Obama Approval Rating Continues to Sink

February 26, 2010

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. But forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20.

The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. 

Overall, 44% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That matches the lowest level of total approval yet measured for this President. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove.

From: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

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February 23, 2010

Obama “Stimulus”: Alarming rise in first-time homelessness thanks to double-digit jobless rate…

February 18, 2010

ROOSEVELT, N.Y. (AP) – Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits—a “perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing,” in one official’s eyes.

“We are seeing many families that never before sought government help,” said Greg Blass, commissioner of Social Services in Suffolk County on eastern Long Island.

“We see a spiral in food stamps, heating assistance applications; Medicaid is skyrocketing,” Blass added. “It is truly reaching a stage of being alarming.”

The federal government is again counting the nation’s homeless and, by many accounts, the suburban numbers continue to rise, especially for families, women, children, Latinos and men seeking help for the first time. Some have to be turned away.

“Yes, there has definitely been an increased number of turnaways this year,” said Jennifer Hill, executive director of the Alliance to End Homelessness in suburban Cook County, Illinois. “We’re seeing increases in shelter use along the lines of 30 percent or more.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual survey last year found homelessness remained steady at about 1.6 million people, but the percentage of rural or suburban homelessness rose from 23 percent to 32 percent. The 2009 HUD report, which reflected the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2008, also found the number of sheltered homeless families grew from about 473,000 to 517,000.

Greta Guarton, executive director of the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless on Long Island, led a recent group of about 40 volunteers to scour vacant lots and industrial parks for this year’s HUD survey; results are expected in several months.

“One of the things that we’ve noticed is a lot more unsheltered, mostly men who claim this is the first time they’ve been homeless, who indicate that it’s due to a loss of wages or loss of job, because of the economy,” Guarton said.


Obama’s “green jobs” program so full of red tape, it’s running 98.5% behind schedule, and costing $57,362 per house…

February 18, 2010

Obama’s federal government can weatherize your home for only $57,362 — such a deal!

Who could forget the $5 billion in Obama administration stimulus money that was going to rapidly create nearly 90,000 green jobs across the country in these tough economic times and make so many thousands of homes all snuggy and warm and energy-efficient these very snowy days?

Well, a new report due out this morning will show the $5-billion program is so riddled with drafts that so far it’s weatherized only about 9,000 homes.

Based on the initial Obama-Biden program promise that it would create 87,000 new jobs its first year, that would be about 10 jobs for each home weatherized so far. Makes for pretty crowded doorways.

ABC News reports that the General Accountability Office will declare today that the Energy Department has fallen woefully behind — about 98.5% behind — the 593,000 homes it initially predicted would be weatherized in the Recovery Act’s very first, very chilly year.

 The Energy Department is run by Steven Chu, like President Obama a Nobel Prize winner. You’ll never guess what the federal government blames for the lack of significant progress.

 RED tape.

 Not duct tape. Not weatherstripping. But that infamous RED tape. In the form of, well, forms.

 It seems that the Pelosi-Reid stimulus plan that was so quickly cobbled together and was supposed to immediately pump so much money into the sagging economy last year included an 80-year-old legal provision requiring all federally funded projects to pay a prevailing wage to workers.

 But what’s a prevailing wage for weatherization, you ask?

 Who knows?

 So the Energy Department asked the Labor Department, which set out to calculate what a prevailing weatherization wage is in every single one of the more than 3,000 counties across these United States.

 There were some other things to figure out. It seems the law also requires some kind of National Trust for Historic Preservation review for most homes before any contracts could be estimated to be negotiated to be signed to be let to be begun. And states like Michigan have two people assigned to such tasks.

 So, good luck speeding up that work.

 The Energy folks did tell ABC they’ve so far spent 522-million Recovery Act dollars on the program. So, let’s see, about 9,100 homes divided into that chunk of stimulation change to believe in is — gee! — about $57,362 worth of very expensive weather-stripping for each home fixed up so far.

 Seems believable for a federal program.

 Andrew Malcolm

February 18, 2010

 http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2010/02/obama-stimulus-weatherization.html


Obama “Stimulus” — Jobless Claims and Inflation Jump as Economy Wobbles…

February 18, 2010

The number of U.S. workers filing new applications for unemployment insurance unexpectedly surged last week, while producer prices increased sharply in January, raising potential hurdles for the economic recovery.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 31,000 to 473,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That compared to market expectations for 430,000.

