Thank you, Obama! Dismal Economy Now Forcing Family, Friends to Move In With Each Other

September 30, 2010

The Grundy family seemed to be headed down the conventional path followed by American families:

Daughter goes to college, graduates, gets a job and her own apartment.

Then something happened.

“She lost her job,” Vel Grundy says about daughter Monika, 25. “She kept looking and got very, very discouraged. She moved back home.”

Grown children returning home. Brothers and sisters moving in together. Families taking in grandparents. Friends living in the basement.

Fueled by the dismal economy and high unemployment, more Americans — friends and families — are doubling up.

From:  http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2010-09-29-doubling-up_N.htm


Obama supporters tell him they’re “losing hope,” but he just doesn’t listen…

September 30, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa—President Barack Obama, meeting swing-state voters in a leafy backyard, struggled again Wednesday to answer the concerns of supporters once buoyed by the excitement of the presidential campaign, but now demoralized by economic struggle.

Mary Stier—attending the president’s second of three small “town hall” meetings on a four-state swing this week—told the president of her 24-year-old son, who “campaigned fiercely” for Mr. Obama in 2008, graduated from Simpson College a year and a half ago and still is “struggling to find a job.”

“They are losing their hope,” she said in the backyard of Jeff Clubb, a social studies and religion teacher at a Des Moines Catholic school, and Sandy Clubb, the athletic director of Drake University.

The question, and the president’s long answer about the depths of the Great Recession, mirrored the exchange Mr. Obama had last week with Velma Hart, a supporter who told him she was “exhausted” from defending him. Coming the morning after an ebullient political rally in Madison, Wis., it underscored the difficulty Democrats are having mobilizing the voters that propelled them to victory in 2008.

In the Wednesday session, a small businessman pressed the president to extend tax cuts for households and small businesses that earn more than $250,000.

“As the government gets more and more involved in business and more involved in taxes to pay for an awful lot of programs…you’re sort of strangling the engine that does create the jobs,” he said.

One woman questioned whether the Obama health-care plan would send the U.S. health-care system into a British-style system of rationing and delays. A man asked when the president would end costly wars abroad. Criticized over illegal immigrants getting health care, the president said, “It is very important that we have compassion as part of our national character.”

From:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704116004575521901674416306.html


Thank you, Obama! Consumer Confidence Drops to Lowest Levels Since February

September 28, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans’ view of the economy turned grimmer in September amid escalating job worries, falling to the lowest point since February.

The downbeat report, released Tuesday, raises more fears about the tenuous U.S. economic recovery. It also further underscores the disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street; consumers’ confidence fell further even as stocks rebounded in September.

The Conference Board, based in New York, said its monthly Consumer Confidence Index now stands at 48.5, down from the revised 53.2 in August. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters were expecting 52.5.

The reading marked the lowest point since February’s 46.4. It takes a reading of 90 to indicate a healthy economy – a level not approached since the recession began in December 2007.

From:  http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100928/D9IGVOGG0.html


Obama begins to sound like floundering Jimmy Carter; lectures his supporters to “buck up”…

September 28, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) – Admonishing his own party, President Barack Obama says it would be “inexcusable” and “irresponsible” for unenthusiastic Democratic voters to sit out the midterm elections, warning that the consequences could be a squandered agenda for years.

“People need to shake off this lethargy. People need to buck up,” Obama told Rolling Stone in an interview to be published Friday. The president told Democrats that making change happen is hard and “if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.”

The midterm elections are in five weeks and polling shows that Republicans, out of power at the White House and on Capitol Hill, have a much more excited base of supporters than Democrats. Obama, campaigning this week in four states, is in a sprint to restore the voter passion that helped him win office.

Yet in his attempt to light a fire under supporters, Obama comes across as fired up himself about how many backers fail to acknowledge the progress he sees. He said the glass-half-empty view among many progressive voters can be a debilitating force that distracts them from the real worry: Republicans.

The GOP is poised to win seats in the House, if not control of the chamber, and gain ground in the Senate, too.

“It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election,” Obama said.

The president has been telling Democrats to “wake up” and recognize that he and the Democratic-run Congress have delivered on promises, from a new health care law to tougher rules for Wall Street to more aid for college students. Obama wants disenchanted supporters to see that Republican wins in November would undermine the ability of Democrats to get the unfinished business done, from climate change legislation to allowing gays to serve openly in the military.

What emerges in the magazine story is a stern, lecturing tone from Obama.

