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Obama Opponents Finding Their Voice

By Dan Balz
President Obama may still hold the high ground politically in Washington, but the outlines of an opposition message have suddenly begun to come together. On domestic and foreign policy, Obama's opponents have found cracks in his armor.

The most serious potential problem is a thread that runs through his entire agenda and poses the fundamental question for the domestic side of his presidency. How much more government will Americans tolerate?

Government intervention has been at the heart of the president's response to the economic and financial problems he inherited. That is understandable. The size of the economic collapse last fall, and the breakdown in the financial system, may have required big, bold and fast action.

But government also is central to his most ambitious first-year initiatives, health care and climate change. For example, by almost every estimate, what the president wants to do to reform health care will cost a trillion or more federal dollars over the next decade, and potentially make government a more significant arbiter than it already is in the way the nation's health care system operates.

Obama insists his mission is not to permanently enlarge the federal government. But he's certainly doing that in the short term. The risks of juggling so many big things at once have become clearer as the system attempts to deal with them and the public tries to understand them. At the pace he's going, he threatens to overload the circuits.

Polls show concern about the size of government and the mushrooming deficits under Obama's policies. For some time, the polls also have shown public skepticism about the president's efforts to use federal money to save General Motors. Obama's effort to include a public health insurance plan as part of the overall health care reform package has become a flash point in that debate.

Those findings represent flashing yellow lights for the administration, which is why the president has moved, symbolically and rhetorically at least, to counter any suggestions that he is a big-government Democrat. His rhetoric has consistently emphasized his commitment to restoring fiscal discipline as quickly as possible. But his efforts have been minimal in comparison to what he's done to grow government, and there is little he can do in the short run.

On matters of foreign policy, Obama is buffeted from the right and the left. His proposal to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay has drawn consistent criticism from Republicans, led by former vice president Dick Cheney, and, more recently, caused nervousness among Democratic lawmakers.

Public opinion offers a mixed bag: Some polls have shown narrow support for Obama's decision to close the controversial facility, while others show the public evenly divided. But there is clear opposition to moving prisoners to domestic prisons. A Gallup Poll taken last month showed 2-1 opposition on this question. Obama remains on the defensive over Gitmo.

Republicans have also coalesced around other aspects of Obama's shifts away from Bush-era policies on treatment of prisoners, with the public as much on the side of the GOP as on Obama's. What seemed a clear Obama advantage during the presidential campaign has become a much more contentious political problem now that he's in the White House.

Obama's escalation of the war in Afghanistan has proven controversial with Democrats. He had to fight to win passage in the House this week of a supplemental war funding bill -- and only managed that after the bill was sweetened with additional funding for the International Monetary Fund.

Obama has come under pressure on the U.S. for his muted response to the massive demonstrations in Iran this week in the aftermath of last week's flawed election there. He has been forced to walk a careful line.

Obama's White House team is attentive to public opinion and quick to move to head off problems, whether on Capitol Hill or with the public. That has been clear as they've faced obstacles and responded to them early in the administration. At the same time, many of the battles Obama is engaged in are far from resolved. He has not yet shown where he's prepared to compromise, both to win more support and to ease public concerns about his policies.

Results will matter most. But for Obama the issue is how much patience the public has as they wait to see whether his policies are working. Unemployment continues to rise, giving Republicans ammunition to question whether the nearly $800 billion stimulus package will be as effective as the administration promised. GM has miles to go before anyone will know whether it has a profitable future.

Obama is lucky to have an opposition party that has so many of its own problems. But that will be of only limited comfort to him in the coming months. The public may disapprove of the Republicans, but they can easily start turning against the president if he doesn't deliver what he's promised. Five months after his inauguration, reality is beginning to sink in.

Posted at 12:44 PM ET on Jun 18, 2009  | Category:  Dan Balz's Take
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I didn't realize this site was in the habit of censoring posts. I suppose my last post struck a nerve.

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 21, 2009 12:26 PM

It may look like big government but what President Obama is having to do is take back our country from the corportations that were allowed to loot and pillage during the Bush administration.

Is it not a peculiar thing that 4 months before the end of the Bush administration we were thrown into a financial apocalypse. The economy was in sad shape for over a year before the fall of 2008 event, but all the while the "fundementals of the economy are sound". This statement became a GOP mantra that brainwashed the party. McCain made the fatal mistake of chanting the mantra on the campaign trail and ended any chance at being elected. The issue of the economy was put on the table deliberatly to set in motion the new Presidents` move to protect the public by getting government involved in many aspects of our society. This gives the GOP plenty of fuel to make claims of socialism and incubate the "your freedoms will be eroded scare". While all the time (patriot act) the GOP installs more cameras and bugs.If this were a chess game Obama would have no other choice, he has to take this defense or he will quickly lose to many pieces during the chaos that would ensue if he does nothing. The unexpected part of the move though is the intense desire to reach across the isle and leaving congress to make his proposals happen. Make the GOP feel like they matter enough to mount an revealing offensive.

The best chess player is always 7 moves ahead and to get to this point he has to anticipate the oposition and force certain moves and so far he is doing a good job of that. Enter Dick Cheney on weekends who now will try to continue the confusion set in play during his last move. Dick plans on getting the GOP back on message as so far they have dimished power by becoming a party of "NO". You cant respect or take a party seriously if they say no to everything. Dick Cheneys` move is to bring back the fear mongering to justify "No" as being patriotic.

