Obama's Fate -- and Ours

(A sneak peak at our upcoming November issue)

Will he go down in history as a Jimmy Carter or a Harry Truman? As a weak and indecisive Democratic president who ushered in a conservative era or as a strong leader who proved his critics wrong and won re-election? The next year will resolve that question about Barack Obama, but the answer may no longer depend on forces that he can control, if it ever did.

For much of the past year, Obama was doing his best Carter imitation: cerebral and detached, unable or unwilling to articulate a clear and forceful Democratic message, steadily losing support as the economy stagnated. In his negotiations with congressional Republicans over the budget and debt ceiling, the president conceded too much too quickly and allowed his adversaries to set the terms of discussion. The White House insisted it knew what it was doing: claiming the center in the critical effort to win over independents. But Obama's concessions mainly helped move the center to the right while demoralizing the Democratic base -- exactly what happened under Carter at the end of the 1970s. Like Carter, Obama conveyed a general impression of weakness, inviting scorn in his own party, among independents, and on the right.

The one great contrast to that picture in the past year came in developments abroad. In 1980, Carter's attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran was a fiasco, but Obama's mission to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011 succeeded. The triumph was an especially personal one for Obama because the final call on the operation was his.

Developments on foreign shores may, however, also be Obama's undoing as he mounts a belated, Truman-like campaign against a do-nothing congressional opposition. After a summer of fruitless conciliation, Obama's September 7 speech on his jobs program announced a change not just in policy but in the tone of his presidency. It was as if he suddenly remembered he was a Democrat; here was the forceful leadership that many people had long been begging for.

But it may already be too late -- too late because the Republican House will sabotage recovery efforts; too late because unfavorable public perceptions of the president have congealed; and too late because global economic developments may undermine any chance of a recovery in the United States in the next year.

Obama came into office in 2009 during an American financial crisis that was not of his own making, and he may now lose re-election because of another crisis not of his making, this one in Europe. The majority of the public was willing to cut Obama slack in the first case, though he bears some responsibility for underestimating the magnitude of what needed to be done in 2009 and failing to prepare the country for additional measures. At that time, Obama at least had some chance of getting congressional action.

Now the political system has become completely dysfunctional, and the prospect of another crisis is all the more terrifying because Republicans have made it clear that they intend to block any action to revive the economy. Greece is teetering on the verge of a default that could undermine stability in Italy, Spain, and Portugal and the entire European financial system. If the dominoes fall, the United States cannot escape the effects. But this time, unlike 2008, Congress will likely be paralyzed.

Even if the worst case is averted, the recovery will almost certainly be anemic in 2012. Truman won re-election in 1948 with a growing economy and at a time when the United States had strong labor unions. Obama has neither of those advantages.

According to research by political scientist Larry Bartels, the critical economic factor in presidential elections is growth in the preceding year. Although a president's policies may affect that final year's performance, elections are to some extent random moments of judgment when voters evaluate a president on the basis of recent conditions, no matter what their cause. That evaluation may be unfair because midterm elections often produce divided government, leaving presidents with little sway over policy just when they need it. The congressional polarization Obama faces is just an extreme example of that pattern.

These larger realities about the global economy and the structural limitations of American government may influence historians' judgments about whether Obama ranks with Carter or Truman. But to the voters next year, they may only seem like excuses. Obama has to persuade the public that it's precisely when the private economy is failing that America most needs the kind of energetic and competent government that only he and his party can provide. The circumstances will make it a tough sell. a

Comments

Yes the buck stops with...the previous administration...the new Republicans in Congress...the Tea Party...no Europe...anyone but 0bama himself.

Delusional Libs ... LOL.

Do not credit Obama with the killing of Osama Bin Laden.  It was due to efforts prior to his becoming President that led to the mission.  Sure he gave his blessing on the mission, but he did nothing other than that to make it happen...

:::chuckle:::

The left is already assuming an Obama loss and crafting a "GOP stabbed Obama in the back" meme to spin the 2012 election as something other than a mass repudiation of left governance.

Come January, if it is clear that he is a sure loser, he must pull an LBJ. The must insist.

