Poverty at highest rate in 15 years, business and consumer confidence plunging

posted at 1:25 pm on September 13, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

In his Rose Garden speech yesterday, Barack Obama insisted that his economic policies don’t consist of class warfare — and then insisted that Republicans raise taxes on the wealthy to fund his Porkulus II: Economic Boogaloo plan that he sent to Capitol Hill last night.  The tax hikes Obama proposed were so toxic that even a Democrat-controlled Congress refused to consider them in 2009/10 for their biggest agenda item:

“It would be fair to say this tax increase on job creators is the kind of proposal both parties have opposed in the past. We remain eager to work together on ways to support job growth, but this proposal doesn’t appear to have been offered in that bipartisan spirit,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said.

The biggest piece of the payment plan would raise about $400 billion by eliminating certain deductions, including on charitable contributions, that can be claimed by wealthy taxpayers. Obama has proposed that in the past — to help pay for his health care overhaul, for example — and it’s been shot down by Republican lawmakers along with some Democrats.

In essence, it’s the same kind of short-term, gimmicky proposal as the first Porkulus bill in February 2009 that did nothing to right the American economy, offered with this White House’s usually trimmings of class warfare against oil companies (whose customers will pay the higher costs of the taxes) and “corporate jet owners,” ie, the rich.  In other words, it’s classic Obamanomics — the Cash for Clunkers approach that attempts to preserve and expand central control of the economy, when it’s the central control that’s causing the problems we face now.

So how are Obama’s policies working out?  According to the Census Bureau, poverty hit its highest rate in 15 years in 2010:

The national poverty rate in 2010 hit 15.1 percent — the highest level since 1993, according to a report Tuesday from the Census Bureau.

The report also indicated that median household income, adjusted for inflation, was lower last year than any year since 1997.

The first full year after Obama’s first Porkulus doesn’t look very good, does it?  It seems that Obama loves the poor so much that he’s going out of his way to create more of them.  Much of that comes from the lack of job creation in an expanding population, which has left the US economy millions of jobs in the hole since the technical end of the recession in June 2009.  Small businesses are the engine of job creation, and according to Bloomberg, they’re not terribly keen on hitting the ignition switch these days:

Confidence among U.S. small businesses dropped to a 13-month low in August as fewer companies projected better economic conditions and improving sales, a private survey found.

The National Federation of Independent Business’s optimism index decreased to 88.1, the weakest reading since July 2010 and the sixth-consecutive decline, from 89.9 in July. The number of small-business owners saying they expected the economy will improve six months from now fell to the lowest level since 1980.

“Hope for improvement in the economy faded even further through the month,” William Dunkelberg, the group’s chief economist, said in a statement accompanying the index report. “With such a dim outlook, owners are not going to do a lot of hiring or expanding.”

Small-business owners have grown less confident that conditions will improve as stagnant job growth weighs on consumer sentiment. Households “uncertain about the future” won’t “engage in the spending that would help lead us out of the recession,” Dunkelberg said.

Funny he should mention that.  Yesterday, Reuters released a survey that showed consumers plan to scale back spending during the upcoming Christmas season, which is bad news for retailers:

 Most than a quarter of Americans expect to spend less during the holidays this year, a survey showed on Monday in an early sign that retailers will have to try harder to win shoppers in the biggest selling season of the year.

The findings underscore the fragility of the U.S. recovery, since consumer spending accounts for almost 70 percent of the nation’s economy.

About 27 percent of people surveyed by America’s Research Group said they planned to spend less this year, while about 55 percent expects to spend only as much as last year. …

“Retailers better be worried about Christmas,” America’s Research Group President Britt Beemer said in an interview. “If half of Americans believe it is going to be worse before it gets better, they may not be too excited about buying much this Christmas season.”