Another report from the department showed prices paid at the farm and factory gate rose a faster than expected 1.4 percent from December after a 0.4 percent gain in December, as higher gasoline prices and unusually cold temperatures helped boost energy costs.

“When you have PPI moving up and still no progress in the jobs situation, that doesn’t bode well for continued improvement in equity prices,” said Alan Lancz, president at Alan B. Lancz & Associates in Toledo, Ohio.

Last week was the survey week for the employment report for February, which is scheduled for release in early March.

The labor market, hardest hit by the worst recession in seven decades, has lagged the economic recovery that started in the second half of 2009. The economy has lost 8.4 million jobs since the start of the downturn in December 2007.

The PPI report may give investors, who keeping a wary eye on inflation following massive efforts by the Federal Reserve to pull the economy out of its worst slump since the Great Depression of the 1930s, something to worry about.

 “The bottom line is that the Fed is going to have some decisions to make at its next meeting, since it seems inflation is now back on the table,” said Lancz.

 Fed officials, keeping an eye on how quickly the recovering economy absorbs the excess slack that built up during the recession, have said they are likely to keep interest rates extraordinarily low for “an extended period.”

 About three-fourths of the increase in PPI last month was due to a 5.1 percent jump in prices for energy goods, the department said. Energy costs were pushed up by a spike in prices for gasoline, liquefied petroleum and home heating oil.

 Strong energy prices overshadowed a slowdown in the food prices, which rose 0.4 percent after increasing 1.3 percent in December.

 http://www.cnbc.com/id/35457298

 Published: Thursday, 18 Feb 2010

Reuters


Obama’s newly created “governor’s council” could be used to wage war on state rights

February 17, 2010

Obama created what he calls a “governor’s council” via executive order. No one ever voted on this expansion of the Federal Government.

 

From WorldNetDaily.com…

 

Los Angeles Times blogger Andrew Malcolm poked fun at the announcement, writing Obama “has determined that, a) there is an insufficient number of advisory bodies among the gazillion already in existence for the federal government in general and said president and his White House specifically.”

 

Obama also, Malcolm said, “chooses to ignore the existence of the National Governors Assn., the Republican Governors Assn., the Democratic Governors Assn. and the secure telephones

within arms-reach of virtually everywhere said president chooses to sit and/or recline.”

 

Ultimately, he said, Obama has decided, “One more meaningless advisory body probably couldn’t hurt anything, and might actually look good.”

 

At Canada Free Press, commentary writer Judi McLeod said, “Like the 30-plus czars running America with neither the people’s nor the Congress’s blessings, the Council of Governors is already a done deal.”

 

Blogger Nicholas Contompasis suggested it was the “first step towards martial law in America” because it sets up the “use of federal troops and the combination of state and federal agencies under the Defense Department.”

 

Participants on his forum page said the order appears to be in defiance of posse comitatus, which restricts U.S. military action within the United States. One contributor noted the order talks about “hazards” but then addresses only military hazards.

 

“The very notion of the executive branch (good intentions or not) issuing executive orders/presidential directives that apply to anything or anyone not specifically within the executive branch is tyrannical,” the forum participant said.

 

The following governors have been appointed by Obama to be a sort of overlord for their region. The appointments match up closely to the ten “Federal Districts” created by Richard Nixon at the request of the United Nations. One of the appointments is the Governor of Puerto Rico, not even a state!

 

Governor James H. Douglas of Vermont – Region 1

 

Governor Luis Fortuna of Puerto Rico – Region 2

 

Governor Robert McDonnell of Virginia – Region 3

 

Governor Beverly Eaves Purdue of North Carolina – Region 4

 

Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma – Region 6

 

Governor Jeremiah Nixon of Missouri – Region 7

 

Governor Mike Rounds of South Dakota – Region 8

 

Governor Janice Brewer of Arizona – Region 9

 

Governor Chris Gregoire of Washington – Region 10

 

Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland – Region 3

 

Note: Federal District 5 is not represented.

