We get get a lot of questions which revolve around “when will Americans wake up to flim-flam Obama?”
We also get a lot of communications from the Hopium addled purporting to defend Obama. The defenses revolve around “George W. Bush did not damage America in the first 12 months and likewise you have not seen all the good Obama will do to America until after 12 months and then wait until the economy gets better – that will shut you up but good!”
At first we thought these are really stupid people, who do not know their history, who defend Obama. After all, George W. Bush did do a great deal of damage to America in the first six months mostly by ignoring Bill Clinton communications warning about Bin Laden. In the first months Bush wasted money and vacationed and lived the good life. Americans quickly caught on to Bush living the high life and Bush’s popularity sunk only to be rescued on September 11, 2001, the day the planes hit.
We have, however, discovered that these strange and ahistorical defenses of Obama are wielded not only by those who send their crayon missives to us, but these defenses are also used by intelligent people we once respected.
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When will Americans wake up to flim-flam Obama? Already polls show crusty sand is being wiped from American eyelids. But the complete and irreversible “wake-up” will occur (just as with Bush) when the Obama Katrina disasters touch individual Americans. At that point no amount of Hopium consumed will deflect American revulsion against Obama. When will that point arrive? We have a guess:
But if anyone’s looking for some clear voices, there are 650,000 of them just waiting to be heard. That is roughly the number of long-term unemployed who will begin losing their jobless benefits in September, according to the National Employment Law Project. [snip] Depending on which state and the sort of triggers that apply to benefits, hundreds of thousands of workers laid off early in the downturn are soon to be left without the basic sustenance of an unemployment check.
Meanwhile, the Labor Department says, the number of unemployed people out of work for 27 weeks or longer continues to grow, reaching 4.4 million last month. In June, three out of 10 jobless workers had been out of work for at least six months, according to the department’s data. The stimulus package the president signed soon after taking office did provide extended benefits, and boosted weekly payments. But even that extension runs out on Dec. 26, and would not apply to all the unemployed. Does anyone really believe that a significant portion of the unemployed will have found new work by then? Hardly. Both private and government economists now predict that unemployment will continue to rise at least through the end of this year.
“We can’t ignore this moment when all these folks are running out (of benefits),” says Maurice Emsellem of the National Employment Law Project.
Having wasted trillions of dollars Obama will eventually be forced to extend unemployment benefits. Republicans, if intelligent, will likely back the extension of benefits but with a twist: take the money from the Obama “stimulus” scam passed earlier this year.
Dimocrats will yell and scream if money from the slush fund (a.k.a. the Obama “stimulus” scam) for 2010 Dimocrats is threatened to be taken away. But if Republicans demand extended unemployment benefits be taken from the Obama “stimulus” scam they will find a receptive American public.
The “best and the brightest” of Dimocrats will fail to understand the pull for Americans of fiscal responsibility. The once rational Michael Tomasky is a case in point.
Michale Tomasky recently took to his website to spin pretty on the latest stinking B.O. polls. Here is the deceptive, unfactual defense:
This is chiefly about the economy. Period. It was Bush’s mess. Now it’s becoming Obama’s mess to average voters. I have to say, that’s understandable.
And wasn’t all this entirely anticipate-able? I anticipated it, and I’m sure others did too. One always knew that the economy wouldn’t start rebounding til next spring or summer. So what should we have expected to happen in the second half of 2009, as unemployment figures rose (something we also knew would happen)? Obviously, Obama was going to start losing some support. He’ll keep losing more by year end for sure.
We agree with Tomasky that “it’s the economy, stupid”. And we certainly agree that it was “entirely anticipate-able” that the economy would not rebound this year. We here at Big Pink certainly anticipated it. We wrote against the Bush waste of money in late 2008 (as well as during his term) and we railed against the Obama waste too. But Tomasky ignores the repeated assertions by Obama and his looters that the economy would recover THIS YEAR.
That’s right Tomasky, it was the Obama looters who failed to anticipate the “entirely anticipate-able”.
It was Obama who stated that by passing his “stimulus” scam unemployment would not rise above 8%. It was “entirely anticipate-able” that that was an Obama lie. Obama said that to get his 2010 election slush fund for Dimocrats passed. This was all “entirely anticipate-able”. At the time we quoted Alice Rivlin’s warnings. We wrote repeatedly that this was not an economic package so much as an electoral slush fund:
Wake up real Democrats and Real Progressives! It’s not Rush Limbaugh vs. Obama – it’s Real Democrats who want to protect Social Security and secure the economy vs. Barack Obama and his flim-flam “stimulus” scam. [snip]
It will take a lot of courage for the emerging NObama coalition to speak up and vote against the Hopium addled and other Social Security looters. Barack Obama and his crimelords are attacking the elderly and the young. The elderly Obama will target with inflation and an attack on Social Security, the young Obama will attack with a debt they will inherit. [snip]
This is not a “stimulus” bill. It is a political money waste designed to influence the 2010 elections.
