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  • Small-Business Bankruptcy Filings Up 81% in June, Equifax Data Shows

    08/10/2009 8:46:43 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 18 replies · 1,258+ views ^ | 08/10/09 |
    Western U.S. Remains Hardest Hit Region ATLANTA, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Commercial bankruptcies among the nation's more than 25 million small businesses increased by nearly 81% in June 2009 from June 2008, according to Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX), which analyzed its comprehensive small business database for the study. There were 10,339 bankruptcy filings in June 2009 throughout the U.S., up from 5,712 a year ago, according to the data. California is the most negatively affected state with 10 MSA's (metropolitan statistical areas) among the 15 areas with the most commercial bankruptcy filings during June. Los Angeles, Riverside/San Bernardino and Sacramento...
  • Why isn't CNN's "2nd 100 Days Report Card" Headlined Everywhere?

    08/07/2009 8:46:08 PM PDT · by freedomguy38 · 8 replies · 1,310+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/7/2009 | freedomguy38
    When I taught the Jr. High grades, I failed anyone whose average grade was a D and less. Not for lack of talent, but for lack of effort in the right direction. I remember them for the challenge they presented. Some still stop by to share their successes and thank me for not giving up on them. I’m not sure that our government officials have learned or ever will learn anything about our current challenges. I refuse to watch and listen to the biased “reporting” coming from the mainstream media, especially the networks, but also MSNBC and CNN. Even PBS...
  • Ron Paul: Obama 'deserves an F'

    08/06/2009 4:34:27 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,260+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-08-06 | Andy Barr
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Thursday that President Barack Obama deserves a failing grade for his first 200 days in office. The libertarian-minded Republican ultimately graded the president at a just-passing “D” when asked to rate Obama’s performance during an interview on CNN’s “American Morning,” though only because he decided to factor in extenuating circumstances. “I’d probably give them a D. He deserves an F, but I give him a D to make one point is that he's not responsible for this mess,” Paul said. “The last administration has a lot to do with this. The Congress has a lot...
  • Higher Prices Pushed Up Consumer Spending for June

    08/05/2009 10:49:07 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 13 replies · 444+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 4th, 2009 | Jack Healy
    The broader economy may be testing the bottom, but for American consumers, there appears to be no end yet in sight for falling wages and higher living expenses. That was the picture painted Tuesday by the government’s monthly report on personal incomes and consumer spending. While consumers spent more in June, they did so because prices of food and energy were rising, and not because they were ready to spend freely again. Personal incomes sagged as employers continued to cut wages and reduce working hours. And the personal saving rate, which had been rising, dropped sharply from a month earlier...
  • General Motors U.S. July Sales Fall 19.4%

    SAN FRANCISCO -- General Motors Co. said Monday that July U.S. sales fell 19.4% to 189,443 vehicles from a year ago. U.S. July car sales fell 20.8% to 83,376 vehicles and truck sales declined 18.3% to 106,067 vehicles. Chevrolet fared the best with a 9.3% sales decline to 124,948 vehicles, and Saturn sales plunged the most, down 66.1% to 5,968 vehicles.
  • VOTE NOW The CNN National Report Card: Second 100 Days

    08/03/2009 7:07:56 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 14 replies · 1,005+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/3/09 | Mikey_1962
    Now is your chance to grade the Obama Administration and Congress on how its handled the second 100 days in office. Vote now on, and then tune in to CNN TV on August 6, 2009 at 8p ET for the final grades.
  • FREEP THIS POLL: The CNN National Report Card: Second 100 Days

    08/03/2009 6:45:33 AM PDT · by joinedafterattack · 41 replies · 1,732+ views
    CNN ^ | 8-3-2009 | CNN
    Now is your chance to grade the Obama Administration and Congress on how its handled the second 100 days in office. Vote now on, and then tune in to CNN TV on August 6, 2009 at 8p ET for the final grades.
  • The CNN National Report Card: Second 100 Days

    08/03/2009 4:51:02 AM PDT · by RouxStir · 12 replies · 1,087+ views
    CNN,com ^ | 08/03/09
    CNN: Vote on your opinion of Obama's performance.
  • First 100 days poll

