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President Obama’s policies may be ‘change’ for the worse

March 7, 2009


As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama called for “change.”

He is a smart, gifted speaker and charmed his audiences with pledges and promises of what he would do and accomplish if elected. Most of these pledges and promises were extremely vague, but the public bought it and he was swept into office.

Now there is reason to wonder whether voters had any idea of what the “changes” would be. It is obvious members of the U.S. Congress have not taken the time or made the effort to understand anything about the changes Obama proposed and they have voted to approve. Now this country and its citizens face the largest debt in this nation’s history. Obama’s spending plans, his budget, is the largest in mankind’s history.

This being the case, it would seem our lawmakers would have made sure to know all details of the massive plan, but they did not. None of them, elected to take care of and represent their constituents, read the budget proposal. Those who voted to approve it blindly marched in lockstep to whatever their chief ordered. And, he isn’t through. Obama is prepared to increase federal spending and national debt into the trillions.

Obama pledges to go over any budget proposal line-by-line to eliminate any waste, earmarks, pet projects or pork. However, Congress now is debating the merits of a $410 billion bill that contains many such earmarks and pet projects, and both Obama and his loyal Democratic followers in Congress say this budget matter is left over from the Bush administration and they don’t intend to do anything about it.

A perfect example of talking out of both sides of their mouths and another example of trying to place as much blame as possible on the Bush administration. Waste is waste whoever makes up a budget, and Congress has the opportunity to make major savings by carving the pork out of the bill currently under consideration.

Talk about government and big government, Obama has ushered in huge government. A government that is going to take over, or control through investments, our housing, banking, automobile, education, energy and health care businesses. Personal freedoms and public choices will be curtailed.

There’s no question but that his “change” calls for socialism and nationalism, a dismantling of America’s free enterprise and capitalistic system.

Obama is governing by edict although he campaigned on a theme of transparency and openness. With control of both the House and Senate, he has, and will, be able to get most everything he wants — unless some in Congress grow some backbone. He blames any challenges he faces on the past eight years of the Bush administration and he doesn’t hesitate to ignite the dangerous flames of class against class.

He is a smooth talker, he is dangerously arrogant and/or self-assured and, at this time, he probably is behaving in the most powerful manner of any modern president. It is estimated 50 to 60 percent of Americans do not pay income taxes and he intends to “take from the rich” and redistribute the nation’s wealth.

In his latest radio address he dared anyone, or any lobbyist, to challenge him. He intends to call for as many changes as he can, as fast as he can — using the current public fear and panic about the economy and loss of jobs — before his charm and smooth talk starts to fade and citizens wake up to what he has engineered with the help of a blind, gutless Congress.

Part of the blame should be directed at the media as it too has been seduced by his rhetoric along with their distaste of former President Bush. They bought the Obama pitch hook, line and sinker.

Who knows what Obama’s “change,” “stimulus” and social agenda is going to reap? How long will he continue his remake of America and how long will it be before those in Congress and/or the public say, “Stop! You’ve severely damaged the country and future generations.”?


Steve Jacob 9 years ago

Very harsh, I would say. I can't disagree about the pork in the budget, or some of the stimulus, but still. If you watch CNBC, they seem to have the most valid criticism of Obama, about the market being down around 20% since he has been in office, due to investors having no confidence on the government. I do believe all his social spending is based on a recovery in 2010, which people say will happen, but I am not so sure. We still don't know what kind of trouble banks are in, and will unemployment be in double digits soon.

myvotecounts 9 years ago

I think this editorial is right on.

blakec 9 years ago

well, the british government has taken share control of four major banks... i don't think there is a revolution going on in the birthplace of capitalism

Maddy Griffin 9 years ago

Has everyone forgotten that he inherited massive debt thanks to the Shrub administration?

geekin_topekan 9 years ago

So far the only thing that our own local conservative commentator has been able to produce, that resembles a certain radio entertainer's efforts, is the profile shot in the mirror.

Again,change has come.But the rightwing refuses to participate in our nations recovery.Kinda like an episode of celebrity rehab.Now we can either go to the day shelter, read this other-than-brilliant plagarism or watch celebrity rehab,if we feel the need to listen to hilariously offbased finger pointing and lame excuses.