We argued for a “smart” expenditure policy and against the “stimulus” scam. We entirely anticipated what would happen and it was the Dimocrats and Obama who failed to anticipate the “entirely anticipate-able”.
Tomasky and the Hopium addled defenders of Barack Obama refuse to hold Obama to account, but unemployed Americans will not be so vapid.
Yes Mike, it was Obama in his 2010 budget that declared an economic turnaround THIS JUNE. Roubini and Big Pink did not believe it. We denounced the “entirely anticipate-able” mess which is the Obama “stimulus”.
Yes Mike, we have been proven right when we wrote Obama Budget: Sleeveless, Clueless, Truthless, Hopeless, Penniless. It was Obama, Mike, who lied about the “entirely anticipate-able”.
Having rewritten history to ignore Obama’s lies, Tomasky then proceeds to propose the obvious – which might not be true – a very very big “if”:
It was always my feeling that in political terms, as long as the economy actually does begin to bounce back by next summer, in time for the midterms, the politics would be basically fine over the long haul. As long as Obama and Dems can campaign next year saying, credibly, that we’re getting back on track, things will work out. The Senate numbers still favor pick-ups under those circumstances. Also, as the economy rebounds, so will Obama’s numbers.
So it’s going to be a long fall. Passing some big legislation would certainly help. Failing to pass it would hurt, but it probably wouldn’t hurt as much as some liberals think, because this is still mainly about the economy.
Some liberals are panicking, and some conservatives are starting to gloat. But really. This happened to Reagan. Terrible recession, and he got creamed in the first midterms. Went on to be a fairly consequential president.
If I were in the WH, the one thing I’d be saying is: Get out there and give speeches. Not town halls, which bring out his less appealing professorial side. Speeches. Highlight stimulus gains. Thump the tub on health care and the climate bill. The guy can rev people up as we know. As I’ve written before, why they so rarely have him out there doing it is a mystery.
So for the Hopium addled Tomasky it comes down to this: ‘if the economy improves (the big “if”) then Obama and the Dimocrats will be OK next year – and there is no need for panic even though things are going to get really bad for the rest of the year. Also, let’s hear more words, words, words, from Obama.’
Tomasky does not tolerate the possibility that it is Obama policies which are the problem and that more droning from him will not get jobs to the unemployed.
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Hopium addled Eleanor Clift still believes Obama is the Mess-iah, albeit with flaccid polls:
His poll numbers may be sinking, but six months into his presidency, Barack Obama retains the admiration and the trust of voters. To be sure, they’re not as admiring of his policies. The attacks from critics about unsustainable debt and big government have taken their toll. Voters question whether his policies will work, and the legions of progressives who backed him wonder whether he has what it takes to work his will on Capitol Hill.
Clift’s prescription is for Obama to become something he simply is not – a fighter for the people. Obama only fights for himself. Still, Clift continues to light the incense:
If political capital is measured by popularity, Obama still has plenty. What he doesn’t seem to have is a willingness to spend it. With health-care reform working its way through Congress and climate-change legislation within reach for the first time ever, it’s time for Obama to get in touch with his inner LBJ, but so far the signs don’t look good. [snip]
It’s not Obama’s temperament to lean hard on people, and he doesn’t know his prey the way President Johnson did as a former Senate majority leader. LBJ had compromised and bullied and legislated for years, and he knew everybody’s sweet spot, when to cajole, when to threaten. Obama’s got Rahm Emanuel, a cleaned-up, not-quite-so-vulgar version of Johnson. It’s not the same, but will have to do. With unemployment climbing and 12,000 people a day losing health insurance, Obama cannot allow universal health care to slip away yet again. If a Democratic president with commanding majorities in both the Senate and House can’t make it happen this Congress, the Democrats will take a hit in the 2010 congressional election, and the losses will be deserved.
Obama defenders still continue to think that Obama will fight for someone other than himself:
This is an LBJ moment where Obama’s legislative skills will be tested. Just as Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law along with sweeping civil-rights legislation in the window that was open to him after the assassination of President Kennedy, Obama’s standing in the country is high enough that he can still ride the wave of the election that swept him into office. The steadily increasing number of people without jobs and health insurance is scary and their cry for change will only grow louder. The true unemployment rate is probably twice what the government records as people get discouraged and fall from the statistics.