    08/02/2009 10:40:15 AM PDT · by GoforBroke · 33 replies · 1,136+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/2/09 | cnn
    Now is your chance to grade the Obama Administration and Congress on how its handled the second 100 days in office. Vote now on, and then tune in to CNN TV on August 6, 2009 at 8p ET for the final grades
  • CNN Running "Second 100 Days" (Obama) Special Thursday

    07/30/2009 12:23:40 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 46 replies · 1,536+ views
    TV Newser ^ | July 30, 2009 |
    Next Thursday (August 6th), CNN's primetime schedule will feature a few changes from the usual evening line-up to commemorate the second 100 days of the Obama presidency. At 8pmET, CNN will air "The CNN National Report Card: Second 100 Days" followed by Anderson Cooper at 10pmET. The two-hour "Report Card" special will reair at midnight and 4amET and will act as a sequel of sorts to the "First 100 Days" special CNN ran in April. Viewers can go here to cast votes for the interactive portion of the special.
  • U.S. June durable goods orders down 2.5%

    07/29/2009 5:39:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies · 919+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | July 29, 2009
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Orders for U.S.-made durable goods sank in June, falling 2.5% on weaker demand for autos, airplanes, and computers, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It is the largest drop since January and follows two monthly gains. Excluding the 12.8% decrease in transportation goods, orders rose 1.1%. The decrease far exceeded the expected 0.6% fall forecast by economists surveyed by MarketWatch. Orders in May were revised lower to a gain of 1.3% from the previous estimate of a rise of 1.8%.
  • New U.S. Home Sales Rose by 11 Percent in June

    07/27/2009 9:01:54 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 38 replies · 511+ views ^ | 7/27/2009
    The government says new U.S. home sales rose by the largest amount in nearly nine years last month, in another sign the housing market is finally bouncing back from the worst downturn in decades. The Commerce Department says sales rose 11 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, from an upwardly revised May rate of 346,000.
  • "The List", for Obama's 26th week in office

    07/24/2009 5:28:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 427+ views ^ | 7/24/2009 | Nachum
     Obama's Twenty Sixth Week in OfficeLatest Additions to "The List""The list" for 7/24/2009 The US administration is to transfer a second inmate from the Guantanamo Bay prison for trial in a US federal courtThe Pentagon's top lawyer said Friday that the Obama administration has not abandoned the possibility of transferring some prisoners from the Gitmo detention center to a prison in the US Palin Ethics Investigator Closely Tied to Democratic PartyWhite House press secretary Gibbs: ""I think the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed McCain," Obama has told reporters he should not have described the arrest of a black Harvard professor...
  • Obama has a very bad poll day

    07/20/2009 11:54:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies · 1,359+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | July 20, 2009 | By Yael T. Abouhalkah
    Like all presidents, Barack Obama says he won't let polls run his administration. Good thing, too. Because Monday's poll results were pretty grim stuff for Obama. Summed up: -- A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll said Americans disapprove of his handling of both the economy and of health care reform. -- The survey's overall approval rating for Obama was 55 percent, the lowest so far. -- An ABC News/Washington Post poll said Obama's approval rating was 59 percent, again lower than in the past. -- That survey showed 52 percent of people favored his handling of the economy, down from 60 percent...
  • Obama’s Popularity Does Not Translate (Failure!)

    07/20/2009 11:35:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies · 1,264+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 20, 2009 | By BRENDAN MINITER
    In Washington, there are signs that Mr. Obama’s personal popularity has not translated into support for his policies, and now comes the first sign it may no longer be translating into support for other Democrats either. New Jersey has been hit hard by the recession and residents face some of the steepest property taxes in the country. Not only do voters see a connection between excessive spending, high taxes and reduced growth, but they are blaming Mr. Corzine for the mess. The election is still months away, but Mr. Corzine clearly has lost control of the debate and is watching...
  • Rasmussen-Obama approval down to 50%