From:  http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100928/D9IGSMBG3.html


Anything to Shift Focus from Economy, Obama Calls for Longer School Year for Children to “Restore Global Edge”…

September 28, 2010

Barack Obama has called for a longer school year in the U.S. amid fears the American education system has lost its global edge.

The President also said that the worst-performing teachers in the system have ‘got to go’.

And he declared that simply throwing money at schools is not enough to fix the problem. Instead, he said in an interview broadcast across America this morning, teachers and students alike must set and achieve a higher standard.

Mr Obama was trying to reinvigorate his administration’s education programme in an interview with NBC’s Today show host Matt Lauer this morning.

Asked if he supported a year-round school year, Mr Obama said: ‘The idea of a longer school year, I think, makes sense.’

He did not specify how long that school year should be but said U.S. students attend classes, on average, about a month less than children in most other advanced countries.

‘That month makes a difference,’ the President said.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1315700/Obama-education-The-school-year-longer.html#ixzz10rl3Axrc


Poll: Significant Majority of Americans Ready to Give Obama the Boot in 2012

September 27, 2010

A significant majority of voters are considering voting against President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, expressing sour views of his new health care law and deep skepticism about his ability to create jobs and grow the sluggish economy, according to the latest POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll. 

Only 38 percent of respondents said Obama deserves to be reelected, even though a majority of voters hold a favorable view of him on a personal level. Forty-four percent said they will vote to oust him, and 13 percent said they will consider voting for someone else.

It’s Obama’s policies that are hurting him right now. By a 13-point margin, voters are down on the health care law. In an especially troubling sign, more than half of self-identified independents — 54 percent — have an unfavorable opinion of the law, compared with just 38 percent who have a favorable opinion.

And by an 11-point margin, voters trust congressional Republicans to create jobs more than Obama. His approval rating stands at 46 percent, according to the poll of 1,000 likely voters, conducted Sept. 19 to Sept. 22.

The tea party movement, which has emerged as the biggest threat to Democrats’ dominance of Washington, is viewed favorably by 43 percent of respondents, compared with 35 percent who view it unfavorably.

Perceptions of the grass-roots activists vary widely by region: In the Northeast, nearly half — 47 percent — have a negative view of the movement, suggesting it could prove to be a drag on GOP candidates in a region where the party has bottomed out in recent years.

But in the eight-state Mountain West region, more than half — 53 percent — have a favorable view of the tea party movement, which could prove helpful to prominent tea-party-backed Senate nominees in Nevada and Colorado.

 Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42737.html#ixzz10ldlPfkK


Why Would This Intelligent Black Woman Refuse to Vote for Barack Obama?

September 27, 2010

 

 This is Ann Wortham. 

She is  Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University  and continuing Visiting Scholar at  Stanford University ‘s Hoover Institution. 

She is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Philosophical Association. 
 
She has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. 
 
In fall 1988 she was one of a select group of intellectuals who were featured in Bill Moyer’s television series, “A World of Ideas.” The transcript of her conversation with Moyers has been published in his book, A World of Ideas. 
 
Dr. Wortham is author of “The Other Side of Racism: A Philosophical Study of Black Race Consciousness” which analyzes how race consciousness is transformed into political strategies and policy issues. 
 
She has published numerous articles on the implications of individual rights for civil rights policy, and is currently writing a book on theories of social and cultural marginality.
 
Recently, she has published articles on the significance of multiculturalism and Afrocentricism in education, the politics of victimization and the social and political impact of political correctness. Shortly after an interview in 2004, she was awarded tenure.
 
 
This article by her is really, really something.  

 

Fellow Americans,
 
Please know: I am Black; I grew up in the segregated South. I did not vote for Barack Obama; I wrote in Ron Paul’s name as my choice for president.

 

Most importantly, I am not race conscious. I do not require a Black president to know that I am a person of worth, and that life is worth living. I do not require a Black president to love the ideal of America .
 
I cannot join you in your celebration. I feel no elation.

 

There is no smile on my face. I am not jumping with joy.

 

There are no tears of triumph in my eyes. For such emotions and behavior to come from me, I would have to deny all that I know about the requirements of human flourishing and survival – all that I know about the history of the United States of America, all that I know about American race relations, and all that I know about Barack Obama as a politician.

 

I would have to deny the nature of the “change” that Obama asserts has come to America .
 
Most importantly, I would have to abnegate my certain understanding that you have chosen to sprint down the road to serfdom that we have been on for over a century.

