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Too much hope?

Part of being an effective leader is reacting to changes and adjusting the direction of your initiatives. This was one area where the left pounded President Bush, with the argument that he was either too stupid or too stubborn to change his mind. Given that perspective consider the following three stories and think about what they reveal about the mindset of those making decisions.

First up we have an analysis by Ed Morrissey of comments by Christina Romer, the head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Thirteen months ago, Christina Romer and the aggregated economic advisers of Barack Obama claimed that the stimulus package they demanded from Congress would curtail unemployment by stimulating the economy, keeping the unemployment rate under 8% in 2009 and forcing in down throughout 2010. Yesterday, Romer essentially admitted that her analysis had completely failed. Now, even with the 2009 Porkulus and another stimulus bill Obama will push for Congressional approval, the US economy will only generate an anemic 95,000 jobs a month in 2010 -- not enough to keep up with population growth
So this means that unemployment is actually going to get worse in 2010 according to White House estimates. Given that estimates from this White House have previously failed to anticipate bad economic conditions, that's horrible news--it could be worse than these already negative expectations. Many pundits agree that the ability for Democrats to maintain strong majorities in Congress in the 2010 midterm elections hinges on the economic conditions. If unemployment is going to get worse, that is spells trouble for Democrats (and incumbents in general) in November.

If that's the case, how might the Obama administration respond? We've heard the term pivot being bandied about. A pivot to job creation would seem prudent. But what do we hear as the major sound bite this morning? That President Obama is now agnostic on the idea of raising taxes on people making less than $250,000 a year.

President Barack Obama said he is "agnostic" about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit.

Obama, in a Feb. 9 Oval Office interview, said that a presidential commission on the budget needs to consider all options for reducing the deficit, including tax increases and cuts in spending on entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

"The whole point of it is to make sure that all ideas are on the table," the president said in the interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which will appear on newsstands Friday. "So what I want to do is to be completely agnostic, in terms of solutions."

Obama repeatedly vowed during the 2008 presidential election campaign that he would not raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 and households earning less than $250,000 a year.

One might argue he is indeed adjusting the direction of his policies but to go back on an oft-repeated campaign promise? About taxes? Does anyone remember "Read my lips? No. New. Taxes." and how going back on that worked out for President George H. W. Bush? What can he and his advisors be thinking?

And why would you need to raise taxes instead of cutting spending? What program could you be considering that would require new funding? The answer to that is just two posts down from this one by Kim so I won't quote it here. But to consider passing Obamacare with legislative trickery at this point? After Virginia? After New Jersey? After Massachusetts and Scott Brown? Today Rasmussen released a poll that shows support for the current bill at the lowest ever and that 61% of the population thinks it should be scrapped and started from scratch.

I guess the hope is that the American public will come to see with wisdom of Obama's vision once it is forced upon them. But to push expensive health care reform and pay for it by breaking campaign promises and raising taxes while at the same time saying that unemployment is going to get worse and to expect people to be happy and supportive? That's an awful lot to hope for...


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Obama has pushed off respon... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

Obama has pushed off responsibility for moving Health Care reform forward onto the GOP. When nothing happens in that front - because we all know the GOP has no interest in health care reform, the failure will lie on the Republicans.

Meanwhile, Obama's job approval rating continues to improve.

We've seen this theme playe... (Below threshold)

We've seen this theme played out in dozens of movies: a family is held hostage by desperate people, and the family goes along, HOPING that if they cooperate then the villains will leave them alive when they get what they're after. Then one of the villains makes it clear that he, at least, has "other ideas".

America is learning that Obama has "other ideas"...whether he gets what he wants or not.

In the movies the family fights back...though sometimes it is too late. It's not too late for our American family to fight back...yet.

Meanwhile, Obama's... (Below threshold)
Meanwhile, Obama's job approval rating continues to improve.

I see that little Stevie has smoked his daily quota of pot again. How in the hell has Obama's approval ratings keep going up, when every reputable pollster has him dropping like a rock, from the very top of the Sears tower? Must be nice to live in such a state of drug induced bliss. Sure wish Stevie would share some of that stuff with us. We also need an escape from the reality that is the "Walks On Water" Presidency.

"Hope" is not a method of b... (Below threshold)

"Hope" is not a method of birth control.

"Hope" is also not a method of governance.


Meanwhile, Obama's... (Below threshold)
Meanwhile, Obama's job approval rating continues to improve

Steve Green, one poll is not a good indicator of trends.

