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Obama and the 'Competency Crisis' [Mort Zuckerman bails]
Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/25/2011 | Mortimer Zuckerman

Posted on 08/25/2011 7:56:43 AM PDT by mathprof

The rising impatience with the leadership of President Obama was epitomized on Aug. 8 in the middle of one of the now-habitual Wall Street roller coasters. His speech on the economy was 53 minutes late. What showed on TV screens was an empty White House podium, an image suggestive of the absence of leadership. When the president did speak, the best he could come up with was "We've always been and always will be a triple-A country." The market's response was a Bronx cheer, a drop of another 300 points.

Mr. Obama seems unable to get a firm grip on the toughest issue facing his presidency and the country—the economy. He now asserts he is going to "pivot" to jobs. Now we pivot to jobs? When there are already 25 million Americans who are either unemployed or cannot find full-time work? Does this president not appreciate what is going on?

Fewer Americans are working full-time today than when Mr. Obama took office. We have lost over 900,000 full-time jobs in the last four months alone, and long-term unemployment is at a post-World War II high. The public's faith in his ability to deal with the economy has plunged. As Doyle McManus of the L.A. Times put it, "Can this president persuade voters to let him keep his job when so many have lost theirs?" Even Jimmy Carter didn't plumb the depths of national dissatisfaction revealed in the stunning Gallup poll taken Aug. 11-13. The president's approval rating was only 39% with a mere 26% approving of his handling of the economy.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackalypsenow; bhoeconomy; democrats; fail; nobama; nobama2012; obama; obamadepression; obamageddon; obamatruthfile; presidentdowngrade
The money quote from the article: "Like many Americans who supported him, I long for a triple-A president to run a triple-A country."
1 posted on 08/25/2011 7:56:46 AM PDT by mathprof
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To: mathprof
No pass for any presstitute who supported the Kenyan Kommie.

You knew exactly who you were supporting, Mortimer.

2 posted on 08/25/2011 8:00:52 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter
No pass for any presstitute who supported the Kenyan Kommie.

Agreed but any help at all is appreciated at this time. If he can turn even some of his liberal following that will help.

4 posted on 08/25/2011 8:03:33 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: mathprof

A vote for Affirmative Action is a vote for...


5 posted on 08/25/2011 8:03:38 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: skeeter
You knew exactly who you were supporting, Mortimer.

I used to wonder how anyone could fall for that old Nigerian money scam. Now I'm not quite so perplexed.

6 posted on 08/25/2011 8:05:07 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: mathprof

Zuckerman bailed a long time ago.


7 posted on 08/25/2011 8:08:38 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

“I used to wonder how anyone could fall for that old Nigerian money scam. Now I’m not quite so perplexed.”

POST OF THE DAY! LOL!


8 posted on 08/25/2011 8:09:23 AM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: skeeter
Years ago, when Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack ruled, and we hadn't yet heard of PC.....he had some great lines in the monologue in his Vegas Act..

"Sammy Davis just wrote a book. 'Yes I Can!' I read it, and sent him a telegram..'No You Can't!" I wish we could turn that into an ad..a riff on "Yes We Can!"

Other big line:

"This is a VERY exclusive hotel. So fancy..they brought Sammy Davis Jr in to clean the place.."

The monologue is on the "Sinatra at the Sands" CD...and you should hear him sing "My kind of town..(Chicago)"

9 posted on 08/25/2011 8:09:45 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
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To: mathprof

Asked about Zuckerman’s comments today at the WH press briefing, the response from Jay Carney was..”This from the guy who publishes USN&WR..Doh!!”


10 posted on 08/25/2011 8:11:59 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
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To: mathprof
I wish we would hear this kind of argument from the GOP more often:

Even if the government instituted a 100% tax on both corporate profits and personal incomes above $250,000 per year, it would yield enough revenue to run the government for only six months. Why? Because under Mr. Obama's presidency, government spending has swelled to 24% of GDP from 18%.

11 posted on 08/25/2011 8:12:27 AM PDT by randita (Obama - chains you can bereave in.)
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To: skeeter

Poor Mort has not yet embraced the obvious....Barry’s plan to destroy America as we know it is working just fine.

Although many of us, very early on, knew that if Barry won he would do exactly what he said that he would do, transform America, libs like Mort just can’t wrap their brains around what is really happening.Cognitive dissonance.How could our president willfully destroy our country?