Ann Hamil 9 years ago

Oh come on! Republicans have no problem with government redistribution of long as it is redistributed upward. "Dangerous" talk of class war is only dangerous to those who have been winning the class war up to now. Just because we say we can't talk about it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Just because some would rather us fight over sexuality, (their) religious notions of morality, national, gender, or ethnic differences, does not hide the fact that the gap between the haves and have nots is ever widening, (and not because the majority of the have nots are lazy, stupid, or immoral.) This kind of income gap has throughout history led to social ills and social unrest and not some free market utopia--think about it.

shotgun 9 years ago

Hey Dolph "Chicken Little" Simons JR., The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Do you have short term memory loss? Did the economic meltdown, massive debt, and pork barrel spending all begin on January 21, 2009?

I was recently in Phoenix, AZ I rode their new light rail system, which many Phoenicians complained, was a half billion dollar 19 mile long piece of pork! How did this happen in McCain Country!!!!!! There is plenty of Republican pork to go around.

Since you brought up socialism, I hope you refuse Social Security payments when you retire!

geekin_topekan 9 years ago

Actually Larry,they play an equal part but are not to blame. Bums that consume without contributing are only one end of a clogged line of distribution we call capitalism.The other end is greed.

RoeDapple 9 years ago

Hydra (Anonymous) says…

As opposed to the brillant leadership of Bushco?

grammaddy (Anonymous) says…

Has everyone forgotten that he inherited massive debt thanks to the Shrub administration?

geekin_topekan (Anonymous) says

Again,change has come.But the rightwing refuses to participate in our nations recovery.

RoaD - You still don't get it do you. You got your man elected, yet you still want to blame Bush for everything that's wrong with this country back to 1492. Yes, there were a lot of mistakes over the last 8 years (and before). But your man has cut the brake lines and is pushing the accelerator to the floor! Enjoy the ride, you paid for it. But strap yourself in, it's gonna get rough..............

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

"He is a smart, gifted speaker...", when he is reading from a teleprompter.

RoeDapple 9 years ago

And the next 4 will be even worse.............

geekin_topekan 9 years ago

" But your man has cut the brake lines and is pushing the accelerator to the floor! Enjoy the ride, you paid for it. But strap yourself in, it's gonna get rough………….." +++ I will say that I do not fully understand our elected leader's plan for recovery. I do understand that when the pain of staying the course is greater than the pain of recovery,the best is yet to come.That is what I voted for.Not Utopia,just a new perspective. All of this nonsense makes me want to attend an AA meeting.Now there is a party who is willing to admit their own shortcomings.Rightwing denial sounds like a shaky AA newcomer.Fear of the umknown makes them stay in the bottle.Rightwing commentary sounds like the AA newcomer who demands euphoria from recovery in the first month then curses the program and anyone else they can think of, when their own inaction is the reason for their failure.

tunahelper 9 years ago

BO has spent more money in 6 weeks than President Bush did in 8 years! that is really scary. Let the free markets work it out instead of all this socialist government intervention. BO is really gonna screw up the health care system, especially if kathy selebius gets in there to mess things up.

but now Kansas will get some new coal power plants!

RoeDapple 9 years ago

Well, I wouldn't know anything about AA. You, on the other hand, seem well aware of how AA works.....................

geekin_topekan 9 years ago

BO has presented more intelligent and reasonable ideas for a stronger America in 6 weeks than W. did in 8years.The scary part is in your head.

geekin_topekan 9 years ago

I do indeed and believe me,you can find the same rhetoric,denial from a shaky wino.

geekin_topekan 9 years ago

You do have the right to get off you substance abusing ass, take a bath get a job and quit having kids you cant afford. +++ Again,only half of the picture(if that).It takes no brains or balls to accuse the least of society.But the spineless refuse to apply their desire to rebuild America against anyone of status,they might find more about themselves than they care to know.

RoeDapple 9 years ago

"I will say that I do not fully understand our elected leader's plan for recovery."

Neither do I. Neither does anyone else, I suspect. But tell me , if you can, of any instance where taking on massive debt on top of existing massive debt led to "the road to recovery".

If you find a man that has fallen in the sewer, chances are he will want a ladder, not a shovel.

As I see it, we're all in the sewer paying for those shovels...

jaywalker 9 years ago

"How did this happen in McCain Country!!!!!! There is plenty of Republican pork to go around"

Not a hundred percent on this, shotgun, but fairly certain the Metro was not McCain's project. I know the annual federal funding for the Metro was obtained by Ed Pastor, who's a democrat. And of all things porky, projects like more efficient and cleaner mass transit don't fit that bill.