Here is the Real Clear Politics Presidential Approval poll which aggregates all of the major polls into one.

It show a steady decline in Obama's approval rating and a steady increase in Obama's disapproval rating, to the point where they are now converged. A year ago he had a 30 point spread between approval and disapproval, now it is a 1 point spread.

This is NOT a good place to be for Obama. Throw in the losses in VA, NJ and MA and he looks more like a lame duck.

Li'l Stevie Green: "Obama h... (Below threshold)

Li'l Stevie Green: "Obama has pushed off responsibility for moving Health Care reform forward onto the GOP. When nothing happens in that front - because we all know the GOP has no interest in health care reform, the failure will lie on the Republicans."

Obama has pushed off responsibility for moving health care reform onto the GOP?


So let me get this straight:

When the Dems have supermajorities in the house and senate and own the Whitehouse, and when the Reps do not have the votes necessary to filibuster any bills, it something doesn't pass it's the Rep's fault.

So now, the dems want us to believe that a Republican minority (by 70 votes) in the house and only 41 senators in the upper chamber with an ideologue dem in the whitehouse is supposed to have the power and responsibility for getting bills enacted into law.

Seriously Steve, thats it?

That's it?

Wow, I guess the republican minority will suddenly have the power to hold committee meetings and advance legislation against the wishes of the (still!) dem supermajority in the house.


I never thought I'd see this, but here we are: The Whitehouse, 70 seat majority in the house and filibuster-proof majority in the senate is not enough for dems to accept responsibility.

Just "wow".

Li'l moron Green: "..becaus... (Below threshold)

Li'l moron Green: "..because we all know the GOP has no interest in health care reform, the failure will lie on the Republicans."

Which is exactly what Scott Brown campaigned on and won with in the bluest of blue states, Massachusetts.

Maybe the Masschusetts-ians were flummoxed by the melting glaciers and wandering polar bears.

s green-"Meanwh... (Below threshold)

s green-

"Meanwhile, Obama's job approval rating continues to improve."

At this rate of improvement in 3 years You and Barry Barry Bananarama Bowbama will be the only one's enamoured with His self!!

It's the economy stupid!

Steve and his pals surely h... (Below threshold)

Steve and his pals surely have the data to prove that Obama has "created or saved" at least eleventyzillion approval points in the last 12 months.

"Obama has pushed off respo... (Below threshold)

"Obama has pushed off responsibility for moving Health Care reform forward onto the GOP. When nothing happens in that front - because we all know the GOP has no interest in health care reform, the failure will lie on the Republicans."

I've tried to ignore your rants but they're everywhere.

Still, that has to be one of the stupidest things you have ever written.

as for the topic, this administration simply does not know what they're doing. They keep bouncing from one problem to another, getting zero accomplished. Maybe they should stop giving [conflicted] interviews and sit down and formulate a plan for, you know, governing the friggin country.

Last thought...What the hell is this "presidential commission on the budget"?
Is this yet another ploy to insulate Obama from being responsible for his out or control spending?

Well, if you actually are '... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Well, if you actually are 'surprised' by Obama's duplicity then you're simply too naive for words.

Also, let's not overstate the electoral ramifications. Virtually 100% of the people who voted for Obama in '08 will go ahead and vote for him again in 2012. The more salient inquiry is whether conservatives will yet again stay home and not vote en masse...

s green.... "Meanwhile,... (Below threshold)

s green.... "Meanwhile, Obama's job approval rating continues to improve."

Meanwhile... Daily Kos poll conducted by Research 2000. N=2,400 adults nationwide. MoE ± 2

"Do you feel the country overall is heading in the right direction or wrong direction?"

RightDirection WrongDirection Unsure
% % %
2/1-4/10 39 60 1

You KNOW obambi has problems when the dkos kidies are leaving him in drives.

take this nitwit...

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 4-8, 2010. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5 (for all adults).

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling health care?"

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
43 53 3

Steve,Those charts a... (Below threshold)

Those charts are read from LEFT to RIGHT.

Looking at the deficits rea... (Below threshold)
John S:

Looking at the deficits realistically, the only real solution will be 50 to 75 percent income tax rates. And a few spending cuts, too. Namely an "internal" default on all monies promised for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, federal and state government pensions -- you name it. Some president will have to do it someday.

OBAMAS polls are continuing... (Below threshold)

OBAMAS polls are continuing to sink deeper and deeper whats the liberal pussietards going to do now?






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