Obama's policy strategies are sputtering

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President Obama's tough talk to CEOs on the need for fiscal restraint with the taxpayers' money was applauded by many these past weeks. He claims he doesn't want to waste hard-earned taxpayers' dollars. Has he shown any real bipartisanship by adopting any key Republican proposals for the massive bill? The answer is no. So, let's look at his strategy.

He took his message out on the street and went to the people, the same group that supposedly elected him. Obama took unscripted questions from a crowd that asked him tough questions. His response was to compare the mess he inherited from George Bush to what Americans saw in the Great Depression 80 years ago. The solution Obama offers is tough talk, criticisms and vague innuendos -- no specifics, just taunting across the aisle to his GOP critics. He continues to berate the previous Bush administration but says nothing about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's failure to accomplish anything but frivolous investigations, scoring the lowest congressional approval rating ever over the past two years.

Where's the leadership? Where's the change? This president has not been able to get off dead-center with anything solid because his true partisan colors are blatantly showing as he tries to push his message down our throats with talk of fear and hard times. Tough talk seems to be his demeanor: Mess with me and I'll mess with you. He said just that recently in response to the opposition to his bailout bill. His "they want to get tough, then I can get tough too" attitude will yield nothing but a growing acrimonious relationship with his opponents.

Where is the serious motivation for Republicans to join him? Obama can't even use the bully pulpit effectively as some of his predecessors have done to win their point. He lacks leadership, finesse and experience. We can only hope he's going to be equally as tough with our enemies in Iran, North Korea and Russia.

Ken Manfredi

Evans

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Nammy
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Nammy 03/04/09 - 05:26 am
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Huuut...they said

Huuut...they said sputtering.........LMAO!!!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/04/09 - 06:35 am
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The president can't tell the

The president can't tell the truth and still give the left wing message. His anti-American stance would be too obvious. His approach will trip him up. The hard left press will continue to prop him up and support him through their own lies and innuendo. The easily tricked will continue to worship at the feet of the messiah. Life will be tough for Americans the next four years.

Hoss4
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Hoss4 03/04/09 - 07:35 am
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The market has zero

The market has zero confidence in Obama and Geithner. Obama flat out lied about not having earmarks in the stimulus package. He also said pet projects were not going to be in it either. He has his own pet project in there! This guy talks out of both sides of his mouth constently. He's changing the country alright! Oh and Justus4, you may now enter with your racist point of view on this letter to the editor.

dashiel
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dashiel 03/04/09 - 07:39 am
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Obama-bashing just doesn't

Obama-bashing just doesn't seem to be giving much traction, does it Mr. Manfredi? BTW, perchance are you the same gentleman who used to run Manfredi's in Louisville? If so, I sure do think more highly of your antipasto than your politics.

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 08:16 am
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Hoss, you mean he "speak"

Hoss, you mean he "speak" with forked tongue??? Hey dashiel, rcr and rose, what ya'll say about the 70B in earmarks and the 3B to ACORN. Didn't your boy say no earmarks and no pork--he would veto any bill with those in it? Come on, give us your spin.

teharper428
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teharper428 03/04/09 - 08:39 am
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Mr. Manfredi needs to get his

Mr. Manfredi needs to get his facts straight. Pres. Obama was not talking about the bailout, he was referring to the 2010 budget. Here's the quote: "I realize that passing this budget won't be easy. Because it represents real and dramatic change, it also represents a threat to the status quo in Washington. I know that the insurance industry won't like the idea that they'll have to bid competitively to continue offering Medicare coverage, but that's how we'll help preserve and protect Medicare and lower health care costs for American families. I know that banks and big student lenders won't like the idea that we're ending their huge taxpayer subsidies, but that's how we'll save taxpayers nearly $50 billion and make college more affordable. I know that oil and gas companies won't like us ending nearly $30 billion in tax breaks, but that's how we'll help fund a renewable energy economy that will create new jobs and new industries. I know these steps won't sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they're gearing up for a fight as we speak. My message to them is this:

"So am I."

