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Old 06-06-2011, 04:27 PM  
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Why Do Americans Continue to Give Obama a Pass?

Why Do Americans Continue to Give Obama a Pass?

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Why do Americans continue to give President Obama a free pass? Despite pitiful job creation, a lurching and disappointing recovery, recurring confrontations with Israel, paralysis on immigration, despair over Afghanistan, a worsening fiscal outlook, an expensive stalemate in Libya, a dysfunctional relationship with Congress (including his own party) and a world view that is patently at odds with mainstream Americans – Obama continues to enjoy positive approval ratings. As of last week, according to Gallup, more than half of American voters thinks the president is doing a good job.

By what measure? Because he pushed through a still-unpopular health care initiative that spends money we don’t have and that manifestly did not cure our out-of-control healthcare outlays? Because he speaks well? Because he’s tall?

Why are Americans so anaesthetized? This president spent his first two years in office blaming the prior administration for our rocky economy. Fair enough.

Today, though, the sixteen million Americans unable to find jobs should hold Obama accountable. Those alarmed about our $15 trillion national debt and incensed that our finest young men and women continue to die in Afghanistan should hold Obama accountable. We should all hold the president accountable for the direction the country is heading: downward.

Jobs remain the most pressing matter before the nation. What has the president done for our unemployed? Not much. The Stimulus bill mainly allowed state and local employees to maintain their jobs -- jobs now being lost as the Recovery Act winds down and states confront yawning budget gaps. The great drive to boost exports (and U.S. manufacturing) has been diverted by obeisance to organized labor. Despite all the celebrating, none of the free trade pacts ballyhooed by Mr. Obama has yet been submitted to Congress.

Instead, we’ve had the unbridled activism of Obamaites staffing the National Labor Relations Board, the EPA, the Justice Department, OSHA, the Health and Human Services Department and other relevant agencies. They have not only ramped up regulatory oversight and enforcement but generated waves of new rules that have businesses on edge. The Wells Fargo/Gallup index of small business optimism sank again in April; it has barely recovered from the recession.
In addition, the passage of ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank threw more than 20% of the economy into turmoil. All kinds of companies confront new webs of unwritten and undefined rules. Google “Obama administration rules and regulations” and you get 113,000,000 hits. That can’t be good.

The Obama team is certain that America’s industries were recklessly unfettered under George W. Bush; they are equally convinced that nothing good can come of such forbearance. Playing David to our corporate Goliaths is elixir for community organizers.

What about the nation’s debt crisis? Though President Obama has taken little responsibility for our mounting debt, it has in fact taken place under his watch. Our 2007 deficit was $161 billion or 1.2% of GDP. This year’s budget hole is around $1.5 trillion, equaling 9.8% of GDP. The factors in play, according to a helpful recent analysis by researchers at International Strategy & Investment (ISI), include a recession-driven revenue drop of four points, and spending increase of five percentage points. Most of the revenue drop is considered temporary; by 2015 revenues (mainly tax receipts) will bounce back to around 17.4% of GDP- close to the historic norm.

In other words, as the GOP has been insisting, it is spending that is and will remain out of kilter. The recession caused a jump in outlays totaling 1.3% of GDP, as unemployment compensation and other programs tied to the economy increased. The Stimulus program and other big new expenditures boosted domestic discretionary spending by 0.9% of GDP, while defense is up 0.8% of GDP. Across the board, the major entitlements programs, including Social Security and Medicare, have increased, and will continue to do so.

The reality is that President Obama has jacked up spending across the board. The number of federal employees, which for thirty years held steady at around 1.1 to 1.2 million, has climbed to 1.43 million under Mr. Obama. Moreover, the number earning over $150,000 has doubled. More important, the president has completely whiffed on correcting the future trajectory of government spending. He has failed to put forth any serious long-term debt reduction plan. Instead, he has ridiculed GOP proposals that attempt that necessary step.

On foreign policy, Mr. Obama is riding a wave of joy over the shooting of Usama Bin Laden, which for now has overshadowed the ongoing nuclear program in Iran, the second of his major confrontations with Israel, our muddled mission in Afghanistan and the mess we confront in Libya – an involvement that is certainly not central to our self interest.

At some point Americans will want to know why we are sending our finest young men and women off to die in these hostile places; they will want a better understanding of these seemingly pointless missions. They will ultimately hold Mr. Obama accountable.