  • Obama losing some support among nervous Dems

    07/18/2009 4:56:50 AM PDT · by libstripper · 28 replies · 1,336+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 18, 2009 | BETH FOUHY
    NEW YORK – Could it be that President Barack Obama's Midas touch is starting to dull a bit, even among members of his own party?
  • Jim Cramer : The Worst is Over

    07/18/2009 5:46:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies · 1,840+ views
    CNBC ^ | 7/18/2009 | Tom Brennan
    It’s 1991 all over again, Cramer said during Thursday’s Mad Money. Investors who follow the game plan that worked then stand to gain the most. Eighteen years ago, Wells Fargo [WFC 25.00 -0.05 (-0.2%) ] announced that fears of a continuing decline in real estate, especially commercial, were unfounded. The bank boldly stated that the worst had passed and we should expect the market to turn up. Of course, no one believed Wells, and the shorts continued to pile in. But they were proved wrong. Investors who bought WFC, Warren Buffett among them, made big money. How is this playing...
  • Obama Wanted to Own Economy, Now He Does ["Give it to me!"]

    07/17/2009 1:02:36 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies · 853+ views
    NewsMax ^ | July 15, 2009
    WASHINGTON -- With four simple words — "Give it to me!" — President Barack Obama took possession of the economy. For months, the White House and Obama's economic team have laid the economic crisis at the feet of President George W. Bush. But there comes a point in a presidency when inheritance becomes ownership. Obama made that pivot this week in Michigan, the state suffering the worst unemployment in the nation. "I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, 'Well, this is Obama's economy,'" the president said, pointedly deviating from his prepared text....
  • When Will Obama Toss Biden and Hillary Over the Transom?

    07/16/2009 10:41:01 AM PDT · by pabianice · 36 replies · 1,774+ views
    The Nav Log ^ | 7/16/09 |
    I expect VP Joe Biden to leave office before his term expires. Hillary the same. And that’s just the beginning. Events have taken-on a life of their own. President Obama is systematically and purposefully destroying as much of the United States he hates as quickly as he can. To all of you who said, during the campaign, “Oh, he’s just playing to his base on the far Left. Once he’s in office he’ll have to move to the center:” Great prediction. Many of my relatives who proudly voted for Obama as part of being brain-dead Liberal Jews now admit they...
  • Holiday Dressing: Michelle Obama Style (Barf alert)

    07/16/2009 7:46:38 AM PDT · by llevrok · 8 replies · 905+ views
    The Obamas will be proving their presidential worth by summering in the moneyed seclusion of Martha’s Vineyard, off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the island retreat beloved of John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton. The requirements are comfort and mobility – cookouts, cycling and sailing are favourite island pastimes – but remember, Vineyard vacationers are power players back home (Meg Ryan, Reese Witherspoon and Beyoncé Knowles are also regular visitors), so wardrobes need to be sharp and stylish – in a nonchalant, no-time-taken-to-dress kind of way. Barack Obama is JFK's 'inspirational' heir, says former Kennedy aide Ted Sorensen“I can wander around in...
  • Foreclosures top 1.5 million with no end in sight

    07/16/2009 11:02:04 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 51 replies · 1,708+ views ^ | July 16, 2009 | Lita Epstein
    U.S. foreclosure filings continue to rise, proving that job losses and falling property prices are overpowering any attempt by the government to modify loans and keep people in their homes. For the fourth straight month, foreclosures topped 300,000 as more than 336,000 homes reported foreclosure filings in June, up 33 percent over last June. More than 1.5 million homeowners faced the possibility of foreclosure in the first six months of 2009. That total includes properties that received a default or auction notice or were seized by the banks, according to RealtyTrac. Banks repossessed 386,800 properties during this time period. California...
  • The Great Awakening

    07/16/2009 10:31:18 AM PDT · by Jbny · 29 replies · 2,002+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | July 16th | Peter Wehner
    Something has changed over the course of the last five weeks. Barack Obama, who seemed politically invincible to his supporters and many media commentators, now seems vulnerable. His approval ratings are dropping, public concern is rising, the debt is exploding, and the economy is, in many respects, worsening. This may simply be a bit of a rough patch he can ride through and overcome; or it may be the beginning of a longer slide. Time will tell. But Obama seems less politically formidable than he did. The main reason for this shift is that Obama’s signature initiative to date, his...
  • President Obama losing his cool?

    07/16/2009 8:04:51 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 82 replies · 3,378+ views
    Obama losing his cool? By: Carol E. Lee July 16, 2009 10:35 AM EST It’s been a tough week for President Obama’s cool factor. Not only is he weathering criticism of his policies, but the Cool One has also taken a few dings to his immaculate image in recent days. It started on Monday. Speaking at the White House, Obama was just getting into a sharp defense of his economic agenda when one of the teleprompter screens holding his speech crashed to the floor and shattered into pieces. “Oh, goodness,” said a surprised Obama. “Sorry about that, guys.” Needing a...
  • Flu Pandemic Is Declared -- First Time in 41 Years

    07/15/2009 9:24:01 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 113 replies · 1,668+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, June 12, 2009 | Mike Esterl
    The World Health Organization declared the first flu pandemic in 41 years, even as it stressed there are no signs the H1N1 virus has turned more lethal as it spreads across the globe. The declaration Thursday by the United Nations agency requires countries not yet exposed to the new influenza strain to roll out pandemic-prevention plans and step up monitoring efforts. It also will likely accelerate efforts to develop a vaccine, expected to take several months. WHO Director General Margaret Chan said the "overwhelming majority" of people diagnosed with the virus since it surfaced in Mexico in April experienced mild...
  • Obama Job Approval Rating Drops Nine Points

    07/15/2009 11:56:26 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 22 replies · 1,869+ views
    DiageoHotline ^ | 7/15/09
    Poll Finds Decreased Confidence in Stimulus Spending and Concerns Over DeficitDouble-Digit Increase in Percentage of Voters Saying Country Is On the “Wrong Track” The Diageo/Hotline Poll of 800 U.S. registered voters conducted by FD from July 9-13, 2009, finds that the percentage of American voters who approve of the job President Obama is doing has dropped nine points to 56%. The previous Diageo/ Hotline Poll, conducted from June 4-7, found that 65% of voters approved of the job he was doing. With 56% of voters approving of the job he is doing, the Poll finds President Obama’s job approval rating...
  • Pollster: Press Is Wrong About Obama's Poll Numbers [spinning Zero's dwindling approval rating]

    07/15/2009 10:59:39 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 44 replies · 1,613+ views ^ | 07/15/2009 | Paul Bedard
    Political associates of President Obama are dismissing the recent wave of stories about his dropping poll numbers, claiming that it is a press-driven effort to find a negative story about the White House. "The press is looking for a story on this one," says Cornell Belcher, the Democratic pollster who worked on the Obama presidential campaign. "The press is looking for a negative story," he added. Belcher said instead that when compared with other presidents, Obama's poll numbers are strong, despite recent drops in approval ratings for some of his policies and initiatives. What's more, Belcher said the president is...
  • CBS: Obama dropped six points in a month

    07/14/2009 8:19:45 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 29 replies · 2,208+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 14, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    How bad has Barack Obama’s decline at the polls become? Even CBS has finally realized it. Both approval and disapproval numbers have moved sharply over the last month, and in the wrong direction, as voters have discovered that Obama hasn’t a clue about the economy and creating jobs. You’ll be surprised to discover where CBS thinks he’s losing support, too: President Obama’s approval rating has fallen six points in the past month, a new CBS News poll finds, amid growing skepticism about his handling of the economy and questions about the impact of the stimulus package.
  • The Economy Is Even Worse Than You Think

    07/14/2009 8:56:40 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 64 replies · 2,889+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 14, 2009 | Mortimer Zuckerman
    The recent unemployment numbers have undermined confidence that we might be nearing the bottom of the recession. What we can see on the surface is disconcerting enough, but the inside numbers are just as bad. [...] Here are 10 reasons we are in even more trouble than the 9.5% unemployment rate indicates: - June's total assumed 185,000 people at work who probably were not. The government could not identify them; it made an assumption about trends. [...] - More companies are asking employees to take unpaid leave. These people don't count on the unemployment roll. - No fewer than 1.4...
  • Treasury Secretary Says ‘Stimulus’ Working as Planned