Hopium addled Clift, like Tomasky, like Big Media – is still a fan, is still a believer – not a trace of doubt in their minds.
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Sad sack Joe Klein is also a believer. Like most of Obama’s Hopium addled Joe unwittingly denounces Obama even as he sings Obama’s praises. For instance:
Barack Obama has been President for six months now, and we are beginning to learn a few things about how he does business. The most surprising of these is that he is a vehement traditionalist, a small-c conservative, despite his opponents’ best efforts to paint him as a radical. In foreign policy, this has meant a return to traditional diplomatic devices — treaties, alliances, negotiation, a global strategic vision — after the ad hoc, go-it-alone bellicosity of his predecessor. [snip]
It is likely to be an ugly summer of sausage-grinding in Washington. Obama’s two biggest domestic-policy proposals — health-care reform and alternative energy — will be pulverized and reshaped by the Senate. The end products may be unsightly and counterproductive, if passed. A third initiative — a relatively modest regulatory reform of the financial system — is being chewed to dust by the termite lobbyists of the banking industry. A fourth initiative — the effort to buy off the banking system’s “toxic” assets — is languishing, near comatose, because of the bankers’ intransigence. (See who’s who in Obama’s White House.)
The fact is, Obama may be blowing a major opportunity for reform with his domestic-policy diffidence. He came to office faced with an unprecedented economic crisis, and he focused on it successfully during his first 100 days, giving two excellent speeches about the need for a stimulus plan and general economic reform.
Did you notice that for Klein – just as for Tomasky – the thrill is Obama’s WORDS. Klein thinks Obama’s “two excellent speeches” are wonderful, Tomasky wants more Obama speeches, at least Clift wants more LBJ in her Obama.
Klein will not accept the Obama is a boob even as he catalogs Obama’s boobery point by ugly point:
He has lost that focus as his other initiatives have come online; he has failed to speak with precision or clarity about the bills wandering through Congress. He has failed to make clear what needs to be in those bills — and what can’t be — if he is going to sign them. He also needs to update the public on his stimulus plan, especially now that his Vice President inadvertently dissed it. And he needs to make a direct assault on the greedheads who created the Ponzi economy and are now trying to gut his plan to make them do business honestly. [snip]
Congress cringes at the hard stuff, especially anything that can be labeled a tax or a regulation. To make things more difficult, the public doesn’t consider health or energy reform as crucial as the President (rightly) does. Most people are happy with their health insurance, although they’re worried about losing it. And they are not clear about the sacrifices necessary to address climate change — or the national-security issues raised by our dependence on oil provided by some of the more disgraceful governments in the world.
If Obama is to succeed with his domestic-policy agenda, he needs to convince people that action is necessary on these abstruse issues. He is going to have to demand clear, comprehensible solutions from Congress, and he is going to have to admit what most civilians know in their gut: that a price must be paid for a better, more secure health-care system and action on climate change. [snip]
It will take relentless focus to sell health reform and solve the continuing economic crisis. That will not leave much time for climate change, at least not this year — and that is a good thing, because the Waxman-Markey energy bill passed by the House is an excellent candidate for euthanasia. It is a demonstration of all that’s wrong with the legislative process in latter-day America.
Joe Klein thinks Obama is simply wonderful but that things right now suck. Klein will not admit that Obama AND his policies are a mess. Joe does not want to be right; Joe is a believer.
But Americans are beginning to wake up. The unemployed and the soon to be unemployed and the soon to be unemployed without unemployment benefits are especially awake and not happy with Obama:
President Barack Obama’s approval rating has nose-dived in Ohio, a sign that voters are beginning to blame him for their economic problems. [snip]
“These numbers indicate that, for the first time, voters have decided that President Barack Obama bears some responsibility for their problems,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the polling institute.
“Until now, voters have given President Obama high ratings on the economy, blaming former President George W. Bush for their problems. They might be taking out their frustration on President Obama, possibly deciding that the change he promised has not come as quickly as they expected.”[snip]
“These numbers indicate that he may be losing, at least for now, some of those who voted for him in November, and should be an indication to the White House that his honeymoon with voters may be ending.” [snip]
The sinking numbers for Obama and Strickland could mean trouble for Democrats in next year’s midterm election.
“If the election is a referendum on how Ohio’s doing, which is what Republicans will try to make it, then it’s bad news for Democrats,” Brown said.
Klein, Clift, Tomasky are still on the Hopium. The Hopium addled continue to defend the indefensible Obama. For Clift, Tomasky, and Klein, the Chris Matthews thrill up the leg is still tingling.
For unemployed Obama voters, the thrill is gone.