As a single-income family, there is no doubt that I am not better off now than I
was two years ago, and I've been blessed with steady employment. But we just
keep adding onto the spending (and yes, many of us are unhappy with the Bush
spending as well) and much of the spending is misdirected (such as economy
stimulus of medical research actually INCREASES our medical costs).On an international level, the U.S. has almost become irrelevant. Countries
no longer look to the U.S. to be involved with their issues, which is actually a
good thing for the time being, and we have "lost" our best
intelligence ally in Israel. So we're becoming somewhat isolated. Meanwhile,
illegal immigration continues to be a growing problem, and we still do nothing
to enforce our laws.Yes, not all problems have been Obama's doing.
But his priorities are a little messed up, in my opinion, as he has not touched
or has mismanaged the high priority issues.
Obama didn't have much experience when we voted him into the presidential
office, but the Republicans didn't exactly show viability at that time,
either.Obama does have a couple of great accomplishments so far.
The most significant has to be the repeal of DADT, which was LONG overdue, and
is a great step towards equality.My concern about the Obama
administration, and to some extent our Congress, is how they have fumbled
through some pretty important issues.1) health care "reform".
There are better ways to handle universal coverage than jacking up taxes.2) financial bailouts. This was just so random. Some financial companies
were allowed to sink, with tens of thousands losing their jobs, while others
were allowed great loans of money from us to use at their own discretion.3) auto bailout. Yay, some of the worst auto manufacturers in the world got
to stay in business.4) small businesses. No bailout or support for these
guys. Hundreds of thousands of these guys went out of business and what do we
do? Raise their taxes so we can afford other bailouts.
Patriot...... the problem with the rhetoric you spew is you skip facts process.
Obama is still tracking better then Reagan did at the same point in his
presidency. So would you have said the Reagan presidency was a train wreck as
well at this point in his presidency. The level of political banter
here is as silly as that between U and Y fans where no matter what logic you
apply, they both think there and only their team is gods gift. The
truth is there is two sides to every issues, and not one side represents gods
true answer. It is a shame that politics is tearing civility and patriotism up
in its wake. A true patriot would stand up, and in some cases die, for
another's right to believe as they choose. Patriotism is being
taking over by those who desire one party rule government. American was founded
on the concept of a plurality of people and choice.Change is going
to upset people. If you aren't upsetting someone, your are not changing
anything. Our Medical, Financial and Tax systems are a mess, and a do nothing
president or congress servers no purpose.
To "Wildcat | 1:41 p.m. Dec. 20" I hate to break it to you but a lot
of socialist nations did in fact bail out private banks.Second of
all, Progressives are not about to "restore the power back to the
people!" Progressives are out to take power away from individuals and give
it to themselves. Just look at the Progressive party platform from the 1920's
and 1930's. They are seeking socialism, without calling it socialism.To "worf | 3:10 p.m. Dec. 20" Go and look up the Apollo Alliance.
They are the ones who wrote the Stimulus Act. I don't know who wrote the
I appreciate all of the comments from both sides. But I would like to discuss a
different perspective.I think Obama is accomplishing just what he set out
to do for himself and his family. He has traveled the world at our expense, met
all of the world's leaders, received a Nobel prize, provided his family and
himself with every luxury, assurred himself of speaking and book deals and
guaranteed himself a government pension and lifelong security protection,
provided his daughters with $38M shopping excursions to Europe,he has developed
contacts with the powerful and wealthy, and indulged himself in almost every way
possible. All at our expense. I think Obama has done well for himself and has
accomplished much of what he set out to achieve. Now do I think he should have
made these "accomplishments" his priority over our domestic economic
problems, NO! But this is what he has done. The other things he has tried like
Cap & Trade were only favors to those who put this "post turtle"
in office and nothing else, nothing of what he has tried to do has been for the
public's benefit or greater good to include Healthcare.
Oh, Cats, thanks for giving me a laugh today!!
I suspect that history will be much kinder to this President than are the angry
political pundits and their fans. He certainly has gotten things done.
Unfortunately, in this strange political environment where incivility and anger
mark an opposition that preys on mass-media viewers sometimes prone to
hysterics, it is difficult to appreciate his achievements. But some day, his
steady hand over the economy and his progressive activism where needed will be
applauded. The odd assortment of Republican candidates will try to out muscle
out bully and out right-wing each other, but at the end of the day, Obama will
be voted to serve a well-deserved second term.
As father to a boy in the Army, Obama did not remove all the combat troops. He
just changed their purpose and goals on paper. It was less than true when the
President said they had been removed. My boy is Army Airborn--and thats a combat
outfit. Besides just changing goals on paper, what is the real purpose of anyone
in the military?? No matter what their specialty, the are expected trained and
expected to fight as needed. I would suggest we have NO real non-combat troops.
