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America in Decline Under President Barack Obama
Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | Donald Lambro

Posted on 05/09/2014 8:01:18 AM PDT by Kaslin

WASHINGTON - America remains adrift under Barack Obama's presidency, without any sustained or effective focus on the sea of troubles that afflict our nation.

Obama goes through the ceremonial motions of being president, while ignoring the consequences or making excuses about the most serious, long term challenges we face here at home. Instead, he is devoting more and more of his time delivering political speeches attacking his adversaries and raising money for besieged Democrats who face severe election losses in the fall.

Meantime, the U.S. economy all but stopped growing in the first three months of this year; the nation's labor force has been shrinking at an alarming rate; U.S. exports have fallen; and the housing market, a critical sector in the U.S. economy, has been "flattening," a worrisome sign that Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said Wednesday could prove more "protracted than currently expected."

You rarely hear much about the decline in the quality of education from this president. But a national assessment of high school seniors released this week said they had shown zero improvement in math and reading over the course of Obama's presidency.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the test scores "troubling."

But, well, the president has been so busy dealing with other

things: the environment and questionable claims about climate change, raising the minimum wage that the Congressional Budget Office says will kill 500,000 jobs, and pressing for higher tax levels on the nation's investors, businesses and job-creators.

He has been necessarily occupied with trips to storm-devastated communities that included tornado victims in Ark. and a horrific landslide in Oso, Washington.

In between he's been making announcements that could have been better left to senior officials, like his decision to dispatch a team of military and civilian advisers to assist Nigeria in the search for abducted school girls who were seized three weeks ago by terrorists.

Now, he's on a three-day fundraising trip to California to build the party's campaign coffers, a task that will no doubt increasingly occupy his time in the months ahead.

There is more at stake here than just raising hundreds of millions of dollars for Democratic campaigns across the country. The remainder of his presidency is on the line, if Republicans succeed, as many election trackers believe, in winning the six seats needed to take control of the Senate.

That would put Congress firmly in GOP hands for the last two years of his administration, blocking whatever is left of his agenda.

If he still has one.

To be sure, it's hard to point to anything of substance that he's achieved in his second term, beyond fighting a rear-guard battle in behalf of his unpopular and problem-plagued Affordable Care Act.

Recently, he took the time to go into the White House press room to boast that eight million people have signed up for Obamacare, surpassing the administration's earlier target of seven million.

But growing doubts were raised this week about whether eight million people have really signed up for Obamacare, as he alleged. The White House hasn't produced definitive data to back up the accuracy of that number.

The question is, how many of those who have signed up for coverage have paid their first premium. The New York Times reported Tuesday that several large insurers say "about 80 percent" have paid their initial premiums for the coverage to officially take effect.

Moreover, health insurance officials say the eight million who signed up included a very large number of duplicate enrollments by people who attempted to enroll numerous times but were stymied by problems with the website, the Times said.

"Insurers have many duplicate enrollments in their system for which they never received any payment," said Mark Pratt, senior vice president of America's Health Insurance Plans.

"It may be a matter of months before insurers know how many people activated their coverage by paying their share of premiums," he said.

There's another big question about Obamacare that's not getting much attention, and that is whether enough younger, healthier people are signing up to make Obama's program financially viable.

Data released last week by the administration said that little more than a quarter of the eight million who signed up were 18 to 34 years of age -- far less than the number of younger, healthier people needed to keep policy premiums from rising.

That percentage is "significantly below the 40 percent level that some analysts consider important for holding down rates by balancing the greater medical spending generated by older enrollees,"

the Wall Street Journal reported.

If the share of younger enrollees remains about the same in the months to come, this means that Obamacare health insurance rates will climb sharply to pay the bills.

"Insurers right now are setting rates for 2015, and the age data will be a key factor in their decision," the Journal pointed out.

"Some insurers say that despite seeing a late surge in younger enrollees, their sign-ups still skewed older overall than they had expected," the newspaper said.

If that happens, as many forecasters had predicted, the cost of Obamacare will skyrocket, resulting in the loss of millions of enrollees and the finances to pay for it.

That can result in only two outcomes. Taxpayers will be made to foot the bill, which could surge into the hundreds of billions of dollars, or the entire program will collapse like a house of cards.