The move now is to listen to what the people want and gather together Dems like Max Bacus and have Max return money to the insurance lobby. Mount a massive campaign to show that the Dem leaders are listening and acting on the peoples ideas. This added to the huge success that is coming in Afghanistan will throw the GOP into chaos and infighting.Dick Cheney will be caught with a rook and a queen. Check Mate.

Posted by: rpa777 | June 20, 2009 11:18 AM

Finding their voice? When have they ever lost it? Palin "intellectuals" expressed it at their rallies- kill him. Bush babies said he is "another Carter" as if he wasn't a better president than W. Old ba ba ba- ba bomb Iran called him "that one" like something less than human.
No, republicans never lose their voice, just their phony religious values from time to time.

Posted by: seemstome | June 20, 2009 12:13 AM

Dittohead crybabies think the sky is falling.

Obama's not taking us to hell. We're already in hell, thanks to Bush and corporate lobbyists.

Republicans and other reactionary nut jobs,

Shut up. Get out of the way. If you can't clean up your mess, at least get out of the way so we adults can do it for you. Nothing new, us doing it for you.

Republicans think the world owes them a living, so we'll just have keep carrying them utill those fat old spoiled brats grow up, if that ever happens.

We work. They get rich. Now they're scared, because they're incapable of doing anything for themselves. Useless republican welfare queens. Pathetic.

Posted by: rooster54 | June 19, 2009 7:18 PM

We keep hearing that he doesn't want to run a car company.....

We keep hearing that he doesn't want to run Wall Street.....

We keep hearing that "these reforms are only temporary"

We keep hearing that there is a "crisis" in health care

The health bill is estimated to cost over a trillion dollars--at least. That's a real crisis when there is already a huge deficit.

Unemployment is still rising. That is a real crisis.

HE HAS TAKEN AND WILL TAKE MORE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS CITIZEN'S TAXES than ever to pay for what HE wanted--CONTROL. We don't want any of these things. Aren't the US taxpayers shareholders now? Would you invest in GM or Chrysler as an investor? Would you invest in Medicaid as an investor?

Companies that are run poorly and can't pay their bills. Don't we get a vote now? what about Executive compensation for the government? When's the annual meeting?

Posted by: mnicholas1 | June 19, 2009 3:46 PM

But, but Obama still gives really, really great speeches. MSNBC and the New York Times said so....

Posted by: RaiderDan | June 19, 2009 1:40 PM

Wow, what a bunch of whiners! President Obama was elected into office because GWB had spent eight years lying to us, bankrupting us, involving us in two unnecessary wars (don't tell me you think we couldn't have FOUND Osama Bin Laden without invading the country he was hiding in) and exhausting our military. Our former president succeeded in destroying any hope of creating a working relationship with the rest of the world with his arrogance.

Now that we finally have a President who is actually good at talking to us and communicating in adult discourse with the rest of the world, Republicans are trying to ambush his every move. President Obama is actively trying to solve some of our problems but has to fight all of the immature political rhetoric every step of the way. From moronic Senator Michelle Bachman claiming she will not completely fill out her census form because our President is so crooked, it will be used to fix the next election to Republican Congressman Mike Pence stating to the media today that since President Obama isn't speaking out to back the rebelling forces in Iran, He will be making a statement of support from Congress. We elected President Obama and he deserves our support, especially in foreign policy matters. For Congress to 'respectfully disagree' and issue a statement is the height of ridiculous political treason.
If I had wanted Mike Pence to speak for me I would have voted for him. President Obama realizes that this is Iran's internal problem and whichever side dominates in the end we will have to deal with. We also can't be seen as taking sides because as with most internal problems if we insert ourselves between the factions they will quit fighting amongst theirselves and unite to fight the common foe. The American interloper!

Posted by: MaggiePi | June 19, 2009 12:06 PM

"Obama Opponents Finding Their Voice"

I don't think the ever lost their voice. In fact, although they have a severe lack of understanding of the scientific depth, and the historical contexts of issues; they never shut up yelling about them. If the right wingnuts ever do lose their voice, it will be from too much hysterical yowling.
"Finding their voice?" It would be a great relief to all of us if they would find their brains.

Posted by: rooster54 | June 19, 2009 11:52 AM

The fact is Obama eats cheeseburgers and fries from Five Guys and still smokes cigarettes. This is a sign of someone who is selfish and weak. For the good of the country he should stop smoking.

Posted by: edgar_sousa | June 19, 2009 11:25 AM

Posted by: ragnark999 | June 18, 2009 7:37 PM
Back pedaling the true signs of a republican.

By not being “below” implies that we are “above” and that sir is saying we are superior. If you do not like what you say do not say it. Furthermore, with the exception of the 1936 Olympics we like every other nation tips their flag to the host nation of the Olympics. As for Obama bowing, he did not do it in a submissive way; he did it as a sign of greeting. You republicans will find any measly little argument you can to make Obama look bad, yet you protect the idiocy of Bush like a mother guarding their young.

Now I must leave because I find your conversation seriously lacking, but I will leave you with this:

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
~Ben Franklin
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ragnark999 I find it extremely difficult to argue with one who does't have their facts straight. I might suggest you go back and research your history.