"Since you brought up socialism, I hope you refuse Social Security payments when you retire!"

It's real early, but this is the dumbest line of the day so far. I can see it now, ......"What's that? You wanna give me MY money back that's been cut from MY checks every week for MY entire life? Oh, no. I don't want MY money!"


geekin_topekan 9 years ago

"Harry Truman describes Obama (and geek) to a T: +++

"I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases"_Harry Truman

JohnBrown 9 years ago

The stock market is a lagging indicator. Last September the Neocons thought the fundamentals of the economy were strong. Since then, much of the curtain hiding the effects of some really bad policy making over the past 20 years has been revealed, and we are now BEGINNING to see just how bad off we are.

I have to chuckle tho at how little responsibility people are willing to take for this..."the Obama recession", ...yeah, right.

This catastrophe is a Republican creation, and all the damage they have done still hasn't been revealed. And O'Bama's plan has yet to be put in place, yet it's all O'Bamas fault now. All the whiners tell us that his plan is worse than what preceded it, yet what preceded it was what got us here.

All I can say is "Thanks" to all you experts for warning us about O'Bama but not worrying about what BushCo did to get us here.

jayhawklawrence 9 years ago

I guess Dolph really outed himself with this article.

When Americans start buying stuff again, the economy will rebound in a big way.

Unfortunately for Dolph and the right wingers on this blog, we're not buying what you are selling.

Steve Jacob 9 years ago

"When he gets a hold of the banks… then we are in real trouble. There will be nothing to stop his income redistribution"

That's not his fault if the banks have to be nationalized. Do the math of what the banks did, for every $1 in equity/deposits in the bank, they loaned out up to $40, and the net worth of houses in America is down 12+% over two years. The banks are so upside down, Bush was afraid to see the numbers, (granted he was not going to change a lot so late into his term) and Obama decided to finally start looking at the damage, "stress test", and we may not like what we are going to uncover.

jayhawklawrence 9 years ago

Well Liberty_One, I guess based on your logic, Ford and GM are screwed big time and we can all start buying repair manuals today if we want these cars to run for 20 years instead of 10.

jayhawklawrence 9 years ago

You might be right that bankruptcy is the better path for GM, but I look at it as a last resort. The damage to the economy will be enormous and I am not sure the current investment is anywhere near how much we are going to lose if that happens.

Babaloo 9 years ago

Wow Dolph! That was a pathetically “yellow” column today. You have several complaints that lay blame on a less than 60 day old presidency that fail to consider the situation would be remarkably similar, no matter who had been elected in November. You say we have the largest debt in the nations history like the current administration and congress just created it in the last two months. You say this budget is the largest in the history of mankind but clearly don't realize that, with the situation we're in as a failing nation, so would have been John McCain's budget. You gripe about our government having to control portions of banking, housing, education, energy and health care and I ask you, which one of those things has the free market capitalism not entirely raped? We wouldn't be in this boat if people of your like mind didn't say for the last two decades that we can trust sectors of the economy to properly self regulate. It's not socialism, it's common sense. What you are for hasn't worked. It's time to try something else. If that fails, as most of you and your ilk are so arrogantly “rooting” for, well then, we're all screwed now aren't we? That will be the result all the “conservatives” like you are looking for - a financially bankrupt and failed nation - just because you don't like what we stand for.

Chris Ogle 9 years ago

" If you find a man that has fallen in the sewer, chances are he will want a ladder, not a shovel."

Does that mean we are in deep s***.... If so, I smell what you are stepping in.

obamamanianot 9 years ago

Excellent, here come all the Kool-Aid drinkers. Hey Babaloo, yes we do have the largest debt in US history, now that your guy (who has been in office for two months...) has doubled what the previous guy left him with. IN TWO MONTHS! Please, when you speak to your childrens grand kids years from now....hopefully then you can tell them "I am sorry, you got screwed".

Mark Stone 9 years ago

Dolph Simons regurgitates the talking points of the face of the Republican Party. That is nothing new. Rush Limbaugh’s self-serving, “only the rich get richer”, ideology has long been at the intellectual core the far right. The “trickle down economics” and de-regulation begun under President Reagan and achieving their greatest expression during the administration of Bush 43 have been proven to be a failure. There is no reasonable doubt that these policies have plunged the country into its worst economic position in seventy years.