If we could go back in time and were presented with the same choices for
president, Obama or McCain. The majority of the people in the United States
would vote for Obama again.Obama presidency has fell short of the promised
change. However, It is still way better than the alternative.My advice to
President Obama is : Listen to those who voted for you and stop compromising
with those who just care for their bank accounts and their corporations.
" without the states being FORCED to pay into Obamacare the whole thing
collapses like a house of cards. NO FUNDING. NO OBAMACARE. GET IT??"It'll be funded. Everything gets funded. If it's law, it's funded. You
cut the funding source, what pays for it? Deficit spending."2.
Remember the democrat that shot a hole threw the cap and trade bill?" Sen. Manchin."won re-election (barely)." No he was Gov. of WV (very popular, 65% approval) barely winning a special
election."65 democrats lost their jobs in the house" Mostly just the conservatives and ones in red districts." Every where Obama did visit (with the exception of Nevada ) the
candidate LOST. So much for coat tails huh??"Well that's
simple. He didn't go to the places we were assured to win. He went to the places
we were losing in polling and tried to get youth and minority vote (both of
which are notoriously unreliable in midterms) and that didn't work."3. Some dems are considering running another candidate in the primaries
against BO... if things get worse. "You should know that's only
because they're sick of Obama caving to Republicans.
Wow Wildcat you have proven your idiocracy, that is what liberals do, class
warfare, you are trying to say the rich don't earn what they own. Reagan gave
oppertunity, Obama is giving hand outs, plain and simple.
Pagan: All you are stating is that Bush is a progressive, and that Obama is
ruining our country with more progressive(ness) I aplaud you for proving the
point that liberalism doesn't work.
Lessons learned from 2010 - LIBERALISM is a disaster. As if we didn't already
Allowing gays to enter into the military is an Obama positive contribution?
This observation comes from one who, evidently, has not had to share a shower
room with 35 other combat arms guys. The military is not like Gomer Pyle.
President Obama is so dangersously underqualified to be at the helm that it is
frightening. To make matters worse the President has surrounded himself with
adivisors having very little business experience. A bad year
followed by a couple of more bad years should not surprise anyone.
One thing is certain, I will never be duped by the likes of Bush or Obama again.
I can see a progressive - now that I know what one looks like and acts like. I
hope that Americans will not forget what this elitist little professor with a
jump shot did to us the last two years. Mr. Husein Obama need and his cohorts
in crime need to be un-elected in 2012!
The GOP is really coming forward with some great candidates for 2012. Romney,
Pence, Pawlenty,Crist,Jindal, etc... I think any one of these could beat BO. If
there is no BIG improvement in the economy by 2012 then BO is ripe for the
pickings PLUS add to this all the new GOP governors that were elected
(especially along the great lakes region) and all the new redistricting that is
going to happen ... I think the redistricting this what scares the dems the most
and that is why they are so desperate to ram through the Dream Act so that they
get millions of free hispanic votes in their pocket for the next election.
Fortunately for America - the Dream Act (really a nightmare) failed in the
senate. Nice try dirty Harry.
@HotrodDid I ever criticize the article? My comments were
addressing the typical right-wing talking points spewed out on this public
forum. Settle down, you can try and challenge my critical thinking skills all
you want if it makes you feel better (funny with all your misspelled words to be
taking shots at others).For everyone saying redistribution of wealth
is socialism, you better list your hero Reagan and the Bushies as the chief
socialists. There is a redistribution of wealth--more to the rich! The top 2%
income level has grown over the last three decades at an insanely higher
proportion than any other income level. The right calls it trickle down
economics, but I call it Prince John economics--burden the working class while
giving corporations and the elites tax loopholes. How did CEOs earn more money
and bonuses when their companies lost money? That doesn't sound like the free
market at work. :( Keep thinking what you want and vote against
your own interests (unless you are part of the greedy 2%), but don't get
insulted when others won't go along with your diatribe. Happy Holidays to
everyone--including the righties!
re:atl1341. The part of Obamacare that will be declared
unconstitutional is the individual mandate. YES YOU ARE 100% correct but guess
what, without the states being FORCED to pay into Obamacare the whole thing
collapses like a house of cards. NO FUNDING. NO OBAMACARE. GET IT??2.