Since 1936, when in a clearly political move designed to register discomfort with the host nation, the U.S. team refused to lower the Stars and Stripes to Adolf Hitler in spite of direct requests by the Nazis to do so, no American team has ever dipped the flag. Though American television viewers probably consider the tradition non-controversial and a federal flag code enacted in 1942 dissuades citizens from dipping, the practice of refusing to lower the Stars and Stripes has historically produced heated debates in both domestic and foreign venues. In 1908, the refusal to dip the flag elicited as much condemnation as praise from the American media. Ever since, the custom has been controversial.
The U.S. is not alone in refusing to dip. When the Soviet Union joined the Olympic movement in 1952,

Your second point of me backtracking is invalad as well. My stating America is not"below" does not imply we are "Above" anyone. Your statement is like saying since I am not Underweight I must be overweight.

You are showing your true signs of being a Democrat that being very uninformed and diverting the truth. The truth of the matter of this entire discussion is that Obama acted subserviant. I will be glad to explain that to you, but unfortunately you like a typical Democrat ran away when you could not win your argument.

I am done with this and you. Continue burying your head in the sand.

Here is a couple of my favorite quotes from your president:

America is--is no longer, uh, what it--it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was...uh, and I say to myself, 'uh, I don't want that future, uh, uh for my children.'
- Barack Obama

'I have campaigned in all 57 states.
- Barack Obama (2008)

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 19, 2009 10:07 AM

We all see that the only concrete things Obama has done so far are either veiled Bush policy or reheated Clinton policy.

One thing struck me during the election - fine words (written by others) from a person who when a professor for eight years NEVER published a single academic article.

The other was the speed with which he threw people no longer of interest under the bus.

I hope people get over their emotions from his speaches and begin looking at his results. He plans to put us in debt for decades - the young are the ones he is throwing under the bus - what irony!

Posted by: sally62 | June 18, 2009 11:22 PM

Just watched Angelina Jolie talk about the people she has met in refugee camps. How they have the character and will to live difficult lives yet smile, be courageous, fight for their loved ones.

How lucky we are to have a government that protects us from those who would destroy us as they do others...

Then I read US citizens complaining that goverment should not just keep them safe to go on but should also take care of them - that it is not our own responsibility to do so. The state should feed us, educate us, heal us, bury us.

America and Americans are changing - not sure for the better at all. Gone are the foundings of our country when Americans knew that no one "deserves" anything - we have responsibility of our lives (except the severely handicapped, ill and aged).

Posted by: sally62 | June 18, 2009 10:56 PM

I think in many respects the President is doing exactly what he said he would do once he was elected and of course there were many people who did not agree with that approach. And many of the comments reflect those views above.

The main problem I have with what he has done so far is two fold: I was expecting a real change and his cabinet is a good example of how little change there has been. They are all good people but they are right of the Clinton mold not much of a change there for sure.
The second major issue I have is related to his conduct of the war in Iraq. He's following policies that are in my view inconsistent with his campaign promises and more closely represent McCain and Bush's.

I also have issues with the details of the handling of the economy and heath care but my view is that in those areas he is more closely following his campaign promises.

Overall I would give him a grade of maybe a C!

Posted by: pljmt | June 18, 2009 10:34 PM

Three quotes as pointers:

1: " The best government is that which governs the least."

2: "The Government solution to a problem is often-times worse than the problem itself and leaves us worse than where we started."

3: "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread".

A call for prudence in judgement.

Posted by: mdsubramonia | June 18, 2009 10:22 PM

Don't worry New Americans will live in your house, use your clothes and car and take your identity like you never even left.


Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 9:26 PM
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Dotty, I must admit, you're great entertainment.
Posted by: mikem1
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Voters in the cities of Arcata and Eureka California passed laws last November called the Youth Protection Act, anticipating a bad Obama led outcome. But the Obamaland Justice Department promptly sued, arguing that they interfere with the government's ability to raise an army and protect the country.

The people have just lost to Obamaland, so it is not entertaining, it is Germany circa WWII all over again.

Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 10:20 PM

This article is OK but..
Mr. Obama is doing well given his age and background. He does not come from a powerful and well connected family and he is relatively young. He has the 'everyman' thing going for him.
Small odds are? he may not even run for reelection. Why? to save something for the future. He would also make a great VP. The public at home and abroad likes him. This is a good thing, for security and business. He gets our foot in the door.
Like T Roosevelt he speaks softly.. The big stick of the Us is well known, after the last 8 yrs. This gives him and US leverage and access. His foreign policy reset has called the bet
Phone companies will soon be in Cuba, Lebanon has made progress and Iran is in play. what can you say. The GOP has to hit the ball back over the net, not complain to the refs.

The GOP is in due denial. Anytime Rush and co are your main leaders it says to GOP elected official you were too dependent on talk radio to do the real political work of knocking on doors and building organizations. Shame. The GOP took a shortcut and got nailed. So try not to be all negative, it looks and is weak.

Look on the bright side. The American people in their divine wisdom elected Mr. Obama. He has proved that wisdom by being what is needed in todays asymmetrical world. He hit he ball from Bush rough to the all American fairway.
The American people have set an example for the world by electing him A new high benchmark has been set. He is shrewd, strategic and has a good feel for the developing world. He is almost one of them. Hello. The opposition and skeptical journalist just need to think much bigger and take their hands off the predictable trigger. There really is a very big story here, which top journalist like Mr Balz need to work harder to find and report.

