Suddenly, it’s still the economy

posted at 10:31 am on January 31, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

There was one good thing about getting the first red-ink GDP report in four years — it reminded everyone that Barack Obama has all but ignored the economy.  Even before his declaration last year that “the private sector is doing just fine,” Obama’s attention had drifted into contraception, redefining religious practice, the Life of Julia, and all sorts of other demagogic wedge issues — while the workforce declined and the economy stagnated.  Obama barely mentioned jobs in his inaugural speech last week, which included only one mention of the word “economy.” Suddenly, the Political Ghost Of James Carville arose to remind everyone that it’s still the economy.

The White House reacted as though they just woke up from a two-year dream to blame the Republicans, and corporate jet owners:

White House press secretary Jay Carney laid the blame for a surprise economic contraction squarely at the feet of congressional Republicans Wednesday, saying economic threats during the “fiscal cliff” negotiations had prevented important defense spending. …

Carney said economic observers were “rightly appalled” by the threat of sequestration or default to drive a debt deal, and charged that Republicans were harming the economy to the benefit of the wealthiest Americans.

“It can’t be we’ll let sequester kick in because we insist tax loopholes remain in place for corporate jet-owners,” Carney said.

That sounds like a great rebuttal … for 2011.  John Boehner immediately reminded Carney that the sequestration idea came from Obama and the White House, not the Republicans.  Today, Investors Business Daily demolishes the argument that the GDP drop was due to spending cuts, and that the problem is the acceptance of stagnation as the standard of economic excellence:

An interesting theory. Except that while the BEA says defense spending declined in Q4, overall federal spending was up $31 billion compared with Q4 2011 and up $98 billion compared with Q3 2012, according to monthly spending reports out of the Treasury Department.

And even assuming that the “huge cuts” from the sequester go through, spending this year will be about $570 billion higher than in 2008, and will consume 22.4% of GDP — a level reached only four times in the 63 years before Obama.

So maybe it’s the lack of adequate stimulus?

Perhaps, but only if you ignore the Fed’s massive ongoing pump-priming efforts, and the fact that the deficit in Q4 alone topped $292 billion — nearly double the deficit for all of 2007.

The lack of good excuses might explain why Obama and Co. are so desperate to put a positive spin on the numbers.

Democratic Party communications director Brad Woodhouse actually tweeted that this was “the best-looking contraction in U.S. GDP you’ll ever see.”

That’s one way of looking at it.

Another is that slow to non-existent growth has become the new normal thanks to Obama’s growth-choking policies, with the economy consistently underperforming expectations.

That’s the same argument I make in my column today at The Fiscal Times.  The Obama administration is spending all of its time on finding ways to hamper business and investment, so it’s not surprising that we are beginning to see the consequences of malignant indifference:

But why should anyone else other than analysts have been surprised?  The Obama administration hasn’t focused on job growth since the 2009 stimulus package, which failed at even maintaining the workforce participation levels of June 2009 when the economy stopped contracting after the Great Recession.  At that time, the civilian population participation rate in the workforce – the relative measure of how many adults either have jobs or are actively seeking one – was 65.7 percent, the same as when Obama gave his first inaugural address.  It’s presently at 63.6 percent, just a tenth of a point up from the 31-year low hit in August 2012.  As jobs decrease, so does economic dynamism, and potential growth. …

It’s not just conservatives that have noticed a lack of focus on job growth, either.  Mother Jones lamented the lack of action from Obama and his Jobs Council.  That panel of advisers was created in the aftermath of the 2010 midterm elections after the President got punished for a lack of focus on the stagnating economy and prolonged joblessness. The council’s mandate expires today, and as MJ reports, it’s clear that it was never intended to seriously focus on its purported mission:

“The council hasn’t met in over a year (its last meeting was January 17, 2012) and has only met four times since it was created. Last summer, the White House said that the council had not convened in the past several months because the president had “a lot on his plate.” The panel has put out a total of three policy recommendation reports, but that hasn’t translated into much actual movement on jobs.”

“A lot on his plate?”  Like what, exactly?  Oh, right – demanding that employers provide free birth control to employees, binders full of women, and Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

Unfortunately for the White House, it’s impossible to distract people from a contraction in GDP.  Unfortunately for us, they’re still trying to do so.


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Jobs Council?

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Apparently we don’t need no stinking jobs council.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Obama doesn’t know squat about governing or economics

workingclass artist on January 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM

I blame the Republicans for my lack of interest in a jobs council.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM

What we need Sir are jobs.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

President Who? The GOP just needs to continue to ignore him.

Tater Salad on January 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Troll free thread? chump?

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

It is your job after all.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Wait until the inflation starts to really hit 2014. We are printing $85 Billion but still mortgage and interest rates are increasing. Bernanke will print much much more to push these rates down again. When that happens inflation will do fast increase, much more than 8% we are seeing right.

Oil Can on January 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Tsunamis, and hurricanes, and corporate jet owners, Oh my!

DON’T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!

GarandFan on January 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

What difference, at this point, does it make?

CyberCipher on January 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Carney said economic observers were “rightly appalled” by the threat of sequestration or default to drive a debt deal, and charged that Republicans were harming the economy to the benefit of the wealthiest Americans.

“It can’t be we’ll let sequester kick in because we insist tax loopholes remain in place for corporate jet-owners,” Carney said.

Hey, Jay. The GOP just raised taxes on people making 400 grand or more. They’ve offered to close loopholes. And sequestration was agreed to by Obama in 2011. So what other excuses have you got?

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

OT…kinda

Meanwhile in a parallel universe called Texas…The Governor wants to return unspent collected taxes to the taxpayers.

Democrats are a bit upset about that idea.

Gov. Perry also said that Atty. Gen. Abbott won’t run against him if Perry decides to make another run for the governorship in 2014…Hmmm….

workingclass artist on January 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM

What difference does it make NOW?

Turtledove on January 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Think of the children!

hatecraft on January 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Wait until the inflation starts to really hit 2014. We are printing $85 Billion but still mortgage and interest rates are increasing. Bernanke will print much much more to push these rates down again. When that happens inflation will do fast increase, much more than 8% we are seeing right.

Oil Can on January 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I don’t know if anyone’s noticed(certainly not the White House or media), but gas prices are on the rise again. One gas station near my house is charging 20 cents more per gallon than just a few days ago.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Ignorance can be remedied. Stubborn ignorance lasts forever.

RBMN on January 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I like this….B*tchslap Obama’s HHS mandate…

God Bless Texas…

“A Texas lawmaker has introduced legislation that would provide state-level tax breaks to companies that flout a provision in President Obama’s health care law that requires employers to cover contraception.

Republican State Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s bill is designed to protect companies that view the contraception mandate as an attack on their religious beliefs. Many of them say forms of contraception, particularly “morning-after” pills, amount to abortion-inducing drugs.

Numerous religious nonprofits and corporations have sued over the mandate. So far, federal courts have provided temporary relief from the mandate’s penalties to nine out of 14 corporations, although the merits of their claims may be headed to the Supreme Court.

Oklahoma-based company Hobby Lobby became the public face of the dispute, after the arts-and-crafts behemoth found a way to delay its insurance year and avoid up to $1.3 million in fines per day when the mandate kicked in at the start of the year.

Mr. Stickland’s legislation, House Bill 649, encourages companies that balk at “Obamacare” by exempting them from “all taxes levied by the state if they are forced to pay punitive fines related to the Obamacare contraception mandate,” according to a press release from his office.