Today, the CBO released its economic projections for the next two years, and says to expect 9% unemployment through the end of next year:

Incoming data and other developments since early July, as well as the latest Blue Chip consensus forecast, suggest that economic growth for the remainder of this year and next is likely to be weaker than the agency anticipated—with growth in the vicinity of 1½ percent this year and around 2½ percent next year.

With output growing at that modest rate, CBO expects employment to expand very slowly during the rest of this year and next year, leaving the unemployment rate close to 9 percent through the end of 2012. Weakness in the demand for goods and services is the principal restraint on hiring, but structural impediments in the labor market—such as a mismatch between the requirements of existing job openings and the characteristics of job seekers—appear to be hindering hiring as well.

These are the wages of class warfare.  Even more basically, these are the entirely predictable outcomes of central economic planning, selective regulation, regulatory ambiguity, and mixed messages on tax rates and fiscal burdens.

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National Starnesville – viva “Hope ‘n Change”!

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM

The goal of leftists is to destroy the middle class. So, hey, good job Obama.

lorien1973 on September 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Obama the Destroyer

-

RalphyBoy on September 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Thank you President Obama.

crr6

fossten on September 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM

“Mr. President…the peasants are revolting.” “They certainly are…FORE!”

sdd on September 13, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Another half a trillion oughta do it…

catmman on September 13, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Hey! Hey! LBJ, How’s your Great Society working out today?

Chip on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

If only we had spent 15 bazillion dollars on his stimulus, we’d all have jobs and utopia would be here by now.

You damn teabagger terrorists.

Good Lt on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

To paraphrase from the classic comic strip Pogo, in regards to the subject of “class warfare”:

We have met the enemy………and it is the Empty Suit!

pilamaye on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

The government expands while the people suffer. Where have I heard of that before?

kingsjester on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

And yet 40-45% of the people still approve.
Who’s the bigger fool? The fool, or the fool who follows the fool?

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

President Downgrade.

Good Lt on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Poverty at highest rate in 15 years, business and consumer confidence plunging

Nothing that more food stamps and unemployment benefits can’t fix.

VibrioCocci on September 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

“So how are Obama’s policies working out?”

All according to plan…

… Why do you ask?

Seven Percent Solution on September 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

too funny, dippity do on tv indicating that it’s those evil GOP that won’t work with the dems to get this jobs bill passed despite their avoidance of these issues back in 09

LIAR

cmsinaz on September 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM

obama owns this economy
-dippity do

cmsinaz on September 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

While I am in no way defending ObamAA+, this whole poverty business is BS.

In America “poverty” means you have last year’s iphone instead of this year’s and only 70 TV channels instead of 700.

There is no such thing as poverty in this country. Yea, some people have more than others. But show me the poorest American and I will show you someone who is richer than 80% of the world’s population.

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

In America “poverty” means you have last year’s iphone instead of this year’s and only 70 TV channels instead of 700.

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Oh crap!

I just realized that I’m impoverished according to those standards.

Wait. I don’t have an iphone. I’m below the poverty level!!!

VibrioCocci on September 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

The government expands while the people suffer. Where have I heard of that before?

kingsjester on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Wherever Collectivism, Stalinism, Statism, Progressivism, Communism, Marxism, rears it’s ugly head.

Chip on September 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM

SCoaMF

UltimateBob on September 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Chip on September 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Exactly.

kingsjester on September 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

It’s all relative, isn’t it? You can read all about it in this post on NRO, reacting to that same study:

● Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

● Fully 92 percent of poor households have a microwave; two-thirds have at least one DVD player and 70 percent have a VCR.

● Nearly 75 percent have a car or truck; 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks.

● Four out of five poor adults assert they were never hungry at any time in the prior year due to lack of money for food.

● Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite television.

● Half have a personal computer; one in seven have two or more computers.

● More than half of poor families with children have a video game system such as Xbox or PlayStation.

● Just under half — 43 percent — have Internet access.

● A third have a widescreen plasma or LCD TV.

● One in every four has a digital video recorder such as TiVo.

