Events keep on breaking against Obama

Since the November elections, we’ve heard innumerable references to 1994 and 1982. The well-worn narrative is that, like Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan before him, Barack Obama can rally from midterm losses to recapture voters’ confidence and win re-election.

There’s just one problem. Most of the breaks, especially recently, are going against the president.

Yes, it’s early. And no, we haven’t the faintest idea who will be the GOP nominee. But the emerging issues — things we weren’t even talking about four months ago, such as gas prices, Mideast revolutions and government unions — are shifting the political ground in ways that don’t bode well for Obama.

The economy finally appears to have stabilized. The national unemployment rate in February fell below 9 percent, the first time it has broken that barrier in almost two years. It’d all be good news for the president — if inflation didn’t threaten to sabotage the gains.

Gas prices in particular have shot up, by more than 40 cents a gallon nationally during the past month. The reasons are varied, but it’s been easy for Republicans to point to Obama’s clampdown on new deepwater drilling permits since last year’s BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

It doesn’t help Obama, who spoke Friday about increasing both production and conservation, that he has acknowledged before that higher energy prices are crucial to his environmental policies.

One big factor in rising oil prices lately has been unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. There, too, the news isn’t good for Obama. From Egypt to Iran to Libya, the president has always seemed off-balance or a step behind.

Hosni Mubarak is our man in Egypt. No, he should leave — gradually. No, now.

We stand with Libyans who want freedom, but only figuratively — unless NATO or the United Nations thinks it’s a good idea, in which case we’ll contribute. Maybe. Unless it looks like Moammar Gadhafi will survive after all, or that the arms embargo we signed prevents us from helping rebels, too. In which case, maybe not.

Uprisings in faraway lands are tough to gauge and impossible to manage from the outside. But Obama hasn’t even articulated a consistent message on American ideals and interests. He’ll bear some blame for that if things go poorly. Even if they turn out well — and that’s unlikely to happen throughout the region — “I stayed out of the way” isn’t a winning line.

Between his reaction to the uprisings and his belated decision to resume military trials for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Obama has managed to make himself vulnerable to hawks on the right as well as doves on the left. No mean feat.

Then there’s the sudden, fierce debate about collective bargaining by public workers. That issue has swept across much of the Midwest. Obama openly backs the unions, while conservatives have rallied behind the GOP governors who are pushing the matter. As we continue to debate public-sector pensions and budget deficits, I suspect independents will favor the right’s approach.

Finally, ObamaCare. We knew the health law would be politically relevant in 2012, but the expedited appeal of a Florida court ruling striking it down means its fate might be decided by the Supreme Court by summer 2012. After that, the odds of fixing the law if it’s struck down — or repealing it if it survives — will be longer. The losing side will be deflated.

And the way things are going, that will be Obama’s side.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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DawgDad

March 11th, 2011
7:16 pm

Kyle, no offense, but the real losers here are you and me. It’s 6:35 – 7:15 pm on a FRIDAY night and (1) you’re posting to a political blog, and (2) I’m reading it and replying. Methinks we desperately need to get a life.

Chris Matthews

March 11th, 2011
7:29 pm

You have to make your own breaks! Obama is clueless! Worst president in American History!

Linda

March 11th, 2011
7:30 pm

Obama doesn’t just want us to get off foreign oil. His energy policies wants us to get us off all oil. That’s fine, except we need to get to work to these green jobs he’s implementing at taxpayers’ expense.

Boris Badnov

March 11th, 2011
8:05 pm

But he did a fabulous job of killing that fly.

Roose

March 11th, 2011
8:22 pm

C Matthews: Calvin Coolidge was the worst president ever in the USA. He even admitted he could have done more to help avoid the 1929 depression.

Rafe Hollister

March 11th, 2011
8:39 pm

I’m sure his prospects are better than I think, but I can not see how any educated thinking person could be positive about Barry. Of course they may vote against the Rep candidate rather than for Barry. It seems he has kept few of his campaign promises, he has adopted all the Bush/Cheney policies he ardently oppossed during the campaign, his foreign policy has not worked and is a joke, His energy policy has failed miserably, his healthcare promises have all been ineffective and more costly than predicted, and I will not even mention the lack of a budget, the debt, and the coming inflation. It seems he couldn’t do this poorly if he tried to.

@@

March 11th, 2011
8:45 pm

America has always been leader of the free world.

