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Of course it isn't. Obama has done a deplorable job. However, can Romney do better? Or is the establishment broken? I would contend it is, and the only vote you can cast wrongly is for a Democrat, or a Republican. Politics is like the weather, everyone talks about it, but no one does anything about it.
Susan, You are right. The government can not be the driving force to create jobs. That's the responsibility of free market enterprise. If we can get the government to left it's heavy regulatory boot off of the throat of business and lower some taxes our free market system would start the recovery. The government should allow for a level playing field for business to go wild and expand. I have yet to see a business grow outward from the middle class as Obama wants to do. The middle class grows by getting jobs from the job creators. Romney has the experience and knowledge to get the jobs going, reduce the deficit, reform the entitlement programs, pass a health care reform bill and get our energy industry going.
susan, so the stimulus package didn't work. it couldn't possibly be the 37% of the stimulus package that was tax incentives for companies or the 'job creators' to CREATE JOBS. like any good welfare cheat, they took the money and ran with it.
The stimulus was not about jobs, it was about paying back obama supporters and buying votes to get a second term.
Stamper Brown (who is that, anyway?) is obviously a Bush supporter, since she never mentioned his involvement in the debacle, so I dismiss her "opinion" as a biased, political tirade!
soricobob, so it's all Bush's fault and Obama's campaign promise of lowering the unemployment rate has no bearing on the issue?
OK I will play. Yes, yes it was all Bush's fault. He told banks to lend to people who couldn't afford homes and sat back watching chaos ensue. No one at any other level of the Government (Barney Frank and Chis Dodd) had anything to do with any of the decisions leading up to the fall. Near impossible of course, but for arguement sake. So what has the Obama Administration done about it? Spent a bunch of money and not move the needle. Great, sounds like reason to elect him again- right?
First, let's get an idea on the history of unemployment in our country.
When Clinton left office, the unemployment rate was 4.0%; when Bush left office, the unemployment rate was 7.8% and rising.
Prestimulus, the unemployment rate surged to 10%. Since then, the rate has slowly come down to its present 7.8%.
And much of the stimulus that loose stool was loose about went to us, the taxpayers. Loosestool should turn off Fox and do some reading.
There you go cherry picking statistics again Mike as if Obama's record is something to be proud of. Way to spin it.
Mike: You must have been an economist as well as an English teacher. The economy is cyclical in that it takes years to swing up or down. Nothing Obama or Romney will or can do that can create an overnight turnaround. PS: You might consider actually watching Fox as well as CNN in addition to MSNBC. That way you will be able to actually broaden your real world knowledge.
VOR: of course you are jesting. It was actually the Clinton administration that pushed lenders to create subprime loans that did us in years later when the economy did it tailspin.
Actually, samkat, I can't stomach more than a few minutes of either MSNBC or Fox, and CNN is, well, not much except for coverage of breaking news.
I'd rather read a variety of views, from the Washington Times to the Wall Street Journal to the Washington Post to the New York Times to the National Review.
And I agree with you that nothing either pres could do will turn around the economy "overnight."
But facts are facts. We had a balanced budget, a surplus and 4% unemployment at the end of 2000. We ran a $1 trillion deficit, an $11 trillion debt and almost 8% unemployment eight years later.
And let's not do historical revisionism: While Clinton certainly puhsed lenders, so did Bush. It was a bipartisan goof. And Bush's overseer of Fannie and Freddie pushed them, even calling them "sound" as they almost went belly up.
Bobkat Goldtwait is right: if you hear someone call a Black President a "socialist" you can be sure it's code to other white people!
DING DING DING! And we have a winner of the "Progressive Liberal Jack_a_s_s Racist Award"! Today's award goes to soricobob for interjecting racism when he has no valid argument to make. Congratulations you Liberal idiot.
What did the prophet Bobkat Goldtwait say about calling Socialist President's socialist? Hey I am right there with you, I too hoped that the first black President would be a good one, but here we are.
In general, Obama has only made two mistakes in his Presidency, so far.
One--he didn't get enough stimulus money (yes you read that right!). While he and his staff did a tremendous job of getting what they did, and quickly, with very little pork added, they hit the wall of red tape afterwards, while trying to implement the construction jobs that were thought to be "shovel ready", and they were also blindsided by the Republicans, who suddenly disagreed with even their own projects, thanks to their leadership, who wanted only gridlock (and continue to hold the country hostage, to this day).Two--he didn't do a decent job of explaining just how bad the economy was, when he took office (and, indeed, it was worse than even his advisers thought, when they made their recommendations). Of course, explaining how bad it would have been, falls on deaf ears, to the media, who are looking to reveal what's not working, to the public, who only see how bad it is right now, and to the oppostition, who decided to gamble on the welfare of the country, in order to gain a few seats in the next election.
After all, when herding cats, the ones who don't run away don't get any notice--it's just the runaways that do...
By the way, it's a source of amusement, to me, when the right talks about the liberal press. With few exceptions, the press doesn't care about right or left, they care about selling stories, and the influence that draws ad copy--which is the real fossil fuel that runs everything.
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