As noted, TV newscasts about poverty in America usually picture the poor as homeless or as a destitute family living in an overcrowded, rundown trailer. The actual facts are far different:

● At a single point in time, only one in 70 poor persons is homeless.

● The vast majority of the houses or apartments of the poor are in good repair; only 6 percent are over-crowded.

● The average poor American has more living space than the average non-poor individual living in Sweden, France, Germany or the United Kingdom.

● Only 10 percent of the poor live in mobile homes or trailers; half live in detached single-family houses or townhouses, while 40 percent live in apartments.

● Forty-two percent of all poor households own their home; on average, it’s a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.

Drained Brain on September 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

When do the Obamavilles start cropping up?

Or, more likely, when do the media start reporting on them?

Or, even more likely, when do the media first change the signs to Bushvilles and then report on them?

BuckeyeSam on September 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

There is no such thing as poverty in this country. Yea, some people have more than others. But show me the poorest American and I will show you someone who is richer than 80% of the world’s population.

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

..give shitt-for-brains another four years and your assertions will not be true.

The War Planner on September 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

The government expands while the people suffer. Where have I heard of that before?

kingsjester on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Wherever Collectivism, Stalinism, Statism, Progressivism, Communism, Marxism, rears it’s ugly head.

Chip on September 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM

That’s a lot if -isms. I think we need to coin a new word for the new millennium:

SCoaMFism

UltimateBob on September 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

obama owns this economy
-dippity do

cmsinaz on September 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

He boned it, he owns it.

Chip on September 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

It’s odd but on the news I have heard several different time frames, 27 years, 17 years and now this one 15 years. Hard to believe that there could be so much difference in the reports but one thing is certain. It’s bad.

Cindy Munford on September 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Oh crap!

I just realized that I’m impoverished according to those standards.

VibrioCocci on September 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

I am impoverished, as well.

Funny thing. Growing up, both my parents taught in inner city schools. The kids they taught had cable TV. We didn’t. They had storebought snacks and new lunch boxes every year which we didn’t have. They had new clothes and we wore hand-me-downs and got new underwear, socks and maybe a pair of blue jeans for Christmas. But they were impoverished and we weren’t. It’s been this way for a long time.

Fallon on September 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Has crr6 lost her internet allowance from the gov’t?

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

The poor in the U.S. are still rich, compared to all the poor in the rest of the world.

On the other hand it’s interesting to observe the decline under the Messiah.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2011 at 1:50 PM

You can be certain that the ruling class, regardless of color, party, or taxes, is no poorer that before all of this downgrading took place.

In that sense, they all lead from the rear. We go broke first -they last, if ever.

Don L on September 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

OH-BAH-MAH!!!

OH-BAH-MAH!!!

OH-BAH-MAH!!!

OH-BAH-MAH!!!

We need for more years….of the stash!!!

OH-BAH-MAH!!!

OH-BAH-MAH!!!

OH-BAH-MAH!!!

OH-BAH-MAH!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19v5Kjmc8FI

THIS VIDEO is the Future of America in 2013 and beyond if he is re-elected.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

President Downgrade.

Good Lt on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

President Misery, so long as he and Chelley live it up.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Obama has turned this economy around. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

rjoco1 on September 13, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Ask your friends in conversation, emails, facebook, etc.

What of the last four years do you want more of?

PappyD61 on September 13, 2011 at 1:52 PM

As we wade through Great Depression 2.0, this makes you wonder at what point did the folks in Great Depression 1.0 begin to realize that something was seriously wrong.

joeindc44 on September 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM

obama owns this economy
-dippity do
cmsinaz on September 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Wanna bet that at election time the wheel of the media propaganda mills will have convinced a salivating voter class that it’s the GOP’s fault for obstructing fore their rich friends, all of his wonderful attempts to save our economy. They may ever ressurect a few of his uplifted chin, messiah photos for the occassion.

Don L on September 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM

PappyD61 on September 13, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Don’t forget to do the O thing over your head with your hands. I was so disappointed that that never caught on.