What’s happening in Libya shows us what the world looks like without a leader.

Unfortunately for us and Obama, he was never qualified to lead.

It’s ALMOST sad.

Barak Obama

March 11th, 2011
8:46 pm

“Now, the hard truth is, is that as long as our economy depends on foreign oil, we’ll always be subject to price spikes. So we’ve got to get moving on a comprehensive energy strategy that pursues both more energy production and more energy conservation. We need to increase our access to secure energy supplies in the near term, and we’ve got to make our economy more energy-efficient and energy-independent over the long run.

Let me be more specific. First, we need to continue to boost domestic production of oil and gas. Last year, American oil production reached its highest level since 2003. Let me repeat that. Our oil production reached its highest level in seven years. Oil production from federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico reached an all-time high. For the first time in more than a decade, imports accounted for less than half of what we consumed.

So any notion that my administration has shut down oil production might make for a good political sound bite, but it doesn’t match up with reality. We are encouraging offshore exploration and production. We’re just doing it responsibly.”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/03/11/news-conference-president

Linda

March 11th, 2011
8:49 pm

Kyle, You give us an opportunity to comment on Obama’s sinking numbers, gas prices, Mideast revolutions, govt. unions, the economy, the unemployment rate, O’s energy policy, O’s foreign policy, O’s Gitmo policy, unions & Obmacare this weekend. When you get back on Monday, we’ll have all the problems solved. Have a great weekend!

ObamaCare and that Pesky CBO

March 11th, 2011
8:55 pm

“A Republican plan to withhold implementation funds for the Democrats’ new health care law would ADD $5.7 billion to the deficit over 10 years, the nonpartisan congressional scorekeeper said Thursday.

In a long-term spending bill approved last month, House Republicans voted to block the federal government from using funds to implement the sweeping reform law, enacted almost a year ago…

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Thursday that choking off implementation funds would cut the deficit by $1.6 billion for the rest of the year, but it would increase spending by $3.1 billion in 2012 and by smaller amounts each year through 2021.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/148731-cbo-defunding-health-reform-boosts-deficit

In other words, the Republican Party intends to reduce the deficit by increasing the deficit. I’m getting the impression that these guys aren’t very bright.

Roose

March 11th, 2011
8:58 pm

Obama Rocks!! Bring on 2012 in a hurry!!

All you naysayers will fade from sound and sight..

Linda

March 11th, 2011
9:04 pm

There are 3 Obamas.
There is the one Americans voted overwhelmingly for in ‘08.
There’s the one who makes great speeches.
Then, there is the one who acts.

Roose

March 11th, 2011
9:06 pm

Linda: Ronald Reagan was the ACTOR!

Roose

March 11th, 2011
9:07 pm

Who read the funny paper first, each morning!!!

Peter

March 11th, 2011
9:42 pm

Gosh Kyle……When you start two wars without a way to pay for them, and the VP at the time says “A deficit is not a problem” , seems like he inherited a real lousy situation. Duhhhhhhhh ???????

What do you expect all to come up Rosey ? How about we give away more American Money with cost plus contracts for everyone this time…… not just a select few ? We should get the VP to start writing those up today !

Will that solve the problem ?

The Republican’s under Bush, watched as the banking system went wild without regulation, He never saw a spending Bill he didn’t sign off on, and NOW the country is really in a mess after his 8 years of do nothing, but spending…..wow what a revelation ?

So now all of a sudden why is a deficit an issue for Republicans? And why does McCain want to get us involved in another WAR ?

Is three wars the Republican magic solution ? Yes more WAR..but let’s pray to our GOD before we attack !

I guess we should cut taxes again, that always seems to be the Republican answer.

What do you say Kyle ? Cut taxes ? Start a 3rd War…..gosh how about some something more?

How about a real idea for a change ?

Oh here is a Republican idea, make sure MORE Americans suffer with out a Home and Health insurance.

Family Values…….The Joke of the decade !

Olderandwiser49

March 11th, 2011
10:00 pm

Well, Rafe, therein lies the problem. B.O. and the Dems are counting on votes from all the uneducated, non-thinking, and self-serving people they have been paying off over the years with taxpayers’ money (unions, welfare recipients, illegals using fake IDs, etc.). As far as they’re concerned, BO’s doing great! Just keep that cash coming to them, and they’d vote for the Devil himself, which is exactly what they are doing.

Unblinded American

March 11th, 2011
10:05 pm

Kyle Wingnut, you can spin things however you want. The fact is, the GOP doesn’t have one candidate that can beat the President. Check the WikiLeaks son, Obama’s done more with diplomacy than Bush did with guns and bombs. I think being that there are ships and troops of ours bordering Libya, well, that’s as supportive as you can get without an all out invasion.

Now run on back to FauxNews and get your daily brain train.

Tommy Maddox

March 11th, 2011
10:05 pm

Well, at least the Muslim world loves us now, right?

Roose

March 11th, 2011
10:14 pm

Why dont you naysayers whine about the $35 Billion that the US Airforce is about to give Boeing for needless aircraft?

Left wing management

March 11th, 2011
10:32 pm

He’ll bear some blame for that if things go poorly. Even if they turn out well — and that’s unlikely to happen throughout the region — “I stayed out of the way” isn’t a winning line.

Yeah, well, maybe it’s more winning than waltzing into quagmire #3 inside a decade, so I say he’s not doing too badly there. Not that that’s what I think he ought to do from a moral standpoint. But from a political standpoint – which seems to be all you care about with Obama, right? – it passes a certain sniff test. Part of political survival, after all, is avoiding fatally self-inflicted wounds – a pity Mr. Gingrich was absent when that lesson was taught.

Besides, how many American voters in Nov. 2012 will have the name Hosni Mubarek – or for that matter Muammar Khadafi – on their minds when they enter the booth? My guess is: scant few.

Look, I got no love for this president and believe me, there’s part of me that would love nothing more than to see that grim wiped off his face come 2012. But you got one really huge problem on your side: an astonishing lack of talent and appeal among your candidates. If I were on your side, it would worry me quite a bit. (Indeed it’s a question that’s not asked enough: why are Republicans – who are so talented at propaganda and demogoguery – so lousy when it comes to its candidate farm system?)

In any case, by any reasonable assessment the front runner at this point has to be Tim Pawlenty. But how many Americans could even pick him out of a lineup? Again: scant few, I’d guess. Then again, he’s probably likable and harmless enough that if he can just skate along without incident – and if the economy continues without improvement, or certainly if there’s a double-dip – he might be able to run against Obama decently enough. But frankly, even the most charitable Republican viewpoint well-wisher will have to admit that he’s kind of a yawner.

Anyway, pathetic though it may be in a sense, the administration’s conservative (in the tactical sense) strategy of doing nothing extreme and trying to appear to voters as the “grown-up in the room” might just work in the end. It’s not necessarily good for the people or good for the country, but it might just be good politics. And I don’t see anything at all in what you mention to challenge that assessment, least of all the union issue. Have you not read the polls? Americans favor leaving public sector union bargaining rights un-tampered with. What do you not get about that?

Anyway, we’ll see. By the way, how’s that Fred Thompson candidacy looking about now?

killerj

March 12th, 2011
12:12 am

The economy has not stabilized,sluggish at best and that,s being kind,the future in this country is in doubt with no clear leader in place with division not seen since the civil war,the Government is beyond corrupt with extortion of the American public at an all time high,Go Tea Party.

jay2thebo

March 12th, 2011
12:18 am

“Punch the Clown” ticket in 2012! We need another 4 years of “Obama dancing with the clowns”

Paulo 977

March 12th, 2011
12:24 am

Unblinded
American

“Obama’s done more with diplomacy than Bush did with guns and bombs”
Very ,very well said…sadly though the uninformed just have not figured that in the big picture THIS is what counts!!!

vuduchld

March 12th, 2011
12:42 am

Naturally I would expect a clueless, 30 thirtysomething like you to post a llame article like this. President Obama will be just fine, thnak you. If I was you and the other idiots posting here I would be more concerned about your pathetic state. Unemployment is near 10 per cent with no end ins sight, your state coffers and gubner are broke. You near-do-wells need breaks, not President. But, then you keep electing idiots to office you you deserve what you get. Me, I sick and tired carrying your sorry behinds with the federal taxes I pay. Why can’t you maggots get your act together?

Miller

March 12th, 2011
6:57 am

It’s tough for some like Kyle to understand it but sometimes the best thing that America can do as a nation when things like internal country revolutions take place is to sit on the natural impulse to want to manage the outcome through military means. I know, it’s killing you but America should cease being the world’s policeman.

