Skip to comments.Obama offers his policies as the cure for the Obama economy
Posted on 01/28/2014 7:39:10 PM PST by markomalley
President Barack Obama is offering himself as the miracle cure for his own failed policies, even though his polls remain at dangerously low levels, the economy has stalled, and the publics 2008 hopes have changed into near-80 percent pessimism.
Average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled, he declared.
The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by let alone get ahead. And too many still arent working at all. Our job is to reverse these trends, he declared.
Lets make this a year of action. Thats what most Americans want for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations, he declared.
Obamas political chutzpah is both rational and a good bet.
Its rational because it is the only way he can motivate his liberal coalition to rally in November to preserve his endangered Democratic majority in the Senate.
And its a good bet because the established media and chattering class wont notice the ridiculousness of Obamas pitch.
But the public has noticed, according to many recent polls that show Obamas approval in the mid-40s and the publics pessimism up near 80 percent.
His speech included a few new proposals more payments to poor working people, reduced tax benefits for wealthy savers, a raised minimum wage and increased legal immigration so that cost-conscious companies can hire minimum-wage foreigners instead of aspiring Americans.
These big goals were accompanies by the progressives version of more cowbell more K-12 spending, more college degrees, universal preschool so that unionized teachers can supplant parents, more promises of beneficial regulation of the oil-and-gas sector, and cheaper mortgages for poor people.
The speech listed items intended to spur turnout by the Democrats constituency groups teachers, women, Latinos, environmentalists, gays and opponents of the Guantanamo prison for jihadis.
The speech was filled out with a series of additional mini-proposals designed to boost the number of opportunities for Democrats to applaud the leader on TV.
The speech also included Obamas familiar condescension toward Republicans opposition to Obamacare.
There are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments, he said. The first forty [votes against Obamacare] were plenty. We got it, he said.
But Obama has a long 10 months ahead of him before the November election.
A poll by the Washington Post and ABC News shows that Americans trust Republicans more than Democrats on managing handling the economy by seven points, or 44 percent to 37 percent.
The poll shows that Obamas long-enduring personal characteristics advantage has faded 52 percent of people think Obama does not understand their problems, and only 49 percent think he is honest and trustworthy.
Those numbers, combined with Obamas 46 percent approval, 50 percent disapproval rating, can drag several Democratic senators to defeat in November, leaving Obama facing a GOP House and Senate in the two years leading up to 2016.
The GOP threw their javelins even before Obama began his speech.
Throughout the last five years, President Obama has promised an economy for the middle class; but all hes delivered is an economy for the middle-men, Utah Sen. Mike Lee will say in his rebuttal.
The presidents image is upside down, RNC chairman Reince Priebus said in an interview with Fusion, a Latino-focused network created by ABC and Univision. I think he is acting like a child and I think the American people see it. I dont think its going to fly, Priebus said.
Upward mobility doesn’t come from a government check or from raising the minimum wage.
Those exact words came to mind, but I skipped them. Shoulda gone with the first response.
That's like telling an alcoholic that the best way to cure his addiction is to drink more.
As per usual, Obama was mighty generous with everybody else’s money tonight.
While that does work for God dealing with the problem of sin, in the person of Jesus, I have severe doubts in Obama being able to duplicate the feat WRT the economy.
I love the way he speaks for ‘most Americans’ all the time. Speak for yourself, numb nuts.
established media and class ping
It appears that our resident satirist, John Semmens, wrote President 0bama’s speech.
Good idea. Articles of impeachment would be a good first action.
No kidding. He so presents his policies as polar opposites to what his policies have wrought on us.
Is anybody at all going to watch his State Of The Union address? Half of America can’t stand to look at him anymore, and the other half doesn’t give a rat’s a$$. I’d rather go watch Adventure Time on Cartoon Network.
Get out of our country, you lying SOS.
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I’m thinking he’s taking some very bad advice from some very bad, under qualified advisers.
Because we all know that Obama isn’t qualified to sell peanuts at a ballgame without adult supervision.
The SOB would screw up a FREE LUNCH at a SUNDAY SCHOOL PICNIC.