"Obama has to persuade the public that it’s precisely when the private economy is failing that America most needs the kind of energetic and competent government that only he and his party can provide"

He can't persuade the public because it has been demonstrated so convincingly that it simply isn't true. The people voted for change in 2008 and got it. That brand of change didn't work as advertised. Change is still needed but not in the direction Obama has taken us.

"...but Obama’s mission to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011 succeeded.  The triumph was an especially personal one for Obama because the final call on the operation was his."

Yeah, here's how that went down:

Mr. President, this has got to be the most difficult decision of your life -- so I'll lay it out for you in real clear terms:  We have Osama Bin Laden located with almost 99.9% certainty.  He is in a house far removed from any urban centers.  There appear to be two guys with a few handguns guarding him.  We have a crack team of 16 army rangers ready to fly in on the most sophisticated air craft known to man.  We have spent hundreds of millions tracking this bastard.  We have him cornered with a couple of handguns in a remote area -- now think reeeeaaaaallll hard sir, this is the kind of decisions that make an average man a great man.  Here it is:  Do we go in and take out Bin Laden or do we not?  Now, please, don't feel pressured on this.  Take two weeks or so and let us know your oh so wise decision sir.  We have built an exact replica of the compound and we are going to be practicing day and night, with the most intensely trained men on God's green earth.  They'll have the most amazing technology and fire power with them when/if they land in the compound.  These sixteen American soldiers with all that technology and fire power, back-up military assistance galore and medical support and a fail-safe bomber right behind them.  But, after all, there are two guys with handguns in the compound.  They are Arabs.  So, you know, this is really really scary to think about, but Mr. President -- should we go in or not?


Sheesh.  If this was a difficult decision, you could have called my SECOND grader and he would have told you what to do!

First:   On what facts do you base the claim that only Obama can provide energetic and competent government? 

Second: Why are the GOP called "do nothing opposition" because they believe in the reality of math?  If your bank stops lending you money because you've proven the inability to pay it back, do you brand your bank "do nothing opposition"? 

If you put political name-calling aside and look at financial reality, perhaps the GOP is right some of the time.  (You may note it's the Democrats that haven't passed a legally mandated budget since April of 2009).

Obama is not presidential material. Never was, never will be. He needs to move to some communist country and spew his class warfare, race-baiting, fear-mongering tactics there, where they'll be appreciated.

I see several folks urging Obama to "be Harry Truman"--i.e., campaign as the partisan advocate, not the national "above the fray" leader.  The difficulty is that the political landscape has changed.  In 1948 there were far more Democrats than Republicans, & Truman could rally the Democrats, skim off a few independents, & have a majority.

Today the # of Republicans & Democrats is virtually even, and unfortunately for the Dems the independents (according to the latest Pew survey) see themselves as slightly right of center & the Democratic party as pretty far to the left.  So if Obama pulls a Truman & speaks to his base while denouncing the other party, it is only going to push independents even further away.  He can't afford to have independents divide as they did in 2010, heavily for the Republicans.  He has to move to the center to reassure the independents, but then he disspirits his base on the left.  If he Trumans it & rallies the base, he pushes the independents away.

This wouldn't matter as much if he could brag about a "morning in America" economic boom next year, but he obviously won't be able to.  It's a tough predicament.

"...  is failing that America most needs the kind of energetic and competent government ..."

And THIS is his problem and the problem of Democrats and progressives encapsulated in a nutshell.

The average American is not necessarily against large-government.  Even right of the middle moderates like me, while not crazy about it are open to hearing about it.

The problem is in the word "competent".

At the moment I doubt you could find 20% of the people to say that government is "competent".
This is REGARDLESS of the party in charge.  And regardless of the level.
In fact, I suspect most people would say as you move up from City to County to State to Federal level, the incompetence grows with the size of the government agency.

Seriously, the majority of America does NOT believe "that only he [Obama] and his party can provide."  because the majority of America does not see ANYONE providing a competent government.
PERIOD.

Now, of course, considering that the majority of our elections are about one side demonizing and ripping apart the opposition, often at the most personal levels, to the point that the majority of Americans are NOT voting for the person they believe but for the "Least of the scumbags" doesn't help.

I mean, if you elected "the least of the scumbags" you still believe the person you elected is ... well ... a scumbag.
And if you think the elected official is a scumbag, and that government is run by elected officials ... well then -- government can not be "competent" because it is basically a scumbag collection.