teharper428
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teharper428 03/04/09 - 08:41 am
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JackRyan- didn't you hear

JackRyan- didn't you hear that that the "3b to Acorn" has been debunked. You may want to use the "internets" to research it.

dashiel
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dashiel 03/04/09 - 08:43 am
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When your oil well's on fire,

When your oil well's on fire, you look for a Red Adair. Maybe that's why the Grand Oil Party turned to Timothy Geithner when Wall Street started to topple. That same man now advises president Obama to cut the deficit to three percent of the economy over the next five years, which would keep the national debt roughly in line with normal economic growth. This appears to be the best possible course. Can you offer better advice? Or do you prefer to whine about Geithner's tax dodging or disapprove of Red Adair's red hair? WHO YOU GONNA CALL?

teharper428
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teharper428 03/04/09 - 08:46 am
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Mr. Manfredi may also want to

Mr. Manfredi may also want to take a look at the Wall Street Journal report of the gallup poll of congressional approval Feb 17, 2009. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/02/17/congress-gets-highest-approval-...

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 08:47 am
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harper, how bout the 70B in

harper, how bout the 70B in earmarks, has that been "debunked?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/04/09 - 08:48 am
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teharper, only the name "3b

teharper, only the name "3b to ACORN" was debunked. The money still goes to the association that gives the money to ACORN.

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 08:49 am
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No, Harper, I've not heard

No, Harper, I've not heard that--want to verify your source?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/04/09 - 08:51 am
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Obama will continue to steer

Obama will continue to steer this ship to the bottom, apparently with the support of the faithful. We survived Carter and we survived Clinton. We'll survive Obama.

teharper428
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teharper428 03/04/09 - 08:53 am
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I told you to search the

I told you to search the "internets".

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 03/04/09 - 08:58 am
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While the messiah is being

While the messiah is being entertained in D.C. by the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder (at taxpayers expense no doubt) I've watched my retirement funds sink lower and lower.
All the messiah can do is continue to blame Bush with NO mention of the FIRST SIX YEARS of the Bush administration that brought us record HIGH stock markets, record LOW unemployment and low interest rates. The Democrats created this crisis so they could capitalize on it for their socialist agenda. I'm sure that Jimmy Carter is now smiling after his promotion from being the Worst President In History. It took him almost three years to destroy the economy but the messiah has done far more damage in six weeks. Join the revolution in 2010 and 2012 and restore America!!!!!

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 08:59 am
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I have and I don't see where

I have and I don't see where the money is not going to ACORN.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 03/04/09 - 09:02 am
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There's really no need to sit

There's really no need to sit here and take such easy shots at Obama. He's making the strongest case possible for a return to conservative values & leadership. Honesty, transparency, no more business as usual. This nation will soon forget that Obama is the first black president and realize that he is so far left of liberal that his policies will adversely affect us all. I'll bet the Clintons are licking their chops. Obama will not only not be reelected in 4 years but will most likely be opposed by his own party.

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willistontownsc 03/04/09 - 09:57 am
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Record-low approval for the

Record-low approval for the GOP. At 26%. While 56% of America, myself included, blame them for this mess. You cons can talk a good talk, but you can't do anything besides run this country into the ground. So, like the great Mrs. Greenbaum said in her LTE, you lie, lie ,lie and obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 10:02 am
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Where was that poll taken lil

Where was that poll taken lil willy, from the entitlement crowd perchance?

Hoss4
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Hoss4 03/04/09 - 10:06 am
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The only people that seem to

The only people that seem to be lying these days are Obama's appointees, Willy. What is the total of non tax paying cheats up to now? 5, 6? Very poor rebuttal Willis. Head to the back of the line and try again later.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 03/04/09 - 10:24 am
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No, JackRyan.

No, JackRyan.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 03/04/09 - 10:25 am
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And Hoss, the ONLY LIARS I

And Hoss, the ONLY LIARS I see are the cons.