Swede Atlanta

March 12th, 2011
7:09 am

Events don’t “break” on anyone Kyle. This is the nature of the world which someone with as little life experience as you cannot fully appreciate yet. Give it time and that wisdom will come.

Events in the Middle East are truly an unexpected and by most measures, welcome phenomenon. Peoples who have been oppressed by dictators for decades and generations are breaking free. Our only hope is that they can create stable societies where human rights are respected and the interests of the people drive policy decisions. Having lived in Libya, the situation there is very difficult. Decisions would be challenging for anyone in the White House. We still have 50K plus troops in Iraq and 100K plus troops in Afghanistan. These commitments are expensive at a time of record deficits. It would be foolish for the U.S. to intervene unilaterally. Libya represents no immediate security threat to the U.S. We would all like to see Gadaffi removed from power but we need to proceed cautiously. A multi-lateral and multi-faceted response which is what the President is pursuing is the right course.

I laugh when I see the Republicans throw the increase in gas prices at the President’s feet. The increase is gas prices has nothing to do with supply. Any increase in domestic production would go onto the global market and we would be purchasing it at the global market price. Oil experts acknowledge that the spike in prices is not due to a lack of supply. There is plenty of oil in the market. Prices are spiking partly due to concerns about FUTURE supply should events in the Middle East threaten production in countries like Bahrain or Saudi Arabia. But much of it is pure speculation by the likes of Wall Street.

I disagree with the President’s decision to resume military tribunals but recognize that political opposition in both parties prevent him from pursuing the correct course of action which would be to trial those accused of violating the laws of our nation in our courts. He is taking an expedient course and probably the only one that is available to him. I would prefer these individuals to be tried by military tribunals with a final outcome than to subject them to another decade of incarceration with no end in sight.

One thing Scott Walker did was to awaken many in the middle class in this nation. I suggest you will see even stronger support for unions generally in the next election cycle. While I once was in a union but am no longer I see the right to organize and collectively bargain as fundamental to establishing a balance between employer and employee. Just as private companies and unions need to bargain in good faith there is a moral imperative for states and municipalities to bargain in good faith as well. And I place that same challenge to unions. They cannot be part of the problem, they must be part of the solution. If you look at highly unionized countries such as Germany (both private and public sector employees) workers enjoy high standards of living in an economy that arguably has survived the economic downturn better than any other economy in Europe or the developed world.

You are right that Health Care Reform will be an issue in the 2012 election cycle regardless of whether the constitutionality of the law in part or in whole has been decided by the courts. As Matt Damon recently revealed in an interview when he described a lengthy discussion he had with some Republican friends, Democrats see access to affordable healthcare as a human RIGHT whereas Republicans see it as a PRIVILEGE. To my fellow Christians as we journey through Lent I ask you would Jesus consider medical care, preventive and therapeutic a right that all should have or a privilege that only the wealthy and well connected should have.

Buzz G

March 12th, 2011
7:36 am

Dear Swede Atlanta,

Please check with your MD. They have medications now that will help you with your disorder.

jt

March 12th, 2011
7:47 am

@709

“To my fellow Christians as we journey through Lent I ask you would Jesus consider medical care, preventive and therapeutic a right that all should have or a privilege that only the wealthy and well connected should have.”

Jesus would never steal from Peter to Pay Paul. You are born with all of the rights you have.The government is only denying the rights to medical attention due to liscenses,FDA,costs,distortion of the markets,etc……..
Let the government butt out of our medical system……………………………..entirely.
Jesus smiles upon personal liberty and freedom.

IMHO, he would hate all Republican and Democrat politicians……………….except maybe Ron Paul.

Fletch

March 12th, 2011
7:50 am

Let’s not forget the midterms elections resulted in a lot of redistricting not favorable to the president.

Michael H. Smith

March 12th, 2011
8:11 am

You’ve got the socialist libs going Kyle. This should prove to be an interesting weekend to say the least. We’ve got everything from what Bush did to what would Jesus do? Just call it a smorgasbord. Guess it is time to jump in the fray and goad the socialist libs along.

How does one obtain rights, when rights – if one puts any stock in the Declaration of Independence says that rights – your rights, my rights, our rights, in fact the rights of humanity per se’ are all give to us as an endowment from our creator when our life begins?

Then again Kyle, some doubt the very existence of providence. Howbeit, providence, sometimes regarded as a turn of fate, or a lucky break as it were, is endlessly spoken of and written about throughout History, Religions, Philosophies and even in Nature itself.

