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How Likely Is Barack Obama To Fix America's Problems?
IBD Editorials ^ | June 15, 2012 | MARK STEYN

Posted on 06/15/2012 7:50:46 PM PDT by Kaslin

Round about this time in the election cycle, a presidential challenger finds himself on the stump and posing a simple test to voters: "Ask yourself — are you better off now than you were four years ago?"

But, in fact, you don't need to ask yourself, because the Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances has done it for you. Between 2007 and 2010, Americans' median net worth fell 38.8% — or from $126,400 per family to $77,300 per family. Oh, dear. As I mentioned a few months ago, when readers asked me to recommend countries they could flee to, most of the countries worth fleeing to Americans can no longer afford to live in.

Which means we'll just have to fix things here. How likely is Barack Obama to do this? A few days ago he came to Cleveland, a city that is a byword for economic dynamism, fiscal prudence, and sound government. He gave a 54-minute address that tried the patience even of the most doting court eunuchs.

"One of the worst speeches I've ever heard Barack Obama make," pronounced MSNBC's Jonathan Alter, as loyal Democrat attendees fled the arena to volunteer for the ObamaCare death-panel pilot program.

In fairness to the president, I wouldn't say it was that much worse, or duller, or more listless and inert than previous Obama speeches. In fact, much of it was exactly the same guff he was peddling when Jonathan Alter's pals were still hailing him as the world's greatest orator. The problem is the ever widening gulf between the speech and the slough of despond all about.

Take, for example, the attempt at soaring rhetoric:

(Excerpt) Read more at news.investors.com ...


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1 posted on 06/15/2012 7:50:49 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

How likely?

0.


2 posted on 06/15/2012 7:54:21 PM PDT by DB
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To: Kaslin

Is Intrade needing a sucker bet or something?


3 posted on 06/15/2012 7:57:49 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: DB; Kaslin

ICE COLD ZERO.


4 posted on 06/15/2012 7:58:24 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin

How likely is Barney Frank to go straight?


5 posted on 06/15/2012 8:02:41 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (No matter how cynical you get, it's never enough to keep up.)
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To: Rennes Templar

How likely is the Pope going Mormon?


6 posted on 06/15/2012 8:04:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant paradise!)
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To: Kaslin

it’s much worse then stated when you realize net worth is really just a measure of buying power.

so what has happened to the average family’s buying power?

the avg gold price per ounce in 2007 was $695/oz. this means the avg family was worth about 181 ounces of gold.

today, gold is priced at $1626/oz while the avg family’s net worth is $77,300 ... or 48 ounces of gold

181 ounces ... to 48.

that’s a 73% drop in buying power

how’s that change working out for you


7 posted on 06/15/2012 8:07:09 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Rennes Templar; a fool in paradise
How likely are the Rolling Stones to record a cover of My Way?
8 posted on 06/15/2012 8:07:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant paradise!)
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To: Kaslin
How Likely Is Barack Obama To Fix America's Problems?

False premise. Obama IS AMERICA'S PROBLEM...

9 posted on 06/15/2012 8:09:12 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Kaslin

Very good, stupid question...


10 posted on 06/15/2012 8:15:18 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: DB

Exactly, and he will ask for a third term.


11 posted on 06/15/2012 8:16:20 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Obama’s whole life’s philosophy of authoritarian socialism and his type of cronyism are historical, abject failures.

I’ll play it safe and say he has a Zero of a chance. It’s better than a negative number. ..I think. ;-)


12 posted on 06/15/2012 8:29:02 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Kaslin

Posted earlier under a different title.


13 posted on 06/15/2012 8:31:05 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant paradise!)
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To: Revolting cat!

As likely as I am to discover the secret to 500 degree Fahrenheit superconductivity ...here at my house...


14 posted on 06/15/2012 8:44:30 PM PDT by Rca2000 ( NEVER underestimate the power of "one little election", in WI.....)
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To: Kaslin

How likely does he even want to?


15 posted on 06/15/2012 8:48:42 PM PDT by Marathoner (If the choice was Obama vs. Satan I'd have to flip a coin.)
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To: Revolting cat!

How likely is Sandra Fluke to join the Tea Party?


16 posted on 06/15/2012 8:56:32 PM PDT by Rennes Templar (No matter how cynical you get, it's never enough to keep up.)
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To: Kaslin

How likely was Rose Kennedy to never wear a black dress?


17 posted on 06/15/2012 9:20:45 PM PDT by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

Yea, sorry no offense but... it’s a really dumb question, and it’s even more compounded by he most resent idiotic, asinine move, check this out.

Obama Bypasses Congress on DREAM Act, Stops Deporting Young Illegals

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/06/15/Illegals-Obama-Bypasses-Congress

As if our jobless and crime rate wasn’t bad enough?????
OMG!!!!

He is a mad man at the controls!!!


18 posted on 06/15/2012 9:48:15 PM PDT by Mier (Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent!! "Jim Quinn")
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To: Kaslin

“How likely is Barack Obama to fix America’s problems”

If Uncle Fred had boobs he’d be Aunt Ruth.


19 posted on 06/15/2012 10:00:40 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: Kaslin
This old Soviet joke I just found reminded me of Obama's campaign problems.. It ain't how to boast about the future that's the problem it's how to present the latest versions of the first term's "accomplishments" without looking like too much a fool.

"[A]n old Soviet academic joke: the faculty party chief assembles his party cadres and, warning against various ideological threats, proclaims, 'The future is certain. It’s only that damned past that keeps changing.'"

It's from a website of an American reporter Claire Berlinski living in Istanbul.

Her very interesting column includes what wikileak cables from our ambassadors to Turkey revealed especially Bush's U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Eric S. Edelman. Here. In case anyone is interested.

20 posted on 06/15/2012 10:41:11 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Kaslin

Hasn’t fixed anything in 3 years and has only made things far worse in 3 years.
Chance he can fix anything? ZERO...........


21 posted on 06/15/2012 10:55:13 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Kaslin

The real question is how likely is Obama to worsen America’s problems. It’s already happened.


22 posted on 06/15/2012 11:23:33 PM PDT by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: Kaslin

At the moment, Barack Obama is America’s #1 problem (along with the mentality that elected him).


23 posted on 06/15/2012 11:31:44 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Kaslin

He’s not fixing the problems - he IS the problem.

And as long as he’s in office and crapping all over the United States, those problems will only get worse.


24 posted on 06/16/2012 1:01:21 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Kaslin

Between 2007 and 2010, Americans’ median net worth fell 38.8% —
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And the news media NEVER points out that the election of 2006 gave the Dems control of the House and Senate! The Dems wrote and passed the bills that caused the huge increase in spending in Bush 43’s last two years, but all of the problems since have been blamed on the Bush Admin.

Why don’t Pubs and Conservatives constantly point out that the troubles “inherited” by BHO were caused by the Dems?


25 posted on 06/16/2012 2:50:17 AM PDT by octex
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To: octex

Exactly, if anyone is to blame its the democrats and Barack Oblame-o, because he was in the Senate when these bills were passed


26 posted on 06/16/2012 3:19:40 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Revolting cat!

So


27 posted on 06/16/2012 3:21:50 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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