RASMUSSEN POLL – March 10, 2009 43% strongly disapprove of the President
It’s liberals saying it folks: the man is in over his head (although 56% say they still support him).
Camille Paglia full column here
“Yes, free the president from his flacks, fixers and goons — his posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes, who were shrewd enough to beat the slow, pompous Clintons in the mano-a-mano primaries but who seem like dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal legislation and global statesmanship.
“The orchestrated attack on radio host Rush Limbaugh . . . has made the White House look like an oafish bunch of drunken frat boys. Has the administration gone mad? This entire fracas was set off by the president himself, who lowered his office by targeting a private citizen by name. Limbaugh had every right to counterattack, which he did with gusto. Why have so many Democrats abandoned the hallowed principle of free speech?
“President Obama should yank the reins and get his staff’s noses out of slash-and-burn petty politics. His own dignity and prestige are on the line. If he wants a second term, he needs to project a calmer perspective about the eternal reality of vociferous opposition, which is built into our democratic system. ”
” . . . in ways both large and small, what’s left of the American establishment is taking his measure and, with surprising swiftness, they are finding him lacking.”
Democratic Senators Evan Bayh and Russ Feingold called on the President to veto the budget bill but he signed it today.
” . . . the bloated omnibus requires sacrifice from no one, least of all the government. It only exacerbates the problem and hastens the day of reckoning,” Bayh stated in a recent WSJ editorial. “The omnibus increases discretionary spending by 8 percent of last fiscal year’s levels, dwarfing the rate of inflation. Such increases might be appropriate for a nation flush with cash or unconcerned with fiscal prudence, but America is neither. Those who vote for the omnibus this week — after standing with the president and pledging to slice our deficit in half last week — jeopardize their credibility.”
And this from ACLU-honored attorney Anat Hakim, written before the election, detailing Obama’s serial attempts to crush opposition using media, law enforcment and thug tactics:
“All of this provides a frightening preview of what an Obama government (combined with a Democrat-controlled House and Senate) would look like. And this doesn’t even start to take into account Obama’s and the Democrats’ intent to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, a spread-the-wealth approach to silencing conservative talk radio wherein the government uses regulation to force successful radio talk shows (i.e. conservative shows) to give part of their airtime to unsuccessful radio talk shows (i.e. liberal shows), or Obama’s support for implementing legislation that would make it more difficult for workers to hold a private ballot vote in unionization drives (leading to harassment and intimidation) and thereby denying the democratic right of workers to decide by secret ballot whether they will come under union representation or not. Both issues are further examples of silencing opposition. “
PS: NY Times colunist Paul Klugman has been highly critical of Obama in a number of ways, before, and after the election, citing his disease with Obama’s seeming bipartisanship, sloppy simulus package (it’s too small!), certain nominations and so on, but now, Paul is just great with a huge spending plan in this new budget, a financial plan that doesn’t look very far down the road (by Paul’s own admission), requires middle class tax increases (as Paul asserts), and drives up the debt to record levels, promising a solution to tax “the rich.” Give him another Nobel! Another $8-11 Billion in pork can’t be all bad can it?
“So here’s the picture that scares me: It’s September 2009, the unemployment rate has passed 9 percent, and despite the early round of stimulus spending it’s still headed up. Mr. Obama finally concedes that a bigger stimulus is needed.
But he can’t get his new plan through Congress because approval for his economic policies has plummeted, partly because his policies are seen to have failed, partly because job-creation policies are conflated in the public mind with deeply unpopular bank bailouts. And as a result, the recession rages on, unchecked.
O.K., that’s a warning, not a prediction. But economic policy is falling behind the curve, and there’s a real, growing danger that it will never catch up.”
Two footnotes: Unemployment in California is already at 10%. Demand side economics, i.e., government spending to address recession—-has never worked. You don’t need a Ph.D to pull your head out of your butt. That’s why Obama’s plan will fail.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received failing grades for their efforts to revive the economy from participants in the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey.