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Why the polls say Obama is worse than Bush
Townhall ^ | March 15, 2009 | Kevin McCullough

Posted on 03/14/2009 11:17:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

There is much more to the fact that President Obama now polls lower than President Bush did at fifty days into his presidency than merely what bi-partisan pollsters Schoen and Rasmussen were able to point out this week. In nearly every category of performance, President Obama has adeptly demonstrated that he is in over his head, and sinking fast. "We the people" sense his inability to make sound decisions and thusly, the President has wiped out nearly all of the Republican support he enjoyed not long ago, and Independents are not far behind.

When you consider the sector of the Democratic base that thinks raising taxes on everyday working people is bad, you even begin to see a schism in his base not previously thought to be possible.

Seriously, in nearly every category of governance he has messed up royally, and is clueless, or wantonly stubborn to do the things that will fix any of the problems. At the end of the day something will change. President Obama will formulate new policies, or "We The People" will use a shepherd's staff rather easily in 2012.

In my syndicated column and on my blog, I have been tracking the number of campaign promises that he has broken. Yet many of these don't even rise to half the level of importance on the issues that "We The People" are growing increasingly concerned about.

On the economy, the unemployment numbers have skyrocketed in the opposite direction, escalating especially hard following the signing of his stimulus plan. The plan, according to leading ecconomists, that only dedicated roughly 3% of the total amount towards actual job creation. On this point Warren Buffet, one of President Obama's strong supporters in the campaign, expressed grave reservation.

One of the great lies that President Obama continues to try to perpetuate is to say that "going green" would jump start economic growth. At the same time, he restated in his address to Congress what he had said on the campaign trail: that no family earning less than $250,000 would see an increase in taxes. Yet every family in America is going to pay additional tax under his cap and trade program. By essentially punishing "evil big business" for carbon footprints, the feds claim they will tax said "evil" businesses to show them who's boss. Oddly enough, those "evil" businesses will never feel the sting because they will pass the cost of the imposed taxes on to the consumer in the form of higher prices for simple things like electricty, natural gas, and whatever forms of energy they may use.

On foreign relations he spoke loud and long about removing embarrassment from the reputation of the United States to our allies. He prompty begins his administration by giving the very first sit down interviews to networks run by our enemies. He then thrice insults Great Britain, our closest ally of all. He is left with major distance between his wishes and those of Israel, our closest ally in the mid-east. And topping it off, this past week his administration dealt with Brazil, our closest ally in South America, with the same kind of "White House gift shop" hospitality he had just kicked Great Britain in the knees with.

On national security Chavez has taunted him, North Korea has threatened him, Iran has burned him in effigy, and Russia, Cuba, and Venezuela are plotting ways to put Russian long range bombers in our hemisphere and directly off our coast.

On terrorism Iran, Al Qaeda, and bin Ladin are openly laughing at him. Maybe his giving Hamas -- a terror group, on the international terror watch list -- 90 million dollars, wasn't quite the bold stroke of genius his cabinet told him it would be.

No doubt, however, that President Obama's most pressing problem with the public is the fact that now 83% of the American people say they are worried that the steps he has taken to fix the economy will have the opposite effect and make things worse. 82% of the American people say they are worried about the monstrous rise in the national debt. 78% of the American people believe inflation will come quickly. And 69% do not have any confidence in the role of government mandated solutions to the economy. There is also now no sense in the American people that the stimulus will have any positive effect any time soon. Only 60% hold out hope that it will have any impact realized four years from now.

Most importantly by a margin of 12% the American people believe the stimulus will only help and unfairly benefit those who have already been irresponsible.

Every single one of the actions described and taken in this piece are actions connected directly to Obama. Remember, a clear majority of Americans thought any form of stimulus help should have come primarily through reducing the tax burden, not saddling it up for rides into the sunset.

We've heard the word "crisis" roll off the lips of the administration like syrup in recent days.

But now, President Obama has one of his own. His policies are failing in every direction. "We The People" are worried.

So for a man who campaigned on change, why not start practicing what you preach Mr. President?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2009polls; agenda; bho2009; bho44; economy; first100days; obama; porkulus; stimulus
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President Jimmy Carter without the gravitas and managerial experience.
1 posted on 03/14/2009 11:17:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gallup still has Obama at 62% with disapprove in the 20s. Why should we believe Rasmussen?