Remember the democrat that shot a hole threw the cap and trade bill? Yes this
guy won re-election (barely). He also opposed Obamacare and just about
everything else Obama rammed down our throats. 65 democrats lost their jobs in
the house alone (this is historic in and of itself going back to the 1930's). No
democrar ran on Obamacare or the stimulus or cap and trade or Obama's
disasterous handling of the gulf spill. NONE!!!! Except maybe Nancy Pelosi and
Harry Reid. The POINT here is the dems that survived were smart enough to
recognize how TOXIC Barack Obama was and they made great efforts to distance
themselves from him. Every where Obama did visit (with the exception of Nevada )
the candidate LOST. So much for coat tails huh??3. Some dems are
considering running another candidate in the primaries against BO... if things
"1. Obamacare is being challenged all over America with many state law
suit's...making this train wreck bill unconstitutional."If
declared unconstitutional only the mandate would be struck down. That will
result in skyrocketing health insurance costs because, thanks to the part of the
bill that bans insurance companies from dropping/rejecting people due to
pre-existing conditions, people will free-ride without healthcare until they get
sick. You can't ban pre-existing conditions without having a mandate, otherwise
insurance costs skyrocket." The only democrats that survived
were those that ran away from Obama and his policies."False,
less than half the blue-dog caucus in the house won re-election. (You know, the
ones who always run from Obama and his policies). The issue was lack of liberal
turnout, those who had a spine and stayed by Obama's policies did better."Of course you have Harry Reid being elected by the corrupt
Teamsters Union "Reid ran against a crazy tea partier, that's
why he won."Obama's job approval rating actually dipped into
the 30% range"In maybe one poll, his RCP average (average of
polls) is 45.6-47.6
I doubt any fair-minded person would object to Obama being called a social
democrat, okay? If you're familiar with European politics, and he certainly is,
you can't honestly deny that. He's easily as socialistic as Hillary Clinton, who
describes herself as a "progressive," which was the American word for
social democrat during the early 1900s and thereafter. So let's not parse words:
Obama is a statist and a progressive who will push the country as far to the
left as he can get away with. For you who think Glenn Beck is nuts, by the way,
can you prove that any of his facts are bogus? No, you can't. You may disagree
with his interpretation, but when he quotes these people, he's accurate.
'Obama IS a socialist...' - Cats | 2:48 p.m. Then what would you
call: TARP Wall Street Bailout GM Bailout tax
rebate checks in 2008 due to high gas prices? I would call that the
actions of George W. Bush. And I would call that socialism. As, the 'free market' was NOT allowed to collapse on itself. I think Obama's doing a fine job. With Republicans blocking any
legislation, and placing blame fow wars Obama is cleaning up, that they started
on 'intelligence failures.' Financial meltdown? Patriot
Act? Creation of the TSA? Iraq? Afghanistan? 7.5%
unemployment? All these inherited. And yet, blamed on the current
administration. It is not 'common sense' to hope for things
to get worse. 'That's the good news, it's proabably only going to
get worse!' - 'CougarKeith | 11:59 a.m. 'I hope he fails.' - Rush
Limbaugh. I for one do NOT hope your life gets worse. It
gets better. Also, why use x4 descriptions, in one sentence, for the
same thing. A simple 'bad year' would have done the same. And not to make a fine a point... no 9/11.
Mike in TX (howdy), All this trouble isn't the fault of
George Bush. All this mess isn't the fault of Barrack Obama. This is a
Bush/Obama/Congress mess. They all spent more than they had. They all tried to
make the government the be all end all. They all lined their own pockets and
their own power with our money. Did you know the government spend around $400
billion on programs that they themselves deem failures. But year after year, it
continues. We are in debt up to our eyeballs. George Bush did this. Barrack
Obama did this. The Democrats did this. The Republicans did this. This is a
government problem, not an Obama problem. When the old Whig party and the old
Democratic party weren't cutting it, Abraham Lincoln and some other powerful
men, created the Republican party. We need a great man to stand up, outside the
parties, and fix this... any honest Abe's out there... oh and you need political
savvy too. Like good old Abe!!
Obama is doing the smart thing, compromising, making deals, leading from the
center. He has angered the left wing with the tax cut compromise, and will
never get any credit or support from the right wing. (*Compromise*
is the key word here - remember, folks, the nation would not have even been born
without the 3/5 compromise, arguably one of the most morally repugnant political
deals in human history.)Most Americans are pragmatic by nature, ie,
centrist, and if Obama leads from the center, he might be able to survive a
rough early start, ala Clinton, and Reagan. I would hope that Obama
takes the recommendations of his Deficit Commission seriously and initiates
entitlement reform. It needs to happen, and Dems will accept it much better if
it comes from a Dem President, rather than having the dogmatic Tea Partiers, led
by Palin & her ilk, ram it down their throats.