That is the legacy inherited by the Obama administration. It took many years to get into this mess and the American people understand it will take a while to reverse all the damage wrought by the failed policies of the far right. Certainly longer than the fifty days Obama has been in office.

It is too bad that McCain could not offer anything but the same failed tax cuts for the already wealthy and even more de-regulation during his campaign. It is sad that Limbaugh and the Not-Ready-To-Be-Constructive Republicans can only offer up tired, old platitudes and obstructionist rhetoric.

These right wing ideologs don’t understand that Americans are angry about the fact that Republicans have presided over record increases in federal spending, skyrocketing national debt and massive expansions of government in each of the last three Republican administrations and only bluster about fiscal responsibility when the other party comes in to clean up their messes.

sustainabilitysister 9 years ago

Come on Dolph! He's been handed the worst case scenario in U.S. history! This is not going to be easy and we're all going to pay a price due to the way we've been living beyond our means for too long. Don't worry Dolph, you'll be fine with your small media monopoly, it's the rest of us that will have to get used to a change of lifestyle. It's a change that MUST happen. Sustainability for all = living simply.

HermioneElliott 9 years ago

President Obama is the best thing that ever happened to this country. The whole point of government is to help the people. To make laws. There is no danger of America becoming socialist. The stimulus is in place to help the working class and the middle class. People who bought houses they knew they could not afford and are being foreclosed on will not be helped. There will be no redistribution of wealth. President Obama has answered these questions over and over. Why is no one hearing him? The cost of a share of GM is less than the cost of one of their light bulbs. Think of the stores that have closed in Lawrence recently?

Scott Tichenor 9 years ago

The three stooges: Rush, Ann & Dolph, all bowing before the alter of George W. Bush.

Bring on Sarah Palin, there's our savior. Riiiiiight.

gl0ck0wn3r 9 years ago

"shotgun (Anonymous) says… The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Do you have short term memory loss? Did the economic meltdown, massive debt, and pork barrel spending all begin on January 21, 2009?"

I always find this reasoning fascinating. Basically, it excuses any bad policy based upon the notion that the previous administration also had bad policy. I thought the idea was that this administration was going to be different? Why base one's standards upon the previous administration if that is the case?

I agree with the poster that states the market is reflecting the reality of the economy and the leading edge. Nothing hurts the market like uncertainty. When one combines the uncertainty of government policy and the lame "hate the rich" populist rhetoric, it is no wonder the market is still losing ground.

Scott Drummond 9 years ago

"Obama is governing by edict although he campaigned on a theme of transparency and openness. With control of both the House and Senate, he has, and will, be able to get most everything he wants"

So is he ruling by edict? Or because the American people have elected to give control of the government to Democrats?

Dolphie, in his partisan screech, seems a bit confused.

shotgun 9 years ago

Hey Jaywalker, I guess you are not so brilliant. Who said McCain was responsible for the Phoenix Light Rail? Can you read? I said, "how did this happen in McCain Country?" Isn't The Maverick the self proclaimed Anti Porkmiester? How did he let this happen in his own back yard? As for social security, everyone knows that they pay into it! My point was that you conservative geeks liken what you want to label "redistribution of wealth" as Marxism, when in reality we are talking about taxation that is a bit more fair to the middle class. What I find hilarious is that the vast majority of you "Joe the Plumbers" will never see the shadow of a $250,000 income. You just continue to buy all of the BS put out by all of the loudmouth fear mongers! So take a deep breath, close your eyes, image that you are being taxed as you were during the Clinton years.................................There that's not so bad huh? Fear is your enemy.

Ceallach 9 years ago

Like moths to a flame. The light is so beautiful, so warm, I need to fly into the light, I need to fly . . . . zap! It might be amusing if it weren't so pathetic.

People, the rich will remain rich! Their losses will be what trickles down, not their wealth. The distribution of wealth will be from the middle income citizens to the lower income citizens. There will be more lower income and less middle . . . but the upper will remain just that . . . upper. Guess what, most of our politicians will be in the group that does not lose their wealth.

shotgun 9 years ago

Glock Owner,

"I always find this reasoning fascinating. Basically, it excuses any bad policy based upon the notion that the previous administration also had bad policy."