It’s like finding out that your favorite brother is a secret serial killer. You make excuses, and it’s painful to finally accept the truth.


12 posted on 08/25/2011 8:13:30 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: mathprof

Someone else found their BRAIN? How nice.


13 posted on 08/25/2011 8:19:38 AM PDT by goodnesswins
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To: ken5050

“Years ago, when Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack ruled, and we hadn’t yet heard of PC.....he had some great lines in the monologue in his Vegas Act..”

I remember Dean Martin when he picked up Sammie in his arms and said, “I’d like to thank the NAACP for this award.....”


14 posted on 08/25/2011 8:19:53 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: mathprof

I have to admit, even I am stunned by the sheer magnitude of his incompetence. Having difficulty thinking of anything like it I’ve seen before. Even the generally expected typical Lefty stuff he seems unable to execute.


15 posted on 08/25/2011 8:22:32 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mathprof

Quote: “Even for those who support higher taxes on the wealthy, as I do, we must remember that we have an income tax system in which fully half the “taxpayers” pay no tax at all, and in which the variety of loopholes cries out for a real reform of the tax code. Even if the government instituted a 100% tax on both corporate profits and personal incomes above $250,000 per year, it would yield enough revenue to run the government for only six months. Why? Because under Mr. Obama’s presidency, government spending has swelled to 24% of GDP from 18%.”

And this is exactly how he and the democommunists wanted it. First, they wanted to create a situation such that only the wealthy paid taxes. They have achieved that. Next, they ramped up spending such that there would be no choice but to raise taxes. They were finally going to get their way and outright redistribute the wealth. Those damn TEA Party racists came along and spoiled the whole thing.

But what Mort misses here are the questions that are really most important to the President. Is his grip right or is he slicing because he is clearing his hips too soon? How the hell did Limbaugh get on the Haney project? Damn, the IRS and/or Holder have to get on investigationg that Haney guy stat!!


16 posted on 08/25/2011 8:23:54 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: skeeter

All these deniers are a laugh.
What did they think was going to happen when a majority of Americans decided to elect a Marxist? It was the same as a declaration of war against the private sector. They think we’re just going to roll over and ‘sacrifice’ for their needs? Think again!
Molon Labe!


17 posted on 08/25/2011 8:24:09 AM PDT by griswold3 (Character is Destiny)
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To: mathprof

One good line for the future Repubican candidate might be:

If you plan to transform American society, you better be competent enough to run a lemonade stand.


18 posted on 08/25/2011 8:30:16 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: mathprof
Mr. Obama seems unable to get a firm grip on the toughest issue facing his presidency and the country—the economy

Liberals are stupid enough to think anyone can run the country. The truth is that many people could get elected but only a much less have the abilities. I can't think of one liberal who is qualified.

19 posted on 08/25/2011 8:33:17 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: griswold3

I got one question for ya Mort. You’re supposedly a successful businessman. Would you have hired the Obozo to run one of your enterprises? Didn’t think so. So WTF were you doing supporting him to run the biggest enterprise on the face of the earth? And now you’re dissapointed. Give me a f’n break.


20 posted on 08/25/2011 8:35:42 AM PDT by technically right
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To: COUNTrecount

Eggsactly!
The plan is going well if you’re a ‘progressive’. The propaganda from the leftists’ camp is that Obama is too ‘conservative’. That’s scary! It may be taking longer than they expected but the defacto ‘nationalization’ of business through regulation and taxation doesn’t just happen over night.


21 posted on 08/25/2011 8:38:17 AM PDT by griswold3 (Character is Destiny)
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To: mathprof

Memo to Zuckerman: Don’t come crying and asking “why oh why” unless you’re ready to apologize and grovel before those of us who pleaded with you and your ilk to reveal the truth about the asshat Marxist you foisted on us. Better yet, just go suck an egg, you stupid sycophantic boob.


22 posted on 08/25/2011 8:41:10 AM PDT by workerbee (We're not scared, Maobama -- we're pissed off!)
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To: ken5050
Wasn't that the CD where, in one of his monologs, he was comparing his tux of the day with the way he dressed back in the 40's? He finished by saying "I've always believed, if you're gonna look dead, dress dead!" I think that's the CD...
23 posted on 08/25/2011 8:43:00 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: griswold3
doesn't just happen over night."

