Charles Krauthammer: President Obama's performance record his biggest liability

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  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 1:14 p.m.


    You are correct. "Those are scams run by the government for specific agenda driven desires".

    The scams are run by businessmen in control of the government. Since all the profit is made by the private parts of the scam and the taxpayer is left with the losses, who do you really think is to blame for the scam.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 1:00 a.m.

    "Comments about ‘President Obama's performance record his biggest liability’ Not so. Watch on PBS "Money, Power, and Wall Street " especially you Krauthammer. Obama had a chance to see what he was in for during the election, and what he was stairing at was the Seoond Great Depression. While I don't like the keeping on of Bush economic people, nevetheless Obama kept Great Depression II from happening. For this he gets plenty of credit, at least from me.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 4:38 p.m.


    still running against bush? you have been snookered by the BO camp. Too much MSNBC for you!

    you're OK with BO?

    tell that to the tens of millions still unemployed.

    you're OK with 8+ unemployment, anemic economic growth, and staggering deficits.

    some people DO have a pretty low standard.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    To "Ultra Bob" your examples of businesses robbing people are actually government business ventures. UTOPIA is a government project that was a joint venture between 16 different cities. Tracks is part of UTA, the quasi government transportation company. Stadiums are typically built by cities or counties to attract a sports team to their area. Those are scams run by the government for specific agenda driven desires

  • Stephen Kent Ehat Lindon, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    Mr. Krauthammer's "either-or" choice is a false one. Without choosing one or the other of the two approaches toward defeating the incumbent president, Messers. Romney and Ryan can instead simply place the emphasis on the dangerousness of President Obama's ideology and at the same time segue into repeated mention his fiscal failures that result from his ideology.

    America's newly self-dubbed "Comeback Team" need not fashion a political victory strategy around drawing attention only to President Obama's philosophy, to the disregard of mention of his lack of success in righting the economy; Mr. Obama has left himself wide open to attack on both fronts.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2012 1:22 a.m.

    No new wars and closed the torture program. Bush left the bar pretty low. I'm good with Obama.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 11:36 p.m.

    He didn't even win the first time and we 're elected' bush on a terrible record. The president is trying to give us health care and not invade any other countries. I'm good with that.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 5:09 p.m.

    I think the amount of hate and animosity directed to the president and his family far exceeds that which would be the objection to his programs. Further, I think the reason for our economic troubles is the direct cause of the hate for Obama.

    Business people seem to have jumped on the band wagon in the war against America and the American dream. As one of our conservative friends puts it, the government is there to defend us from foreign enemies, not to protect us from ourselves. So we have businesses and churches straining at the chains that bind them to true purpose of their existence.

    Business is to serve people. Not the other way around. Yet every day I see more examples of business using the excuse of serving people as a means of robbing them. UTOPIA, Tracks, theatres, stadiums, malls, and a thousand other scams are able to exist because of our weakness toward business. Then when the money is all gone, they blame the workers wages and pensions for the disaster.

    It is hard to see how our nation could survive more freedom for business.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Aug. 12, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    Let's say I didn't want to vote for Obama.

    Would I vote for the old Romney or the new Romney because the old Romney is exactly like the current Obama but everyone says that candidates always run one way and then go back to the center after the election.

    So would I vote for Romney on his record of being just like Obama or his promise to be just like Bush?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    Do we really want to focus on Romney's positions on the issues? And yes, I say positions since he has been on both sides of nearly every single issue out there. His answers change depending on who he's speaking with that particular week.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    I have heard this time and again that our economy is not recovering fast enough and and it one man's fault, As if Congress with the lowest ever approval rating bears no responsibility.

    On the other hand we also look at the glass half empty in stead of half full. Housing is still down but shows signs of upward trends and jobs need to rebound more but look at the dow jones, nasdaq, and S&P markets. They have doubled in a three year period (march of 2009 to 2012). If you had investments or an IRA in the equities market you are definitely better off now than three years ago. Corporations are doing well. In fact, can anyone show me where the stock markets has doubled in such a short period of time. I think not.

  • Invisible Hand Provo, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    Well said CK. Romney needs to reveal Obama as not just ineffective. Even Democrats know that. Obama needs to be completely unmasked to the American people as Barak "You didn't build that" Obama. And don't tell me that was taken out of context. He doesn't seem to understand the flip side of the argument: Government got the money to build roads and bridges primarily from taxes paid by succesful people and businesses. Memo to government: You didn't build that.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 1:15 a.m.

    However, the easiest and most convenient tactic by conservatives is to "run against character". Hence, we have the Birthers, the Nativists, the Bigots, and the Crazies. It's viseral and is most sffective with the Republican base. Ideas, as emphasized by such conservative giants like William F. Buckley, have fallen to the wayside as the Republican Party moves significantly to the Right and gives voice to the Tea Party and such ideological stalwarts like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.

    They believe what they believe because they want to believe. And they certainly don't want anyone trying to provide them with information which might challenge their belief. With the animosity whipped-up against Barack Obama since day one of his administration (remember? " Make Obama a One Term President!"), asking for a sincere debate on issues is not going to happen.