 

I would have to pretend that individual liberty has no value for the success of a human life. I would have to evade your rejection of the slender reed of capitalism on which your success and mine depend.

 

I would have to think it somehow rational that 94 percent of the 12 million Blacks in this country voted for a man because he looks like them (that Blacks are permitted to play the race card), and that they were joined by self-declared “progressive” whites who voted for him because he doesn’t look like them.
 
I would have to wipe my mind clean of all that I know about the kind of people who have advised and taught Barack Obama and will fill posts in his administration – political intellectuals like my former colleagues at the Harvard University ‘s Kennedy School of Government.
 
I would have to believe that “fairness” is equivalent of justice.

 

I would have to believe that a man who asks me to “go forward in a new spirit of service, in a new service of sacrifice” is speaking in my interest.

 

I would have to accept the premise of a man that economic prosperity comes from the “bottom up,” and who arrogantly believes that he can will it into existence by the use of government force.

 

I would have to admire a man who thinks the standard of living of the masses can be improved by destroying the most productive and the generators of wealth.
 
Finally, Americans, I would have to erase from my consciousness the scene of 125,000 screaming, crying, cheering people in Grant Park, Chicago irrationally chanting “Yes We Can!”

 

And I would have to wipe all memory of all the times I have heard politicians, pundits, journalists, editorialists, bloggers and intellectuals declare that capitalism is dead – and no one, including especially Alan Greenspan, objected to their assumption that the particular version of the anti-capitalistic mentality that they want to replace with their own version of anti-capitalism is anything remotely equivalent to capitalism.
 
So you have made history, Americans. You and your children have elected a Black man to the office of the president of the United States, the wounded giant of the world.

 

The battle between John Wayne and Jane Fonda is over – and Fonda won.

 

Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern must be very happy men. Jimmie Carter, too. And the Kennedys have at last gotten their Kennedy look-a-like. The self-righteous welfare statists in the suburbs can feel warm moments of satisfaction for having elected a Black person.
 
So, toast yourselves: 60s countercultural radicals, 80s yuppies and 90s bourgeois bohemians. Toast yourselves, Black America.

 

Shout your glee Harvard, Princeton , Yale, Duke, Stanford, and Berkeley. You have elected not an individual who is qualified to be president, but a Black man who, like the pragmatist Franklin Roosevelt, promises to – Do Something!

 

You now have someone who has picked up the baton of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But you have also foolishly traded your freedom and mine – what little there is left – for the chance to feel good. 
 
There is nothing in me that can share your happy obliviousness. God Help Us all.

 

 

 

Ann Wortham


An Economic Horror Story Obama Won’t Tell — Lives of 20,000 Auto Workers Destroyed

September 23, 2010

The White House believes it can win back depressed and economically stressed voters by turning President Obama into the storyteller-in-chief again.

 

But victims of Obama’s Chicago politics don’t want to hear any more of his own well-worn tales of struggle and sacrifice. They’ve got their own tragedies to tell — heart-wrenching dramas of personal and financial suffering at the very hands of Obama.

 

Consider the real-life horror story of 20,000 white-collar workers at Delphi, a leading auto parts company spun off from GM a decade ago. As Washington rushed to nationalize the U.S. auto industry with $80 billion in taxpayer “rescue” funds and avoid contested court termination proceedings, the White House auto team schemed with Big Labor bosses to preserve UAW members’ costly pension funds by shafting their nonunion counterparts.

 

In addition, the nonunion pensioners lost all of their health and life insurance benefits. The abused workers — most from hard-hit northeast Ohio, Michigan and neighboring states — had devoted decades of their lives as secretaries, technicians, engineers and sales employees at Delphi/GM. Some workers have watched up to 70 percent of their pensions vanish.

 

John Berent of Marblehead, Ohio, lost one-third of his pension: “I worked as a salaried employee for GM (30 years) and Delphi (10 years).

 

After 40 years of dedicated service, I was forced to retire. Then Delphi terminated my health care, life insurance, vision, dental, then terminated the pension plan. Everything I worked 40 years for was wiped out.”

 

Kelly Fabrizio of Franksville, Wis., saw her pension reduced by 55 percent after working 30 years at Delphi/GM: “I am truly scared for my future. Every day I wake up, shake my head and say out loud — This Is Not How It Was Supposed To Be.”