Cindy Munford on September 13, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Planned.

I’m on record questioning his intelligence, but I think, whether it came from him or his handlers, this was all planned, and all going according to plan. Why else would he double down on stupid?

crazy_legs on September 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I think I have chronic irritable o syndrome

rjoco1 on September 13, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Comrade Obama undoubtedly feels great frustration is the lack of cooperation from the kulaks who run small businesses, and very understandably has just about reached the end of his patience. Fortunately, Comrade Stalin can provide the lesson from history that Obama can follow in dealing with those anti-worker wretches.

MTF on September 13, 2011 at 1:58 PM

“including on charitable contributions”

Yeah, that’s going to go over like a lead balloon at the Red Cross, Salvation Army, your local church, and millions of other charities.
It’s ONLY about “redistribution by the government” that this President understands.

RADIOONE on September 13, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Don’t get too excited. This is another SCAM.

Of course there are more people in poverty if you keep raising
the poverty rate. http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/figures-fed-reg.shtml

Follow the money……..who benefits from rising poverty
besides the usual suspects of poverty pimps?

This is as bogus as a NYT poll.

lilium on September 13, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Did Rick Perry cause this also?

faraway on September 13, 2011 at 1:59 PM

AND THIS……banks have to submit their own “how to dismantle us” plans under the new DODD-FRANK regs.

Feds to Banks: If we want to dismantle / kill you how do we do it?

http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2011/09/13/banks-to-turnover-living-wills-by-next-summer/

PappyD61 on September 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

It seems that Obama loves the poor so much that he’s going out of his way to create more of them.

His own personal fiefdom…..

ted c on September 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

And yet 40-45% of the people still approve.
Who’s the bigger fool? The fool, or the fool who follows the fool?

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Don’t buy the hype. Most of the polls are shills for Obama…and it doesn’t look good. Chuck Todd admitted that their pollsters are worried. Unbiased? Yeah right. LOL Also, Rush yesterday made a very good point. The left is now fighting to keep their ideology alive, as more and more see it’s bogus, dangerous, and destructive. They have nothing else, than that ideology. Also, he said….if Obama and his minions are pulling these stunts, this early, their internal numbers are far worse than anyone on the left will admit.

capejasmine on September 13, 2011 at 2:02 PM

I miss getalife.

Del Dolemonte on September 13, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Porkulus II: Economic Boogaloo

awesome!

chasdal on September 13, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Obama has turned this economy around. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

rjoco1 on September 13, 2011 at 1:52 PM

..Glenn Beck and Pat were having a field day with the May-Head/McCallum interview on FN recently. That broad (Mayo, not McCallum) is a real condescending, patronizing featherhead. We should thank our lucky stars that the Dems think this woman resonates with the public.

The War Planner on September 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Why else would he double down on stupid?

crazy_legs on September 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Financial obligations to the people who put him there. The decisions Obama makes generally tend to benefit unions (GM, Chrysler, Obamacare, Stimulus, Porkulus, Stimulus II, …).

Obama figures the government will take care of the people who are affected by the economic downturn while his union backers benefit from his destructive policy decisions.

VibrioCocci on September 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM

In America “poverty” means you have last year’s iphone instead of this year’s and only 70 TV channels instead of 700.

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I’m confused. I don’t even have an iphone but I make over $250K, so am I still poor?

Trafalgar on September 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM

As we wade through Great Depression 2.0, this makes you wonder at what point did the folks in Great Depression 1.0 begin to realize that something was seriously wrong.

joeindc44 on September 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM

No joke. My grandfather told me he worked all day for 50 cents….and if the boss didn’t have 50 cents that day, he gave my grandfather a bucket of syrup instead (and he was glad to get it). I’m pretty sure by that point, everybody knew it wasn’t getting better any time soon.

txsurveyor on September 13, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I’m confused. I don’t even have an iphone but I make over $250K, so am I still poor?