Posted by: empireport | June 18, 2009 10:15 PM

Every minute since this president took the oath of office (and before) there has been a standing vigil to see when he would screw up.
People have even resorted to inventing aspects of his life (he's a "secret" Muslim, was born on another planet, planning on sending ninjas to your house to steal your mama's color TV). They have to invent these nefarious, b-movie plots because on the surface he's mild mannered, articulate, and cool under pressure.

Honestly, he makes a rotten villain.

In addition, that same intelligence, calm, and likability is exactly what makes him a good leader and an effective president.

All the doomsday scenarios painted by people wishing he would fail are purely speculation at this point. It will be at least a couple of years before we see what his policies hold for the nation.
And at that point, guess what? We get to vote again.
Until then, wondering when his adversaries are going to finally get him is a lousy vision of politics and a lousy way to spend your time.
This injured nation needs to pray for success, not more blood.

Posted by: dccamp68 | June 18, 2009 10:06 PM

Increasing the role of the federal government in the economy or society is neither inherently benign or detrimental. This should be common sense to everyone. For anyone to seriously suggest the government should not have a significant role in the economy, they would logically have to be opposed to most, if not all, of the New Deal and Great Society. There are very few, except perhaps among some right wingers, who want to repeal Social Security, Medicare, the minimum wage, unemployment benefits, child labor laws, etc.

Expanding the size and role of the federal government, especially the executive branch, can be bad in some ways, as was implemented by the Bush-Cheney regime with supported by most Republians, with Democrats largely acquiescing. There were steps toward a quasi-authoritarian government adopted by the Bush-Cheney administration, support for an unconstitutional unitary executive form of government, whereby the judicial and legislative branches are largely subservient to the executive branch. With the election of Obama, these tendencies toward a semi-authoritarian executive branch seem to be mostly reversed.

The conservative Republican approach, with significant support from Democrats, to the housing/credit speculative bubble was to allow greed to continue unchecked with reckless deregulation. Unless we really want to try to avoid future such bubble/collapses with serious recessions possibly following, stronger federal regulation is needed.

Conservatives in both parties seek to significantly dilute health care reform by opposing a government administered program, requring uninsured people buy health care insurance, especially while providing meager subsidies, financing expansion of health care on the backs of older people with major Medicare reductions and/or higher taxes on middle class people. As E.J. Dionne writes in his column today, weakening health care reform, in order to win Republican votes in Congress, is neither necessary nor good policy.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 18, 2009 10:02 PM

How many more people will be able to afford better health care under the Republican plan? How will those who are uninsured because they lost their jobs or have "pre-existing conditions" get any coverage at all?

A tax break doesn't magically make health care available or affordable if it simply allows rates to continue to rise on fewer insured workers.

And wouldn't a tax cut swap also mean loss of tax revenue and a shortfall that has to be made up by cuts in essential services?

More cuts in education? Military spending? The courts? Roads?

Americans need to collectively bargain for the health care we all need and cost it out in real terms. Enough with the $10 tongue depressors already!

It's good to see Republican law makers taking this seriously, but it's time for them to come to the table with something that doesn't offer marginal improvements in public health while insuring profits to an exclusive private system at the expense of other basic services to tax payers.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | June 18, 2009 9:57 PM

...I just don't get it. You suffer thru 8 years of bush, NOT A WORD from any teabagger about HIS deficits (they don't matter anyways according to Cheney) but now that a Democrat's in office every republican out there has a chicken little complex.

YOU HAVE NO CREDIBILITY.
Posted by: mikem1
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If numbers were all correct, Republicans actually elected the Democrat Congress when Bush quit listening to the people, who want "NO MORE WAR" and no more money supporting war.

Problem?
Obama and Congress still aren't listening either. This entire Congress sucks.

Voter registration to the Independent party means they suffer knowing they are not coming back in another round.

The love is gone for Congress.
Mummys running the Country stinks like moth balls.

Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 9:51 PM

Corporate sponsored media have turned your brains to mush.

Posted by: rooster54 | June 18, 2009 9:47 PM

I disagree. The prez is doing a great job.
...

Posted by: blakesouthwood

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Pom and cheer highkicks for rampant swine flu?

Cartwheels over huge numbers in unemployment over last month's, even as people who have out lasted their benefits are falling off the roles still unemployed?

How about that stock market and bond markets soaring ...got a stag jump whoooppeee for that one?

No buyers on your sell here.
He lined up, took the shot, and failed miserably.
Obama = No confidence = NPD sociopathic dual profiles.


Biden = Confidence. at least he is a Constitutionally qualified PoTUS who's allegiance and experience is not in question.

Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 9:43 PM

Don't worry New Americans will live in your house, use your clothes and car and take your identity like you never even left.


Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 9:26 PM
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Dotty, I must admit, you're great entertainment.

Posted by: mikem1 | June 18, 2009 9:42 PM

But in the final analysis, Obama Day occurred because President Obama never appreciated that failure was not only an option, but a virtual certainty, under his policies.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 18, 2009 9:27 PM
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Maybe you should wait 7 1/2 years or at least more than five months before making such statements. At least then you'll have some actual facts instead of just spouting ideology.

I just don't get it. You suffer thru 8 years of bush, NOT A WORD from any teabagger about HIS deficits (they don't matter anyways according to Cheney) but now that a Democrat's in office every republican out there has a chicken little complex.