What is being seen is the consequence of hard-ball, no prisoners, politics of personal destruction politics practiced by both sides.
And when you add in the fact that when you call your opponent "UN-American" or "Treasonous" or "Racist" or any one of a dozen labels you see daily ... well guess what?
IF they win election anywyas, NO they will not forget the awful things you said about them.  And they will NOT work with you or your insulting counter-parts.
They don't have to.

One and Done
For the One

Good riddance to bad rubbish

Obama is not Truman.  Obama is not Carter. Obama is Obama. I can forsee a day when calling some Obama will lead to fisticuff's, and involve law enforcemnt.

Divided government is dysfunctional?! Only to an authoritarian, big government, elitist.

"Obama has to persuade the public that it’s precisely when the private economy is failing that America most needs the kind of energetic and competent government that only he and his party can provide"
You are mistaken in this statement. Like  all members of the Lib/Keynesian club you simply you have it backwards. Private enterprise is faltering and slowing due to too much government intervention. Get governement out of the way and let business function without  the burden of  over-the -top regulation and taxation.

"Now the political system has become completely dysfunctional, and the prospect of another crisis is all the more terrifying because Republicans have made it clear that they intend to block any action to revive the economy."

That comment is a little more than disingenuous.

House Republicans are blocking Obama's initiatives because that's what they were mandated to do in the 2010 elections.

And the whole "intend to block any action to revive the economy" is a fail because it fails to highlight the jobs bills that the House passed that the Democratic-led Senate has refused to even bring up for a vote.

Wow, what a load of crap.

"Energetic and competent government"?

Looks like Mr. Starr has forgotten that President Obama's jobs bill is stalled in the (Democratic controlled) Senate.

No mention of Obama Care, no budget for over two years while contoling both houses, declaring the Gulf Oil Spill the worst national environmental clamity our nation has ever faced, (which killed tourism in the Gulf States, recovered remarkably), insulting our most favored allies, inciting class warfare, villifying wall street, fat cats and anyone making over 250k...... to to name a few

I think he is somewhat responsible for his popularity issues.

Obama's recent transformation to using "forceful leadership that many people had long been begging for" will not work for a very simple reason.  It is not genuine.  His tranformation is a bit too coincidental with the launch of his re-election campaign and his whirlwind visits to all the swing states.  I want the president to succeed, but his current change of heart seems more like a gimmick than a genuine leadership move.  He's still running around the swing states sayins "pass this bill now" when his own democratic senate won't even consider it.  Ugh.

This article is just another Democrat trying to blame Obama's coming landslide defeat on "fate" or make other excuses for the man.
The circumstances have little to do with it. He was never qualified, and the media fraudulently selling him as a qualified candidate and refusing to vet him properly does not change that.
He also hasn't learned while on the job, because he doesn't feel he has anything to learn, and he never did feel that he had anything to learn.

That's true, but only because the Democratic party has moved so far to the left since Truman's time. There's no doubt that the average American is far and away more leftist than in 1948.

From what i've read, the best thing the US Government could do is to embrace frugality-  Molasses Popcorn balls, Thanksgiving dinner AT HOME with family  and Homemade gifts at Christmas time: This will be the new normal anyway- so it's best to get us all used to this now instead of later. One more thing- instead of useless shrubs and flowers, all cities and towns should be encouraged to plant fruit trees and edible berries instead: The harvested food could then be used to help  feed Low income seniors and the disabled.

I love the way these Obama defenders never say that Obama’s problem is--- Obama. The fact that Obama has implemented terrible policies and is constantly bad mouthing the business sector, Israel, job creators, Republicans, Tea Party, and anybody that disagrees with him. And don’t forget Obama had a Democratic congress longer than he hads battled a Republican House.
 
Our founding fathers never intended our government to operate the way it does now. If you don’t believe me, I’ll let their own words speak for them.
 
George Washington said, “Government is not reason, Government is not eloquence--- It is force. … (government) is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”Obviously they were warning us to remain vigilant when it comes to government.
 
Government should be the referee, making sure no one is cheating (they can’t even do that). Once the referee starts playing the game, the game becomes tainted. And the idea that government can control outcomes is insane; our society and our market are too variable and complex.
 