Hoss4
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Hoss4 03/04/09 - 10:29 am
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So people that cheat on their

So people that cheat on their taxes arent liars eh, Willy? Yeah, you are a showing your knowledge again.

teharper428
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teharper428 03/04/09 - 10:37 am
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1. The bill does include

1. The bill does include funds for which ACORN would be eligible to compete - against hundreds of other groups. But most is for a housing rehabilitation program ACORN says it never applied for in the past and won't in the future.

http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/does_the_stimulus_bill_include_a_5...
2. We read the fine print from the House version of the stimulus package and saw no money designated for ACORN, or any other specific nonprofit organization.
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/feb/02/john-boeh...

Bizarro
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Bizarro 03/04/09 - 10:43 am
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It isn't really Rep and Dem

It isn't really Rep and Dem anymore. But Obama is using strategies straight out of the marxist handbook. Marxism holds at its core a critical analysis of capitalism and a theory of social change, which is exactly what Obama has and is doing. Fundamental to this is the sympathy for the working class and the struggle between classes as the reason for political unrest (which he is milking this one big time as the 5% vs 95% and note the marxist weasel words like "exploitation" and "alienation") and "capitalism and free markets have failed". Ultimately the interest of the working class match humanity best (which he caters to the working class), and the notion of a "revolution" (or in Obamanese "CHANGE") ,allbeit a social one, which is all ready taking place with the dismantling of the GOP and fixing the Dem outcome for years to come. Now either you realize this and agree or are too ignorant to know the difference. READ. That is the obvious strategy which has been very successful, but of course all politicians lie to get in office so now we see if he promotes govt as usual or is his change socialism as his campaign strategy implemented. You can play work games but a rose is a rose.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/04/09 - 10:44 am
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Why are we not seeing Jay

Why are we not seeing Jay Leno, Dave Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, etc lambasting Barack Obama as they have every president before? They have no difficulty skewering Hillary, Queen Nancy, Blago, yet they speak not of Burris or Steele. They're still on Palin and McCain like stink on stimulus. I have a suspicion, but I'll wait for the more intelligent here to provide input. Thanks in advance.

JackRyan
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JackRyan 03/04/09 - 10:48 am
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Harper, that does not tell me

Harper, that does not tell me anything and yes ACORN will get the money. I see tho that you don't want to comment on the 70B lie and the lobbyist lie. Come on, give us your spin. Oh, and what do you think about the tax cheats?

jack234
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jack234 03/04/09 - 10:48 am
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Stocks are taking off today.

Stocks are taking off today. This is much sooner than I expected. Obama might go down in history as the smartest president ever. We have a TIGER in the white house and he has teed off. Rush, get a life. We want America to succeed. No room for traitors. HELLO! HELLO!

mad_max
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mad_max 03/04/09 - 10:49 am
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I am sure Dems do blame the

I am sure Dems do blame the Repbulicans for the state of affairs, even though the root of the economic problems started with the Clinton administration and it's loosening of the requirements to buy a home through Fannie and Freddie. Of course this was done to force more lending in minority communities but once the standards were lowered to where you did not even have to prove you had a job or have a down payment, well what has happened was inevitable. Couple that with the loosening of regulation of the banks, also signed by Mr. Clinton, and the "invention" of derivatives, and the crash was set in concrete. But like you, I think a lot of people blamed the Republicans and that is why a percentage of them crossed lines and voted for Obama because he talked a good game. But I can assure you that these voters did not endorse what Obama is doing now and that is the ramming of all of these socialist programs down our throat, the forcing of social standards on states and doctors, more gun control, outrageous taxes on energy which will phenomenally raise prices on gas, electricity, ect. This will backfire on him. The policies being implemented are not what the crossover voters wanted.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 03/04/09 - 10:50 am
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DASHIEL, you're backing Tim
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DASHIEL, you're backing Tim Geithner? The Tres. sec who can't even pay his taxes on time? And WILLISTON, approval ratings can sink faster than the Dow. Also, if you want to see liars, just turn on CNN anytime Blagojevich, Burris, Pelosi, Reid, and Rahm Emanuel are speaking.

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