Trafalgar on September 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM

No. You’re evil for making too much money and are obviously not paying your fair share of taxes.

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM

I’m confused. I don’t even have an iphone but I make over $250K, so am I still poor?

Trafalgar on September 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Obama ♥ your income.

VibrioCocci on September 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Perhaps its the cynic in me, but is there anyone else who thinks this is all just prepping the field for Bamy next year?

Any decrease to this will be touted as a “success” and “turning the corner” on the economy, just prior to the election, etc.?

catmman on September 13, 2011 at 2:09 PM

As we wade through Great Depression 2.0, this makes you wonder at what point did the folks in Great Depression 1.0 begin to realize that something was seriously wrong.

joeindc44 on September 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM

The scary part is FDR won 46/48 states in 1936 and won again in 1940 even as the economy stayed in depression during his time in office. Obama could still win next year. History does have a tendency to repeat itself.

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Time for Monty Python on Poverty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo

Trafalgar on September 13, 2011 at 2:10 PM

No. You’re evil for making too much money and are obviously not paying your fair share of taxes.

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM

And for being evil I’m not going to be able to write off the charitable contributions to church…at this rate I’ll never be able to afford last years iphone and be poor.

Trafalgar on September 13, 2011 at 2:16 PM

The scary part is FDR won 46/48 states in 1936 and won again in 1940 even as the economy stayed in depression during his time in office. Obama could still win next year. History does have a tendency to repeat itself.

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Wasn’t Wilkie more of a pro-war businessman during a time when America was more isolationist (and FDR was aware of the isolationist sentiment)?

Obama ran on a “close Gitmo / get troops out of Iraq / get troops into Afghanistan (“the good war”)” which has completely backfired (still in Iraq, Afghanistan, AND Libya; Club Gitmo is still open).

VibrioCocci on September 13, 2011 at 2:18 PM

It’s not Obowma, it’s just his message doesn’t resonate or something.

The scary part is FDR won 46/48 states in 1936 and won again in 1940 even as the economy stayed in depression during his time in office. Obama could still win next year. History does have a tendency to repeat itself.

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 2:10 PM

And unemployent numbers increased each year until WW2 stopped FDR’s policies and lowered unemployment. Obowma has followed FDR’s policies of gov’t stimulation, freeway signs of “gov’t at work”, etc… with redistribution of wealth thrown in.

dthorny on September 13, 2011 at 2:19 PM

How can this be? Didn’t Peloser say unemployment creates jobs? Hopenchange strikes again.

Philly on September 13, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Clean and articulate. You also expected competence?

a capella on September 13, 2011 at 2:22 PM

A virulent cocktail aptly called AMERICA ON THE ROCKS composed of equal parts of 1 Affirmative Action 2 Political Correctness 3 An entrenched welfare constituency and 4 Permanently embedded entitlements.

MaiDee on September 13, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Test-my comment disappeared.

MaiDee on September 13, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Oh-Ok there it is.

MaiDee on September 13, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Chart of the times.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM

I’m confused. I don’t even have an iphone but I make over $250K, so am I still poor?

Trafalgar on September 13, 2011 at 2:05 PM

I thought you said you were a cop.

So, either you’re a liar or you’re on the take.

fossten on September 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM

What is wrong with Pres. Obama? Why can’t he fix 8 years of Bush disaster and a global financial crisis in 4 years? Clearly, we need to return to more of the stupidity that put us in this position. Who should we attack next?

Constantine on September 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

I thought you said you were a cop.

So, either you’re a liar or you’re on the take.

fossten on September 13, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I was a cop for 29 years and retired as a chief of police and with a good pension. I then started working overseas doing police and rule of law advising and training in several countries for a few years. That led into managing a major program for a large corporation which provides full scope justice sector reform in developing countries, and that’s what I’m doing now. So you’re apologies for both accusations are accepted.

Trafalgar on September 13, 2011 at 2:46 PM

So you’re your apologies for both accusations are accepted.