The Gallup Poll says that life for many Americans has become painfully difficult, with 47 percent saying they are "struggling," and

4 percent "suffering."

The sad part about this is that a majority of them most likely voted for Barack Obama.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: 0bamacare; decline; economy; galluppolling; residentbarack0bama

1 posted on 05/09/2014 8:01:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

It’s obvious that we haven’t “redistributed” enough stuff yet.


2 posted on 05/09/2014 8:03:10 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Kaslin; All

On the one hand, among the many Official Positions of the US Military are “to run to the sound of the guns, “ and “ - - we leave no man behind. - - - “.

On the other hand, the US Commander in Chief’s Official Policy has been, and is now, to “Lead from Behind.”

Which is the hand that offers the most protection to those we hire to be put in harm’s way to protect us?

IMHO, the two hands are mutually exclusive.

After THE TRUTH is revealed by Trey Gowdy’s Select Committee, severe punishment must be meted out that will serve as a deterrent to any future Commander in Chief who tries TO MAKE SURE THAT IT DOES HAPPEN AGAIN.

To cease to severely punish the guilty, is to cease to have reason for Law and Order.

Currently, B. Hussein Obama is Guilty of Treason until proven Innocent.

No need to flame me, as ONLY in US politics is someone Guilty until proven Innocent.

The rest of us must comply with the Law of the Land: Tell the Truth, accept responsibility for one’s actions, and comply with THE LAW.

This is in glaring contrast to what the Obama Administration’s, (and the Democrats who still support Obama), Rules of Conduct have actually been for the last 5 years as follows:

LIE, DENY AND REFUSE TO COMPLY.

The choice is clear for the Democrats: seek the truth with Select Benghazi Committee Chairman Gowdy, or continue to embrace the CULT OF OBAMANATION.

BTW, Democrats in the US House: ALL of y’all are up for re-election this November - - - - .


3 posted on 05/09/2014 8:05:00 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Kaslin
With the help of the deep thinkers in the MSM, we'll just redefine "decline" as "progress." The LIVs will love it, and everyone else will be out-voted.

Problem solved.

4 posted on 05/09/2014 8:05:08 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” - Barry Sotero


5 posted on 05/09/2014 8:05:52 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Kaslin

No growth during first quarter...remarkable string of luck during the Reagan recovery with all that balmy weather during those winters.


6 posted on 05/09/2014 8:06:40 AM PDT by dogcaller
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To: Kaslin

I guess that’s why Obama sent advisors to Nigeria,someone said something about there being Goodluck down there


7 posted on 05/09/2014 8:07:22 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Kaslin

Can I make an observation? Even if the real number of those who signed up is 8 million, aren’t we still far short of the 40 to 50 million uninsured in this country being insured???

Obama did his victory lap, and the media lapped it up, when they hit the target of sign ups. I’m just confused, because if we have 40-50 million uninsured in this country, don’t we still have tens of millions uninsured? And wasn’t the goal of Obamacare to cover everybody? And based on that, isn’t the 8 million number representing an abject failure????


8 posted on 05/09/2014 8:07:27 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Kaslin

Nothing about increased government tyranny, government monitoring of citizens, or the stasi state. Pretty typical inside the GOP-E beltway interpretations.


9 posted on 05/09/2014 8:07:50 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: Kaslin
Four words say it all.

LEADERSHIP, WE HAVE NONE!!!!!

10 posted on 05/09/2014 8:08:15 AM PDT by oldenuff2no (Citizen)
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To: Kaslin

The fact we’re in steep decline is the desired result of Obama and those who voted him in.


11 posted on 05/09/2014 8:08:52 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: ScottinVA

“The fact we’re in steep decline is the desired result of Obama and those who voted him in.”

And they’d vote him into a 3rd term if they could.

We are doomed. We are one major event from chaos.


12 posted on 05/09/2014 8:11:56 AM PDT by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Kaslin

Back in 2009, shortly after the coronation of the Current Occupant now squatting in the White Hut, I was the recipient and one of the distributors of an email that depicted The Won as an airline pilot, seated in the cockpit, as he came on the intercom as the Captain speaking.

He was explaining his relative inexperience, but that he would not make the kind of mistakes that any of his predecessors may have made, he couldn’t be bothered with those old outmoded GPS guidance signals, but not to worry, he had never made a mistake as a pilot, and we should all just sit back and enjoy the ride.