Your perception my friend, not mine. Like it or not you have Obama as President with a Democratic majority. Of course you may not like their solution. So whats yours? Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut,Tax cut, doesn't seem to have worked, well at least not for 98% of us. Keep buying more guns, the economy needs all the help it can get!

beatrice 9 years ago

You've seen the movie "Thelma and Louise," correct? Now, imagine at the climactic moment when the speeding car breaks its contact with land and is heading into the canyon abyss, and just then Louise turns to Thelma and says, "So, are you ready to drive now?"

Now imagine Louise complaining about the way Thelma "parks" the car. This is what Republicans amount to right now -- a bunch of whining Louises who drove off the cliff and then are complaining about the wreckage and the necessity to clean it up.

Regarding McCain and Phoenix's new light rail system, the people of Phoenix voted to approve the construction of light rail, and it was primarily funded by the city. It has just become operational, and many, many people have taken to it, riding it, and find it a wonderful alternative to driving, connecting northwest Phoenix with downtown with its sporting events (Diamondbacks, Suns), newly renovated civic center and the many events there, the Herberger, Orpheum and Dodge Theaters for live entertainment (Orpheum is where I saw Tom Waits last year!), the Phoenix Art Museum (a real treasure), the world-reknowned Heard Museum of American Indian art, the Science Center, the airport (close to it, anyways, with buses to the terminals), and stretching to nearby cities Tempe (Arizona State University) and Mesa. It is a 20 mile starter track. It is a great advancement to transportation in the city, and John McCain had nothing to do with it. Nothing.

Will it pay for itself? No. However, do roads pay for themselves? Do new freeways pay for themselves?

Have some people complained? You bet! Then again, some people could find $20 on the street and complain that it isn't $40.

John McCain had nothing to do with supporting the light rail and doesn't get to attach himself now to its immediate and obvious success. Further, he has remarkably let it be known to the people of Arizona that he will do nothing to bring federal funds to the state the way other lawmakers do around the nation, yet Republicans in Arizona keep voting him into office. Stupid Republicans.

temperance 9 years ago

"There’s no question but that his 'change' calls for socialism and nationalism, a dismantling of America’s free enterprise and capitalistic system."

The dismantling of "America’s free enterprise and capitalistic system" -- such as it was -- occurred well before Obama stepped into office.

"Socialism" might be a useful dog whistle to the increasingly irrelevant conservative movement, but to most of us it's just a boring, red-baiting, attack with no relevance to this day and age.

It's time to hang it up, Dolph. Time to be put out to pasture.

yourworstnightmare 9 years ago

Mr. Simons posits a valid concern, that Obama's changes might be harmful instead of good. I was hoping for a reasoned discussion of this topic.

Instead, Mr. Simons resorts to unbased attacks, name-calling, and criticism of the hypocritical nature of all involved.

No discussion of the merits or problems with the Obama plan. Saying it increases the debt is not an argument. It is a fact. There are arguments to be made for and against this increase of the debt. Unfortunately, Mr. Simons retreats to ad hominem attacks and scare tactics so prevalent on the American right.


Thats_messed_up 9 years ago

Cue LJWorld liberal hippie bloggers (Idiots). Print this off and discuss for hours today at the beourgeois pig.

jaywalker 9 years ago


Never said I was 'brilliant'. But it's obvious I'm a good deal more intelligent than you. Do the research, brain trust. The Metro light rail in Phoenix is NOT a result of an earmark. Therefore, all the other crappola you're spewing is well.......ignorant. Even if it was 'pork', since when exactly did McCain become the lone arbiter of federally funded projects in Arizona? He's not KIng of the state, there are plenty of other politicians there like the Democrat who got a portion of annual funding for the system. McCain's against the extravagant use of earmarks, not dead-set opposed to them all. There's a difference. Fairly certain Arizona receives its share of earmarks every year but its on the low side.

Also, I always find it hilarious and sad when posters like yourself jump to the conclusion that someone is on one side of the aisle or the other because they criticized a really stupid post of yours. For the record, I've never used the terms socialism, marxism, fascism, or any of their derivations in order to label anyone or anything in any post ever. You can obfuscate your way to a more 'detailed' meaning of your original 'social security' line. Haven't read all the other posts so far, but you still have the title for dumbest line of the day. Ignorance is your enemy, shotgun. Wise up.

George Lippencott 9 years ago

I strongly agree and strongly disagree!