I would love to place all the blame on the politicians, the media, and the bureaucrats, but I can’t. Certainly they’re part of the problem, but they can only abuse the powers they have been given (i.e. the freedoms we have surrendered).
 
Right now our biggest problem, bar none, is the ever increasing size and scope of the federal government.  Make sure you vote for those individuals in favor of reducing government. That should be the focal point.
 
The media will prop up Obama like no other Democrat, this is the media’s President and they will do everything they can to protect him. And with 50% of the people dependent on government it won’t be easy, but for the freedom of generations to come, we must.
 
We are the only ones that can fix this, and it can be done, as long as we all pitch in.

"needs the kind of energetic and competent government that only he and his party can provide" I only have one response, Solyndra

The Republican's would argue that the president's policies have "sabotaged the recovery" and they are not going to agree to double down and make things worse.  They may or not be right about policy but it is absurd to state that their positions which have been ideologically consistent for over thirty years are motivated by a desire to stifle the U.S. economic.  Based on actual results (specifically Reagan's vs Obama's) might the Republicans have the better argument?

Strawman arguments like "Republicans have made it clear that they intend to block any action to revive the economy." are why you are losing....

The republicans have said no such thing....but there you are trying to lie to your readers...

You can't tell yourselves the truth....republicans have passed 25 bills for jobs and the senate has stalled them. Nothing is moving through the senate. Your party is blocking everything....

Obama's "do nothing" campaign strategy is going to hand us republicans a talking point to use against him and the democrats....after all..it was obama who did nothing on jobs for 967 days...

Do you think the nation isn't watching the democrats trample every bill sent to them? Do you really think the nation won't notice the dem controlled senate not even wanting to take up obama's junk bill?

Meanwhile....your "leaders" go around calling representatives of over half the nation "racists" and "hostage takers" etc.....

And you keep lying to yourselves that he compromised with republicans....never mind his poll had 1 spike up (besides ubl) and that was when he signed the tax rate extension......

You've lied to everyone in your party in an effort to avoid taking the blame for obama's policies...

This us why the enthusiasm for your party is the lowest on 30 years according to gallup....even though we're so far out......republican excitement is high already....higher than going into 2010 this far out.....

You've lied to everyone....while trying to blame everyone..... your policies have failed...and yet obama us out there humping more of what the nation screamed at you guys to stop......

don't you get it? Like the nbc reporter asked obama...does he "get it" now?

Apparently not......and you guys just keep lying to yourselves and the rest of your party.....until you purge the progressive infection of the democrat party ....you will confine to be hammered by this nation. They won't fall for another "obama" again for a long time.......

you are toast until you purge the progressives...

I don't see the "energetic and competent government" that Mr. Starr is eluding to. 

I see Obama's policies as flawed and failed.  No competence there. 

I do see the energetic piece however.   Obama has been very energetic in talking up his failed and flawed policies. 

The political system is becoming "dysfunctional" because the Republicans are no longer going along with Obama's failed policies. 

When the coxswain of the boat keeps steering the rowboat into the weeds, then the rowers will stop wanting to pull the oars.  That's exactly what is happening in Congress at the moment.

You seem to be ascribing all the qualities of the republicans to Obama. I think you are confused.

Strawman arguments like "Republicans have made it clear that they intend to block any action to revive the economy." are why you are losing....

The republicans have said no such thing....but there you are trying to lie to your readers...

You can't tell yourselves the truth....republicans have passed 25 bills for jobs and the senate has stalled them. Nothing is moving through the senate. Your party is blocking everything....

Obama's "do nothing" campaign strategy is going to hand us republicans a talking point to use against him and the democrats....after all..it was obama who did nothing on jobs for 967 days...

Do you think the nation isn't watching the democrats trample every bill sent to them? Do you really think the nation won't notice the dem controlled senate not even wanting to take up obama's junk bill?

Meanwhile....your "leaders" go around calling representatives of over half the nation "r© cists" and "hostage takers" etc.....

And you keep lying to yourselves that he compromised with republicans....never mind his poll had 1 spike up (besides ubl) and that was when he signed the tax rate extension......

You've lied to everyone in your party in an effort to avoid taking the blame for obama's policies...

This us why the enthusiasm for your party is the lowest on 30 years according to gallup....even though we're so far out......republican excitement is high already....higher than going into 2010 this far out.....