And concluded with “What could possibly go wrong?”

Now we know.


13 posted on 05/09/2014 8:14:10 AM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: Kaslin

OSD


14 posted on 05/09/2014 8:14:22 AM PDT by YourAdHere (I flip off all Obama bumper stickers.)
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To: fwdude
“I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” - Barry Sotero

"I do think that at a certain point, you've taken enough vacations." - Steely Tom

15 posted on 05/09/2014 8:17:10 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Kaslin
...47 percent saying they are "struggling,"...

Gee, look at that. Funny about that 46% number, isn't it?

16 posted on 05/09/2014 8:24:19 AM PDT by Obadiah (I like Krabby Patties.)
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To: Obadiah

47%


17 posted on 05/09/2014 8:24:42 AM PDT by Obadiah (I like Krabby Patties.)
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To: oldenuff2no
Four words say it all. LEADERSHIP, WE HAVE NONE!!!!!

Yup, the Democrats are trashing this country while Boehner and McConnell do, or at least say very little.

18 posted on 05/09/2014 8:25:09 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Kaslin

Nothing new. We have been in decline for decades. Obama is just another cog on the wheel of self destruction.


19 posted on 05/09/2014 8:33:45 AM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Kaslin

He’s done what he intended to do, which is set America on its course for demise. Everything, and that means everything, that he’s done has been detrimental to America, and that can’t be coincidence when it’s everything.


20 posted on 05/09/2014 8:37:00 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Kaslin

Blocking whatever is left of his agenda I like the sound of that.


21 posted on 05/09/2014 8:39:24 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: oldenuff2no

“We are just five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”


22 posted on 05/09/2014 8:41:04 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Americans just had to assuage their indoctrinated white guilt by electing and re-electing (just to show their sincerity) a black leftist radical redistributionist, so that all of America could follow the example of Detroit, South Africa, Haiti, etc.

And I don’t want to hear about Ben Carson, who does not unreservedly support the Second Amendment, which is the guarantee of all our other rights, or Allen West, who voted for the Pigford redistribution scam and is unapologetic about it.


23 posted on 05/09/2014 8:43:07 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: fwdude

Unless you’re one of his backers, like George Soros, in which case the world is not enough.


24 posted on 05/09/2014 8:44:27 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Victory lap-that was his “Mission Accomplished” moment for which he should have been mocked and scorned, if we still had a free and unbiased media instead of the propaganda wing of the left.


25 posted on 05/09/2014 8:46:13 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Kaslin

America has been in decline since the Patriot Act. To have any chance at “fixing” it, we must lay blame on ALL who are responsible.


26 posted on 05/09/2014 8:48:37 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Graewoulf

The US is in decline because its economy is in decline. This decline started before Obama and will continue regardless of who is President. Now who is to blame? And how could it be remedied?

Who? The US has passed laws which have facilitated the exporting the production of wealth. Both parties and all Presidents signed off making us a consumer of wealth nation. Hence we are in a decline driven by national policies. There is an imbalance in Congress between strong Wall Street advocates and weak Main Street advocates. Campaign money rules.

What to do? Restore MADE IN USA.


27 posted on 05/09/2014 9:27:42 AM PDT by ex-snook (God forgives and forgets.)
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To: Kaslin

But, we have free healthcare.


28 posted on 05/09/2014 10:01:33 AM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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To: ex-snook

You do realize that the following must then abolished:
* US Department of Labor
* All Federal Minimum Wage Laws
* OSHA
* EPA
* All Federal work-related laws and regulations
* All Labor Unions, staring with teachers Unions, followed by any and all Federal State and local government employees unions
* Any form of Collective bargaining.
* Corporate taxation
* And the IRS.


29 posted on 05/09/2014 12:49:27 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

Look elsewhere. When they were strong the country was strong. Fix what’s needed in them.


30 posted on 05/12/2014 9:22:52 AM PDT by ex-snook (God forgives and forgets.)
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To: ex-snook

” - - - Fix what’s needed in them. - - - “

How has that worked out in actual practice?

Sems to me that everything that Federal Politicians or Bureaucrats “Fix” ends up worse than before.

I call it the “Federal Fecal Finger Touch.”


31 posted on 05/12/2014 9:30:30 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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