Back in a bit to joust with the Comrades.

BW

March 12th, 2011
8:21 am

Fletch

Redistricting will affect the House of Representatives more so than the Presidency.

HipShooter

March 12th, 2011
8:37 am

@Peter the answer is simple. There is a BLACK family occupying the WHITE house!

There..it needs to be said. Pretenders and liars abound as always on Kyle’s blog.

Left wing management

March 12th, 2011
8:38 am

Well said, Swede: If you look at highly unionized countries such as Germany (both private and public sector employees) workers enjoy high standards of living in an economy that arguably has survived the economic downturn better than any other economy in Europe or the developed world

You’ll see Kyle cast aspersions on Greece and other troubled economies, but he’ll be curiously silent when it comes to big bad Germany, with its deep public support for unions, its corporate structure which jealously guards against Anglo-American corruption (stakeholder vs shareholder), it’s health care system, and so on. In a way, Germany is one big un-America, and the right wing ideologues don’t have much use for it.

Funny how with the events in Madison and the overwhelming public support even here in America for the basic principle of union representation, you’d expect Wingfield to at least try to engage in some form of rationalization or explaining. But maybe these people have drunk the kool aid so much that they really don’t get that they’ve hit a live wire in American politics.

As Matt Damon recently revealed in an interview when he described a lengthy discussion he had with some Republican friends, Democrats see access to affordable healthcare as a human RIGHT whereas Republicans see it as a PRIVILEGE

The right has a fundamental problem. As long as we have a country in which a hospital emergency room is required by law to save a person’s life with life-threatening injury, regardless of their means to pay, the argument cannot be made that we as a society do not ultimately see it as a moral question where we have an obligation.

Left wing management

March 12th, 2011
8:52 am

jt: “Jesus would never steal from Peter to Pay Paul. … IMHO, he would hate all Republican and Democrat politicians……………….except maybe Ron Paul.”

You’re gonna tell me the man who said that what one does to the least among us is what one does to me would be anything other than virulently, violently opposed today’s Republican party? And I’d say someone must have slipped something in your drink.

Would he not counsel robbing Peter to pay Paul? You sure about that? But what about a situation where Peter and Paul are one and the same and both are part of a system that concentrates ever more wealth in the hands of Peter and Paul. In that case, I think he’s be calling for mobilization against Peter and Paul.

Put it this way. I’ve seen one action in recent years by a US politician that reminded me of something Christ-like and one thing only, and that was Bernie Sanders’ fierce address to the senate a few months ago. That was something that had a truly Christian spirit to it. Sure someone didn’t slip something in your kool aid, I mean drink?

Peter

March 12th, 2011
8:52 am

Hey HipShooter …besides being a moron and super prejudice…… You said zero…….come on back with your BIG Brain.

HA HA HA……. So George Bush was wonderful because he was white ?

How about Cheney since he said ” Deficits don’t matter ” ?

All of a sudden they do …… after they ran America into the ground ?

Real American

March 12th, 2011
8:53 am

Obama will easily win in 2012. Look at the GOP candidates.

BWA HAHAHAHAHAHA

Michael H. Smith

March 12th, 2011
9:04 am

The socialist left has a very big fundamental problem differentiating between what is a right and what is a privilege, don’t they Kyle?

Humanitarian aid is a privilege granted by government, not an endowed right of conception. The obligation of consequences answers moral questions, don’t they Kyle?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 12th, 2011
9:06 am

Good morning all. First, it is untrue that Chauncey’s reign has been an unmitigated disaster. He maintained the Bush policy in Iraq, he employed the Bush Iraq-surge strategy in Afghanistan, he kept GTMO in place to contain terrorists, and he kept Bush’s secretary of defense and the preeminent soldier leader of the past 10 years, General Betrayus. In all fairness he has done several intelligent things.

On the other hand, he has poisoned the US economy for a generation with the foolish stimulus/slush fund.

He has forbidden his Czars to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies for purposes unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the purposes of their Public Records – “we’ll have to pass the law to find out what is in it” – for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has demonstrated contempt for the Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Rulings of Federal Courts.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies of Bureaucrats with new unfunded Mandates without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For protecting “his people” by avoiding Trial from punishment for any Crimes which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For constraining our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For undermining the free System of Wisconsin Laws, establishing therein an Anarchy

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated the Freedom movement in the Middle East, by declaring its denizens unworthy of his Protection.

