Aug 24 2009
Seems the Obama administration is getting a little testy over the fact that Americans are simply not enthralled with their efforts to date. Rasmussen is showing another precipitous drop in support for our young President today, which would indicate another group of one time supporters have moved to become opponents:
“Strongly Oppose” outnumbers “Strongly Supports” by 41-27% – incredible. This is rapidly turning into the liberal left verses everyone else – which is a recipe for disaster for the Democrats.
When politics in DC became the far right against everyone else (as they insulted everyone who dared propose solutions that could garner some Democrat votes) the American people dumped the GOP – hard. The centrists (who are not moderate, just not extreme in their passionate views) did not, however, go far left in response to the far right’ s purity wars. They backed centrist and conservative democrats in huge numbers. Sadly for them there are a lot of old guard liberals who have risen to the top ranks in Congress over the years, and these liberals decided it was their turn to wield the power in DC.
And they screwed up. Liberals make up, at most, around 20% of the population. In the Rassmussen numbers we are getting darn close to that number in terms of ‘strong’ support. Conversely, conservatives make up a much larger portion of society, but many of them are now independents. So who is making up that 41% who strongly oppose Obama now? It cannot be just the ‘true’ conservatives on the far right. The GOP only registers around 20% when you look at the Dem-Indy-GOP numbers. That 41% is going to include a lot of independents, and it may also start to include non-liberal democrats.
I really though this article summed up a lot of Team Obama’s problems:
Before White House press secretary Robert Gibbs left town, he tried to clarify President Barack Obamaâ€™s comment that â€œeverybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up.â€ Gibbs explained to reporters that what the president meant was that they were a bunch of bed wetters who made too much out of the implosion of the White House health care strategy.
Gibbs is so crabby because, incredibly, the administration blames the media for the presidentâ€™s problems.
It tried blaming Republicans, but the GOP is too far out of power. When the leader of the free world is complaining about a posting on the former governor of Alaskaâ€™s Facebook page, heâ€™s got problems.
Team Obama tried blaming special interests, but that was a bust too. The presidentâ€™s deal with the pharmaceutical industry gets him $150 million worth of ads to boost his plan, whatever it is.
I posted on this over the weekend. The problem is not the opposition or the media, the problem is the message and its proponents. Liberals just don’t represent American interests or views. They are, of course, tolerated as a group of off-the-mainstream folks we share a country with, but that’s about it. At times these folks are quite humorous, with their 3rd grade, made for prime time TV, simpleton view of the world. But they do not represent America.
The Democrats were given a chance to REPRESENT Americans’ interests and desires with majorities in Congress and an inexperienced President. They were not given carte blanche to remake our country into some warped, left wing image of perfection (which has been shown over many decades to be disastrous).
That is part of the problem. But I think another part of the problem coming out now is the constant BS produced by DC in response to lack of progress. Obama has not been able to move out of platitude mode. If there is any depth to him, it is hard to find. Instead everything is a show, a facade. Mark Steyn started to poke at this yesterday in an article I could relate to, as I am sure just about everyone else can too:
The other day, wending my way from Woodsville, N.H., 40 miles south to Plymouth, I came across several “stimulus” projects â€“ every few miles, and heralded by a two-tone sign, a hitherto rare sight on Granite State highways. The orange strip at the top said “PUTTING AMERICA BACK TO WORK” with a silhouette of a man with a shovel, and the green part underneath informed you that what you were about to see was a “PROJECT FUNDED BY THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT.” There then followed a few yards of desolate, abandoned scarified pavement, followed by an “END OF ROAD WORKS” sign, until the next “stimulus” project a couple of bends down a quiet rural blacktop.
Evidently, it’s stimulated the sign-making industry, putting America back to work by putting up “PUTTING AMERICA BACK TO WORK” signs every 200 yards across the land. And at 300 bucks a pop the signage alone should be enough to launch an era of unparalleled prosperity, assuming America’s gilded sign magnates don’t spend their newfound wealth on Bahamian vacations and European imports.
This just struck a chord with me because this summer, as we do most summers, traveled from DC to West Virginia to attend my father’s family reunion. We always take the I-68 National Highway, which runs the panhandle of Maryland from I-70 (which we pick up outside DC).
On one stretch of this beautiful highway there has been construction for years. It is has been on the Eastern side of Cheat Lake in WV, and it is at one of the longest and steepest runs on the highway. This summer the work area was in place, as usual. But one new sign had shown up – those ridiculous ‘your stimulus at work’ signs. Except, these signs, claiming this grand project was being done by our hard earned tax dollars, is a blatant lie.
The project has been going on for years and is now in its final stages (check this article from 2007)! It was not ‘funded’ by the stimulus package, except they may have diverted some money to complete the job which has taken years to do.
What these signs are is an arrogant attempt at BS. They are just bogus! They are trying to claim this was all from the stimulus bill. Everyone who drives that road at least once a year knows those signs are BS.
Mark Steyn’s observations tell me there are tons of these BS postings all over the country, and they may be generating the same reaction.
American’s know this is all window dressing. Those people out of work, underemployed or concerned about their careers look at these signs and wonder if their future lies as a flagman on a highway under one of those stupid signs.
An maybe the next shoe is about to drop, because apparently the rest of the world wasn’t sold a faux stimulus package with Orwellian signs and no new jobs. According to Steyn, the other countries in the world are lifting themselves out of their recessions:
Meanwhile, in Brazil, India, China, Japan and much of Continental Europe the recession has ended. In the second quarter this year, both the French and German economies grew by 0.3 percent, while the U.S. economy shrank by 1 percent. How can that be? Unlike America, France and Germany had no government stimulus worth speaking of, the Germans declining to go the Obama route on the quaint grounds that they couldn’t afford it. They did not invest in the critical signage-in-front-of-holes-in-the-road sector. And yet their recession has gone away.
One thing I did not expect to see was everyone else arising out of the economic morass while Americans – who squandered our resources on liberal pork projects coming NEXT year – are stuck with frightening deficits with no pay off. Team Obama is in deep trouble if
- There is no positive change in the unemployment picture through Christmas (which is my prediction),
- The rest of the world starts growing themselves out of the recession while we stagnate through Christmas, and
- All we have to show for all our deficits are those stupid signs!
If this scenario pans out we will see a political tsunami the likes of which this nation has not seen in over a century, or more.