    07/12/2009 8:48:20 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 42 replies · 1,212+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 12 July 2009 | John Semmens
    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner brushed off charges that the President’s “Stimulus Package” isn’t working. “All this focus on unemployment misses the point,” Geithner contended. “The important objective is to effect the transfer of society’s resources from ‘weak hands’ to ‘strong hands.’ The stimulus, by allowing more of the country’s resources to be controlled by the government gives these funds over to ‘strong hands.’” Geithner rebuffed Republican arguments that the private sector would more expeditiously and effectively revive the economy if taxes had been cut instead. “It’s not all about speed,” Geithner explained. “Private businesses can make quicker...
  • Drudge..REPORT: Unemployment Among Blacks In New York City Increases 4X Faster Than For Whites...

    07/12/2009 7:36:02 PM PDT · by waus · 30 replies · 1,687+ views
    Drudge ^ | 7-12-09 | waus
    Developing...How's that change working out for you? LOL!!
  • CBS News: Obama Approval Rating Slips to 57 Percent

    07/13/2009 4:06:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies · 1,487+ views
    CBS News ^ | July 13, 2009 | By Brian Montopoli
    President Loses Support Amid Concerns About Economy; Loss In Backing Comes From Democrats And Independents (CBS) President Obama's approval rating has fallen six points in the past month, a new CBS News poll finds, amid growing skepticism about his handling of the economy and questions about the impact of the stimulus package. The president's current approval rating, which is 57 percent, is still relatively high. But it has fallen 11 points from its peak of 68 percent in April, and has also dropped since last month's mark of 63 percent. His disapproval rating, meanwhile, has risen from 23 percent in...
  • US Red Ink Tops $1T for First Time Ever(That's Trillion)

    07/13/2009 3:27:01 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 26 replies · 1,462+ views
    CBS News ^ | 7/13/08 | AP
    Nine months into the fiscal year, the federal deficit has topped $1 trillion for the first time. The imbalance is intensifying fears about higher interest rates and inflation, and already pressuring the value of the dollar. There's also concern about trying to reverse the deficit - by reducing government spending or raising taxes - in the midst of a harsh recession. The Treasury Department said Monday that the deficit in June totaled $94.3 billion, pushing the total since the budget year started in October to nearly $1.1 trillion.
  • Former Obama Supporters

    07/12/2009 8:11:04 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 21 replies · 1,722+ views
    I think we should support these guys; Welcome them to the "tea party" coalition: they're the kind of friends we need (even though some, just like the PUMAs do not believe everything we do--we can work on that through friendships;)- debating the issues:).
  • Latest Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (53-46%, Approval Index Back Down to -8)

    07/13/2009 6:32:59 AM PDT · by smith5460 · 39 replies · 1,574+ views
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 28% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-six percent (36%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –8. Overall, 53% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. Forty-six percent (46%) disapprove.
  • Globe Trotter Obama Smashes Presidential Records

    07/12/2009 6:55:35 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 62 replies · 1,985+ views
    News Max ^ | July 12, 2009 | David A. Patten
    President Barack Obama loves to fly and it shows! This past week, Obama wrapped up his latest foreign sojourn, returning from a whirlwind trip to Moscow, Rome and Accra, Ghana. But critics and political strategists contend that Obama's foreign globetrotting will end up hurting him with the American electorate. With just 175 days into his first term and in the midst of the worst economic crisis he says the nation has faced since the Great Depression, the new president is shattering all previous presidents' records for overseas travel at this early stage of a presidency. Put simply, no U.S. president...
  • The End Of Obamania [Says LA Times' Doyle McManus]

    07/12/2009 2:44:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 1,862+ views
    LATimes ^ | July 12th 2009 | Doyle McManus
    The End of Obamania On his overseas trip, the president was met with a lot less cheering and a lot more tough talk. Doyle McManus July 12, 2009 Barack Obama has fallen back to Earth. When he ran for president, Obama said his election would be "the moment the rise of the oceans began to slow." And when he made his first big foreign trip in April, he was hailed by adoring crowds -- and almost-as-adoring politicians -- in Britain, Germany, France and the Czech Republic. But last week, in Russia and Italy, Obamania was little more than a pleasant...
  • Rebuilding Something Better

    07/12/2009 11:37:36 AM PDT · by Son House · 26 replies · 701+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2009 | By Barack Obama
    But once we clear away the wreckage, the real question is what we will build in its place. Even as we rescue this economy from a full-blown crisis, For if we do not seize this moment to confront the weaknesses that have plagued our economy for decades, we will consign ourselves and our children to future crises, sluggish growth, or both. To build that foundation, we must lower the health-care costs that are driving us into debt, create the jobs of the future within our borders, give our workers the skills and training they need to compete for those jobs,...
  • Obama: Recovery Will Take Years Not Months

    07/12/2009 11:27:23 AM PDT · by Son House · 84 replies · 3,067+ views
    AP ^ | July 12, 2009 |
    Obama said in an op-ed posted early Sunday on The Washington Post's Web site that his $787 billion stimulus program was not expected to return the economy to full health, but to provide a boost that would stop the free fall. "So far, it has done that," the president wrote. "It was, from the start, a two-year program, and it will steadily save and create jobs as it ramps up over this summer and fall." He said his stimulus plan must be given time to work and appealed to Americans, who are increasingly uneasy with rising unemployment and ballooning budget...
  • Good Intentions Aside, Are We Killing the Patient? (Obama killing the economy)

    07/12/2009 7:03:33 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies · 936+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 11, 2009 | Ben Stein
    ... What is President Obama doing about [the recession]? Perhaps too much. And, possibly, his efforts are too diffuse. When I think about the economy I think about a plump man who has just been hit by a truck while crossing a street and is in severely critical condition with internal bleeding. Instead of just stabilizing his hemorrhaging, the doctor decides that while the patient is unconscious, he might as well also do a face lift, some coronary bypasses and a stomach-stapling to keep him from gaining weight while he is recovering (if he does recover). After all, a crisis...
  • The end of Obamania

    07/12/2009 6:35:29 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 37 replies · 2,172+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 12, 2009 | Doyle McManus
    Barack Obama has fallen back to Earth. When he ran for president, Obama said his election would be "the moment the rise of the oceans began to slow." And when he made his first big foreign trip in April, he was hailed by adoring crowds -- and almost-as-adoring politicians -- in Britain, Germany, France and the Czech Republic. But last week, in Russia and Italy, Obamania was little more than a pleasant memory. Yes, his international polling numbers are still high, but the president encountered hardly any adulation in the streets of Moscow or anywhere else. Instead, Russian strongman Vladimir...
  • Change: But In What Direction?

    07/12/2009 6:05:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 337+ views ^ | July 12, 2009 | Ken Connor
    here is no doubt that President Obama's most valuable political asset is his remarkable charisma—his ability to send the spirit of the nation soaring on the wings of hope and change.  Among the hopeful visions and promises of change articulated by Mr. Obama in his inaugural speech this past January was a vow to "restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality."  Six months into his term, a picture of the President's understanding of science and its "rightful place" is emerging, and it is anything but flattering.  President Obama has repeatedly demonstrated a...
  • The List for Obama's 24th week in office

    07/10/2009 4:35:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 299+ views
    Nachumlist ^ | 7/10/09 | Nachum
    Obama's Twenty Fourth Week in OfficeLatest Additions to "The List" "The List" for 7/10/2009 A U.S. special envoy on Sudan, Scott Gration, stressed the need for cooperation with the country's leadership, after a prosecutor said there is enough evidence for a further arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir for genocideVIDEO: report from CNN's Michael Ware that claims the Obama Administration is willing to engage in negotiations with Taliban leader Mullah OmarThe administration’s “Green Jobs” czar, Van Jones has a “very checkered past” deep-rooted in radical politics, including black nationalism, anarchism, and communism.USA to UBS: Hand Over Tax Evaders, Or...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Total Approval down to 51%)