“It is simply appalling that any business owner should have to choose between violating their religious convictions and watching their business be strangled by the strong arm of Federal mandates and taxation,” the lawmaker said. “I intend to do everything I can to help save Hobby Lobby and protect them from our out-of-control federal government.”
http://weaselzippers.us/2013/01/30/texas-bill-seeks-to-reward-companies-that-refuse-to-comply-with-obamacare-contraception-mandate/

workingclass artist on January 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

When has this Shite House ever done anything else but pass the buck.

ElectricPhase on January 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Thank you, Bill Clinton, for lying on behalf of this man-child at the Dem convention.

mwbri on January 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Hey, this job nonsense sure does get in the way of being a celebrity and expensive vacations ?

Sandybourne on January 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Unfortunately for the White House, it’s impossible to distract people from a contraction in GDP.

“Challenge accepted”
-Dems and Media

ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

That sounds like a great rebuttal … for 2011. John Boehner immediately reminded Carney that the sequestration idea came from Obama and the White House, not the Republicans. Today, Investors Business Daily demolishes the argument that the GDP drop was due to spending cuts, and that the problem is the acceptance of stagnation as the standard of economic excellence..

..done sotto voce of course. This should have been and should still be an incessant drum beat, a mantra, shouted at the top of their lungs and repeated interminably by those who consider thia tutu-wearing, metrosexual, hatchet-asssed POTUS PANTLOAD the bogus charlatan he really is.

The War Planner on January 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

An unbiased media would laugh at Carney’s excuses.

But our media will tout Obama’s official excuse far and wide.

We need a strategy on messaging.

Does anyone have any ideas?

blink on January 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

There is no strategery other than Let It Burn. If a year or two into his 2nd term, Obama is still running with the “it’s the GOP’s fault” narrative despite getting virtually everything he’s wanted, then the Republicans merely need to go in front of the cameras and remind voters of this and then wait for the midterms where the Dems will get shellacked.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Sadly, “all of the above” worked for him. The American people who elected him deserve what they get as a result.

unclesmrgol on January 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I think we may be starting to run out of other people’s money.

Turtledove on January 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Does anyone have any ideas?

blink on January 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Apparently not, unless 24/7 immigration Rubio is the idea.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I don’t know if anyone’s noticed(certainly not the White House or media), but gas prices are on the rise again. One gas station near my house is charging 20 cents more per gallon than just a few days ago.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Here in Tucson, 12 cents from Monday to yesterday.

Some of that could be driven by refinery shutdowns to retool for EPA mandated cafe blends for the spring driving season.

AZfederalist on January 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

An unbiased media would laugh at Carney’s excuses.

But our media will tout Obama’s official excuse far and wide.

We need a strategy on messaging.

Does anyone have any ideas?

blink on January 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Support conservative governors/legislators trying to save their states….And anytime conservative governance flies in the face of the lunatic memes touted by the lunatic media…fight it

workingclass artist on January 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Sadly, “all of the above” worked for him. The American people who elected him deserve what they get as a result.

unclesmrgol on January 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

If you voted for Obama in 2008, I’ll give you one pass. You are still a fool, but I give you some points for good intentions. If you voted for Obama in 2012, you are a fool evil intentions and fully worthy of my contempt.

Turtledove on January 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

It’s Bush’s fault, and the economy is racist.

The Rogue Tomato on January 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

There is no strategery other than Let It Burn. If a year or two into his 2nd term, Obama is still running with the “it’s the GOP’s fault” narrative despite getting virtually everything he’s wanted, then the Republicans merely need to go in front of the cameras and remind voters of this and then wait for the midterms where the Dems will get shellacked.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

..it (the economy) will. The Dems are running straight into a debacle in 2016. Gone will be The Magic Negr0 and waiting in the wings will be the gibbering loon VPOTUS. Hillary is toast; she had a stroke and is one aneurism short of ending up on the wrong side of the grass. Who else they got?

Like as not, it may be time for the GOP to play identity politics of its own: The First Hispanic-American POTUS, old son.

