Obama Has Lost the Trust of Voters
Sept 9, 2009
Obama has lost the trust of voters.
Last nights infomercial on health care reform won’t matter. In Obamaland, politics has surpassed the rule of law and any new legislative initiative that Obama introduces is only about power and government-control. It’s called Fascism.
Yet, Obama’s overall integrity has been tarnished in August – and it will be forever. At the beginning of the summer Americans mostly trusted him, his passion index was at +10, now he heads into the fall at -14.
Obama has already become infamous for his lies – his broken promises to restore our Constitutional liberties. The pattern of Obama’s calculated dishonesty – first manipulate us by promising reform, then deliver us betrayal instead – has run its course.
A jobless economic recovery. High unemployment. Free market assaults. Private sector takeovers. Out of control deficit spending. Public option versus Co-op versus ‘single payer’. Stimulus spending debacle. ACORN and census intermingling. Fairness Doctrine. Secret ballots. Internet control. Amnesty. Union favoritism. Expanding war in Afghanistan. Lack of support for Israel. Van Jones. Fearful lawmakers. Civil liberties. Bailouts & takeovers. Endless printing of money. The list is long and omnipotent government is the common thread.
All have lead to an enlightened awareness. Our collective recognition of this pattern would have long ago reduced any “reiterated commitment” to a scam so undeniable only the most pathetically gullible could still be deceived. America is waking up.
It is nearly a foregone conclusion and at this point, unavoidable that he is losing the trust of the American people – and will continue to do so.
1. Health Care Debate. More people than ever have noticed Obama’s wild “exaggerations” in his spewing on health care reform. Barring the existing possibility that the Democrats cram a reform bill down the throats of actively protesting Americans through an ultra-partisan process that would shut out conservatives and Republicans from even being allowed to contribute to the discussion, real health care reform is lost.
Yet, cram-down health care reform from House and Senate Democrats and against the will of the people is not lost. Health care is the defining moment in the Obama Administration and he doesn’t care what you think. Obama, Pelosi, Emanuel, Axelrod and Reid want control. They might just get it against the wishes of Americans.
American concerns are not without historical data. Every time the Government gets involved in anything it fails and costs the tax payers more money. Right now Social Security can only go on until 2017. Government-run Amtrak and the Post Office is failing. And Americans believe that the health care reform bill is helping insure the death of millions including babies and the aged. Add to this the fact that one of the main sources of revenue to fund Obamacare is reductions in Medicare.
Plus, here’s the broader problem for The White House. When Obama talks back in 2003 about wanting a single payer system – that is problematic. The uncut version of that single payer video clip is here.
Obama has a reality problem on health care, and it has begun to threaten his standing as a leader. The political damage is already considerable. With an atmosphere of economic crisis, Obama incorrectly calculated, that Americans were open to Rooseveltian social innovation. He was wrong. It was an ‘out of touch’ miscalculation. Americans were neither as desperate nor as malleable as they were during the New Deal. And, in the process, the public trust in Obama and government has hit an all-time low.
2. Hope & Change Bravado. The central pledges of the Obama campaign were less about specific policy positions and much more about changing the way Washington worked with broad hope and change platitudes.
During the campaign, Obama pledged for a change in Washington by stating “the interests of powerful lobbyists or the wealthiest few” who have “run Washington far too long” – must come to an end – and he convinced millions of people that he was serious. That is, until he began to govern and then cut a deal with Pharma on health care and a hardly noticed continual loosening and erosion of ethics laws.
In the age of YouTube, it’s nearly impossible for politicians to convincingly deny a lie or a broken promise. Just check out a list of Obama lies on video from the blog Frugal Cafe. Memory is transient, but video is forever. “Change we can believe in” rings dismally hollow now. It’s disheartening and outrageous how Obama’s changes, broken promises, and falsehoods have negatively impacted all Americans.
Obama certainly placed himself up on a pedestal during his campaign to convince millions of voters that he was above it all. Above the corruption that has often plagued Washington. That he would bring our country into an age of improvement. Of fairness. Of honesty. Of transparency. Of smaller government. Of lower taxes, of government accountability and fiscal responsibility.
Not even close…
3. Upcoming Tax Hikes. Especially, after a coming middle class tax hike, the American people will implode. It was inevitable. Because the minute the Bush tax relief measures run out in 2010, middle class taxes would be going up. Moreover, in order to pay for everything Obama has promised (and budgeted for), a tax hike is looming for small businesses and the middle-class working families that Obama promised would never come.
Obama’s “not a single dime” pledge on the campaign trail was just hot air from start to finish. Bush Sr. was run out of office on the basis of his broken promise, yet his replacement, Clinton, raised taxes on the middle class and was elected to a second term.
Obama won’t “count” allowing the Bush tax cuts to lapse as a tax increase. Unless the cuts are re-enacted, rates will automatically return to the 2000 level. Obama claims that letting a tax cut lapse – allowing the rates to return to a higher levels – is not actually a “tax increase.” It’s just the lapsing of a tax cut. See the difference? Me neither.
By extension, the majority of American households will get hit directly or indirectly by any expiration of the Bush tax cuts, via increased taxes on capital gains and dividends.
One group that will see the money coming right out of their bank accounts will be older retired individuals who are relying on dividend-paying stocks to make a steady income. These “widows and orphans” investors (yes, that’s actually what they are called), will be hurt badly, because not only will their dividend income be cut, but the value of the underlying securities will also go down as dividend-paying stocks will become worthless under a higher-dividend tax regime.
Obama is willfully deceiving you and me when he says that no one making under $250,000 will see an increase in their taxes. See the video in his own words. If one were keeping score, we could call that Tax Lie #1, Total Lies #687.
Obama has already raised more than at least $10 billion in new taxes on the middle and lower class with his new increased federal cigarette tax… so promise broken already. The real enjoyable tax event that will happen if Obama elects to allow the Bush tax changes to simply retire is the ‘Marriage Penalty’ will be reinstated. That will be a massive tax increase on the middle class.
While Obama will raise taxes a great deal on upper-income individuals, the overall tax-plan increases the national deficit. As a result, the country will be even less prepared to pay for current and future Social Security and Medicare obligations. When money is needed to pay for those programs, it will be hard to tax the rich even more, given that the top rate will already be so high. Instead, in order to pay the government’s spending and entitlement shortfalls, taxes would fall most heavily on middle-income Americans.
Blaming these sorts of tax increases on expiration of Bush’s tax cuts may be literally true, but politically disingenuous. But, with the yawning gap between federal revenue and Obama’s government spending, a broad-based tax increase is most certainly on the horizon. Yes, American Middle Class, Barack Obama Will Raise Your Taxes.
4. High Unemployment. Nearly without fail, economists are predicting that unemployment will be at or over 10% for up to the next 24 months. That is a nearly 250% increase in the unemployment rate under Bush for nearly the duration of his two-term presidency.
But, but, but…I thought the $13 per week tax refund in the Stimulus Bill was supposed to solve some of this unemployment problem? Where are those 3.5 million new jobs? How many times will the Democrats let this man lie and still give him full support? Pass the stimulus and unemployment won’t go over 8%, Obama said. We are approaching 10% soon. Actually, we are at 17% if you bypass accounting trickery.
The average length of unemployment is higher than it’s been since government began tracking the data in 1948. The cumulative job losses over the last six months have been greater than for any other half year period since World War II, including the military demobilization after the war.
The job losses are also now equal to the net job gains over the previous nine years, making this the only recession since the Great Depression to wipe out all job growth from the previous expansion. The dominant theme in August’s job report from the U.S. Department of Labor? August was another month of broad-based job losses. August saw the U.S. economy shed another 213,000 jobs.
Also, 7.4 million jobs have been lost during this recession, and when that stat is added to those who were without work before the recession, it means 14.9 million work-eligible Americans are unemployed — a gargantuan total in any review period.
Moreover, the average work week for rank-and-file employees in the private sector, roughly 80% of the work force, slipped to 33 hours. The likelihood is that when economic activity picks up, employers will first choose to increase hours for existing workers and bring part-time workers back to full time.