2 posted on 03/14/2009 11:22:32 PM PDT by montag813 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“he is in over his head and sinking fast”

I beg to disagree. He’s following Alinsky’s playbook to a tee and it’s the United States as we know it that he’s sinking—on purpose.


3 posted on 03/14/2009 11:22:57 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After the Dow rallies to 8000 in the next 20 days, these numbers will improve for Obama.


4 posted on 03/14/2009 11:23:11 PM PDT by montag813 (www.FreepShop.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"crisis is now over"... didn't you get the memo.

It's never as good as it seems and never as bad as I think it is... or something to that affect.

Of course this was without his teleprompter and who knows what he really meant to say.

5 posted on 03/14/2009 11:26:03 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: montag813

Rasmussen has a better track record?


6 posted on 03/14/2009 11:26:38 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: montag813

[After the Dow rallies to 8000 in the next 20 days, these numbers will improve for Obama.]

I’ve expected a dead cat bounce for a while. But Dow to 6000 by end of summer. There is just no there, there.


7 posted on 03/14/2009 11:31:39 PM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: FastCoyote
My guess is that last week was a Bear Market rally of sorts but none of the fundamental problems have been solved nor has the bad debt been expunged from the system.
Unless the Obama Admin. faces this and addresses these problems the Dow will hit 5000 with a SPX of 400 or lower.
8 posted on 03/14/2009 11:39:26 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: montag813

There will be no recovery until he is out of office.


9 posted on 03/14/2009 11:45:21 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
President Jimmy Carter without the gravitas and managerial experience.

You've described Billy Carter.

10 posted on 03/14/2009 11:45:53 PM PDT by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was sure there could never be a worse President then Jimmy Carter. At least not in my lifetime anyway.

But I’m starting to think maybe ole Jimmy might get edged out for the worst President ever title.

Guess I’ll just have to wait and see.


11 posted on 03/14/2009 11:52:38 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.last.fm/music/Gloria+Jane)
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To: montag813

For starters? Because Gallop is almost always wrong!


12 posted on 03/14/2009 11:56:11 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Tolkien
Maybe Obama will have a Billy Beer with Hannity?
13 posted on 03/14/2009 11:58:32 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Scathing article. I like it.


14 posted on 03/15/2009 12:05:49 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: montag813

Gallup still has Obama at 62% with disapprove in the 20s. Why should we believe Rasmussen?
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Because Gallup sucks and is always wrong... duh


15 posted on 03/15/2009 12:08:50 AM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Once the nation awakes from their stupor and realizes the overreaching and incompetent Dalai Bama has wiped out their job and savings and reflect upon the lie that was Obama - the dreaded “N” word will return to common usage....

It’s the only word to properly convey the level of contempt for the jerk who was always a myth.


16 posted on 03/15/2009 12:14:33 AM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Why the polls say Obama is worse than Bush”

Because he is?


17 posted on 03/15/2009 12:35:26 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: river rat

I hope it’s not that bad.

I know that if he continues as he is, and if ACORN doesn’t steal the next election too, it will be a long time before America hires another black president.


18 posted on 03/15/2009 12:52:47 AM PDT by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Bama is like that dog that chased cars his entire life.

Once he caught one, he didn’t know what to do with it.

He has spent his life on the campain trail - now that he has won, he doesn’t haven’t a clue what to do....


19 posted on 03/15/2009 12:55:58 AM PDT by ASOC (This space could be employed, if I could only get a bailout...)
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To: montag813

Do you really think the Dow is going to rally to 8000?


21 posted on 03/15/2009 1:08:33 AM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oddly enough, those "evil" businesses will never feel the sting because they will pass the cost of the imposed taxes on to the consumer in the form of higher prices for simple things like electricty, natural gas, and whatever forms of energy they may use.

AND every product that uses energy as a factor of production -- which obviously means EVERY product and service you purchase. The data centers which run the Internet consume huge amounts of power and probably account for 40% of operating costs. Your internet bill alone could go up 20% to 30% with these taxes.

23 posted on 03/15/2009 2:01:32 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: FrogMom
...it will be a long time before America hires another black president.

You are right. This could be the ultimate expression of the failures of affirmative action.

24 posted on 03/15/2009 2:04:59 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“We The People” will use a shepherd’s staff rather easily in 2012.”

What planet does this guy live on? The Republicans will nominate a Rino who won’t try. The media will screech, howl and lie, the pollsters will produce polls showing massive support for President BO and ACORN will manufacture votes. Hello 1996.


