous, infrastructure.

OJP
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OJP 07/30/13 - 10:31 am
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Two things:

(1) Updated Bikini Graph (private sector) showing Obama's record as a "job killer": http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/bikini-graph-...

(2) "Being an inveterate sports fan, you would think the president would appreciate the beauty of a system based on merit and individual ability, achievement and reward."

Continuing with the sports analogy, why is it that the worst teams get the best pick in the draft (at least in the NFL)? Why not let the best team have the first choice?

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chascushman 07/30/13 - 05:03 pm
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rmwhitley 07/30/13 - 05:50 pm
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If you
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are an obama adherent, then you are as much of the nation's problem as the thug-in-chief. Go out and get a job.

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Red Headed Step Child 07/30/13 - 06:54 pm
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@OJP

On the draft, I'd think it's to allow crappy teams the ability to get some good players...you know, spread the talent out a little.

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ultrarnr 07/30/13 - 08:06 pm
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Heavy Artillery
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Wow a communist and a socialist in one editorial. Maybe we can blame him for every problem we have. It would make for a much shorter editorial.

OJP
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OJP 07/30/13 - 08:55 pm
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@Red Headed Step Child

Sure seems anti-meritocratic to me! The NFL is SOCIALIST!!! Taking from the good teams and giving to the bad teams. And for what?

The common good. Perhaps even the NFL understands things better than the ACES.

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justthefacts 07/30/13 - 09:36 pm
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Naw

If the NFL was taking players off good teams and putting them on bad teams, you'd have something. They are not.

OJP
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OJP 07/31/13 - 08:53 am
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@justthefacts

But the policy undeniably "punishes" success and "rewards" failure.

The redistribution of talent doesn't have to come from the existing players to be redistribution. Redistributing potential players is felt just as hard (if not harder because players age).

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