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On Every Big Issue, Obama's Presidency is Found Wanting
Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Donald Lambro

Posted on 07/04/2014 9:39:52 AM PDT by Kaslin

WASHINGTON - Republicans have a wealth of political issues that will dominate the 2014 midterm election races and determine their outcome. The national news media has done its best to try to bury these issues, play them down or sugar coat them, but the American people know better. They have persistently put these issues at or near the top of every voter poll in the last six years of Barack Obama's scandal-ridden, trouble-plagued administration.

It's hard to break through and overcome the power of the Washington news media that has worked hard to cover up the Obama White House's blunders. But this will be the GOP's chief challenge in the next four months as we race toward the fall elections.

Here are the issues Republicans must pound between now and then, and where they stand today.

1. The Obama economy: No other issue is more critical in the minds of the voters as they have watched the once mighty U.S. economy grow weaker, repeatedly turning in one mediocre, lackluster performance after another.

Six years into the so-called recovery, economic growth wasn't just weak. It was actually shrinking in the first three months of this year by a shocking 2.9 percent. Our exports were anemic, and business inventories were down. It was the worst quarter for economic growth since the middle of 2009.

Obama's been running around the country telling us that manufacturing is exploding. In fact, orders to U.S. factories fell in May by 0.5 percent.

It's not going to get much better. The Federal Reserve forecasts that growth will stumble along at little more than 2 percent this year, held back by Obama's anti-business, anti-growth policies.

2. That leads to the second most important issue: jobs.

The average unemployment rate has fallen to 6.1 percent. But that's largely due to millions of discouraged, long term jobless workers who have stopped looking for work and thus are no longer counted among the unemployed.

If the same percentage of these adult workers who've dropped out of the labor force were looking for work again, as when President Obama took office, the real jobless rate would be 10.2 percent, says economist Peter Morici at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business.

Fed Chairman Janet Yellen says this is one of the most serious problems confronting the economy and the labor force participation rate is not going away soon. Our once muscular workforce is shrinking, a disturbing sign of an economy and a nation in decline.

Hidden or downplayed in the June jobs numbers is the harsh reality that many of them are low paying temp jobs. Nearly 80,000 of them were added to the labor force last month, according to the ADP payroll processor's latest survey.

3. Persistently sky high, $600 billion budget deficits and a growing, $17 trillion debt threaten our economic security as never before.

Americans are justifiably worried about our debts and want the government to abandon its spendthrift ways. The GOP House has passed one budget after another to do that, only to see the Senate refuse to negotiate common sense ideas to slow down the rate of spending.

Hundreds of needless programs need to be shut down, like the Export-Import Bank that dishes out tens of billions in corporate welfare. Departments need to be consolidated and reduced in size. Entitlements need reforming to return them to fiscal health for the next generation.

4. Obamacare: There's a huge scandal brewing in the president's 2010 Affordable Care Act that was revealed in two reports this week by the Inspector General's Office in the Department of Health and Human Services.

They reported serious inadequacies and shortcomings in the system's "internal controls" that may have allowed millions of people to sign up for cut-rate health insurance benefits who were ineligible for the subsidies, tax credits and other financial help under the law.

Of the 2.9 million "inconsistencies" found in the records of the new state-run health insurance marketplaces, two of the most common dealt with the applicants' income and their citizenship which were not verified.

"This report tells us that the administration was more concerned with appearances than getting anything in Obamacare done right," said Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Obamacare and its impact on small businesses, the economy and ordinary working Americans who are finding it harder to afford steadily rising premiums, will be a big issues this year. And this week's investigative reports will only add more political fuel to the fire.

5. Incomes and rising poverty: Obama and his party consider themselves the champions of the poor and the middle class. But the harsh and painful reality of their anti-wealth creation, anti-business policies is growing poverty and, for many Americans, a struggling middle class

According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, one in five neighborhoods have incomes that are below the poverty income level. But the report's most explosive finding is that poverty has worsened under the Obama administration.

By 2010, the share of people living in these rapidly expanding poverty areas had grown to 25.7 percent, up from 18.1 percent in 2000. In 1990, it was 20 percent. No doubt Republicans will be pounding other issues -- including inflation, higher taxes, rising gas prices, and the veterans scandal that has turned many independents and some Democrats against Obama and his party.

