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Does Anyone Still Like Obama?
Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2012 | John Ransom

Posted on 05/31/2012 4:54:42 AM PDT by Kaslin

In another blow to Obama’s reelection bid, consumer confidence, which has been low throughout Obama’s presidency, stumbled badly last month after economists initially predicted confidence would go up.

The number indicates that the onslaught of people and politicians abandoning the S.S. Obama continues unabated. In recent weeks, allies of Obama have defected from his campaign message if not from his person. Forget about polls numbers for a moment. Consumer confidence is the number that tells you what is really behind the defections.     

"Consumer Confidence fell in May,” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board, “following a slight decline in April. Consumers were less positive about current business and labor market conditions, and they were more pessimistic about the short-term outlook. However, consumers were more upbeat about their income prospects, which should help sustain spending. Taken together, the retreat in the Present Situation Index and softening in consumer expectations suggest that the pace of economic growth in the months ahead may moderate."

The confidence measure plunged from 68.7 in April to 64.9 in May.

In actuality, soft consumer sentiment is not just a vote of no-confidence in Obama, as it is in the whole silly progressive Democrat ecosystem- are there any moderates left on the Left side of the aisle?-  that’s been propping him up for three years.

Because it’s not just consumers who are looking to duck and cover.

Businesses are also worried about the future.    

As our friends over at Political Calculations have noted, stock market prices and dividend futures are now converging. And that’s not a good sign for the market, because dividend futures are moving down.

While Political Calculations won’t say it outright, dividend expectations are a pretty good indicator of future stock market prices. As dividend futures have moved down, so have stock prices. And I will note that stock market prices are pretty good indicator of future economic conditions.

 

So really, you can look at dividend futures expectations as kind of consumer confidence number for business. When the number goes up, it means that companies are confident enough in the future to part with cash today in order to boost their stock price and investment return for shareholders. When the dividend number goes down, it means that companies are holding on to cash. Accelerations of S&P 500 Average Monthly Index Value and Trailing Year Dividends per Share (and Futures as of 29 May 2012)

Why would companies hold on to cash?

There is only one reason: They think they will need it.

Ironically, CEOs are relatively confident about business conditions in the months ahead.

The Conference Board, which conducts the consumer confidence survey, also surveys CEOs.

In the most recent survey “about 59 percent of business leaders foresee an improvement in economic conditions over the next six months, up from 32 percent in the fourth quarter.”

The CEO index now stands at 63, up 14 from the fourth quarter number of 49.

I think in part CEO confidence is surging because it looks increasingly likely that some or all of the following could happen in between now and the first of the year: Obama will be defeated, Obamacare will be overturned, and the GOP could pick up seats in the Senate and the House.

As Obama’s campaign rhetoric has become shriller in the last year- a sign of his desperation if ever there was one- even allies have begun to abandon Obama, just as I predicted.

The first congressman outside of Illinois to endorse Obama has not only has repudiated him, but has also left the Democrat Party and might run as a Republican:

“The one-time rising Democratic Party star -- once described as the Obama of Alabama,” reports USAToday, “said on his website that he is switching his voter registration to Virginia and is considering running for office as a Republican. Davis was also critical of the Obama administration, with whom he was sometimes at odds while in Congress on issues such as health care.”

Said Davis in a statement:

On the specifics, I have regularly criticized an agenda that would punish businesses and job creators with more taxes just as they are trying to thrive again. I have taken issue with an administration that has lapsed into a bloc by bloc appeal to group grievances when the country is already too fractured: frankly, the symbolism of Barack Obama winning has not given us the substance of a united country.

Bravo.

Davis is the second high profile black politician to break with Obama in recent weeks.

Last week I wrote about how Mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat from Newark, New Jersey- and Obama campaign surrogate- leaned into the inside pitch Obama made criticizing Mitt Romney’s experience in private equity at Bain Capital.

“To me, it's just, we're getting to a ridiculous point in America,” said Booker. “Especially, I know, I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital's record, they've done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses, and this to me, I'm very uncomfortable with.” And apparently so is everyone else.   


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; bho2012; bho44; bhojobapproval; buyersremorse; election2012; kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney

1 posted on 05/31/2012 4:54:46 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

...just the ones with the gun pointed at them


2 posted on 05/31/2012 4:58:46 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Kaslin

I just saw Juan Williams on Fox and he was still defending him fairly enthusiastically.


3 posted on 05/31/2012 4:59:54 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: Kaslin

I just saw Juan Williams on Fox and he was still defending him fairly enthusiastically.


4 posted on 05/31/2012 5:00:16 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: Kaslin
Businesses are also worried about the future.

What future?

There is only survival.

5 posted on 05/31/2012 5:03:23 AM PDT by LoveUSA (God employs Man's strength; Satan exploits Man's weakness.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama absolutely LOVES Obama! Sad part is he wants to share him with the rest of us.