YOU HAVE NO CREDIBILITY.

Posted by: mikem1 | June 18, 2009 9:37 PM

THE DECLINE AND FALL OF USA

Before Obama Day, there were repeated warnings.

North Korea assured the world it had weaponized nuclear material, and promised to shoot a missile towards Hawaii. Iran bragged about its nuclear capability and the need for the Little Satan and the Big Satan to be wiped off the map.

President Obama pledged publicly to halt the USA anti missile defense program at precisely the wrong time, in the wrong way, to the wrong people.

The CIA was demoralized with leaks and cynical White House manipulation of confidential documents endangering agents.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had publcily called the CIA briefers liars and never rescinded her comments, although everyone knew she was lying. Don’t stick your neck out became the new mantra as Obama even gave Miranda warnings to captured Al Qaeda enemy combatants on the battlefield.

President Obama continued in his earnest, but misguided, drive to socialize the entire United States. Secretary Geithner’s policies insured that his publicly announced approval of the decline of the US Dollar in favor of a global currency was a self fulfilled prophecy.

What was never appreciated by Team Obama was just how quickly the US declined economically as a result of the mutually reinforcing effects of the loss of the dollar as a world currency, economic chaos as a result of socialism of the private sector, and the rampant inflationary erosion resulting form the Obama stimulus and Congressional earmarks. Geithner had assumed a pro forma response in a world in which the USA economic slowdown only receded because the USA was reaching terminal velocity.

But in the final analysis, Obama Day occurred because President Obama never appreciated that failure was not only an option, but a virtual certainty, under his policies.

Posted by: JaxMax | June 18, 2009 9:27 PM

Bush isn't sure if Obama is heading us toward Socialism. We'll see? I sure hope we do, and the sooner we take the toys away from the greedy ghouls who are screwing the rest of us (like the bunch of Texas oilmen who sat down and came up with the idea of putting W in as figurehead, while Dick watched the store "from an undisclosed location"), the better. I'll start getting worried about Obama, when the Yale frat boy starts telling us how great a job he thinks the Harvard man is doing.

Posted by: daweeni

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PPSSSTTT,
here is the problem with your idea.

The big dog only gets bigger and you get screwed worse.

Case in point?
Did you fly out for an expensive photo shoot, or a date night in New York any time in the last month with all that spread around wealth you are getting?

Did you take the family for a European vacation during the Memorial day weekend?

How about your shoe closet? Is it moving grotesquely high end?

Read all about your future, by reading about Marcos and Imelda. Joy to your World?

The dream you want is actually food lines, unemployment lines, and closing down of credit for business to continue.

Where is the employment in such a bad economy.
The military.
Welcome to the plan kid.
Cousin Osama is waitng for Cousin Obama to load up the Cousin Mohammad' Sausage factory with some meat.
Don't worry New Americans will live in your house, use your clothes and car and take your identity like you never even left.


Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 9:26 PM

What almost every Republican is in a panic to erase from their mind - For nearly 30 years Supply side economic theory and "Conservative" Principles have been the steering current of our economy and society driving changes in our society and values. The economic and societal foundation has been an omnipresent drive toward increased capital investment and enterprise.
Labor and public investment have taken a back seat during this time. Since 1981, only one President left with a fiscal surplus - Bill Clinton. During his term, one I thought the GOP should be proud of from their perspective (except for their 8 year obsession on his zipper - and hillary's), many of the seeds of our present misery were sown. Tearing down Depression era financial system safeguards specifically. Ideology, Tax cuts, the wars on Iraq and Terrorism, and putting government to work for corporate interests consumed the attention of the "W" administration. Money, Money, Money.... Does anyone remember the time proven wisdom - Money is the root of all evil? Well, the President who brought Jesus into the Oval office according to his supporters brought a whole lot of otherwise to our country judging from the mess he left us. Definition of mess - a disordered, untidy, offensive, or unpleasant state or condition usually because of blundering, laxity, or misconduct.

Posted by: tigman_2 | June 18, 2009 9:20 PM

I disagree. The prez is doing a great job.
Congress is failing America.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | June 18, 2009 9:17 PM

Poll reality checks.
When Obama went to Hawaii, their tourism shows down numbers from the years before.

When Obama showed the largest war chest in History, we now know it was either election interference from off shore money, or just blatant lies.
No confindence in the markets is real tell on it.
Even during the worst attack on American soil in history, confidence held behind a President who people call a chimp and say was completely dumb.
Obama never even brought it.
The ruse has been his crony in the treasury playing the reserve in the stock market to bait confidence.
Terrible, just dismal leadership for the Country.

All talk no walk Obama pays partisan Acorns illegally with taxpayers money to present an image of popularity while TEA PARTY numbers clearly refuse to open any business or turn a profit to tax for Obamanomics in Obamaland.

Obama has the books running so red, that all 50 states are now red states.

The Messiah of crisis and Lord of the flies in the people's once beautiful White house, is only the second prolem.

Congress not removing NPD sociopathic profiles Barry Soreto, and are instead allowing him to make us Germany II.

Shake down Congress by changing your voter registrations to Independent Party.
Pull their base numbers and electoral college.

Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 9:14 PM

Bush isn't sure if Obama is heading us toward Socialism. We'll see? I sure hope we do, and the sooner we take the toys away from the greedy ghouls who are screwing the rest of us (like the bunch of Texas oilmen who sat down and came up with the idea of putting W in as figurehead, while Dick watched the store "from an undisclosed location"), the better. I'll start getting worried about Obama, when the Yale frat boy starts telling us how great a job he thinks the Harvard man is doing.

Posted by: daweeni | June 18, 2009 9:04 PM

Leave it to the timid Democratic mindset to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. For President Obama to be losing the public debate to Dick Cheney on Gitmo and torture would have seemed unimaginable not long ago. It’s like losing an argument to David Duke on the virture of his stand on race relation or losing an argument with Rush Limbaugh on his battle with bulimia. Obama needs to grow a pair, man up, have the courage of his convictions, and start throwing the jab rather than going rope-a-dope with Cheney and now Bush. He’s kept almost the entire Bush-Cheney team: same Secretary of Defense, same head of the Gitmo tribunals, same CIA lawyers, same Justice Department lawyers … the same people who rode the country into the dirt are still in the standing tall in the saddle. What happened to change? And what about the Defense Department, Justice Department, and military lawyers who were branded by Bush for calling torture torture? Do you see any of them on the Obama team? No. They’ve been ostracized. Sure, Obama put Holder into the Attorney General job, but Holder is surrounded by holdover Bush henchmen. Firing Manny Acta won’t make the Nats a better team if the owners aren’t willing to shake up the roster and Holder can’t clean up the torture and detainee mess when he’s relying on the players Bush recruited. Obama promised change we can believe in and at least on the national defense front he’s delivered change that’s barely noticeable. Stop trying to appease the right and do what you promised. Show a little leadership and do something most elected officials never do: keep your word.

Posted by: RetiredVeteran | June 18, 2009 9:03 PM

Obama is the worst President since Carter. Bank on this being one term, flyswatter.

Posted by: bmayhewbz@hotmail.com | June 18, 2009 8:46 PM

Tomcat 3 idiotically asks:

"Explain exactly WHICH of the problems that we face is Obama's responsibility and NOT caused by the incompetence of THIER governence"

Actually, "Tom", all of the problems became his responsibility the moment he took the oath of office of President of the United States.

And as a former senator of these United States, from 2005 until he took office in the White House, he also CONTRIBUTED to the deficits and other problems that we face. As a good and loyal democrat, there wasn't a spending bill he didn't vote "Yes" on. So consider him a "contributor" to what we see today. Bush didn't legislate, he just signed 'em into law...not excusing his culpability, just asking people to acknowledge that he didn't do it alone.

Posted by: boosterprez | June 18, 2009 8:40 PM

Obama insists his mission is not to permanently enlarge the federal government.

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And people believe this?

Posted by: FredChatard | June 18, 2009 8:39 PM

Obama insists his mission is not to permanently enlarge the federal government.

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And people believe this?

Posted by: FredChatard | June 18, 2009 8:39 PM

This is refreshing. The realities are settling in. We need results and less talk. Great commentary. I still am a great supporter of the President.

Posted by: rawjr001 | June 18, 2009 8:33 PM

To the idiot that asked if the medical schools were filled:

YES YOU FREAKING MORON! Medical school is among the most selective schooling you can get into. They typically have a 95% rejection rate. If you don't believe me, look it up. You can find the rejection rate of any medical school in the country using Google.

Oh, and just to hammer the point home to the RETARDED REPUBLICAN asking if med schools were full: An even more selective program with the exact same undergraduate requirements: VETERINARY MEDICINE, which pays, on average, less than HALF what being a medical doctor pays. YOUR FREE MARKET IDEAS ARE BASED ON ILLUSIONS.

Posted by: apissedant | June 18, 2009 8:29 PM

I wonder why President Obama and Democrats don't remind people that part of the reason the deficits are so high is that for the first time since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan started they have been included in the budget?

Posted by: catmomtx

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Correct me if I'm wrong....the War Supplemental, the one passed today, the one totaling $106 billion dollars, the one that covers the war costs through Sept. 30, 2009....was that part of any budget? Was it in the 2009 Omnibus spending bill?

I don't think so....

This is NEW money spent....just like any of the supplementals passed while Bush was president...

Posted by: boosterprez | June 18, 2009 8:22 PM

Everything you ever wanted to know about Obama's "plummet in the polls":

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1257/obama-economic-effect-foreign-policy-tough-health-care

Posted by: pali2600 | June 18, 2009 8:20 PM

Dan Balz, seriously?

This article barely makes an attempt to be journalism or factual. Republicans are finally finding traction in their opposition because no one is sure how much government intervention the people will accept? Really?

So were you not around when the government brokered the sale of Bear Stearns last year? Was there not a large portion of the population saying that was too much? How about when Obama made the CEO of GM resign? Or when Bush loaned money to GM and Chrysler? Or when Obama lent them more? Or when he decided the people would become the majority share holder? Or when the initial bailout of banks was passed last year? Or when the stimulus package was written? Or when environmental and buy American items were written in? Or when executive pay of bailed out institutions was restricted?

In each of the above circumstances, the EXACT SAME rallying cry was made. Now you're acting like this is the first time, and that this cry alone will somehow salvage the Republican party. NO! The Republican party must actually have their own platform in order to be revived. And this plan cannot be "continue on as planned." The American people have decided that what we currently have is not good for us. That means Republicans must come up with a new idea.