Earmarks are simply budget items not in the original "Presidents Budget" (that is a specific document). They are neither bad nor good - just there - and costly! Note: Bush had nothing to do with them!! (a fact!!!)

Mr. Obama promised in his "whatever speech" that veterans will get the health care they deserve. What he meant is that he will significantly increase the cost of care to the veteran. Not a few bucks but thousands of dollars a year! I clearly no longer understand English!

I think our rich friend up in Omaha is right. Class warfare has been on going - and the rich are winning. We have supposedly a progressive tax structure. Under Bush that meant everybody from about $100K to a zillion paid the same tax percentage on salary. As income goes up more income is from Capital Gains (the rate is 1/3 that of salary). I am tired of "talk radio" telling me the country can not survive if taxes are raised on the rich. It sure did not do well when the rich were subsidized. If that argument is true maybe we should be Socialists. I do not think it true. The rich need to pay their fair share in a progressive system. They have not been! Mr. Obama is asking them to do so!

Darrell Lea 9 years ago

Dolph - your piece merely parrots the fear-mongering talking points of the ineffective and fundamentally impotent Republicans in the House and Senate. I can't say that I find this the least bit surprising. To expect anything different or slightly original from your prose at this point would be expecting too much.

It should be painfully obvious to anyone with a brain that the impotent and ineffective policies of the eight years of George W. Bush's regime, combined with the "loot the store" mentality of the financial wizards of Wall Street, are what got us into this mess.

It's really necessary to let Obama be Obama at this point, and if you kids can't keep from crying wolf and saying "the sky is falling, be very afraid", then please just stay home and count your money.

Oh yes - the rhetorical question device for closing your pieces is way tired. Learn a new trick, OK?

camper 9 years ago

Where was the outrage when the last administration rang up astronomical debt? I understand, and agree with the editorial, but I'm just not sure there is a good way out of this mess. The course of inaction will work, but it is going to take a long time, and we will have to accept a serious (and probably decade long) recession. Which will ironically lead to additional defecits because with increased unemployment and business losses, tax revenue will decline severely.

If the Republicans were elected, I wonder how different things would be now. On his way out, Bush (though somewhat reluctantly) proposed stimulus. McCain proposed stimulus too. Does anybody remember this?

So if we take the course of inaction, as the Republicans propose, I'm not entirely against this. But I would suggest everyone buy some fishing tackle and enough gas to get South where the weather is warmer, and the outside elements are not so bad. I would also reccomend a place where the mosquitos are not so bad. Things could really get like "The Grapes of Wrath".

neks0104 9 years ago

Obama can not do worse than Bush.

gl0ck0wn3r 9 years ago

"shotgun (Anonymous) says… Glock Owner, Like it or not you have Obama as President with a Democratic majority."

Realistically, it doesn't matter that much to me personally. As another poster pointed out: people with money will retain their money while tax increases will simply trickle down. Enjoy!

8thandMass 9 years ago

Don't forget- Dolph made his money the old fashioned way- he inherited it- He's probably worried about the estate tax- I would Squawk, Squawk, Squawk

Get a new playbook- cause you are getting crushed

jamoca 9 years ago

Liberals won't know what they have until it's gone. Especially the ones who actually work for a living, pay taxes, want to send their kids to college (KU perhaps?), pay taxes, and actually understand how a 401K plan works.

Unfortunately, we are all going to suffer because of your backwards mentality...

pace 9 years ago

What? Another crying conservative, eager to claim that OBama will ruin everything, or that he isn't fast enough fixing everything and oh my gosh, change is bad. Duh, I prefer to Embrace the end of consumer economy, it's crash and burn, I look forward to a better sustainable economy. LJW doesn't even support recycling it's own product, the newspaper, they actually are agin it.

BigDog 9 years ago

The last administration contributed to the problems we are facing as well .... but let us not forget the fact that many of the same people in Congress now are the one's who backed many of the policies that have caused the mess both Republican and Democrat (and then Senator Obama). Democrats have run Congress for the last 2+ years and have pushed through these same deficit spending budget that they railed against when Republicans did it.

Point being all of Congress shares in this mess along with the President. I believe many Americans backed the initial talk of a stimulus package when the talk walk mostly investment in infrastructure ..... but that ended up being only 5% of the "spending package" ...... and with this new $410 billion omnibus spending bill full of earmarks the people are getting fed up

We should learn something from history .... Japan 10 years ago followed the path America is following now ... and 10 years later their economy still hasn't fully recovered.