6 posted on 05/31/2012 5:04:06 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: Kaslin

I think Joe Biden’s in.

He gets to play with cars while Barry-O is playing President.


7 posted on 05/31/2012 5:04:28 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Kaslin
Flies and mosquitoes perhaps....
8 posted on 05/31/2012 5:05:41 AM PDT by almost done by half
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To: Kaslin

>>> Does Anyone Still Like Obama?

Ummmm, yes.

Zombies and dead people.


9 posted on 05/31/2012 5:06:30 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Kaslin

Mark me down as a “no”.


10 posted on 05/31/2012 5:07:04 AM PDT by Ranald S. MacKenzie (It's the philosophy, stupid.)
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To: Kaslin

Let’s see.... He hates the military; he hates whites, Republicans and old people; he’s offended Jews of every nationality and the entire nation of Poland.... What am I missing?


11 posted on 05/31/2012 5:09:43 AM PDT by Jerrybob (Truth -- the new hate speech.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Some people just never get the word, do they?


12 posted on 05/31/2012 5:10:55 AM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet ((232 and a wakeup) Truth, I know, always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition.)
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To: Unrepentant VN Vet
Well its late May and so far they 529's have a Billion.

Obama was the one with the money advantage and I bet Roomey will get at least another 500 Million people hate Obama and what he represents that much.

13 posted on 05/31/2012 5:15:27 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: Kaslin

“Does anyone still like Obama?”

Well... when you refuse to objectively qualify yourself, when you habitually decline to express your views in a way that is succinct t and consistent...when you indignantly refuse to account for your experience, record of achievement, education or associations, etc. in a way which is coherent and logical, and YET childishly insist on being everything to everyone.... YOU FAIL EVERYONE AND SATISFY NO ONE!!!

“One can acquire everything in solitude except character. “ Stendhal


14 posted on 05/31/2012 5:18:29 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Ranald S. MacKenzie

I have to laugh every time when I hear that he is likeable. There is absolutely nothing likable about him.


15 posted on 05/31/2012 5:19:05 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Sadly there are many millions of public sector workers and union member whose economic prospects are hitched to his wagon.


16 posted on 05/31/2012 5:19:42 AM PDT by DrC
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To: Izzy Dunne
He gets to play with cars

My wife and I were in Wash DC for vacation in April. We were walking by the west side of the WH around noon when a huge swarm of security rolled out and shut down all the traffic (including pedestrians) for about 15 minutes.

Suddenly a convoy of armored Suburbans and secret service Crown Vics (maybe 8 or 9 vehicles) came rolling out of the gate, I was standing quite close by and saw Slow Joe in one on the Suburbans. A guy wearing a 1000 dollar suit waiting with us to cross the street said "Joe had a meeting at the WH this morning and now he's heading out for lunch."

It's a good life....

17 posted on 05/31/2012 5:26:16 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Kaslin

Does Anyone Still Like Obama?

Only his useful idiots.


18 posted on 05/31/2012 5:28:27 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: Kaslin

The woman who has done my nails for over 20 years is going to vote again for Obama. She has voted for the winner in every election she has ever voted in. She bases her vote on looks, personality, whether the guy is cool, etc. She loved W. She voted the first time for his father but the second time for Clinton, etc. She has no clue about issues and doesn’t really want to know.


19 posted on 05/31/2012 5:30:30 AM PDT by Mercat (Necessity is the argument of tyrants. John Milton)
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To: Barak; obama
There is absolutely nothing likable about him.

Well, unless you're a faggotic, moslem communist.

20 posted on 05/31/2012 5:38:32 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: DrC

I’ll correct my post.

Zombies, blood suckers, and dead people.


21 posted on 05/31/2012 5:44:28 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Kaslin
By imposing MORE regulations and possibly ending the 2003 tax cuts, no wonder why we're not really having a recovery.

What we need NOW are streamlined government regulations and a major overhaul of the tax code to reduce compliance costs and encourage way more savings and capital investment.

22 posted on 05/31/2012 5:44:35 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Jerrybob
He hates the military; he hates whites, Republicans and old people; he’s offended Jews of every nationality and the entire nation of Poland....What am I missing?

He hates America, economic freedom and individual rights and responsibilities.

23 posted on 05/31/2012 5:45:29 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Kaslin

Who still likes Obama?

1) Lifelong dims who mindlessly vote democratic. Even if satan himself were running for President, as long as he has a ‘D’ after his name he’s got their vote.

2) Blacks. Never any doubt there as to whom the VAST majority of them will will vote for. Never.

3) Obama Money Voters. Government handouts, food stamps, assisted housing, etc. Anyone getting free cash from Obama just loves the guy. As long as the checks keep rolling in, he’s their man.


24 posted on 05/31/2012 5:46:53 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Worst. President. Ever.)
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To: Kaslin
Here's my question: We all know people who now say ‘I voted for Obama, but I'm sorry I did.’- well where is the one guy in America who is saying ‘You know i voted for McCain but I'm sorry i wish I had voted for Obama.”
25 posted on 05/31/2012 5:49:30 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Kaslin
Does Anyone Still Like Obama?