Call me when that happens. I won't be waiting up.


Oh, and as for the fact that the economy is not magically getting better. NO CRAP! Apparently you didn't listen to Obama during the campaign last year, or during any speech this year. He said it would be long, and hard, and that there would be more bad times ahead before the good times finally showed up. The basic assessment of both Obama and his administration has been that the economy will not start to grow again until the end of this year, and unemployment won't start to fall until sometime next year.

He has been straightforward and honest with these assertions, and they are completely reasonable in my opinion. The people knew and accepted these predictions when they voted for him. That does not mean many won't grow impatient, or be angry that he cannot magically pass everything he had hoped to pass. There are always these people, but acting like there is enough people abandoning ship to allow the rebirth of the party they already abandoned... it just doesn't add up. Assuming things don't get better soon enough, and the faithful begin falling off... don't expect them to magically land on the Republican doorstep. Look for another Ross Perot, or a Theodore Roosevelt, maybe even an Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson.

That is all BAD news for the Republican party, although it isn't exactly great news for Obama and the Democrats either.

Posted by: apissedant | June 18, 2009 8:19 PM

We are continually fed the line that Obama is personally popular even as his policies are being rejected by the American people.

The polls say one thing and the media tries to spin things a different way, a way that says Obama is a god, that he is the one.

Almost every media shill is in the tank for Obama. There is no objective reporting of anything he does. There is just awesome sycophantic drivel peddled as news but it is really just fawning and not even much analysis. Where is their integrity, honesty and pride?

These comment pages are trolled by those who wish to also forever dupe us. But you know what? The American people may be fooled but not all at once and not forever.

The second coming of Abraham Lincoln should know that.

Posted by: bandmom22 | June 18, 2009 7:52 PM

I wonder why President Obama and Democrats don't remind people that part of the reason the deficits are so high is that for the first time since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan started they have been included in the budget?

Posted by: catmomtx | June 18, 2009 7:44 PM

Back pedaling the true signs of a republican.

By not being “below” implies that we are “above” and that sir is saying we are superior. If you do not like what you say do not say it. Furthermore, with the exception of the 1936 Olympics we like every other nation tips their flag to the host nation of the Olympics. As for Obama bowing, he did not do it in a submissive way; he did it as a sign of greeting. You republicans will find any measly little argument you can to make Obama look bad, yet you protect the idiocy of Bush like a mother guarding their young.

Now I must leave because I find your conversation seriously lacking, but I will leave you with this:

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
~Ben Franklin

Posted by: ragnark999 | June 18, 2009 7:37 PM

Illegal occupation army? I presume you're talking about Iraq.

Posted by: kevrobb | June 18, 2009 7:35 PM

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Posted by: infinity555 | June 18, 2009 7:16 PM

ragnark999 Perhaps you should go read my post again. I never said Americans were better than any other nation. I said Americans are not "below" any other nation and thus we do not bow or tip our flag to anyone. Obama doesn't get this concept and neither do you apparantly.

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 7:05 PM

Racists are such dinosaurs. Hopefully, soon, they'll be extinct. How can you think critically about anything when you are so blinded by hate?

Posted by: MNUSA
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True that ...so why did Obama pick somebody who speaks ill of whites for the Supreme court?

Clearly, if it is something really bad for America, Kommander Kenya gives it a thumbs up.

Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 6:55 PM

rosecoloredglasses1

I wish I could understand what you meant when you said "So I suggest you not use a disapproving example with a person you so clearly advocate." but as hard as I try I just don't get it.

What i am saying is that Hitler, just like youself, believed that he and his nation were superior to everybody.

I have a hard time believing that the many brave Americans souls lost in wars would be happy with you using their example in such a vain way. Your belief of one nations superiority is what they so bravely fought against!. You should show them more respect.

Posted by: ragnark999 | June 18, 2009 6:54 PM

" Tell that to the millions of Americans who have died on foreign soil fighting for freedom, fighting for the right to never bow to any dictator, or ruler. If that is arrogant then I am guilty sir."

Wouldn't that make you a dead soldier? How miraculous!

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | June 18, 2009 6:49 PM

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Why yes it would you f****** idiot, they fought and died trying to protect that freedom you enjoy. The right for all Americans to never bow like your messiah Obama did, disrespecting every American. so laugh funnyman

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 6:54 PM

For one, Hitler was a tyrannical nut case. ...

Posted by: ragnark999

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Hitler was a dual NPD & sociopathic profile

Obama meet the criteria of both profiles also.

It was not diagnosed in Germany as mental illness, but now it is.


If Germany couldn't figure it out or remove it in 1930....we can.

Your point?

Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 6:52 PM

Given the Democrats' control of Congress, the Republican plan has little chance of passage. But it reflects some Republican lawmakers' growing dissatisfaction with a bipartisan effort to fix the health-care system. Congressional leaders hope to pass a health-care overhaul this summer.

The government would run a health plan "with the compassion of the IRS, the efficiency of the post office, and the incompetence of Katrina," according to a summary of the Republicans' plan unveiled on Wednesday. Called the Patients' Choice Act, it would eliminate the tax break that employers receive for providing health-insurance benefits to their workers. Instead, it would give an annual tax credit of $2,300 to each individual and $5,700 to each family that they could use to offset the cost of their health insurance. Low-income families would get extra money to buy into private insurance plans.