 

 

From:  http://cofcc.org/2010/02/obamas-newly-created-governors-council-could-be-used-to-wage-war-on-state-rights/

 


Now Obama’s wife wants to tell you how to eat, and what to feed your children…

February 11, 2010

I warned when the Obama-messiah was first elected that he would try to micro-manage every aspect of your daily life through government decree, from how much gas and electricity you use (i.e., so-called “green” initiatives)…to how much money you spend and where you spend it…to what you eat and drink…and much more. 

The much despised Jimmy Carter administration did the same thing.  Jimmy would go on national TV and lecture the American public about turning down their thermostats in the winter, and putting on more warm clothing in order to “save on heating fuel.” 

Then he would lecture about the irresponsibility of “wasting gasoline,” and he passed laws limiting highway driving speeds to 55 miles an hour or under. 

When that didn’t satisfy him, he passed laws limiting your ability to gas up your car except on certain days of the week, depending upon what number your car license plate ended in. 

Most people have long-since forgotten those days, because when Ronald Reagan became president, he abolished all of the stupid restrictions passed during the Jimmy Carter administration and unleashed an era of productivity and prosperity unlike anything the world had ever seen — an era now sadly coming to an end under the Obama administration.

In about 90 days, after Mrs. Obama’s “fat kids” panel finishes their analyses and makes their recommendations, you’ll start seeing what I mean.  Liberal fascism at its finest.

Of course, the Obamas are claiming they’re “doing it for the children.”  (And in a blatant exercise of Orwellian propaganda, Michelle Obama is now claiming that her “fight against childhood obesity” initiative is a “national security” issue!) 

 But believe me, the children are just shills.  The new “measures” to “protect the children” will be focused on you, your hard-earned money, and restricting your ability to spend it as you please.  The government is dead set on regulating even your basic food choices…and tapping your wallets and pocketbooks in the process.

Well, we’ve come full circle back to old-fashioned liberal fascist restriction and limitation thingy again.  They now call it “hope and change.”  Wasn’t there a TV show about this?  Something called…”Welcome Back, Carter”?

Hope you enjoy eating a lot of celery.  At least, until…2010!

— Spencer

First Lady Links Childhood Obesity to National Security in Launch of ‘Let’s Move’ Campaign

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/61157

 

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

 

By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

 

CNSNews.com) – At a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of the ‘Let’s Move’ campaign to end childhood obesity in the United States, an epidemic she said is costly and a threat to national security.

 

“A recent study put the health care cost of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion a year,” Mrs. Obama said. “This epidemic also impacts the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.”

 

The ceremony, attended by many officials of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, followed the signing earlier in the day of a presidential memorandum establishing a task force to study the problem and make recommendations after 90 days. [Spencer note:  Read this as “more government regulation on its way, folks!” –ED]

 

Obama announced a long list of goals she said she hopes the “Let’s Move” campaign will accomplish, including many that can be done “in a generation.”  [Spencer note:  A generation is 40 years; they’re planning on regulating how and what we eat for the next 40 years? God help us.  – ED]

 

“This isn’t like a disease where we’re still waiting for a cure to be discovered – we know the cure for this,” Obama said. “This isn’t like putting a man on the moon or inventing the Internet. It doesn’t take some stroke of genius or feat of technology.  [Spencer note:  Nope, apparentlyy all it takes is more government regulation. — ED]

 

“We have everything we need, right now, to help our kids lead healthy lives,” Obama said.

 

Some of the goals include ending what Obama referred to as “food deserts” with a $400 million a year “Healthy Food Financing Initiative,” which will bring grocery stores to low-income neighborhoods and “help places like convenience stores carry healthier food options.”  [Spencer note:  This is called government-run food services; better get out your wallet! – ED]

 

Obama called for overhauling many federal laws and guidelines, including adding $10 billion over the next decade to “update” the Childhood Nutrition Act, which feeds 31 million children at school and would add funding to feed more children.  [Spencer note:  Why work, when the government will feed your children for “free”? — ED]

 

The federal food pyramid would also get a makeover through the campaign, and there would be new efforts to get manufacturers to add “family friendly front-of-package labeling” that discloses a product’s nutritional value.

 

The First Lady said a broad coalition of groups [Spencer note:  Can you say “insurance company executives”? –ED] interested in children’s health are coming together to form the Partnership for a Healthier America, which will use professional athletes, members of the media, and state and local dignitaries to promote the “Let’s Move” campaign and its goals around the country.