25 posted on 03/15/2009 3:33:19 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: FastCoyote

I agree. Gas prices will increase to $4 a gallon in the summer, as usual for the past coupla years. People will stop driving, stop luxury spending and it just goes downhill from there. I think an immediate offshore drilling and lowering the federal gas tax would have an immediate effect in people relaxing their minds and wallets.


26 posted on 03/15/2009 3:34:43 AM PDT by momincombatboots (The last experience of the sinner is the horrible enslavement of the freedom he desired. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There is much more to the fact that President Obama now polls lower than President Bush did at fifty days into his presidency ...

And Bush came in with the disadvantage that a good portion of the populace thought he stole the election.

27 posted on 03/15/2009 3:37:25 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo (Earth - Taking care of itself since 4.6 billion BC)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

0bomo is stinking up the place


28 posted on 03/15/2009 3:39:09 AM PDT by dennisw (0bomo the subprime president)
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Why the polls say Obama is worse than Bush

Because he IS worse than Bush.
29 posted on 03/15/2009 3:46:14 AM PDT by arderkrag (Liberty Walking (www.geocities.com/arderkrag))
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To: montag813

After the Dow rallies to 8000 in the next 20 days, these numbers will improve for Obama.

Yep! The pundits are already saying that he is helping the stock market...look at this week. Can you believe it? One week??? However, Obama is making the stock market go up too quickly. His plan was for it to begin rising in 2010 and then really increase in 2011...silly guy’s plan is too good. lol.


30 posted on 03/15/2009 4:19:29 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So if the economic crisis two weeks ago was Bush’s fault, does that mean that good news this week is to Bush’s credit?

I loved the talk Obama gave at the police officers academy in Columbus, OH- where he took credit for the class graduating due to the stimulus money - just days after signing!!!

hh


31 posted on 03/15/2009 5:43:37 AM PDT by hoosier hick (Gotta go, millions of Obama supporters are counting on me to pay their mortgages)
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To: montag813

After the Dow rallies to 8000 in the next 20 days, these numbers will improve for Obama.

I;m thinking this small uptick was massive bargain hunting on barely good news from Citi, et al...there’s still a huge mess coming in consumer debt default (credit cards, home equity loans) and the morass of the mortgage plan to refi everyone and their mom yet which will probably not work as smoothly as the feds anticipate...

I still think that 6500 is more likely than 8000 in the next 20 days...belive me I’m hoping your right that we hit 8000, I just am very skeptical that the rise will continue this week and beyond...


32 posted on 03/15/2009 6:29:44 AM PDT by phatus maximus ( John 6:29. Learn it, love it, live it.)
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To: montag813

There is absolutely no substantive support for a resurgence in the stock market. It is a little bubble echo of the big bubble pop of October 6, full of speculative gas and nothing more.

Fundamentally things are much worse. Obama’s anti-investor and anti-business policies and promises have crippled the market for at least a decade. By summer the recovery hype will be seen clearly for what it is, and the economic collapse will continue.


33 posted on 03/15/2009 6:45:29 AM PDT by behzinlea
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In any political polling, there will be hardcore partisans who will deny the opposition a favorable rating or give their guy one NO MATTER WHAT. I’d like to think that RATs are more guilty than we are...


34 posted on 03/15/2009 6:53:29 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: napscoordinator

There’ll undoubtedly be a lot of money made shorting the market later this year.


35 posted on 03/15/2009 7:16:34 AM PDT by Salvey
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Porkialism Under Assault

Best defense apparently is going to be a loud offense. Politico on the Obama admin’s “post-Rush strategy” to defend the pork/socialism budget agenda by attacking the GOP. None of what is described actually looks new, seeing as the pre-Rush strategy was to characterize the Republican objections to rampant porkulism as ”do-nothing.” A little odd that the wildly popular new admin with control of both houses feels like it has to take the low road, but whatever, it’s his stumbling presidency. Sounds like someone’s sensitive.

The Obama grassroots network—now known as Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee—has launched an e-mail pledge drive on MyBarackObama.com in which supporters sign their e-mail address to the statement: “I support President Obama’s bold approach for renewing America’s economy.”

The pledge drive was announced with a video called “Ready for the Fight.” Plouffe e-mailed supporters over the weekend with a challenge labeled “The next few weeks”: “In the next few weeks we’ll be asking you to do some of the same things we asked of you during the campaign—talking directly to people in your communities about the President’s ideas for long-term prosperity.”

