Skip to comments.Vanity: How did Obama get elected in the first place?
Posted on 12/11/2012 5:18:10 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
So how did we get here? How did Barack Obama, a relative unknown get elected to the Presidency of the United States? With much of the public not knowing who he is, where he was born. Almost nothing of his background was investigated.
Besides election fraud, I think you have to look way back from 2004 to 2006 to see how we headed down this road. Starting in 2004 George Bush was re-elected on the heels of an early Iraq effort.
But that effort soon became another Vietnam, at least in the media, as Americans were faced with daily and sometimes hourly reports of US Soldiers being killed by bombings and terrorist attacks in Iraq.
Bush's popularity began to wane. High approval numbers in the 60's and 70's soon bottomed out into the 40's and below. By 2006 Bush had been so demonized by the media that Democrats were able to gain control of the House and Senate.
Here is an article from that time for some perspective from the Washington Post.
Democrats win control of House and Senate.
"Democrats captured a majority in the House of Representatives in midterm elections Tuesday, as voters delivered a rebuke to the Bush administration and the governing Republicans amid an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq and a rash of scandals tainting GOP incumbents in several states."
With the Democrats now in control of both chambers they went to work right away. Barney Frank became Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
Frank began pushing for banks to give home loans to almost anyone. Michael Bloomberg, as much as many of us don't like him, makes a good point in this article below.
"But they (Congress) were the ones who pushed Fannie and Freddie to make a bunch of loans that were imprudent, if you will. They were the ones that pushed the banks to loan to everybody. And now we want to go vilify the banks because it's one target, it's easy to blame them and congress certainly isn't going to blame themselves. At the same time, Congress is trying to pressure banks to loosen their lending standards to make more loans. This is exactly the same speech they criticized them for."
Frank said at the time it was the American dream for people to own homes and banks should make it super easy for everyone to get loans.
Problem is after a few years many people could not afford those loans and the bottom dropped out. Causing the home mortgage crisis.
Here is an article from CNN for some perspective on how things began to take a dip in less than a year from Frank's policies.
"The fall of housing prices from peak levels reached earlier this decade cut deeply into home building and home purchases. This also caused a sharp rise in mortgage foreclosures, which in turn resulted in losses of hundreds of billions of dollars among the nation's leading banks and a tightening of credit."
During this time the price of oil began to skyrocket as well.
"In 2008, the price of oil went ballistic, but the U.S. was already in a recession [it began in Dec. 2007]. There was no rational reason oil should have gone ballistic. The Feds easy money just fueled a bubble. It was like a $500 billion tax on consumers courtesy of the Fed. Thats the added amount that it cost you, and it helped push consumers over a cliff in late 2008."
During the election of 2008 this is why you heard Sarah Palin constantly saying "Drill baby drill". But the press was more focused on demonizing her than what she was actually saying.
So by 2007 the economy was in free fall due to the home mortgage crisis and skyrocketing gas prices. Both of which, if you remember, were blamed on Bush at the time.
Plus there was still the shadow of a failing Iraq war effort. All of the problems were blamed on Bush, whether they were his fault or not.
Democrats blamed Bush for everything.
He was so demonized that he barely even showed his face during the 2008 campaign. Bush refused to fight back againt Democrats and a press that slandered him.
Democrats beat into the American people's brains that Bush was responsible for the free falling economy and problems overseas. As if they hadn't been in power at all!
Obama, riding on a wave of anger against Republicans at the time won the presidency based on hope and change.
So recapping here, the villains are.
The American Media - for making it possible for Democrats to continually blame Republicans even when they're not in power! That continues today.
The Democrats and Barney Frank for helping cause the home mortgage crisis which sent the economy into a free fall.
And the Republicans such as George Bush, for allowing themselves to be defined and blamed for problems not of their own making.
And by the way that continues today. The Republicans only control the House, but a recent poll taken said most people would still blame Republicans if taxes go up.
Why you ask? The Media tells them who to blame.
The GOP has been outsourcing US jobs for years.
That has left the GOP very badly discredited.
GOP: bring back US jobs now.
Free stuff helped him get re-elected. But I don’t think that played as big a part in the 2008 election. I’m not saying it was entirely discounted, as you did have many people wanting free stuff.
But that number grew from 2008 to present. The free stuff crowd was a much bigger factor in the 2012 race.
Democrats used that as well to define and discredit Republicans. Despite the fact that they, Democrats, do the same thing.
This piece sums it up nicely:
And don't forget this...
The Republican Party never had a chance with its current spineless leadership.
Bring back US jobs now!
I think the Republican party shares in a lot of the blame. They allowed themselves to be defined by the Democrats. They were too afraid of losing their seats.
But what happened.. they lost them anyway!
media refused to vent
The media refused to vet Obama, while doing the opposite to
Bush, blaming him for many problems not even his fault.
Republican Fecklessness, incarnated in John McCain and his campaign of Feckless Republicans, more willing to destroy Sarah Palin than the true enemy of this country and Israel.
Blame Bush has transitioned smoothly into blame republicans. Whethet they are in power or not, blame republicans. When Obama demands tax increases, says obamacare is not on the table, and in return offers to talk about some budget cuts at some point in the undefined future if he feels like it, and people look at that situation and blame the republlicans(!), then you know we’ve lost the media war.
I agree. Republicans sat and twiddled their thumbs as Democrats painted them in any color they chose.
a large swath of dependents
a dirt stupid electorate
a compliant and complicit media
low opposition voter turnout
and of course, as mentioned above... free stuff
In 2005 Bush was too busy taking credit for home loans to minorities with bad credit to propose reforms that would end his own programs.
GWB 2002 Speech : More and more people own their homes in America today. Yet we have a problem here in America because fewer than half the Hispanics and African Americans own their own homes. Thats a home ownership gap; a gap that we got to work together to close. And by the end of this decade well increase the number of minority homeowners (future Obama voters ) by 5.5 million families.
One of the major obstacles to minority home-ownership is financing. Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac (who I will bail out in 2008) have committed to provide more money for lenders, they committed to meet the shortage of capital available for minority home-buyers. Freddie Mac just began 25 initiatives around the country to dismantle barriers (like income requirements) and create better opportunities for home-ownership. One of the programs is designed to help families with bad credit histories to qualify for home ownership loans (by faking their income) . You dont have to have a lousy home for first time home-buyers. You put your mind to it the first time low income home buyer can have just as nice a house as anyone else (till those adjustable rates go up then they can lose it to the bank).
President Bush Mortgage Speech 2002(Helping those w bad credit buy houses)
I would love to have those manufacturing jobs back in the US, but I am not in favor of merchantilism. I just ordered a pair of US made wolverine wingtip boots for $330. My sister, a woman, thinks that is too much for shoes.
There are two problems:
1. People who do not have the skills to do the jobs.
2. Consumers are unwilling to pay premium for high cost products.
I think you summed it up nicely.
And Democrats continue their bad policies which is why we’re headed toward a fiscal cliff!
But Republicans, if they don’t stand up for themselves, like in 1994, will get blamed.
Everybody is blaming the party; I blame the voters.
1984 and its Prolefeed was the model for success.
10% of the voters wanted marxism. 60% of the voters wanted Santa Claus. 30% of the voters hate Republicans, and would vote for anyone else including Lenin.
Help from the America Pravda Media