 

Roger Hoke of Columbus, Mich., and his wife were both longtime Delphi workers. His pension shrunk by more than 40 percent: “After 33 years with GM and another 10 with Delphi, what did I do wrong to deserve such a fate?”

 

…While Obama conducts his worker empathy tour at staged town halls and rallies across the country, his Treasury Department continues to stonewall and refuses to answer questions about the Delphi disaster.

 

But many workers left out in the cold know the truth:  Lip-biting, yarn-spinning Obama doesn’t feel their pain. He caused it.

 

 

By Michelle Malkin | 9/22/10

http://www.redcounty.com/content/delphi-disaster-economic-horror-story-obama-wont-tell


‘I’m exhausted defending you’: Middle-class mother confronts Obama at Town Hall meeting

September 22, 2010

President Barack Obama was left in no doubt as to the strength of ill-feeling among his most loyal supporters last night when he was openly attacked at a town hall meeting – with one woman telling him: ‘I’m exhausted defending you’.

 

Staring intently at Mr Obama, Velma Hart told him she was ‘deeply disappointed’ and was losing patience waiting for him to deliver the change he promised.

 

In an impassioned rebuke the mother-of-two said she fears returning to the ‘hot dogs-and-beans era’ of her life because he is not helping the financially strapped middle class.

  

‘I am exhausted of defending you’: Velma Hart gives Barack Obama some home truths at a town hall meeting in Washington, DC yesterday

 

‘I’m a mother. I’m a wife. I’m an American veteran, and I’m one of your middle-class Americans.

‘And, quite frankly, I’m exhausted,’ she said.

 

‘I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.’

 

Her admonishment of the president came as new poll revealed 35% of voters would prefer to have George W Bush in the White House instead of Mr Obama, in spite of his chequered record in office.

 

Mr Obama has faced falling popularity and rising disgruntlement as his presidency stalls amid the economic crisis and what some see as indecisive leadership.

 

In a series of televised town hall meetings with voters, he is attempting to reconnect with the public but during one such event in Washington, he was ambushed by the audience.

 

Mrs Hart, who has two teenage daughters, laid into him for failing to do enough for people like her.

 

‘I have two children in private school. The financial recession has taken an enormous toll on my family,’ she said.

 

‘My husband and I have joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot dogs-and-beans era of our lives. But, quite frankly, it is starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we are headed again.’

 

‘I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.’

 

 Mr Obama told Mrs Hart, the chief financial officer for a war veterans group, that people like her were the ‘bedrock of America’ and they should be supported.

 

‘I understand your frustration,’ he said. ‘My goal is not to convince you that everything is where it ought to be. It’s not.’

 

Mr Obama also came under attack from audience member Ted Brassfield, 30, a recent law graduate, who said the optimism of the 2008 election was ‘dying away’.

 

‘There aren’t jobs out there right now,’ he said and asked: ‘Is the American dream dead for me?’ ‘Absolutely not,’ Mr Obama replied.

 

The clashes came as former US president Bill Clinton admitted that voters were angry with Mr Obama but urged them not to give up hope.

 

‘I would say, ‘I know a lot of people are mad, and a lot of people are tired.  Apathetic.  And I respect that.  Because we’re not yet out of the hole we’ve got in,’’ he said.

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1314021/Middle-class-mother-Velma-Hart-confronts-Obama-meet-voters-event.html#ixzz10IWcgOMI


Thanks, Obama…One in Every Seven Americans is Now Living in Poverty, Census Confirms!

September 16, 2010

One in seven Americans is living in poverty, the highest number in the half-century that the government has kept such statistics, the Census Bureau announced Thursday.

 

Last year was the third consecutive year that the poverty rate climbed, in part because of the recession, rising from 13.2 percent in 2008 to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, last year.

 

Asians were the only ethnic group whose poverty rate did not change substantially; every other race and Hispanics experienced increases in poverty rates.

 

In addition, 51 million Americans were uninsured, as the number of people with health insurance dropped from 255 million to less than 254 million — the first decrease since the government started keeping track in 1987. The number would have been worse because 6.5 million fewer people got insurance through their jobs, but it was offset by a leap in government-backed health insurance. More than 30 percent of Americans now get coverage from the government.

 

The grim statistics reflect the depth of the recession that began almost three years ago and could have an impact on midterm elections less than two months away.

 

“These numbers should be a wake-up call,” said Peter Edelman, a Georgetown University professor and co-director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy. “These are deeply disturbing numbers.”

 

From:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/16/AR2010091602698_pf.html