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Americans figuring out they've been had

 
 
Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 12:38 pm
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/122412-638250-obama-claims-on-the-husting-prove-to-be-false.htm?p=full

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lElections are clarifying events, we're told. But sometimes what they clarify is merely the gap between what we were told during the campaign and the reality on the ground. Often, the two don't match. That's certainly true with Obama.
How often in recent weeks have we learned that what we heard on the campaign trail from the Obama camp, and which were echoed by a cowed and subservient press, were either distortions or outright lies — enough to keep a majority of us fooled, and help win a second term for the incumbent?
Now, we're finding the reality to be something different. And to jog your recollection, here are just a few:
• Economy: "The economy's getting stronger ... confidence is growing." The media and Obama repeated these like a mantra. But as IBD reported earlier, real weekly earnings for American workers have fallen 3.5% since Obama took over, a declining trend that has continued post-election.
How about other signs of well-being? The Census Bureau reported after the election that the number of Americans in poverty grew by 712,000 people in 2011. A far-more bullish report issued in September said it had fallen by 96,000. Oh yes, and a record 47 million people today are on food stamps — up 47% since Obama took over.
Meanwhile, we also heard that consumer confidence was strengthening — and that would lead to a spurt of new economic activity in the new year. But in December, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index tumbled to 72.9, its lowest reading since June, from 82.7 in November.
Our own IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index fell 7.6% in December to 45.1, a pessimistic reading and the lowest since December 2011.
For small businesses, whom Obama regularly claimed to be helping while on the stump, the picture's no better. The National Federation of Independent Business' Small Business Optimism Index fell 5.6 points in December to 87.5 — one of its lowest readings ever.
"Between the looming 'fiscal cliff,' the promise of higher health care costs and the endless onslaught of new regulations, owners have found themselves in a state of pessimism," said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. Remember: Small businesses create 80% to 85% of all jobs.
• Employment: Yes, unemployment has dropped to 7.7%. But only because hundreds of thousands of Americans have left the workforce. In September and October, nonpayroll farm jobs were reported as rising 148,000 and 171,000, respectively, solid gains. The mainstream media played it up as a major turnaround for the economy, giving Obama a boost.
In early December, a new government jobs report highlighted that job growth was a 146,000 in November, less than the 151,000 average since the start of the year. And it revised September and October job growth down by 49,000.
Yes, the total number of people with private-sector jobs has grown by 2 million over the last year, as the White House proudly trumpets — and did on the campaign trail. But what never gets reported is that 2.4 million people have left the workforce entirely over the same stretch — so there is no net real job growth.
• Regulations: President Obama stayed virtually mum on the topic of regulation during his campaign. Smart move. The EPA is set to release a tidal wave of new rules to slash CO2 that will close as many as 332 energy plants, while costing the U.S. economy $700 billion, according to the Manhattan Institute. The rules will hit Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia — states that voted for Obama — especially hard. Think they might have liked to know that before voting?
• Budget: Obama promised a "balanced" approach to taxes and spending. But data from the CBO and OMB show spending will surge 55% over the next 10 years under Obama — nearly $2 trillion in added spending — swamping Obama's promised "cuts" of $880 billion.
• Taxes: Remember how Obama and his Democratic surrogates taunted Republicans repeatedly, saying they wanted to raise taxes only on "millionaires and billionaires" while cutting taxes for the middle class?
When Republicans tried to do just that, Obama said no thanks. In fact, he has major tax hikes in store for middle-class Americans — starting with ObamaCare's 18 or so new taxes, and ending with the admission of key Democrats such as former presidential candidate Howard Dean that taxes on everyone must rise dramatically to pay for the Democrats' spending orgy.
• Benghazi: The White House described the early- September attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, as a reaction to an anti-Muslim film clip that appeared on the Internet.
In recent weeks, we've found that the film played no role at all — and that Obama and his national security staff did nothing to save the lives of those under attack, even though they knew the attack was ongoing.
• War On Terror: Obama claimed the war against al-Qaida was basically over. Now we find out that isn't true. Governments friendly to al-Qaida, if not its aims, have taken over in Libya and Egypt. Syria may be next.
For those who think the fight's done, think again. Quietly, Obama is sending troops back to Iraq to help stabilize the country. And he plans to send Army teams to as many as 35 countries in Africa to battle growing terrorist threats — mainly from al-Qaida.
So were Americans duped? Sure. They were told to believe one thing only to discover right after the election reality was something else.
But with another four years of hope and change, you can be sure of one thing: Americans have many more "surprises" in store.