The War Planner on January 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Obviously, the solution to a contracting economy is higher taxes.

BobMbx on January 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

it reminded everyone that Barack Obama has all but ignored the economy.

Actually, given his anti-Midas effect, Dear Liar’s ignoring the economy is for the best. Four more years of the Obama Depression!

rbj on January 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM

What I can’t help but wonder is what kind of national political conversation we’d be having today if Mitt Romney had been sworn in this month instead. I expect it would be more along the lines of government spending and putting Big Bird out of the nest, rather than issues which are going nowhere like Immigration and Gun Control. Whatever we’d be talking about today, it would have been a damned sight more constructive than what we’re seeing.

Murf76 on January 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Does anyone have any ideas?

blink on January 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

The good ideas will not get through.

Krauthammer was onto something with the fiscal cliff battle and Obama’s insistence to humiliate Republicans: Obama has burnt his bridges if there is some sort global catastrophe down the road. An event or several events down the road give him no one to work with.

mwbri on January 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM

It’s almost as if the liberal economic pipe-dreams were all shiite to begin with. I was really hoping history would be proven wrong and that a cool, black, Dog Eating preznit could finally make it all work.

Bishop on January 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM

President Who? The GOP just needs to continue to ignore him.

Tater Salad on January 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

.
Absolutely the best strategy with regard to the SCOAMF – he is not running for re-election … ever.

It’s past time to kick the crap out of the Democrats in the House and the Senate on the economy and jobs morning, noon and night.

The Kneepad Media will eventually take note that ignoring the economy and jobs has not moved them down the priority list of everyone except the Dems and the MSM.

PolAgnostic on January 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

If you voted for Obama in 2008, I’ll give you one pass. You are still a fool, but I give you some points for good intentions. If you voted for Obama in 2012, you are a fool evil intentions and fully worthy of my contempt.

Turtledove on January 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

If someone voted for Obama twice, then they should be forced to wear a scarlet O in public by the time his 2nd term is over.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

I’m just pissed I have to spend 8 years of my life putting up with his crap. It’s 8 years of a crappy economy that will be hard to make up.

Tater Salad on January 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Obama and his minions are so confused and inept that they must speak in totally illogical and untrue ways. Complete incompetence cannot he rationally explained and therefore, you are left with only the nonsensical ramblings of Carney.

rplat on January 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

My collie says:

Since the economy is not going anywhere, I think that it’s only fair that Boeing offer President Obama a replacement for Air Force 1 that exemplifies his track record on the economy.

Let me guess. A 787, right?

My collie says:

Preferably, one with batteries that are already on fire.

CyberCipher on January 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM

If you voted for Obama in 2008, I’ll give you one pass. You are still a fool, but I give you some points for good intentions. If you voted for Obama in 2012, you are a fool evil intentions and fully worthy of my contempt.

Turtledove on January 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM
If someone voted for Obama twice, then they should be forced to wear a scarlet O in public by the time his 2nd term is over.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

What will stop this from happening again is to make those who voted for him pay for their mistake. I for one will not hire a person who voted for him; first it’s bad for business to have someone with that mindset working for me and second those who did need to learn there are consequences.

Tater Salad on January 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Elections are national IQ tests. Obama supporters are confirmed retards.

HotAirian on January 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Unfortunately for the White House, it’s impossible to distract people from a contraction in GDP. Unfortunately for us, they’re still trying to do so.

Sorry Ed, if this election taught us one lesson, and one lesson only, its that Obama’s base simply could not care less about the economy. The economy hurt his base worse than Romney’s base, yet they still went out and voted for him.

Now, we are going to pretend that they understand what GDP is, or that they can actually use their brains and see through Obama’s lies and see that he is the one directly responsible for the state of the economy? That is as unlikely as me seeing a unicorn in the next minute.

