Obama's Dipping Polls, Soaring Gas Prices, Joblessness
Along with his morning briefing on national security and the state of world affairs, Obama also gets his daily lose of the latest poll figures. This president cares about polls so much that he said this during a fundraiser last Thursday in Los Angeles when he was courting Hollywood: “My poll numbers go up and down depending on the latest crisis, and right now gas prices are weighing heavily on people.”
Sure, his feet are being held to the fire on the soaring gasoline prices. But his low poll numbers also reflect his failure to “create or save” millions of jobs. And make no mistake about it, he regards his poll numbers as sacrosanct; they take precedence over any other presidential concerns—even his terrible track record on helping the middle class out of economic despair.
Obama may see his numbers going down, but does he take responsibility for them? Not at all. He has blamed everybody from Bush to “fat cat bankers on Wall Street.” In the 2009 60 Minutes interview, “He said bankers have not shown “a lot of shame” about their behavior and outsized compensation despite the bank bailouts and economic downturn.”
Where’s your shame, Mr. President?
Going way back to 2008, Obama gave a speech in Flint Michigan on his plans to create new jobs.
Here's part of the speech on the campaign trail:
“…after years of Bush Administration policies that tilted the playing field in favor of the wealthy and the well-connected…Yes, we need to provide immediate help to families who are struggling in places like Flint, but we also need a serious plan to create new jobs and industry.”
Professor John Paul Rossi rebuts Obama’s campaign promises:
“Instead of punishing those responsible for ruining the country’s financial system and requiring them to pay for the damages they caused while pushing the economy over a cliff, President Obama’s policies have, in fact, rewarded many of them.
While millions of Americans are jobless, members of the New York Stock Exchange reaped more in yearly profit in 2009 than ever before in history — $61.4 billion.
And Wall Street bonuses are back. Goldman Sachs socked away $9.3 billion for 2010 bonuses, which averages to more than $500,000 per employee. The much-touted financial bill the president signed this summer will not have much impact on Wall Street’s “business as usual” culture.
In the first six months of 2010, mortgage foreclosures reached a record high with more than 1.65 million homes receiving some kind of foreclosure filing.”
Campaign promises mean nothing except an electoral success. After that, all bets are off. Obama lied about jobs; lied about punishing the Fat Cats—he ushered them right into the White House; and continues to lie about being concerned with rising gas prices—he hasn’t lifted the moratorium on drilling off our coasts and he tells everybody to go buy an electric hybrid for $40K!