This is not an easy message war for Democrats. Obama’s budget calls for the largest deficit in U.S. history and a doubling of the national debt to $23 trillion in 2019. That is a big, juicy target for the GOP, which plans to hit this theme relentlessly all spring.

Should be interesting to see if all the Facebook Obamites, assorted young people, Hope-Changers of all stripes will rise out of the trenches for a big bayonet charge in aid of “President Obama’s bold approach … for long-term prosperity.”

Anyone else getting a retro commie slogan feel off that, by the way? Whaddaya think. Soviet five-year plannish or more Cultural Revolution? I’m leaning toward Mao on that one. Whichever, if I were a reactionary counter-revolutionary kulak, I’d watch out. Hey, wait a minute … I think I might be a reactionary counter-revolutionary kulak.

http://www.julescrittenden.com/2009/03/15/porkialism-under-assault/


36 posted on 03/15/2009 7:40:01 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Retail sales numbers look pretty good. Why should we expect the dow to hit 5000?

With Bank of America and Citi saying they were profitable in the first two months of the year, don’t you think the financial sector is improving?


37 posted on 03/15/2009 8:21:57 AM PDT by o2bfree
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To: FrogMom

In oh so many ways, Obama has set the civil rights movement back decades.

From his first days in office when his lack of executive experience and pie-in-the-sky policies became reality he was being judged not only as a President but as a black man.

Though, I have to wonder how he became solidly black when at the beginning of this presidential race other black leaders made it known he wasn’t black enough!!

As his popularity falls and his policies are not only questioned but openly disapproved of, other black politicians will have a difficult time proving they could or would perform better then Obama. That people WILL question the qualifications of other blacks running for public office is a shame.

Is there anything this man touches he does not intentionally or unintentionally destroy?


38 posted on 03/15/2009 10:20:25 AM PDT by Brytani (Obama's Hope and Change - Hope for terrorists and Change left in our wallets)
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"Is there anything this man touches he does not intentionally or unintentionally destroy?"

Barack 'Maidas' Obama.

39 posted on 03/15/2009 10:23:22 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: montag813
"After the Dow rallies to 8000 in the next 20 days"

In the unlikely event that that should happen, it will just be that much bigger heart break for beleagered investors when the real crash comes shortly.

Almost half of the commercial real estate in this country is hanging on baloon loans that come due within the next 90 days. What do you think that portends for the Dow?

40 posted on 03/15/2009 10:33:11 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: montag813

I guarantee that there will be a plethora of sellers if the Dow gets anywhere near that valuation in the next 20 days. If it comes about that you are near right, I predict that ten days later, the Dow will be lower than it is now.


41 posted on 03/15/2009 11:16:57 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: editor-surveyor

Sadly I had to look up Maidas, and you’ve nailed it on the head....


42 posted on 03/15/2009 11:48:38 AM PDT by Brytani (Obama's Hope and Change - Hope for terrorists and Change left in our wallets)
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To: editor-surveyor

43 posted on 03/15/2009 11:51:56 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"President Jimmy Carter without the gravitas and managerial experience."

You are far too kind to both.

44 posted on 03/15/2009 2:15:44 PM PDT by GBA
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To: AFPhys
Agreed. Lots of bargains, I suppose, but it's better to get as much out while one still can. It'll be time to buy later, after he's finished punishing achievers and then the resulting backlash finally punishes him back.
45 posted on 03/15/2009 2:20:22 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Texas Fossil

Or until he loses a Democratic majority in Congress.


46 posted on 03/15/2009 7:34:09 PM PDT by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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To: Captain Peter Blood
My guess is that last week was a Bear Market rally of sorts but none of the fundamental problems have been solved nor has the bad debt been expunged from the system.

AIG reports profit and BAC says they expect to earn $50 billion before taxes this year.

47 posted on 03/15/2009 7:37:03 PM PDT by ColdWater
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To: madameguinot
Or until he loses a Democratic majority in Congress.

That could happen also, but 2 years is a very very long time under these conditions.

48 posted on 03/15/2009 7:50:17 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: editor-surveyor
Barack 'Maidas' Obama

Barrack Kenyan Commie Obama

49 posted on 03/15/2009 7:54:32 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
President Obama will formulate new policies, or "We The People" will use a shepherd's staff rather easily in 2012.

Way too late.

50 posted on 03/15/2009 7:59:19 PM PDT by cmj328 (Filibuster FOCA or lose reelection)
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