@Mike in Texas"Americans have drank the Beck/Fox cool aid while he
laughes and gets richer by the day"Why is it that every time
someone opposes liberal ideas that they are automatically labeled as Limbaugh or
Beck followers? I don't listen to Beck or Limbaugh but I am still conservative.
Wow, how did that happen? Amazing! Actually anyone capable of rational
thought can see the holes in liberal policies. It's called common sense. I
guess when you have never experienced common sense you have to explain it away
somehow. I bet Micheal Moore is laughing harder than Beck. Have you ever
listened to the ideas that moron is peddling, and people believe that stuff.
The same people who rail on Beck and Limbaugh. Funny stuff.
Health Care Bill? Stimulus package? Obama never had the time to write or read
it. Can someone answer this question: Who wrote these Bills. Can
anyone give some names and some credentials for these people? Who are they?
[Glenn Beck though, he is still better than is what on your side "Keith
Olbermann" whose books have an extermly negative titles "picthforks
and torches" Really?]First off, Glenn Beck was at one time
collecting pitchforks on his show. Secondly, Beck's works include "Arguing
The 700 billion dollar bailouts (bush passed but dem endorsed) will end up
costing taxpayers... 25 billion. That's it. 25 billion dollars (the 700 billion
are loans and almost all of them are paid back or expected to be paid back). In
exchange we averted a Great Depression.The auto bailouts saved the
auto industry and up to a million jobs. Those loans are being paid back.GDP has grown the past 5 quarters. Jobs went from -700k in Jan 09 to
gaining private sector jobs 11 straight months now.The Iraq war has
been drawn down to less than half the number of troops we had in there at the
start of the war. We've captured more Al Qaida leaders the past two years than
the previous 8. Corporate profits in the third quarter of 2010 set a
new record high. And Obama is anti-big business? The reason he's having a bad
year... is because people are misinformed or uninformed. Loud mouth TV or radio
hosts saying Obama is destroying America. Uh huh, someone above shouted
hyperinflation a warning shouted the past two years, this year... lowest
inflation rate in half a century.
As a rule, what is bad for Obama is good for America. 1. Obamacare
is being challenged all over America with many state law suit's(including Utah)
headed for the US Supreme Court where most likely the ruling will be 5-4 in
favor of making this train wreck bill unconstitutional. Over 70% of American's
want a full or partial repeal of this insane piece of socialism. 2. The
Nov 2 election was a disaster for the democrats ALL due to the people rejecting
Obama and his policies. The only democrats that survived were those that ran
away from Obama and his policies. Of course you have Harry Reid being elected by
the corrupt Teamsters Union but that is another sad thing that Nevadans have to
deal with.3. Obama's job approval rating actually dipped into the 30%
range (probably back to around 42%). What a free fall from the glory days of 08.
The bottom line is people have figured Obama out. The facade and
smoke screen are gone and the king has no clothes. Expect the Tea Party to be
even stronger this go around and redistricting is going to kill the dems in
Obama IS a socialist......Not in the communist, totalitarian mold.
He is a socialist in the European social democrat mold. Anyone who doesn't see
that is either unschooled on what socialism is, doesn't understand what Obama is
about or is sticking his/her head in the sand.Obama IS a socialist.
He flat out states in his book that he was educated by all the best
"Marxist" professors. The only reason he hasn't gone head long into
total socialism is because we have a constitution and people who stood up. The
people have seen what he is and what the far-left is. THEY DON'T LIKE IT AND
WON'T STAND FOR IT.Thank goodness the majority of the people of this
country still have some common sense.
We sent an academic, latte professor to solve economic problems and fight two
wars. The problem isn't Barack Obama...the problem is that we actually thought
he could fix our problems.The dude has never run a city, state,
business or managed a payroll...how could have been so naive to think he could
run a country?
Who writes this garbage? Oh, I see. The AP.
By the way, for the people who can't use their critical thinking skills
(Wildcat) this was writen by The Associated Press.
My goodness. The sour grapes runeth over. Health care reform- badly needed and
overdue. DADT- a ridiculous and unconsititutional law that the military violated
with impunity. The Bailouts- most of them put in place first by a desperate Bush
Adminstrtion. High unemployment- a legacy of the the Bush Administration. 2
wars- well it ain't hard to remember how they came about. The deficit- (see 2
wars and a tax decrease (mostly for the very wealthy)and the painful cost of
trying to pull the country away from the brink of a depression.Obama
inherited a mess and he has done well to stave off much worse. The republicans
with their right wing propoganda machine succeded in some measure in redirecting
the blame away from themselves. Too many Americans have drank the Beck/Fox cool
aid while he laughes and gets richer by the day. Wake up Utah, You have drank
deeper than most.