It is hard to see how the president has earned his respectable approval ratings. In 2012, let us hope that voters tally fairly his wins and losses. That accounting must surely open the door for the GOP; now all they need is a candidate.

Liz Peek is FoxNews.com contributor and a financial columnist who writes for The Fiscal Times. For more visit LizPeek.com.

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Old 06-06-2011, 04:32 PM   #2
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Because it is the fault of BushCo - not Barry. Just ask Barry or anyone else within the Democratic Leadership - they'll set you straight.
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:34 PM   #3
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Because it is the fault of BushCo - not Barry. Just ask Barry or anyone else within the Democratic Leadership - they'll set you straight.
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:53 PM   #4
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:02 PM   #5
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He trys hard, is sincere, and dedicated. Right?
and #1: He's not Bush.

Short of the Republican's rolling out a replica of Ronald Reagan to run against Barry, the Democrats were a shoe-in for the '08 office. Bush lost the confidence of just about everyone - including me, shortly after his win in '04. I'm still a devout Conservative, but Bush did more to hurt the true Conservative movement than he did to help it.

I REALLY wish the Conservative and/or Libertarian movement would develop a real candidate to stand up against the Left. They wouldn't stand a chance if we could come up with SOMEONE who could at least walk and chew gum. As it is......
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:06 PM   #6
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The same reason Americans gave bush a pass, it's easier to sit on your arse and do nothing but whine.
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I think people are just really looking forward to another election party with Beyonce and Jamie Foxx and stuff. And more people magazine covers. And stories about what Michelle cooks for dinner.
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It's really a sad fact that the majority of the population want to live off the government and thus Obama will be re elected.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:27 PM   #11
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Because not everyone watches Faux News?
Perhaps you'll tell us about some of Obama's great achievements that make him worthy of being re-elected?
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Perhaps you'll tell us about some of Obama's great achievements that make him worthy of being re-elected?
Here's a few off the top of my head:

Abandoned the Bush "Ask Permission First Before Killing Terrorists" policy.
Killed Osama bin Laden.
Killed the guy that was going to replace Osama bin Laden.
Shut up the "Birther" wackos.
Maintains spectacular approval among our closest European allies.
Established the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
Established President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans.
Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010.
Dodd-Frank (DF) Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the biggest financial reform law since the Great Depression.
Managed the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)
Pension relief Act of 2010.
Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act.
Reformed deferral rules to curb tax advantages for investing overseas.
Established new offshore investment policy that promotes in-sourcing.
Cut salaries for 65 bailout executives (Pay Czar).
Banks have repaid 75% of TARP funds, bringing the cost down to $89B as of June 2010.
Closed offshore tax safe havens, tax credit loopholes.
Swaps Pushout Rule prevented federal assistance to swaps (including derivatives) traders (DF).
Derivatives must be traded transparently through a clearing house (DF).
Defined the amount and nature of assets required to meet capital requirements (DF).
Originators of asset-backed securities must retain 5% ownership/risk (DF).
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (DF).
Higher standards for securities advertising and disclosures (DF).
Expanded “insider loans” (DF).
Issued compensation guidelines for bank executive salary and bonuses.
Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act.
Credit CARD Technical Corrections Act of 2009.
Established a credit card bill of rights.
Created new criminal penalties for mortgage fraud.
Congress pursued Goldman Sachs for securities violations.
Permanently extended Research and Experimentation Tax Credit for domestic investments.
(Treasury) Sold 1.5 billion shares of Citigroup at a profit.
G-20 summit produced a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.
Financial reform has ‘strongest consumer financial protections in history.’
Promoted internet freedom as part of U.S. foreign policy.
Expanded loan programs for small businesses.
Small Business Investment Act.
Denied federal contracts to tax delinquents.
Launched piracy crackdown.
Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Instituted equal pay for women.
Presidential Memorandum extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
US auto industry rescue plan.
Start-Up activity now higher than it was during the dotcom boom.
Created task force to fight deficit.
Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009.
Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act – establishes a Federal “Do Not Pay” list.
Extended unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits.
Economy grew 5.9% in 4th quarter.
U.S. Economy: Manufacturing grew by most since 2004.
U.S. GDP up 3.2% in first quarter.
Consumer spending showed biggest rise in 3 years.
Orders for most durable goods rose.
Wholesale inventories and sales rose in March.
Enacted largest reform of student aid in 40 years.
Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Eliminated abstinence-only funding in budget.
Helped rebuild schools in New Orleans.
Established school programs to highlight space and science achievements.
Recruited math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession.
American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010.
National Export Initiative
$5,000 tax credit for every new worker.
Recruited math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession.
Initiated a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses.
CBO found 3.7 Million jobs created by stimulus (May 2010).
Job loss exploded under Bush, improves under Obama.
682,370 jobs created under the Recovery Act Between January 1 — March 31,2010.
New jobless claims tumble.
March payrolls surge by 162,000 US says .
March jobs data showed biggest growth in three years .
U.S. economy added 90000 jobs in April .
Jobless rates dropped in 34 states and DC
$60 billion in spending and tax incentives for renewable and clean energy.
Introduced Oil Spill Recovery Bill to remove oil company liability cap.
Created offshore drilling safety review board.
Created new drilling agency with investigative arm.
Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations and reports.
Ordered $20 billion escrow fund by BP to reimburse lost incomes in Gulf.
Ordered $100 million to compensate those hurt by drilling moratorium.
Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, cutting ties between industry and government.
Mandated new safety rules for offshore drilling.
Fined BP subsidiary $5.2 million for false reporting.
Poll: World’s opinion of U.S. has “improved sharply” under Obama.
47 nations rise to Obama’s challenge at US nuke summit and agree to four years of non-proliferation efforts.
Visited more countries and world leaders than any first year president.
G-20 Summit produced a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.
Bolstered the military’s ability to speak different languages.
Middle East: Appointed envoys to the Middle East and AFPAK affirming the power of American diplomacy.
Middle East: Renewed loan guarantees for Israel.
Middle East: Iran Sanctions Act.
Asia: Nuclear arms agreements with India (5/4/2010).
Europe: Nuclear arms agreement with Russia.
Streamlined and modernized government to save taxpayer dollars.
Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations and reports.
Cut salaries of senior White House aides.
Made $20 Billion in budget cuts.
Provided that Members of Congress shall not receive a cost of living adjustment in pay during fiscal year 2011.
Cracked down on tax cheats (Exec Order).
Required large employers to contribute to a national health plan.
Required insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.
Required health plans to disclose how much of the premium goes to patient care.
Cut prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients by 50% and began eliminating the plan’s gap (“donut hole”) in coverage.
TRICARE Affirmation Act.
Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes.
Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act.
Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, helping millions avoid foreclosure .
Established the Making Home Affordable Plan, which will provide for the refinance or loan modification for 9 Million homeowners.
New-home sales saw biggest jump in 47 years
Supported the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT).
Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009.
Accelerated tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for Haiti earthquake relief.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; instituted equal pay for women.
Presidential Memorandum extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
Requested emergency funding of $600 million for Border Security.
Deployed more drones on Mexico border (Homeland Security).
Deported higher numbers of Illegal Immigrants.
Initiated modification to Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) regulations.
Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which expands the volunteer program.
Outlined new federal drug control policy.
Denounced SCOTUS ruling in Citizens United.
Pushing through settlement in the Black Farmers Lawsuit against USDA .
DTV Delay Act.
U.S. jail population declined for first time in decades.