You've lied to everyone....while trying to blame everyone..... your policies have failed...and yet obama us out there pushing more of what the nation screamed at you guys to stop......

don't you get it? Like the nbc reporter asked obama...does he "get it" now?

Apparently not......and you guys just keep lying to yourselves and the rest of your party.....until you purge the progressive infection of the democrat party ....you will confine to be hammered by this nation. They won't fall for another "obama" again for a long time.......

you are toast until you purge the progressives...

You guys just keep lying to your readers and you wonder why you are losing election after election?

How can you blame the Republicans in the House for not acting on the President's Jobs Bill when the Democrats in the Senate haven't even scheduled it for a vote in the house of Congree they control?

Strawman arguments like "Republicans have made it clear that they intend to block any action to revive the economy." are why you are losing....

The republicans have said no such thing....but there you are trying to lie to your readers...

You can't tell yourselves the truth....republicans have passed 25 bills for jobs and the senate has stalled them. Nothing is moving through the senate. Your party is blocking everything....

Obama's "do nothing" campaign strategy is going to hand us republicans a talking point to use against him and the democrats....after all..it was obama who did nothing on jobs for 967 days...

Do you think the nation isn't watching the democrats trample every bill sent to them? Do you really think the nation won't notice the dem controlled senate not even wanting to take up obama's junk bill?

Meanwhile....your "leaders" go around calling representatives of over half the nation "r© cists" and "hostage takers" etc.....

And you keep misleading yourselves that he compromised with republicans....never mind his poll had 1 spike up (besides ubl) and that was when he signed the tax rate extension......

You've mislead everyone in your party in an effort to avoid taking the blame for obama's policies...

This us why the enthusiasm for your party is the lowest on 30 years according to gallup....even though we're so far out......republican excitement is high already....higher than going into 2010 this far out.....

You've mislead everyone....while trying to blame everyone..... your policies have failed...and yet obama us out there pushing more of what the nation screamed at you guys to stop......

don't you get it? Like the nbc reporter asked obama...does he "get it" now?

Apparently not......and you guys just keep lying to yourselves and the rest of your party.....until you purge the progressive infection of the democrat party ....you will confine to be hammered by this nation. They won't fall for another "obama" again for a long time.......

you are toast until you purge the progressives...

Obama  has been one of the most divisive, partisan hacks in the Oval Office; and he isn't very smart, both politically and intellectually. For him to "pull a Truman" would require more far than a miracle; not going to happen.

If obama tries a truman act...it will be directed right at the senate...all he,
will manage to do is get your senators defeated along with him..

After all....the house has sent over bill after bill...only to have the democrats do absolutely nothing...

Wheres the, budget from the senate? Been 2 years.....and obama waited 964 days before caring about jobs.....

Who is a do nothing?

And that is obama's strategy?

Since Harry Trueman's day the Dems have moved much more to the left than the Reps have to the right. Does anyone want to argue that McCain or Bush II are more conservative than Reagan or Goldwater? In contrast, Obama is way to the left of Carter and W. Clinton. The Dems will not attract the independent vote again until they offer a candidate who will operate within traditional parameters when elected (such as not bankrupting the country with new spending and appointing left-wing ideologues to run the federal government). If the Dem's core constituents these days make nomination of a centrist impossible, the Dems will be out of power for a while.

He has governed in a partisan manner...he cannot reclaim the center..

No one will believe him.....

He will be defeated in 2012...he is done...

"The majority of the public was willing to cut Obama slack in the first
case, though he bears some responsibility for underestimating the
magnitude of what needed to be done in 2009 and failing to prepare the
country for additional measures. At that time, Obama at least had some
chance of getting congressional action."

In 2009 Mr. Obama had Super-majorities in both houses of Congress -- so don't give us this drivel about "some chance of getting congressional action". He got all the "action" that his ideologically-driven agenda wanted: "stimulus" payoffs for his voter base, and medical socialism.

In the midwest where I live, business is dead because "real people" (that's non-coastal liberals)  are terrified to spend a nickel beyond basic needs. They don't know what this administration will do to them next. After all, most of us here in "fly-over land" are producers and not parasites, and parasites run this White House.

"...Republicans have made it clear that they intend to block any action to revive the economy."?

