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It’s Obama’s Economy Now

Americans without a job in the Obama Economy

President Obama has passed a milestone in his first term. The public has decided he’s in charge, not his predecessor. Now that milestone threatens to be a millstone.

Two liberal media outlets released poll results that confirm what conservatives have been saying for some time. Americans have no confidence in the president’s leadership. The administration’s flaks can bray all they like about the “Bush Recession”, but the American people are holding President Obama accountable for the current conditions.

The Washington Post reports:

“Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.”

“About two-thirds of all voters say they are dissatisfied with or angry about the way the federal government is working.”


This is despite the administration’s constant and childish carping about “what we inherited”. And, two-thirds of Americans aren’t Republicans or Tea Party Patriots.

The Post report continues:

“Just 43 percent of all Americans now say they approve of the job Obama is doing on the economy, while 54 percent disapprove. Both are the worst, marginally, of his presidency. Even a third of Democrats give him negative marks here. And overall, intensity runs clearly against the president on the issue, with twice as many people rating him strongly negative as strongly positive.” (emphasis added)

Hmm, even one-third of Democrats… Can they all be disgruntled Hillary voters?

CBS News also put a poll in the field on the issue. Oops, similar, if not worse, results.

“Mr. Obama’s approval rating on the economy has tumbled five percentage points from last month, according to a new CBS News poll, with just 40 percent of those polled expressing full confidence in his actions.”

“More than half of those questioned (54 percent) said they disapproved of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy. Last month, 45 percent approved. The drop in approval has been seen mostly among independents, just 35 percent of whom now say they approve.”

“Three in four Americans think the effects of the recession will linger for another two years or more. Just 20 percent said they believed the recession’s aftereffects would continue to weigh on their lives and livelihoods for another year or less. The public is generally more pessimistic now than in February.”

The president has no one to blame but himself. Mr. Obama promised that the $787 billion “Porkulus” package would keep unemployment below 8%. The official rate hovers near 10% — and doesn’t include those whose hours have been cut and those who have stopped looking for all those “green jobs” the Dems claimed to create. And, don’t get us started on ObamaCare.

Add in a lame duck Congress that may adopt Cap-and-Trade and let the Bush tax cuts – on everyone – lapse… and those poll numbers will fall even further by December.

I don’t think the president truly understands how “wee wee’d up” we Americans can get.

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