Can we find comfort in the fact that employment has long been considered a lagging indicator? It is conventionally seen as having limited predictive power since employment reflects decisions taken earlier in the business cycle. But today is different. Unemployment has doubled to 9.5% from 4.8% in only 16 months, a rate so fast it may influence future economic behavior and outlook.
No wonder poll after poll shows a steady erosion of confidence in the stimulus. As paychecks shrink and disappear, consumers are more hesitant to spend and won’t lead the economy out of the doldrums quickly enough.
This is Obamas Economy now. He lied to pass his agenda. And he wants to pass a health care bill for the same reasons. Yet, in order to recreate a ‘new economy’ you have to destroy the existing one. I believe his plan is working; allow a full collapse of the economy and the people will be so destitute that they will look to the government for everything – jobs, unemployment checks, health care, etc. Americans have reason to question Obama’s motive and timing.
5. Out of Control spending. Candidate Obama pledged to “cut both taxes and spending, implementing a responsible budget that lowers the federal deficit by reducing wasteful spending.” Since when can you get out of huge national debt by creating trillions of dollars of new debt? This defies Economics 101.
If you recall, VP Biden said with a straight face not long ago that he agrees with Obama in that if the U.S. Government doesn’t spend more money, the country will go bankrupt. Yes, you read that correctly.
How out of touch are Barack Obama and Joe Biden? While most hardworking American taxpayers look for ways to cut their budgets to avoid bankruptcy, Obama-Biden think spending MORE is the way to avoid bankruptcy. Obama’s budget-busting, deficit-exploding spending is out of control. And that, has led to an outburst of tea parties and voter revolt.
Obama has accumulated more debt than any president before him and he’s only been in office 6 months. He DID NOT inherit that! He DID NOT inherit that!
6. Control of people lives. When you talk of style and substance of this administration it is a government of intimidation and a government of numerous Czars. It reflects a worldview of socialism, internationalism and communism. It demonizes individual and corporate freedom while bypassing government accountability.
Obama is now officially dancing with the Czars, after appointing more Czars into his administration than the entire history of the Russian empire. The principal issue with Czars is that they are appointed and report directly to the president.
So, unlike all high profile positions (secretary of state, attorney general, supreme court justices, CIA directors, etc) Czars do not undergo the scrutiny of the US Congress. Therefore we have dramatically reduced transparency, a pledge Obama is violating and significant disruption in the balance of power, a feature of our unique government.
Obama’s control hammer extends to ‘here a Czar; there a Czar; everywhere a Czar Czar.’ The signs of massive government-control and economic manipulation lie within the arms of these Czars. Czars are involved in the pushing forward of global warming nonsense, cap and trade and carbon emissions bills, union expansion, radio-free speech, universal health care and regulations, and so forth.
We’ve already seen the outflow of the car Czar and pay Czar with the take over and forced merger of Chrysler to Fiat and the firing of Rick Wagner of GM. The backpressure and manipulation mostly falls in the lap of Obama and his Czar’s manipulation behind the scenes.
As is stands, numerous individuals whose backgrounds cannot be verified are now extending control over the private lives of American citizens.
This Congress and this president is violating the core and guts of our constitution, sovereignty and freedoms. Everywhere we turn, we are seeing the ongoing betrayal of our constitution and bill of rights.
On most fronts that matter — civil liberties, national security, economic policy, Obama will offend both the left and right. With unemployment lingering for the next 24 months, upcoming tax increases, more far-reaching government spending, amnesty of illegals, secret balloting of unions, internet and radio takeover, buying votes from special interest, and speech after speech after speech – Americans will see time-and-time again, example-after-example, Obama will fall short of truth. The Chicago way.
And, Obama, unlike Clinton, will not adjust his policy priorities prior to the 2010 elections or thereafter. All of this will lead to high unfavorability rating, which in turn, will lead to adolescent declarations of racism and smear campaigns from the Obama war room.
Yet, for the first time in my life, I believe the American people will see through (and are seeing through) all the Obama hype, racist claims and propaganda. The “out of control” false promises and panic in an effort to get health care legislation passed will not work. Obama is losing the trust of all those except his most ardent supporters.
Tonight’s speech will not matter.
Tomorrow’s speech may not matter either.