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H2O MAN
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 12:42 pm
@gungasnake,


Under-informed Americans voted for Obama.

Is there any chance this republic will survive 8 years of Obama?
nothingtodo
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 12:58 pm
@H2O MAN,
Prep'd and ready Americans voted for Obama.

Change will not come, entirely at the barrel of a gun.
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 01:01 pm
@nothingtodo,
Dumb masses of moochers voted for Obama.

The barrel of a gun may be the only solution when these dumbmasses riot after they
realize Obama can't/won't deliver what he promised them in exchange for their vote.
nothingtodo
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 01:08 pm
@H2O MAN,
You got your head up your own rear in the last 20 years?

Politics... operative word section 'tics'

It ticks round and round and round.
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 01:12 pm
@nothingtodo,
You lost your brain?
contrex
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 01:35 pm
@H2O MAN,
H2O MAN wrote:

You lost your brain?


You sure did. More accurately, you never had one.

H2O MAN
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 01:56 pm
@contrex,
Maturity eludes you
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 02:10 pm
@contrex,
Having H2O assert that you are lacking maturity...is like having Rush Limbaugh call you a fat, big-mouth!

Gotta love him. He provides a laugh a minute. Laughing
mark noble
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 02:18 pm
I doubt americans can actually be 'had'Smile

LOL - Fema have already placed a 'macdonalds and Walmart' quarter in all their 'redistribution camps' - sorry 'rescue centres'.

Smile
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 02:31 pm
@Frank Apisa,


My apologies contrex, I had no idea you were fat and that you had a big mouth.

Frank, are you sure that you're not thinking of contrex's mom?
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 02:44 pm
@H2O MAN,
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Re: Frank Apisa (Post 5207954)


My apologies contrex, I had no idea you were fat and that you had a big mouth.

Frank, are you sure that you're not thinking of contrex's mom?


Jeez, H2O...that was so contrived, it was painful to read.

Was it painful to write?
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 03:09 pm
@Frank Apisa,
FrankA, are you about to black out again?
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 03:11 pm
@H2O MAN,
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Re: Frank Apisa (Post 5208007)
FrankA, are you about to black out again?


Nope. Are you?
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 03:31 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Nope, I thought I detected your moment of clarity, but I was wrong.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 03:34 pm
@H2O MAN,
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Re: Frank Apisa (Post 5208048)
Nope, I thought...


C'mon, H2O...we know you better than that.

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I thought I detected your moment of clarity, but I was wrong.


Well, you've had lots of practice at being wrong, so I hope you "got it wrong" correctly.
H2O MAN
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 04:00 pm
@Frank Apisa,


FrankA, I'm instituting a self imposed 'time-out'.

I am tired of butting heads with 'online' individuals.

Life on this planet would be so much better if we could
see into the others eyes and hear each-others voices.

Stay safe ~
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 04:06 pm
@H2O MAN,
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Re: Frank Apisa (Post 5208078)


FrankA, I'm instituting a self imposed 'time-out'.

I am tired of butting heads with 'online' individuals.

Life on this planet would be so much better if we could
see into the others eyes and hear each-others voices.

Stay safe ~


Stay safe yourself, H2O. Like you, I think face-to-face makes for better, more understanding encounters. But I guess we have to make do with what is available.

We'll talk.
parados
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 04:44 pm
@Frank Apisa,
If you met Spurt for a battle of wits, he would come unarmed.
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Wed 26 Dec, 2012 05:21 pm
@H2O MAN,
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Is there any chance this republic will survive 8 years of Obama?


Most people would bet against it.
 

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