Well, no, they have made it clear that they intend to block any more Obama policies that damage the economy. If Obama wants to do things that actually improve the economy, Republicans would join him enthusiastically.

Obama could assist in the repeal of his disastrous health care experiment. He could reduce the regulations that limit business hiring. Instead of being the anti-business=anti-jobs president, he could embrace free markets. But he won't, he's too ignorant or inexperienced to understand how the USA works, or he just prefers his ideology to what works in the real world.

Republicans are not pledging to "to block any action to revive the economy." They are pledging to keep trying the same ineffective policies that have already been tried. Government is already too big. Any money it spends now would be inefficient and ineffectual. If you want to revive the economy.

1) Deregulate. Takes the breaks off of the private sector that discourage growth. Were there oversight issues with the financial collapse. Yes. But real problem was lack of visibility into investments and holdings. Over-mingling of private and commercial banking. Answer to fix issues was small and surgical. Not the over-sized hatchet job of Dodd-Frank. Obama also has continued to over-regulate the economy everywhere else. His answer to his "Clean Energy Initiative" was to throw money at a dartboard and make non-clean energy more expensive so clean energy could compete. This 1- wasted more government money (without efficiently creating any jobs) and 2- destroyed jobs and purchasing power through increased energy costs.

2) Tax Reform. Want to remove tax loopholes and dodges fine. But don;t use it as an excuse to collect more taxes and continue building up big government. Let private industry do what it does best - invest money (certainly better track record than the government). Close loopholes but lower marginal rates across the board for everyone so remain at least revenue neutral. Removing the tax loopholes will remove the incentive of hiding money in tax shelters. Incentive will be to invest money where it has greatest potential to grow instead of the best tax situation. But going specifically into corporate taxes, US already has among the highest tax rates in all developed  countries. This encourages multi-national companies to park their excess capital outside our borders to avoid taxation instead of investing it here and possibly creating jobs. Lower corporate taxes and encourage investment.

3) Repeal ObamaCare. It has already begun raising health care premiums despite promises to the contrary. And its most onerous provisions haven't even taken effect yet. Like Dodd-Frank they took a hack saw where a scalpel would have sufficed. 75% of all uninsured citizens fell into the following categories.
1) Did not buy insurance because they thought they did not need it.
2) Did not buy insurance because they would rather spend money on new big screen TV, Nike's and other luxury items.
3) Did not realize they were eligible to receive Medicaid insurance.

The other 25% could have mostly been resolved through a combination of insurance reform to encourage more competition and pricing, updates to Medicaid and such.

Meanwhile the costs and uncertainty of the program is dragging down many private sector companies.

Another problem with Obama and Democrats is they think the answer to solving economic crisis is just having the government get bigger and spend their way out. Problem is that with our debt as big as it it, government spending has become a zero-sum game. To increase its spending they need to take the money away from the private sector first. And history has shown the private sector is a much more efficient investor and job creator than the US government.

Liberals may say we need to follow Alan Keynes and his economic theories. He was too smart a man to be so wrong on economy. Well, without debating the merits of his economic philosophy, let me say what Democrats are doing is *NOT* Keynesian. Alan Keynes believed in a smoothing of the natural economic cycle. During good times government reduces size and gets out of the way earning a surplus of tax revenue. During bad times government creates *TEMPORARY* programs that artificially create economic activity to limit economic downturn. Government goes into deficit, but *PAYS* for this from the previous surpluses. And when the economy begins to grow again the government tears down the temporary crutches it built shrinking back down in size. 

What Democrats have done today is nothing like this. During good times any excess revenue must be used to create more government for the great social contract. During bad times do what Keynes said and spend even more. They don't worry about how deficit will be paid for and just shift it down the line. Sorry, but you can't pick and choose the parts you like. Its all-or-nothing. You got away with it for a while, but deficit has finally gotten too big and it is now time to pay it back.

This president has been a miserable failure!  The first stimulus package failed and he wants a second.  Even Harry Reid can't get the votes to pass the second stimulus in the senate.  Democrat senators are running for re-election too.  So, Zero's jobs bill was DOA, and he knew it before the campaign speech to the nation, cryin' "pass this bill".  After all the waste of the 789 billion, a better common sense approach would have been to divide it up by congressional districts, and give $1,000,000 to 1,475 different businesses, and/or individuals to start businesses of their choice, by lottery or application.  Think about it, this money would have been spent into the economy.  Instead, our economy continues to sink, with unemployment consistently over 9%, worse housing year ever recorded, and on and on.  Anything above community organizer, is above Zero's pay grade, but the nation is paying the price, and it is far to expensive.