But the top five issues listed above are the major ones that will drive the GOP's political offensive to win back the Senate in the next four months.

Obama and his party will fight back with the usual class warfare tactics. They'll try to frighten voters into believing the GOP will take away their Social Security. It will be the same old demagoguery that worked for the president in 2012.

It's not going to work this time. Voters across the board have lost confidence in his promises, his presidency and his party. On Nov. 4, it's going to be a blood bath.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 0bamaadmin; 0bamacare; 0bamaeconomy; 2014elections; barack0bama; budgetdeficit; deficit; midtermelections; poverty; unafforablecareact; unaffordablecareact; unemloymentrates; unemployment

1 posted on 07/04/2014 9:39:52 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Wanting = deliberately lacking.


2 posted on 07/04/2014 9:42:30 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Kaslin

But let’s hope that the GOP takes the offensive, assuming they get control of the Senate.

I would like to see a GOP congress pass bills on these various subjects, then put Obama in the position of having to veto them. Let’s pass bills reflecting the conservative positions on the issues, then force him to veto if he disapproves. Then let Obama explain to the American people why he is vetoing so many bills passed to deal with our problems.


3 posted on 07/04/2014 9:44:07 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Kaslin
Too bad the GOP refuses to associate these obvious failures with the ideology of progressivism that spawned them.

If they would do that liberalism would be spoken only in hell within a year.

4 posted on 07/04/2014 9:45:00 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Kaslin
This presumes that Ayatollah Ubama's goal is the welfare of the United States, which is not the case.
5 posted on 07/04/2014 9:52:18 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Kaslin
But the top five issues listed above are the major ones that will drive the GOP's political offensive to win back the Senate in the next four months.

By electing candidates who will, in the main, not do what is required to affect the change the article makes so abundantly clear is necessary.

The revolution needed is not a Republican one but a conservative one. This is, of course, missing from the article.

6 posted on 07/04/2014 9:55:09 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Of course it’s not


7 posted on 07/04/2014 9:56:20 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

There is no Obama presidency. There is a Jarrett presidency.


8 posted on 07/04/2014 10:03:56 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin

The problem for the GOP in the mid-terms, is not going to be Democrat opposition, it will be the Libertarians who ate trying to divide the GOP.


9 posted on 07/04/2014 10:08:13 AM PDT by Eva
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To: ilovesarah2012

Bingo!!


10 posted on 07/04/2014 10:10:40 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l go)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve been calling him President Belshazzar for a while.

He likes to have his parties and parade the richness he presides over but never wants to be responsible for anything much less the purpose of his office.


11 posted on 07/04/2014 10:12:10 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Bogey78O

I absolutely refuse to refer to that arrogant pos as president.


12 posted on 07/04/2014 10:18:21 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Bogey78O

I think King Herod is a good comparison..

And he is JUST as untouchable as Herod was too..


13 posted on 07/04/2014 10:36:12 AM PDT by Rca2000
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To: Kaslin

He thinks a Speech gets things done


14 posted on 07/04/2014 10:44:17 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Eva

I am not a libertarian but why shouldn’t people whose beliefs are not in line with the GOP not have their say and their vote? The libertarians are not dividing the GOP vote, the GOP is driving libertarians away.


15 posted on 07/04/2014 11:47:41 AM PDT by erkelly
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To: Kaslin
The Obama economy: No other issue is more critical in the minds of the voters

Nonsense. I offer the 2012 election as proof to back me up.

16 posted on 07/04/2014 1:27:34 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: EagleUSA
Wanting, as in Daniel 5.27:

"TEKEL: Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting."

17 posted on 07/04/2014 5:19:59 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: erkelly

The Libertarians purposefully swelled the the ranks of Republicans and even got some of their people elected to office as conservatives. It was a false flag. These people are not conservative, partially because they have no compunction about using the power of the government to suppress the personal and religious beliefs of others. I am talking about Gay marriage and other religiously held beliefs, like abortifacients.


18 posted on 07/04/2014 6:47:04 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Kaslin

What can we expect when his only real competency is as a ward healing thug?


19 posted on 07/04/2014 8:20:28 PM PDT by stevem
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