I think its time to face facts – Obama’s base has not, does not, and will not care about the economy. And because of that, our President will not care about the economy.

milcus on January 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

I don’t know if anyone’s noticed(certainly not the White House or media), but gas prices are on the rise again. One gas station near my house is charging 20 cents more per gallon than just a few days ago.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

The food prices are going up too.

Oil Barrel = $97+

CoffeeLover on January 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

I’m just pissed I have to spend 8 years of my life putting up with his crap. It’s 8 years of a crappy economy that will be hard to make up.

Tater Salad on January 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Yeah, that’s 1/5 or 1/6 of the average person’s time in the workforce(pre-Obama anyway). I hope someone in the GOP picks up on that and describes it to the electorate in those terms. Think about how much of our lives we’ve essentially thrown away under this regime with nothing to show for it.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

I think its time to face facts – Obama’s base has not, does not, and will not care about the economy. And because of that, our President will not care about the economy.

milcus on January 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

I don’t think that is exactly true. I think they care, I just think he has successfully shifted blame to Bush and Repub’s.

A compliant media and a savvy re-election campaign managed to let him escape blame…not that people don’t care.

ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

The problem is that Obama’s 51% majority is made up of people who are too poor to know the difference between a good economy and a bad one, and people who are so rich that they don’t feel the difference in any real way.

Obama lost, significantly, the exit polling on who voters thought would be better for the economy. They voted for who they thought cared about them the most. Welcome to the Peoples Democratic Republic of Oprah’s Couch.

SAMinVA on January 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I don’t think that is exactly true. I think they care, I just think he has successfully shifted blame to Bush and Repub’s.

A compliant media and a savvy re-election campaign managed to let him escape blame…not that people don’t care.

ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I am in a city right now where over 75% of the people voted for Obama. I can almost guarantee you that if I go outside, amongst Obama’s base, and ask them about the state of the economy, not one of them will have a clue. I can follow that up with questions to see if they care, and not one of them will care. I can give them facts about how they are worse off then 4 years ago, and not one of them will say they made a mistake in voting for Obama.

A compliant media and savvy re-election only gets you so far. At the end of the day, its up to the people to not vote against their self-interest.

milcus on January 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Elections are national IQ tests. Obama supporters are confirmed retards.

HotAirian on January 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

In 2008, CNN and MSNBC exit polls confirmed that Dear Leader had set a new alltime American record by winning 70% of the high school dropout vote. The previous record was also set by a Democrat (Algore with 61% in 2000). MSNBC was later so embarrassed by these results that they simply removed them from their website.

But in 2012, both MSNBC and CNN exit polling showed that Dear Leader had greatly increased his share of the high school dropout vote. To 83% in Pennsylvania, 80% in California, and 73% in Harry Reid’s state, which has more of those dropouts than any other state.

Del Dolemonte on January 31, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I don’t think that is exactly true. I think they care, I just think he has successfully shifted blame to Bush and Repub’s.

A compliant media and a savvy re-election campaign managed to let him escape blame…not that people don’t care.

ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

They do care, but they’ve been shielded from the full impact of his policies. That won’t last through his 2nd term though. Spending will have to be reduced otherwise inflation is gonna hit the American people like a nuclear bomb.

Also with regards to the blame game, he did get away with passing the buck to Bush according to exit polls, but he can’t expect to play that card now that Obama’s technically his own predecessor. As for the GOP at large, again all they have to do is remind everyone that Obama has gotten everything he wanted.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

The Prog media is America’s greatest enemy…

d1carter on January 31, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Carney said economic observers were “rightly appalled” by the threat of sequestration or default to drive a debt deal, and charged that Republicans were harming the economy to the benefit of the wealthiest Americans.

“It can’t be we’ll let sequester kick in because we insist tax loopholes remain in place for corporate jet-owners,” Carney said.

Oh Jay, you mean like Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez’s BFF? Who also owes the IRS between $10 and $12,000,000 dollars for unpaid taxes? Gotcha.