    07/10/2009 5:05:33 PM PDT · by FTJM · 11 replies · 731+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 10, 2009 | Scott Rasmussen
    Friday, July 10, 2009 Email a Friend Email to a Friend ShareThis Advertisement The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 30% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –7 (see trends). The Rasmussen Consumer Index shows that consumer confidence is down again on Friday. That’s the sixth straight daily decline and confidence is now at the lowest level since mid-March. Just 8% rate the economy as good or excellent while 62%...
  • Obama “promise kept” to prevent foreclosures results in more foreclosures

    07/10/2009 6:04:24 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 919+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-10-09 | Mataharley
    There's no doubt about it... as the St. Pete Times PolitiFact says, Obama's promise to create a foreclosure prevention fund to the tune of $75 billion minimal, with the Making Homes Affordable Program is in the "promises kept" column. What the PolitiFact tracking system doesn't discuss if it spending the taxpayers money has any any effect on the foreclosure trend. And the fact it, reality dictates it not only hasn't prevented... or even slowed... foreclosures, but they've been on the rise since the O'Inaugural festivities.... despite still relatively low interest rates. Well... congratulations, Obama. You kept your promise, put us...
  • Consumers' Mood Sours in Early July

    07/10/2009 8:53:28 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies · 375+ views
    CNBC ^ | 7/10/2009 | Staff
    U.S. consumer sentiment soured in early July, slipping to its weakest since March, when confidence in the financial sector and economy were at a low ebb, the Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers showed Friday. Consumers' escalating concerns about an extended economic downturn, job security and erosion of wealth were the main factors depressing sentiment, the survey said. Its preliminary index of confidence for July fell to a reading of 64.6 from the final reading for June of 70.8. July's preliminary reading was well below economists' median forecast for 70.5. The index of consumer expectations fell to 60.9 from June's...
  • Obama's Broken Promises: Higher Taxes, Massive Debt

    07/08/2009 5:22:25 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 5 replies · 415+ views
    News Max ^ | July 08, 2009 | News Max
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama promised to fix health care and trim the federal budget deficit, all without raising taxes on anyone but the wealthiest Americans. It's a promise he's already broken and will likely have to break again. Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress have already increased tobacco taxes _ which disproportionately hit the poor _ to pay for extending health coverage to 4 million children in working low-income families. Now, lawmakers are looking for more revenues to help pay for providing medical insurance to millions more who lack it at a projected cost of $1 trillion over the next...
  • President’s popularity dropping like a rock. A big, heavy rock.

    07/08/2009 11:01:57 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 67 replies · 2,459+ views
    Ihatethemedia ^ | 7/8/2009 | I hate The Media
    The approval rating for The Greatest President In History has been trending south lately. And the pace is accelerating. According to Rasmussen, he just hit his lowest negative rating to date: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 32% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –5. The number who strongly disapprove inched up another point to the highest level measured to date and the overall Approval Index is at the...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Obama at -5 LOWEST YET RECORDED!)

    07/08/2009 6:29:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 75 replies · 4,461+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 07/08/09 | Scott Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 32% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –5.
  • Rasmussen Poll: Obama voters showing buyer's remorse

    07/07/2009 8:10:21 AM PDT · by dangus · 39 replies · 3,064+ views
    President Obama's job approval rating is now lower than his popular vote percentage, for the first time. Today's Rasmussen poll shows him approved by only 52% of the public. 47% disapprove. Initially, Obama was given a benefit of the doubt never extended to Bush, possibly because of the partisan contention over Bush's victory. A whopping 69% of Americans supported Obama in January. That quickly fell to 55% by early April, but his approval seemed to have recovered, as mainstream news sources hailed an alleged economic turnaround. In late May, it had risen to 58%. Obama and the Democrats may really...