China in the last 6 months to a year has invested their stimulus almost entirely in infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc) and their economy is starting to pick up again.

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

Barry needs a nap?

"Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.

A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama's inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to "even fake an interest in foreign policy"...

"The Sunday Telegraph understands that one of Mr Obama's most prominent African American backers, whose endorsement he spent two years cultivating, has told friends that he detects a weakness in Mr Obama's character.

"The one real serious flaw I see in Barack Obama is that he thinks he can manage all this," the well-known figure told a Washington official, who spoke to this newspaper. "He's underestimating the flood of things that will hit his desk." A Democratic strategist, who is friends with several senior White House aides, revealed that the president has regularly appeared worn out and drawn during evening work sessions with senior staff in the West Wing and has been forced to make decisions more quickly than he is comfortable.

He said that on several occasions the president has had to hurry back from eating dinner with his family in the residence and then tucking his daughters in to bed, to conduct urgent government business. Matters are not helped by the pledge to give up smoking.

"People say he looks tired more often than they're used to," the strategist said. "He's still calm, but there have been flashes of irritation when he thinks he's being pushed to make a decision sooner than he wants to make it. He looks like he needs a cigarette."

Mr Obama was teased by the New York Times on Thursday in a front page story which claimed to have detected a greater prevalence of grey hairs since he entered the White House.

The Democratic strategist stressed that Mr Obama's plight was nothing new. "He knew it was going to be tough; he said as much throughout the campaign. But there's a difference between knowing it is going to be tough and facing the sheer relentless pressure of it all."

james bush 9 years ago

The Obama "truth squad" needs to squelch this kind of editorializing. And they are obviously at work on this editorial.

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

In 6 weeks, Barry's committed 8 years worth of oops moments. Next week, Biden forgets to wear pants to a news conference! Film at 11:00. (rated G for geezer)

Shardwurm 9 years ago

Interesting how everyone continues to blame the Bush Administration for everything.

Most of you don't have any idea and couldn't name a single 'policy' he had and what it meant.

shotgun 9 years ago

Well, the Jerk Store called and they are all out of you!

Godot 9 years ago

Re: starving or stuffing the beast, if Obama goes unstopped, the producers will stop producing, in their own effort to "starve the beast." Make no mistake, it will happen.

Godot 9 years ago

"People think Wall Street and our economy are in a mess? They have nothing on what we're going through here," said a career Treasury Department official after learning yesterday that former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission member Annette Nazareth had withdrawn from consideration to serve as deputy Treasury secretary. "She simply lost confidence in [Treasury Secretary Timothy] Geithner," says a colleague of Nazareth's at the law firm, Davis Polk & Wardwell. "There's a lot of that going around, we hear."

Nazareth's decision is doubly embarrassing for the Obama White House because, her husband, Roger Ferguson, current CEO of TIAA-CREFF and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, currently serves on the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, a post he was given by Obama.

Caroline Atkinson, who currently works at the International Monetary Fund, also withdrew from consideration as undersecretary for international affairs. According to Treasury and Capitol Hill sources, her decision was linked to possible tax situations similar to that of Geithner.

"We have no one here. There is no leadership," says another senior career Treasury official. "I've never seen anything like it. We have a secretary who seems to have no understanding of what his job entails, and no one in the White House seems to either know it or want to acknowledge it. We have people making decisions who shouldn't be making decisions, and in positions where we should have people making decisions about our domestic economy, our banking system and our Wall Street recovery plan, we have no one. People should be alarmed by this, but no one seems to care."

Lee Sachs, a former assistant Treasury secretary in the Clinton Administration, who worked on the Obama transition team and who was "pitching in" in an advisory role for Geither, was also mulling withdrawing from consideration for a senior Treasury post.

Both Treasury officials who spoke on background say that there is a growing lack of confidence within the department over Geithner. One said, "He is a nice man, but he is out of his depth."

Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, was "underwhelmed" by Geithner's performance during testimony on the budget. "I think it's safe to say that at least the Senate Democratic leadership is less than pleased with the performance of this White House and this Treasury Department. It's a ***damned mess."

texburgh 9 years ago

What would we expect from Dolph and the LJW. They had themselves tied to their pal W for so long, they can't actually even pretend change is good.