Ah grasshopper, the correct question is not "Does anyone still like Obama". The correct question is whether anyone could still like Obama.

26 posted on 05/31/2012 5:51:34 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kaslin

When it comes to socialism, we've lost that loving feeling, at least to some extent.

27 posted on 05/31/2012 6:00:07 AM PDT by Pollster1 (A boy becomes a man when a man is needed - John Steinbeck)
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To: Mercat

People like this shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Also people like this can not be trusted as friends imho.


28 posted on 05/31/2012 6:00:18 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Doogle
I noticed some Freeper trolls like Obama. Some troll purging needs to be done. We even have some Michelle Wookie threads that think she is great and has nice clothes.
29 posted on 05/31/2012 6:07:41 AM PDT by angcat (GO YANKS!)
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To: Mercat

“She has no clue about issues and doesn’t really want to know.”

Pitiful. Why isn’t voting like this some form of treason?


30 posted on 05/31/2012 6:09:04 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (You've been screwed by your government.)
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To: Kaslin

Hearing the man speak, and comparing my knowledge of how Communists couched their wording of phrases, I have had no love, confidence, or feeling of personal security, ever since I became aware of this man’s existence.


31 posted on 05/31/2012 6:09:51 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Kaslin

bump


32 posted on 05/31/2012 6:16:18 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (PSA. As of 5/31/12, 159/234 days 'til we vote out/take out the trash. (11/6/12, 1/20/13))
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To: Kaslin

My daughter, who is in middle school here in the benighted Commonwealth of Massachusetts, told me that there is only one kid in her grade who likes Obama. That kid is black, but there are a lot of other black kids in her grade too.

So I think that’s a pretty good indication of how her classmates’ parents are feeling about Obama. Given that this is Massachusetts, I find this development to be highly encouraging.


33 posted on 05/31/2012 6:36:35 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: ILS21R
true. I have a couple of people on FB (one a former neighbor and the other an old friend from HS) and to them Obama, "Lord of the Ass Clowns" still walks on water and farts rainbows.... they can't see or don't care about how he is destroying the country.

To them, he's just "cool".
34 posted on 05/31/2012 7:08:14 AM PDT by Newton (If Obama is the answer it's probably a stupid question.)
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To: Newton
To them, he's just "cool".

Some people still think Stalin and Che Guevara are "cool".

There is not much you can with morons like this except laugh at them, shun them, and hope the people they support can be kept out of power.

35 posted on 05/31/2012 8:23:18 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama's populism's so crude it channels not Teddy Roosevelt so much as Hugo Chavez-C.Krauthammer)
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To: Kaslin

Betty White.


36 posted on 05/31/2012 9:07:05 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Kaslin

I love Obama......in an orange jumpsuit


37 posted on 05/31/2012 9:34:31 AM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: Kaslin
There are people out there who have created the narrative that Obama is doing a great job considering the mess he inherited.

There are people out there who avoid facts or opinions that run counter to their own pre-conceived notions about how great Obama is.

There are people out there who will vote for Obama because they've never voted Republican and aren't about to start.

There are people out there who are arm-chair victims who just want to stick it to conservatives and religious folk.

Whether these people "like" Obama is kind of irrelevant.

38 posted on 05/31/2012 9:44:49 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: murron

Does Moosechelle like Obama? I suspect only for the perks...lots and lots and lots of free vacations at taxpayer expense...


39 posted on 05/31/2012 11:54:38 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Mercat
She bases her vote on looks, personality, whether the guy is cool, etc.

"Text your vote to 1-866-IDOL02!" :)

40 posted on 05/31/2012 12:05:26 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Kaslin

“Does Anyone Still Like Obama?”

His daughters do. That’s a good thing.

It is another reason why I will be working hard between now and November to make sure that he has plenty of extra time to spend with them in 2013 and later. It is my way of making 2 little girls happier . . . to say nothing about the rest of us.


41 posted on 05/31/2012 12:10:24 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: Kaslin

Only the total liberal pyschos. That is what I call them at this point. And of Course the Facist Marxist bastards.


42 posted on 05/31/2012 12:26:23 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: Mercat
She has voted for the winner in every election she has ever voted in.

You should tell her that if she votes for O'Bummor, her winning streak is OVER! At least you can rub her nose in that.

43 posted on 05/31/2012 1:26:15 PM PDT by RogerWilko
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To: Kaslin

She does a really good job on my nails. If I excluded all the idiots from my life, I would end up pretty lonely.


44 posted on 05/31/2012 2:24:48 PM PDT by Mercat (Necessity is the argument of tyrants. John Milton)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Juan is a typical left wing sycophant.


45 posted on 05/31/2012 2:36:59 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless and useful idiots.)
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