YEP....told my husband, if we get Obomba for another term...it's OVER....he doesn't quite believe it...but, then he's a working stiff, and doesn't have the time to watch everything that's happening....has to just believe me...LOL

24 posted on 08/25/2011 8:43:11 AM PDT by goodnesswins
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To: nhwingut

He’ll still vote for the bum. I don’t buy for a minute the line that these leftists will abandon Obozo in the booth...most would vote for Joseph Stalin if he had a (D) behind his name.


25 posted on 08/25/2011 8:43:52 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cuttnhorse
He’ll still vote for the bum. I don’t buy for a minute the line that these leftists will abandon Obozo in the booth...most would vote for Joseph Stalin if he had a (D) behind his name.

They'd vote for Joseph Stalin if he had a (C), for Communist Party, behind his name.

26 posted on 08/25/2011 8:46:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ken5050

Its been good to see the Rat Pack make a comeback (of sorts) over the past decade. Maybe there are more of us out there than the popular culture wants us to believe.


27 posted on 08/25/2011 8:50:23 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: technically right

Indeed. I work in export compliance for a large multi national and Obama would not be able to pass our level one security clearance for an on site visit let alone an employment screen.


28 posted on 08/25/2011 9:01:33 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: headstamp 2

29 posted on 08/25/2011 9:07:23 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: mathprof
Gee Mort, you freaking supergenius.

You championed a lightweight "community organizer" for the most important office on earth, and now it dawns on you that he might not be up to the task.

Just shut up, you twit.

30 posted on 08/25/2011 9:10:13 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: mathprof
Using "incompetence" as a descriptive term overlooks the thoroughly competent manner in which the Administration has surrounded itself and staffed itself to "transform" America's economy from its foundations in freedom of individual enterprise and limited government into an economy where the tentacles of government reach into every small and large business, with activities "directed by Washington."

"Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread." --Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 1821. ME 1:122

"To preserve [the] independence [of the people,] we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:39

"I deem [this one of] the essential principles of our government and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration:... The honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith." --Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801. ME 3:322

"I sincerely believe... that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor

Adequate consideration of the fact that America's achievements in freedom, opportunity, productivity, prosperity, and plenty for over 200 years were based on the ideas articulated by Jefferson and the other Founders, one might conclude that considerable focus and planning have been required to "transform" it into its monumental decline under the so-called "progressives."

31 posted on 08/25/2011 9:22:31 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: mathprof

But, despite his dissatisfaction, Zuckerman will still vote for Obama in 2012.

Per Rush, a liberal is a liberal first, last, and always.


32 posted on 08/25/2011 9:43:12 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Democrats win because Republicans are afraid of being called racists.)
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To: mathprof; All
The facts cited in this thread illustrate the point of my Post 31.

Unless halted, the path away from America's constitutional restraints on coercive government power is being traveled at breakneck speed. Those who see 4,200 new "regulations" as "progressive" are either misinformed or taking America on a potential "road to serfdom."

The unprecedented cancerous growth of government, which impedes economic freedom, erodes all other freedoms at the same time and is antithetical to the kind of benign government influence described by the "father" of the Constitution, James Madison (below).

"Agriculture, manufactures, commerce, and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are the most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise." - Thomas Jefferson

"The enviable condition of the people of the United States is often too much ascribed to the physical advantages of their soil & climate .... But a just estimate of the happiness of our country will never overlook what belongs to the fertile activity of a free people and the benign influence of a responsible government." - James Madison

33 posted on 08/25/2011 10:11:35 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: mathprof
Mort doesn't understand Obama. Obama is a Triple A socialist president, and in his own mind I'm sure he is pleased with his results so far.
34 posted on 08/25/2011 12:27:57 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (“I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat")
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To: Baynative
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35 posted on 08/25/2011 12:54:39 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat, they sh#t on.)
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To: COUNTrecount

“Poor Mort has not yet embraced the obvious....Barry’s plan to destroy America as we know it is working just fine.”

I agree. Obama does not mean well. And that’s an understatement. While Obama is out there campaigning, his junta is busy in the White House dismantling America.


36 posted on 08/25/2011 1:02:54 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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