Sure...blame the Republicans for the horrible failure of the Obama administration.  Both Obama and Carter are failures.   The private economy is failing precisely BECAUSE of Obama.  We will only recover when he is gone (the same way we recovered when Reagan replaced Carter)

Contrary to your Obama stump speech cheerleading:

"a do-nothing congressional opposition." and
"the Republican House will sabotage recovery efforts"

The House has passed several pieces of legislation for the purposes of initiating recovery efforts. They have been blocked by the Democratically controlled Senate. Just because they don't agree with Obama, nor you with them, doesn't make them "do-nothing."

See examples of legislation here:

http://spectator.org/archives/...

Now here's an idea.  Maybe he should try to do what is best for the country and stop trying to impose his socialist agenda.  He can stop being the divisive, boorish antagonist.  Maybe he could start by rereading his inaugural address (and try to actually be THAT president).  If he wants to get reelected, that would work.

He can just move back to Chicage, they love that

Any man who believes he is “We are  the one the world has been waiting for”  promises “to stop the rise of the Oceans and begin the cooling of the Earth” and views himself as “the symbol of the possibility and best traditions of America”, is to say the least an individual of staggering arrogance or more likely an individual with serious mental problems.

Why people continues to support this incompetent, lying, petulant, whining, blaming, sulking,  narcissist is hard to understand!

But then look how many adored Hitler and screaming  “Hail Hitler, Hail Hitler"  Here the brainless cult members Scream “Yes We Can, Yes We can” during his Coronation now they Scream “Pass the jobs bill”, Pass the jobs bill” .  

Years go by but left wing socialist spewing lies, half truths and manipulating  the idiots that support them remain the same the world over!

hat does the 26 cities with a population over 250K that has the greatest poverty rate in the USA have in common?

All are heavy unionized and all have been controlled  by Democrats for many many years!

Does this fact and the Blue States bordering on Bankruptcy penetrate the Liberal mind of the  Democrat voters ...Of Course NOT!.  Never have so many been oblivious to the obvious. 

They still think the Democrat Politicians are concerned about their Welfare.

The same party and polities that reduced the black population into welfare bondage and the most dependable Democrat voters will work just as well for the rest of the population. Just reduced them to poverty and Depending on Welfare and you have a Democrat voter for life!   

President Zero and the Democrats are  pursuing the same polities and spreading poverty for the rest of the Nation that have turned those cities and blue States like Calif., Illinois, New York etc. into basket cases and made them dependable votes for the Democrats!   

The more the Democrats can spread Poverty, Welfare and the Entitlement mentality the more Democrat voters they make and the closer they get to a Third World Socialist Paradise controlled Lock, Stock and Barrel by the Democrat party!

Or...or.. may just maybe Obama has put forward the most radical leftest, socialist  policies that this country has seen from a president in  30+ years and the American people have soundly rejected  it and him.

The only time democrats have won elections in the last 30 years is if they pretend to be conservative as they did in 2006 (pro Afghan war, pro lower taxes) and as Obama did again in 2008, and they're quickly thrown out as soon as they roll out the liberal nonsensical policies and programs.

With all due respect, I'm going to claim Bull$h1t on your "Republican House will sabotage recovery efforts" claim.  The Republican House has past almost a dozen bills targeted at improving the economy.  Unfortunately, the Democrat controlled Senate refuses to act on anything originating in the House.  Its almost as if, the Democrats want to reinforce Obama's campaign strategy of blaming the 'do nothing Congress' because they know the media won't call them out on the FACT that Republicans DO NOT control Congress.  The Republican's 50% control of Congress is not any greater than the Democrat's 50% control of Congress.

Come clean Obama.   This story is not going away.

Several of Barack Obama’s top campaign supporters went from soliciting
political contributions to working from within the Energy Department as
it showered billions in taxpayer-backed stimulus money on alternative
energy firms, iWatch News and ABC News have learned.

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