Obama has already lost, and doesn’t even know it
By: David Coughlin
Barack Obama is a lame duck President already, but probably doesn’t realize it since he is surrounded by leftist zealots who insulate him from any contrary opinions and shielded by the partisan mainstream media. Obama’s popularity began falling right after election, and the percentage disapproving has exceeded those approving steadily since 2009. Each and every voting block that supported him in 2008 has eroded by at least 10 points, even the African-American voters, with independents and young voters dropping by over 30 points. Approval on major issues (economy, budget, deficit, employment, etc.) has also eroded with disapproval exceeding approval ratings across the board. The percentage of Americans who are satisfied with the direction the country is headed is at its lowest point since Jimmy Carter’s first and only term. Despite approval rating lower than any President in recent history, the media push polls are trying to sell us that he is well liked and has a good chance to be re-elected, and ignore any and all facts that do not support their partisan message. The good news is that there has been a mass awakening of the American people who now realize that the mainstream media has a decided leftist tilt and media polls can no longer be trusted.
Meanwhile Democrats want us to believe that Obama has been a tremendous success. He promised to redistribute our wealth, and he has begun. He promised to transform our health care system, and he passed ObamaCare. He promised that his energy policies would dramatically increase energy cost, and they have. He promised to appoint Justices who thought like he did to the Supreme Court, and he has. He promised to pull American troops out of Iraq, regardless of the situation on the ground, and he has. He made many promises that he is trying to keep, but we just didn’t listen close enough or didn’t believe he meant what he said. Now that American voters have finally woken up, their opinion is that they don’t like what has been done and would like to repeal much of what Obama has done!
There’s been a running debate about whether we’re in a genuine economic recovery and how strong the recovery is. At the two-year mark when every other post-war recession had been over or nearly over, this one is just now bottoming out. In other efforts to improve the economy, Obama has nationalized two car companies, exerted unprecedented control over financial institutions with continued fear over the nationalization of banks, and is in the midst of nationalizing medicine and education. The administration is proud that they have manipulated the unemployment rate to show progress, but ignored that millions of people have given up hope and dropped out completely from the employment market. By contrast, President Obama has been depending on the economy to makes its normal, natural V-shaped recovery, while doing everything he can to undermine and suppress that recovery. The economic crisis was caused, in large part, by excessive debt, so a big part of the solution should be to increase savings and pay down debt, creating the financial reserves to support a new expansion. Instead, Obama and Congressional Democrats rapidly increased government debt with the giant “stimulus” bill, which wasted the better part of a trillion dollars. The United States credit rating has indeed been downgraded for the first time in history. The political/economic issue that defines the Obama recovery is the fact that the federal government now operates without a budget. Without a budget, every major decision on federal spending, debt, and taxes has to be fought all over again in the political arena every few months, creating pervasive uncertainty. The current leadership, President Obama first and foremost, is doing everything it can to create uncertainty on all of these issues.
The President knows he is in trouble so he has given up leading the country and is now focused solely on campaigning for re-election. Obama has little chance on winning in November, but this does not stop the mainstream media from selling the message that he has a chance, and because many voters are uninformed and can still be influenced by the constant media spin.
David Coughlin is a political pundit, editor of the policy action planning web site “Return to Common Sense,” and an active member of the White Plains Tea Party. He retired from IBM after a short career in the U.S. Army. He currently resides with his wife of 40 years in Hawthorne, NY. He was educated at West Point (Bachelor of Science, 1971) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Masters, Administrative Science, 1976).