Buy Danish on January 31, 2013 at 11:31 AM

At the end of the day, its up to the people to not vote against their self-interest.

milcus on January 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I agree. I think they thought they did vote in their best interest. If you thought Bush and Republicans ruined the economy…why would you vote for them?

They are wrong, but it doesn’t mean they don’t care about economy.

ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Why would they care if the Kulaks have jobs or any money to spend? They can print as much as they like for their own needs.

Kungfoochimp on January 31, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Also with regards to the blame game, he did get away with passing the buck to Bush according to exit polls, but he can’t expect to play that card now that Obama’s technically his own predecessor.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

You seem to think that consistency or logic is something the media/Dems care about. Hell, they were tweeting yesterday that the GDP was a ‘good contraction’ I think you underestimate their ability to be disingenuous.

As for the GOP at large, again all they have to do is remind everyone that Obama has gotten everything he wanted.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I think you overestimate GOP ability to be good at politics. And the media’s ability to ignore them if they do.

Don’t get me wrong…I hope you are right. But I am not having an optimistic morning.

ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I’m just pissed I have to spend 8 years of my life putting up with his crap. It’s 8 years of a crappy economy that will be hard to make up.
Tater Salad on January 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

The lost decade. Years from now, grandparents will explain it to their grandkids as to why they never bought a house or settled down. That is, i they even have kids to begin with.

can_con on January 31, 2013 at 11:43 AM

I agree. I think they thought they did vote in their best interest. If you thought Bush and Republicans ruined the economy…why would you vote for them?

They are wrong, but it doesn’t mean they don’t care about economy.

ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM

If someone actually thought Bush ruined the economy and that Obama was guild-free, they should not be allowed to vote, and we should not be having a debate about giving amnesty to “11 million” illegals, but should instead be having a debtate about who should be allowed to vote in America.

milcus on January 31, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I think its time to face facts – Obama’s base has not, does not, and will not care about the economy. And because of that, our President will not care about the economy.
milcus on January 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Absolutely right. Most of Obama’s base are living off the government tit and are not affected by a bad economy. The rest are uber rich liberals who either aren’t affected enough to outweigh their love of his social positions or are making big crony bucks. The ones pulling the wagon are the ones who are getting hammered and Barky doesn’t care squat about us.

tommyboy on January 31, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I agree. I think they thought they did vote in their best interest. If you thought Bush and Republicans ruined the economy…why would you vote for them?
They are wrong, but it doesn’t mean they don’t care about economy.
ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Their “best interest” is in government largess – that’s why they voted for Barky and why they don’t care about the economy.

tommyboy on January 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Their “best interest” is in government largess – that’s why they voted for Barky and why they don’t care about the economy.

tommyboy on January 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

So what is your solution?

ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

So what is your solution?
ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Go back to the same welfare reform we got under Clinton, quit putting people on disability so easily and ending the perpetual unemployment insurance payments would all be a good start. If people don’t have any skin in our economic fortunes they won’t care about it so you have to make everyone feel the pain of a bad economy.

tommyboy on January 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Obama: The best argument for allowing only landowners to vote.

BobMbx on January 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

So what is your solution?

ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

First, follow Tommy Thompson’s example in WI. Limit government handout benefits to two years, lifetime.

Job hunting becomes a passion at about month 22-23.

BobMbx on January 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The Republicans have always wanted to address the loopholes. They have always wanted to work with the President on things. They always wanted to slow the spending down. the President on the other hand will not work with them. It is either his way or no way. He is always the one to threaten social security checks, shutting the government down. He is the one that passes the buck. He has duped the majority of the American voters

Portia on January 31, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Great post, Ed.

I think the stagnant/declining economy will play a big roll in Obama’s downfall:
http://wannabeanglican.blogspot.com/2013/01/downfall-iv-self-destruction-of-obama.html

WannabeAnglican on January 31, 2013 at 12:17 PM

“Role” he meant.