This piece just bolsters my faith in President Obama.

overthemoon 9 years ago

another nitwitted editorial. People have not 'lost faith' in the gov't of President Obama. They have become very wary of the trail or damage left by the Bush years...and before.

What are you, Mr. Simons, doing to be part of the solution instead of whimpering and bleating from the sidelines? Every negative projection on the future of the current efforts to get our country and the economy out of chaos does not do one single bit of good. The bad attitude only makes the situation worse. But we can't really expect any intelligent ideas or proposals for helping the change to come from the Journal World, can we?

LiberalDude 9 years ago

Dolph is just like Rush Limbaugh... hoping that Obama fails. Thus he is hoping that America fails. Dolph is unpatriotic.

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

Dissent is still patriotic, isnt' it? BTW, liberaldude, nice way to tie into the O'dude's campaign of distraction to divert attention from the total hash he's making of his administration.

KS 9 years ago

Dolph - You stirred up a good one. Right on the money. As if you didn't already know, it is easy to see the hate in America today and how much of it is in your own backyard. You should charge these people. They obviously like to spew it. Dolph, it is too bad that America was not awake last November. Unfortunately Lawrence has so many potheads that most of your readers, as shown herein, are brain dead.

Hoots 9 years ago

The thing that worries me most about this plan is the amount of money that goes right back into government. During the past 10 years private sector jobs grew by about 3.2% while government jobs grew at almost 4 times that rate. California is facing this very problem as we speak. If I remember the statistic correctly California almost doubled its government in 12 years. Now they can't even come close to paying the bills. It doesn't seem that politicians realize that someone has to be left to pay the bills. Governments don't produce anything of actual value to sell to you or the rest of the world. Government is a hungry beast that gets harder to feed when times are lean as it never wants to go on a diet so instead it may need a little more food off your plate. Let us eat cake if they are so kind as to leave us a few crumbs.

kugrad 9 years ago

D. Simons was a cheerleader for the failed policies that got us here. Personally, I think the last thing we need to do now is embrace the opinions of those who helped get us into this mess.

repaste 9 years ago

Save this page for 6-12 month, let us revisit. whadya think big fella?

LiberalDude 9 years ago

Mr_Nancy - Obama's favorable ratings will still be twice as high as the Rebublicans!

SnapCrackleNoPop - Dissent is fine, but saying that you hope Obama and America fail goes beyond dissent. It is unpatriotic to root against America which is what Rush Limbaugh and his followers are doing.

beatrice 9 years ago

Socialist! squawk! socialist! squawk! squawk! Socialist! Squawk! -- the sound of the Neocon-loser. No anwers for having paved the way to where we are or for getting us out, just whining and complaining in a sad attempt to sound relevant. Sad, pathetic losers.

I guess all y'all are also opposed to the G.I. Bill, Social Security, as well as Medicare/Medicaid, since those are all "socialist" programs. Correct? If so, why won't your Republican party run on a "Down with Medicare!" platform? I mean ... it is socialism!!!! Squawk!!!

Flap Doodle 9 years ago

Barry playing a shell game with the aid of the compliant media.

LiberalDude 9 years ago

That's hilarious Mr. Nancy. Fox News is a joke! The only people who think that it is a real news station are Rush Limbaugh conservatives. It's crap.

StemCellBlogger 9 years ago

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Flap Doodle 9 years ago

Some Democrats in Congress are crying "Hold, enough..."

"Some Democrats insist the president needs to do more to cut back on spending. Obama has made a point of publicly criticizing earmarks—special projects inserted into spending bills, often to appease narrow interest groups. Yet Obama is planning to sign a $410 billion spending bill now before the Senate that contains more than 8,500 earmarks totaling nearly $8 billion.

White House aides have said the bill is a holdover and that Obama will take a tougher stance in the future.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) said Obama's position was not good enough. He wants the president to veto the bill. In an interview, Bayh said that killing the bill would give Obama a chance to show he is serious about stamping out earmarks.

A veto would "set the tone for how we're going to deal with our fiscal problems going forward," Bayh said. "We're increasing spending many times the rate of inflation at a time when many families are cutting back. That could lead to voter anger—and rightfully so."",0,4721344.story

humanofearth 8 years, 11 months ago

Regardless of your opinion of Obama after, umm, three months..he was still the lesser of two other evils for choices, not to mention complete IDIOTS (thank you PALIN) woo hoooooo

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