Established independent commission to make recommendations on slowing the costs of Medicare.
Eliminated higher subsidies to Medicare Advantage plans.
Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009.
Cut prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients by 50% and began eliminating the plan’s gap (“donut hole”) in coverage.
Expanded eligibility for Medicaid.
Began restructuring the military to reflect present day threats and technology.
Recommitted the U.S. to a policy of “no torture” and full compliance with the Geneva Conventions.
Supported the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT).
Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date.
Increased pay and benefits for military personnel.
AF Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan.
AF Set troop pullout in Afghanistan to begin in summer 2011.
AF Established Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing, prioritizes aid
AF infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices.
AF Ordered military to withdraw fast food establishments from Afghan bases.
IQ Ended combat mission (remaining personnel are nonagressive) 8/18/10
SOM Increased US Navy patrols off Somali coast.
SOM Ordered SEAL operation that resulted in killing of three terrorists and the release of US captain held by Somali pirates.
Closed secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.
Opened door to space arms treaty.
Restarted the nuclear nonproliferation talks, building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols.
Executive Order Optimizing the Security of Biological Select Agents and Toxins in the US.
Caught more Taliban Leaders in one month than Bush/Cheney did in six years.
Negotiated nuclear arms agreements with Australia (5/5/2010), India (5/4/2010), and Russia (5/10/2010).
New START treaty and protocol with Medvedev
Initiated a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses.
Improved benefits for veterans.
Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development .
Worked to clear the backlog of veterans claims and streamline benefits to those who served.
Donated 250K of Nobel prize money to Fisher House.
Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009.
Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009.
Promoted a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (“WASP”).
Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information.
Military Spouses Residency Relief Act.
Improved basic housing allowance for military personnel.
Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.
Provided minimum essential health care coverage by Veteran’s Affairs.
Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans.
Improved access for Veterans to receive PTSD treatment.
Removed restrictions and provided support for embryonic stem-cell research and new biomedical research.
Extended the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Provided new federal funding for science and research labs.
Provided grants to early-career researchers.
Appointed an assistant to the president for science and technology policy.
Used the private sector to improve spaceflight
Supported commercial access to outer space
DOD will film all interrogations.
Cracked down on tax cheats (exec order).
Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, cutting ties between industry and government.
Cracked down on tax cheats (Exec Order).
Temporarily suspended taxes on unemployment benefits.
Established consumer tax credit for plug-in hybrid cars.
$60 billion in spending and tax incentives for renewable and clean energy.
Tax breaks to promote public transit.
Health insurance premium tax credits and subsidies available for those with income up to 4x the federal poverty level (1/1/14) (HCR)
Income tax rates for the highest earners will change from 35 to 39.6 percent. (1/1/11) (HCR)
Capital gains tax for the highest earners will change from 15 to 20 percent. (1/1/11) (HCR)
2.3% excise tax on manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices (1/1/13) (HCR)
For high earners the capital gains tax will rise from 20 to 23.8 percent. (1/1/13) (HCR)
A 2.35 percent Medicare payroll tax only on wages over the threshold (an increase of 0.9 percent) (1/1/13) (HCR)
Tax increase for corporations with assets of at least $1 billion (1/1/14) (HCR)
40% Excise tax on Cadillac health plans (2018) (HCR)
Closed offshore tax safe havens, tax credit loopholes .
Employers will report the value of health benefits on W-2s (1/1/11) (HCR)
Tax bills hit lowest level since 1950.
Tax refunds up 10 percent due to stimulus.
Mandate to follow the standards of the Freedom of Information Act (exec order).
Instructed all federal agencies to promote openness and transparency as much as possible.
Unveiled “open government” plans.
Federal IT Dashboard, “a website enabling federal agencies & the public to view details of information technology”.
Released presidential records.
Imposed limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.
Imposed limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration.
Closed lobbyist loopholes with respect to the Recovery Act
Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees.
Provided more town halls and media access than previous administration.
Required health plans to disclose how much of the premium goes to patient care.
Established an independent health institute to provide accurate and objective information.
Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliations or contributions.
Established a uniform standard for declassifying, safeguarding and classifying national security information (12/29/2009).
Created a national declassification center.
DOD opened access to social media sites (Air Force News).
DOD will film all interrogations.
Cracked down on tax cheats (exec order).
Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, cutting ties between industry and government.
Established the USA.gov portal connecting people to the services they require
Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act.
White House voluntary disclosure policy – visitor access records/450,000 records to date
Federal deficit shrank 8% year-on-year.
Financial reform has ‘strongest consumer financial protections in history.’
Wall St reform designed to end taxpayer bailouts.
Six-month report card: exports in the first four months of 2010 were 17 percent higher than in the first four months of 2009 .
Job loss exploded under Bush, improves under Obama.
682,370 jobs created under the Recovery Act Between January 1 — March 31,2010.
New jobless claims tumble.
Poll: world’s opinion of U.S. has “improved sharply” under Obama.
47 nations rise to Obama’s challenge at US nuke summit and agree to four years of non-proliferation efforts.
U.S. jail population declined for first time in decades
Got his daughters a puppy!
Held first Seder in White House.
Appointed at least one Republican to the cabinet.

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Nice copy/paste. That's just a bunch of article headlines, and some of them are so good, they're in there twice, one after the other. Holding Seder in the White House makes him re-electable? Really?

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I REALLY wish the Conservative and/or Libertarian movement would develop a real candidate to stand up against the Left. They wouldn't stand a chance if we could come up with SOMEONE who could at least walk and chew gum. As it is......
They'd just say someone like that is unelectable.
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