WannabeAnglican on January 31, 2013 at 12:18 PM

An unbiased media would laugh at Carney’s excuses.

But our media will tout Obama’s official excuse far and wide.

We need a strategy on messaging.

Does anyone have any ideas?

blink on January 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Don’t just boycott the network and leftist cable channel news — Americans have been doing that for years if you look at their ratings — Boycott the networks themselves. Let their advertisers know you’re doing it too. If you still want to watch their prime time crap, you can do it via Netflix, Hulu, etc. Stop separating their news divisions from the rest of the corporation and tell them where they can shove their Obama worship.

RobertE on January 31, 2013 at 12:38 PM

“A lot on his plate?” Like what, exactly? Oh, right – demanding that employers provide free birth control to employees, binders full of women, and Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

You forgot that woman Mitt killed with his cancer ray.

John the Libertarian on January 31, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Nah, I just heard from the carny, it’s the Republicans in the legislature cutting the budget, without a new budget.

Axeman on January 31, 2013 at 1:43 PM

You forgot that woman Mitt killed with his cancer ray.

John the Libertarian on January 31, 2013 at 1:42 PM

And fighting back the House ban on lady parts.

Axeman on January 31, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I’m confused. Is 75 the new bench mark for moving to the left column?

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Thank you, Bill Clinton, for lying on behalf of this man-child at the Dem convention.

mwbri on January 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

He didn’t lie. He couldn’t have done any better…without a Republican Congress to control my budgets.

Axeman on January 31, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Obama has not “ignored the economy”.

Never assume good motives from him, except his Utopian pipe dreams and enriching himself.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I’m just pissed I have to spend 8 years of my life putting up with his crap. It’s 8 years of a crappy economy that will be hard to make up.

Tater Salad on January 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Hey, it could have been worse…you could live in Michigan like me and have an 8 year single state recession with Jenny Granholm. And, just when she is term limited out of office in 2008…well, you know what happened then.

moo on January 31, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Obama doesn’t know squat about governing or economics

Doesn’t need to….he’s got People(TM)for that hard mundane stuff…and a protective LSM to boot.

hawkeye54 on January 31, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I’m just pissed I have to spend 8 years of my life putting up with his crap. It’s 8 years of a crappy economy that will be hard to make up

The overall plan isn’t for you to make up…it’s for you to lag further and further behind in everlasting futility with no hope other than becoming a lifelong ward of our benevolent government.

hawkeye54 on January 31, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Go back to the same welfare reform we got under Clinton, quit putting people on disability so easily and ending the perpetual unemployment insurance payments would all be a good start. If people don’t have any skin in our economic fortunes they won’t care about it so you have to make everyone feel the pain of a bad economy.

tommyboy on January 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Your theory is that a majority of people voted for Obama because they are on the government dole…so how do you ever implement your solution?

ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Maybe the MSM can wake up from their fog and report what a complete disaster our President and his policies have been for our economy?

The only jobs the MSM have been doing for this President are hand jobs and blow jobs.

SmallGovtGuy on January 31, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I think its time to face facts – Obama’s base has not, does not, and will not care about the economy. And because of that, our President will not care about the economy.
milcus on January 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

This is why Obama won for sure. The loser mentality has taken a hold of our society and likely due in large part to gubenmint schools. To think that so many people quit is truly sad.

CW on January 31, 2013 at 7:52 PM

First, follow Tommy Thompson’s example in WI. Limit government handout benefits to two years, lifetime.

Job hunting becomes a passion at about month 22-23.

BobMbx on January 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I’ll ask you the same question I asked tommyboy. If Obama got elected because a majority of people want to keep their government handout…how do get politicians to limit hand outs? How do you elect someone that will cut handouts?

How do you escape the circle you have described?

ChrisL on January 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Obama doesn’t know squat about governing or economics

…he only knows…HOW to squat!

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2013 at 11:12 PM