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

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‘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

 


Despite Obama’s Declaration, U.S. Troops Still Fighting in Iraq…

September 15, 2010

Two weeks ago Obama announced with great fanfare that the U.S. combat role in Iraq was over. 

 

Today we learn U.S. troops are still leading the way into battle on behalf of Iraqi troops. 

 

Can we count on anything this man says?  Or is it all hot air simply designed to mitigate losses in the upcoming elections?

 

— Spencer

 

FALLUJAH, Iraq — U.S. and Iraqi forces raided a neighborhood in the longtime Sunni Muslim insurgent stronghold of Fallujah early Wednesday, Iraqi officials said, killing seven people in the deadliest joint operation since President Barack Obama announced the end of the American combat mission in Iraq two weeks ago.

 

The incident underscored how American forces remain engaged in offensive operations despite Obama’s declaration that the fewer than 50,000 remaining U.S. troops would focus on advising and training the Iraqi military and police.

 

Iraqi police officials said that the raid, which also wounded three people, began when the U.S.-Iraqi team set off explosives around 1:30 a.m. in the Jubail neighborhood of Fallujah, about 40 miles west of Baghdad. American military helicopters supported the joint operation, according to residents.

  

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/09/15/100609/joint-us-iraqi-raid-kills-7-in.html#ixzz0zd76jxkk


Obama administration Spent $800,000 of Economic Stimulus Funds on African Genital-Washing Program

September 14, 2010

Wonder why the US economy is not picking up steam after billions in “stimulus” funding. 

 

Well, there’s nothing like using “stimulus” money to keep UCLA researchers busy teaching Africans how to wash their genitals after sex, while millions of out-of-work Americans are losing their homes and having trouble feeding their children. 

 

I’m sure taxpayers won’t mind paying higher taxes when they know their “stimulus” money is going for such worthy causes.

 

— Spencer

 

Get Ready to Wash My What?  Obama administration Spent $800,000 of Economic Stimulus Funds on African Genital-Washing Program

 

(CNSNews.com) – The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spent $823,200 of economic stimulus funds in 2009 on a study by a UCLA research team to teach uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals after having sex.

 

The genitalia-washing program is part of a larger $12-million UCLA study examining how to better encourage Africans to undergo voluntary HIV testing and counseling – however, only the penis-washing study received money from the 2009 economic stimulus law. The washing portion of the study is set to end in 2011.

 

“NIH Announces the Availability of Recovery Act Funds for Competitive Revision Applications,” the grant abstract states. “We propose to evaluate the feasibility of a post-coital genital hygiene study among men unwilling to be circumcised in Orange Farm, South Africa.”

 

Because AIDS researchers have been unsuccessful in convincing most adult African men to undergo circumcision, the UCLA study proposes to determine whether researchers can develop an after-sex genitalia-washing regimen that they can then convince uncircumcised African men to follow.

 

From:  http://cnsnews.com/news/article/75198

Monday, September 13, 2010
By Matt Cover


LA Times: Obama’s Electoral Coalition is Crumbling

September 12, 2010

The swing voters who turned out in droves to support the president aren’t likely to back his party in November. Even core supporters express unhappiness with Democrats.

 

Nearly two years ago, the political world could only marvel at the breadth of voter support for Barack Obama.

The new president had won over voters once thought to have abandoned his party for good. He’d found new reservoirs of support among groups many thought were tapped out.

He energized a coalition — made up of blacks, women, Latinos, young voters and large numbers of suburbanites — that some believed would keep Democrats in power for years to come.


A scant 20 months later, the Obama coalition is frayed and frazzled.

 

Surprisingly, support for the president among Latinos, young people and women has dropped as much as it has among groups that were considered less likely to stick with the president, such as white males, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Support among suburbanites has dropped dramatically too, surveys show, while African American voters remain Obama’s most loyal constituency and his fiercest defenders.

 

…Pew’s survey experts routinely ask respondents to characterize the president in a single word. In their most recent poll, conducted this summer, more respondents than ever answered with the word “disappointing.”

 

Some who threw their lot in with Obama expressed a sense of being let down by the man who promised change and pledged to transform the country. Some attributed that to their own lofty expectations and, perhaps, their naivete. Others pointed to what they saw as his lack of focus on the still-faltering economy.

And some suggested they were simply hoodwinked by a smooth-talking politician.

“What I’ve come to the realization is that the president was an absolutely fantastic campaigner. He was a perfect preacher-slash-minister-slash-professor,” said Peter Gallo, a concert promoter in Raleigh, N.C. “He doesn’t have the skill to legislate, to build coalitions. He does not have the skill to bring people in and say, ‘Come on and let’s get this done.'”

Gallo’s words — in various ways — were echoed in Fairfax County, Va., outside Washington; in northern Nevada; in greater Philadelphia; in the suburbs of Ohio; and in a college town in southern Virginia.

All are regions crucial to Democrats. The president will need these voters in two years. His party needs them now.

The fast-growing Raleigh-Durham area was dominated by Obama in 2008. He took up to 70% of the vote in some counties — and helped turn North Carolina blue for the first time since 1976. Now, polls show that Obama’s healthcare plan is unpopular and that North Carolina voters are favoring Republicans in state legislative races.

 

From:  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-coalition-20100912,0,3603453.story


Record gain in U.S. poverty under Obama, reminiscent of 1960’s poverty levels…

September 12, 2010

WASHINGTON – The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Barack Obama’s watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty.

 

Census figures for 2009 — the recession-ravaged first year of the Democrat’s presidency — are to be released in the coming week, and demographers expect grim findings.

 

It’s unfortunate timing for Obama and his party just seven weeks before important elections when control of Congress is at stake. The anticipated poverty rate increase — from 13.2 percent to about 15 percent — would be another blow to Democrats struggling to persuade voters to keep them in power.

 

Interviews with six demographers who closely track poverty trends found wide consensus that 2009 figures are likely to show a significant rate increase to the range of 14.7 percent to 15 percent.

 

Should those estimates hold true, some 45 million people in this country, or more than 1 in 7, were poor last year. It would be the highest single-year increase since the government began calculating poverty figures in 1959. The previous high was in 1980 when the rate jumped 1.3 percentage points to 13 percent during the energy crisis.

 

From:  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100911/ap_on_bi_ge/us_poverty_in_america