He has paralyzed private energy production, ravaged our economy, inflated our currency, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time coordinating with foreign Powers to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Government Employee Unions whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished plunder of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Democrat brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of the government constraints granted by our Founding Fathers, to preserve individual Freedom. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

Michael H. Smith

March 12th, 2011
9:20 am

Strange isn’t it Kyle, I mean if we were foolish enough to buy into socialist lib thinking that Jesus Christ being the very GOD in flesh among us, if it were HIS desire that all mankind should have healthcare and suffer not for want thereof, that HE wouldn’t have just given to all of us. Seems like such a small task for an omnipotent GOD if that was HIS will, I mean at least for the little ones?

Just saying….

carlosgvv

March 12th, 2011
9:21 am

The only thing Obama has going for him is the probability that his Republican opponent will be even worse than him. If in doubt, just look at the likely lineup of losers wanting to run against him.

DW

March 12th, 2011
9:25 am

ONCE AGAIN.. anyone that thinks the president (any of them) has ANYTHING to do with gas prices is a flat out idiot.

Mrs. Norris

March 12th, 2011
9:28 am

It’s Jimmy Carter all over again. I guess next we’ll elect some geezer in the early stages of Alzheimers.

Light on Policy

March 12th, 2011
9:29 am

Swede Atlanta and Left Wing Management,

Well articulated points by both of you…now let’s wait for a mature rebuttal that doesn’t include the words fascism, socialism, liberal agenda, obama care, leftists or kenyan. It would be quite refreshing to engage in a lively discussion on the facts

Michael H. Smith

March 12th, 2011
9:29 am

How many waivers has HHS given out for Obamacare, Kyle? A thousand or more so far, and to who? Seems doubtful with all those waivers being selectively handout that Obamacare could ever stand-up to a 14th amendment equal protection clause challenge.

Light on Policy

March 12th, 2011
9:35 am

And Kyle perhaps when you are referring to the duly-elected President of the United States of America you refer to him as President Barack Obama or even the President instead of simply saying Obama.

I ‘m sure since you are a great American you meant nothing by it

Peter

March 12th, 2011
9:35 am

What amazes me is how after a disaster has Japan…..folks line up around America to help out.

That is the Christian way…….. BUT to help a fellow American…….. Christians turn their backs.

And Republican Christians……. say they had it coming.

Tall

March 12th, 2011
9:38 am

To the Swede in Atlanta:

“….. Democrats see access to affordable healthcare as a human RIGHT whereas Republicans see it as a PRIVILEGE. To my fellow Christians as we journey through Lent I ask you would Jesus consider medical care, preventive and therapeutic a right that all should have or a privilege that only the wealthy and well connected should have.”

The poor already do have access to affordable healthcare. It’s called Medicare and Medicaid and don’t forget the SCHIP programs. How they get paid for going forward is the question.

Your last comment is the consummate cheap shot that exposes the empty, grovelling arrogance of the liberal mindset: My problems are your problems and if you don’t help me, you’re not a good Catholic, Christian…..etc. I once got into an argument with a progressive over these comments and her comeback was that “I pay my taxes.” How convenient. And you don’t have to get your hands dirty helping the great unwashed.

DW

March 12th, 2011
9:40 am

Unless youre white, rich, and christian, expect to keep getting bashed by republicans

Michael H. Smith

March 12th, 2011
9:41 am

I’ll be glad when a mature constitutional enumeration of the commerce clause is given that clearly authorizes the Federal Government to nationalize healthcare, let alone force anyone via a penalty to buy healthcare for reason a lack of commerce exist, want you Kyle?

So far all I’ve seen are emotional based statements that have no foundation based on the constitution.

WillieRae

March 12th, 2011
9:53 am

First, the Obama budget deficit is several times as large as Bush’s. Measured in terms of GDP ( which an informed person would remember as the context of Cheneys remark) the Obama budget dificit is roughly four times greater than Bush’s.
Events are hard for presidents, but when they are clueless about how to help an economy grow and unwilling to do what is necessary to stimulate oil production ( How many leases have been authorized in the gulf? At last count ONE) and are atagonistic to business and supportive to unions, then events get a lot harder.
Obama is still personally likable, but if he has many more whiney performances like the one in his press conference on Friday that will end,.