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Published: Monday, Aug. 15 2011 12:56 p.m. MDT

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VST
Bountiful, UT

As I said on another post the other day, Obama has figuratively shot all his bullets, shot all his arrows, and now he is out on the beach looking for stones to throw in his futile attempt to solve the economic problems and high unemployment we are now facing as a country. He tried his grand experiment of using Keynesian economics (the $800 billion in stimulus expenditures) of using Government to "grow" the economy out of the doldrums, and it failed miserably. Hence he is now looking for stones on the beach because there is nothing left in his arsenal to reduce unemployment and get the economy rolling again.

The problem for him right now is he and his advisors want more stimulus. He knows he cannot do that; that is not an option for him because of his recent shift to supporting spending cuts and it is a non-starter in the Congress.

Hence his latest stone to throw is the bus tour with his latest alternative of playing the blame game. Blame the Congress, Republicans, tea partiers and anyone else on the radar screen, but not himself.

It will not work.

VST
Bountiful, UT

"Why does everyone say it's 'his' (Obama's) stimulus?"

It is Obama's stimulus because HE is the one that pushed it for passage by the Congress. It is the only one that was signed by him in February 2009. It was supposed to prevent unemployment from exceeding 8 percent. It was HIS supposed solution to turn the economy around by 2011 and get everyone back to work who still wanted to work. Hence, it failed miserably. Economic growth has stagnated (less than 1% for the last six months) and unemployment is STILL unacceptably high (9%).

As for the others signed by Bush, no, they did not work very well either, but Bush is no longer the President; he is NOT the one running for re-election.

Obama IS the President and he is the one out there trying to save his political skin by blaming everyone else for the bad economy and high unemployment.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Pagan,

You are focusing way too much on the decisions of past administrations (Bush in this case) and other politicians in an attempt to bolster your "talking points." Contrary to your belief, that will not sway me (and many others) over to your side of the debate. Those who live in the past, die in the past. You cannot change what is in the past. You can only change the present and the future. As a former boss of mine used to say, "Don't bring me problems - bring me solutions."

So far, this President is not bringing forward any successful solutions to reduce unemployment and spur economic growth. This is where he stands today and what will happen in the future if nothing changes:

Unemployment: 9.1%
Rate of Economic GDP Growth:

VST
Bountiful, UT

Pagan,

You are focusing way too much on the decisions of past administrations (Bush in this case) and other politicians in an attempt to bolster your "talking points." Contrary to your belief, that will not sway me (and many others) over to your side of the debate. Those who live in the past, die in the past. You cannot change what is in the past. You can only change the present and the future. As a former boss of mine used to say, "Don't bring me problems - bring me solutions."

So far, this President is not bringing forward any successful solutions to reduce unemployment and spur economic growth. This is where he stands today and what will happen in the future if nothing changes:

Unemployment: 9.1%
Rate of Economic GDP Growth:

Winglish
Lehi, UT

Ronald Reagan raised the capitol gains tax to 28%. Now it's 15%.

Taxes were raised in 1982. Taxes were raised again in 1993. Both the mid-1980's and mid-1990's stand as evidence that tax increases to balance the budget paid huge dividends to fantastic economies. Do we learn from history or regurgitate what we've been told by our establishment party?

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Obama is criticizing GOP presidential hopefuls for no new taxes? Obama just signed a budget bill with no taxes himself. At least we should give him credit for telling the Republicans not to call his bluff. Just because they did and got away with it as many of us predicted would happen doesn't mean the liberals should abandon him like Ross Anderson just did.

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