Wow, I can't believe some people (Wildcat) think that Obama is
"progressive" engough. I for one am scared. Also, the only think
Conservative about Bush 43 is he lowered taxes, and strengthened national
defense. I am not suprised about you hating Glenn Beck though, he is still
better than is what on your side "Keith Olbermann" whose books have an
extermly negative titles "picthforks and torches" Really? You don't
think Obama is a Socialist? How about when he said "When you spread the
wealth around, everybodies happy" Enough Said, I debunked the liberal
idiology, which should really be called idiotology, because that is what it
CougarKeith, you need to stop listening to Glenn Beck. Things aren't that bad
buddy. I haven't seen brown shirts or black helicopters invading. For anyone tossing the term socialism around, I admire your moxie, but that's
a little over the top. This socialist president continued the TARP under Bush
and the GOP and bailed out Wall Street. I don't think any socialist would have
done that. He backed off a public option in health care, so private industry
directly benefits from the reform bill. He immediately caved and gave the 2%
their tax cuts because the GOP threatened to destroy the Nation until the
aristocrats got even more money.If Obama is a socialist, than I am
the Pope! I wish a true progressive would be president and restore the power
back to the people! Instead we have to cater to the corporations and a ultra
wealthy ruling class that wouldn't mind weakening the Nation so long as they got
a few extra bucks. Socialism you say? HA! We live in a corporate fascism now.
We passed capitalism a long time ago!Happy Holidays to all of you!
From your liberal friend.
And we expected any different? Let's remember what we were faced with, in
considering whether to vote for Obama-- a first term senator who had the
documented most liberal voting record in the Senate out of the 100 senators.
Where's the "change"? And his "poud" party owned both houses
of congress for the first 2 years! A disaster, pure and simple. I agree it will
only get worse before it gets better.
Luckily obama is the smartest person on the face of this earh. By his own
personal report, things would have been much worse, if he wasn't president.There is no way to actually run numbers and see if he's correct. But,
with his intellect so big and the most brilliant campaign slogans, who cares?
We should implement more this jeniuses ideas!He solved the illegal
issue, by making their countries look good. He solved the dirty oil and car
issue, by taking away jobs so fewer people could drive. Iran, North Korea and
other nations are going nuclear, but it's just for energy purposes until they
drop the bomb. The war protesters have stopped attacking the president, even
though nothing on the war front has changed, he fixed health care even though
the majority of citizens don't like it, he fixed the economy now people want to
work the minial jobs. More citizens are on the welfare system instead of
producing.Yeah things just keep getting better alright:) And he got
the nobel peace prize to boot!
This is the typical example of left-wing journalism in this country. All this
happened because the voters were in a foul mood and the Democrats got the blame.
Obama had lost touch.These things happened because Americans hate
the Obama agenda and his performance in office. They hate the dirty deals that
were struck in order to get a health care bill through that the American people
don't want. It doesn't matter how in touch he gets. Americans still don't like
his philosophy, his politics or his agenda. Americans nows realize what a
terrible mistake we made in 2008 and just how unqualified and incompetent Obama
really is. These journalists are more out of touch than Obama.
Carter, Nixon and Harding are all grateful for BO; he makes them look like
all-stars in comparison.
CougarKeith, you need to step away from the ledge my friend...
Sorry, but I don't feel bad that Obama had a bad year. He applied for a job he
was woefully unqualified for, made promises he couldn't keep to get the job and
has used thug like tactics to push through an agenda the American people didn't
want. He's getting exactly what he deserves and had better get use to it, he's
got two more years that are going to get progressively worse.
Is this fox news?
That's the good news, it's proabably only going to get worse! Especially if
republicans continue to "COMPROMISE" with this clown! Soon we are
going to see HYPER INFLATION, Food will skyrocket, energy costs will rise, and
TAXES will GO UP! All this will trigger the "Revolution" Obama and
Socialist and Communist and 60's reformers wanted all along, and our
CONSTITUTION will hang by a thread! Our Dollar will be worth next to nothing,
and riots will become as rampant as in greece and other european countries! We
will have to be X-Tra Careful of a THROWN ELECTION, and TAMPERING, and perhaps
if the right people who "CARE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY" rather than power and
purse get into office, things can turn around again. That's my take on it. Stock
up on food storage now!!! Save your money and commodities, Do Not Have Them In
Accounts, Keep Them On Hand! You will need them!
Talk about a slanted report. Must have been written by Obama's best friend.
And yet... no 9/11.