Trafalgar on September 13, 2011 at 2:46 PM

FIFM

Trafalgar on September 13, 2011 at 2:49 PM

What is wrong with Pres. Obama? Why can’t he fix 8 years of Bush disaster and a global financial crisis in 4 years? Clearly, we need to return to more of the stupidity that put us in this position. Who should we attack next?

Constantine on September 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Typical Lib. When all else fails, blame BOOOSH!

Your president is quickly spiraling down the porcelain receptacle.

Kleenex?

kingsjester on September 13, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Constantine on September 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

DWS?

VibrioCocci on September 13, 2011 at 2:53 PM

In America “poverty” means you have last year’s iphone instead of this year’s and only 70 TV channels instead of 700.
angryed on September 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

A lesson in poverty from people smarter than you.

Constantine on September 13, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Gee, with poverty on the rise, I think we should just continue the policy of letting 20 million illegals reap the rewards and benefits of our system. Don’t you? They should fill up our schools, hospitals and jobs. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

KickandSwimMom on September 13, 2011 at 2:57 PM

What is wrong with Pres. Obama? Why can’t he fix 8 years of Bush disaster and a global financial crisis in 4 years? Clearly, we need to return to more of the stupidity that put us in this position. Who should we attack next?

Constantine on September 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

You certainly are insipid, aren’t you? If you aren’t going to educate yourself, or utilize the educations being given to you by those here…you’re not worth wasting time or commentary on.

capejasmine on September 13, 2011 at 3:01 PM

A lesson in poverty from people smarter than you.

Constantine on September 13, 2011 at 2:56 PM

LOL troll. You’re using the daily show as a talking point. Double LOL.

Here’s a thought, how about we tax the 50% that pays NO INCOME TAX AT ALL. Too radical right? No, instead let’s tax the 10% of the public that already pays 70% of all taxes.

You could think about it or you could be a Democat and never have to think past Bush Lied People Died.

angryed on September 13, 2011 at 3:11 PM

What is wrong with Pres. Obama? Why can’t he fix 8 years of Bush disaster and a global financial crisis in 4 years?

Constantine on September 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

This is a trick question…right? Maybe it’s because he’s stupider than a whale turd. That pretty much simplifies it.

sdd on September 13, 2011 at 3:18 PM

OK, just heard on Sean’s show .. Included in Porkulus II :
Any unemployed person interviewed but not hired can then sue that company for discrimination.
WTH ??
Will try for a link.

pambi on September 13, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Looks like President One Trick Pony is heading down LAME DUCK road.

GarandFan on September 13, 2011 at 3:25 PM

What is wrong with Pres. Obama?

Constantine on September 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM

He’s a Marxist. He’s the poster child for the Peter Principle. And, there’s some talk about that scar on his head… Next question.

Fallon on September 13, 2011 at 3:27 PM

My name is Barack Obama and I approve this message.

RDE2010 on September 13, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Gallup also just came out with a poll which said that upper income earners are more fearful of the economy than since February 2009. Which translates into less spending, more hoarding of cash, less hiring etc. 80% of high income earners are expecting the economy to get worse.

txmomof6 on September 13, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Hey! Hey! LBJ, How’s your Great Society working out today?

Chip on September 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Well given that its real purpose was to get the black vote to switch from republican to democrat, LBJ used the “N” word, it is working just fine from their evil prospective.

Slowburn on September 13, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Of course it is unconstitutional. No non-criminal suggest otherwise. This includes judges.

proconstitution on September 13, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Most poor in 15 years? Jeez who had been president for four years already 15 years ago? Hmmmm. Unfortunately for the pewr, they may be that way because their votes are given cheaply to the people who speak loudest about them and do the least. Democrat Party policies create poor people — especially plasma TV-watching, cell phone-chatting, car-driving, air-conditioned US style “poor.”

curved space on September 14, 2011 at 7:44 AM