Tell me this doesn't sound like a better alternative to spending a trillion dollars to insure 1/3 of the Americans that don't have health insurance, leaving 2/3 to dangle in the wind??

Obama's health plan would do little for those that already have health insurance, but tax them for providing health coverage to those that don't.

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 6:49 PM

" Tell that to the millions of Americans who have died on foreign soil fighting for freedom, fighting for the right to never bow to any dictator, or ruler. If that is arrogant then I am guilty sir."

Wouldn't that make you a dead soldier? How miraculous!

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | June 18, 2009 6:49 PM

Firstly, this situation of the Berlin games and Hitler is apples to rocks when compare to bowing to the Suadi King. For one, Hitler was a tyrannical nut case. Where as the Saudi King and his nation have been our allies in the Middle East for years. Secondly, the kind of arrogant mindset you just demonstrated is exactly the same mindset Hitler instilled into his people. So I suggest you not use a disapproving example with a person you so clearly advocate. For a party that backs Christianity so much you sure do not follow your own guidelines because I believe pride is a sin!


Posted by: ragnark999 | June 18, 2009 6:14 PM

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Arrogant mindset?? Tell that to the millions of Americans who have died on foreign soil fighting for freedom, fighting for the right to never bow to any dictator, or ruler. If that is arrogant then I am guilty sir.

I wish I could understand what you meant when you said "So I suggest you not use a disapproving example with a person you so clearly advocate." but as hard as I try I just don't get it.

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 6:41 PM


He has crack in his armor? Figures for a negro.

Posted by: ImpeachObama | June 18, 2009 6:22 PM

Racists are such dinosaurs. Hopefully, soon, they'll be extinct. How can you think critically about anything when you are so blinded by hate?

Posted by: MNUSA | June 18, 2009 6:30 PM

President Obama is doing just fine considering the multiple messes he was left to clean up: two wars, bank collapse, economic collapse, 46 million Americans without health care, a world where everyone is mad at us, etc. etc. etc.

Congress had better pass health care, because too many people are dying for lack of it. Too many people go bankrupt because they can't afford to pay their medical bills. And for those who repeat the "we have the best health care system in the world" mantra, think again. We are far from it. Turn off FOX News and right wing radio and do a little independent research.

As far as Iran is concerned, good for the Iranians. But we had a little mess ourselves in 2000, remember?, and Minnesota still doesn't have two senators. Our government reacts exactly the same way when masses of people demonstrate - cracking heads, tear gassing, etc. We usually aren't even allowed to march through the streets of our cities, but corralled into pens where we can be controlled.

Cowboy diplomacy is past and President Obama is using his head. I am so glad that he won this election, in fact, I have to keep pinching myself just to be sure I'm awake.

Posted by: MNUSA | June 18, 2009 6:27 PM

He has crack in his armor? Figures for a negro.

Posted by: ImpeachObama | June 18, 2009 6:22 PM

Finding Cracks in Obama's Armour? How about just, plain Finding Crack on Obama?

Posted by: InHarmsWay | June 18, 2009 6:19 PM

I want to hear more about the Republican alternative to the health care problem. I saw a little blurb today and it sounded like a better plan. A tax credit of something like 5000 for a family to help pay for medical insurance. Of course this will only assist those that pay taxes. But is that a bad thing?

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 6:15 PM

rosecoloredglasses

Firstly, this situation of the Berlin games and Hitler is apples to rocks when compare to bowing to the Suadi King. For one, Hitler was a tyrannical nut case. Where as the Saudi King and his nation have been our allies in the Middle East for years. Secondly, the kind of arrogant mindset you just demonstrated is exactly the same mindset Hitler instilled into his people. So I suggest you not use a disapproving example with a person you so clearly advocate. For a party that backs Christianity so much you sure do not follow your own guidelines because I believe pride is a sin!

Posted by: ragnark999 | June 18, 2009 6:14 PM

Obama doesn't have cracks, he has wide gaping chasms. Trillion dollar deficits, disgusting Gov't pay-offs to his political supporters in unions and ACORN, and his constant denigrating of America abroad, while trying to promote himself and his newness.

Posted by: pgr88 | June 18, 2009 6:14 PM

OPPOSITION TO INANE OBAMA POLICIES HAS REACHED CRITICAL MASS

With Obama attacking the entire concept of Capitalism though “regulation” of the Health Care Industry, their insurers, and the entire Financial industry, the forces opposing Obama’s policies have now reached a critical mass.

This is a great opportunity for a prescient Lobbyist or Publicist to approach all the industries outraged by Obama’s trip to socialism, and coordinate the Anti Obama campaign.

With proper coordination among those enemies of his policies, Obama can be trapped and neutralized politically very easily, without necessarily using the Republican Party. Look at the NRA template. Obama is not really very bright strategically, he has a tactical cunning, but he has made numerous miscalculations.

Even the US Senate slapped him 90-6 over Guantanamo closing–those who knew him best loathed him most.

DEPRESSION OBAMA–we know whose its Daddy...

Posted by: JaxMax | June 18, 2009 6:14 PM

It is quite commonly being observed that:
EVERYTIME, MR. OBAMA GETS INVOLVED INDOING SOMETHING, THEN THE OUTCOME COMMONLY COMING OUT LIKE A STINKY ODOUR! in the noses of billions of bystanders and viewers!

Posted by: cestlavie1 | June 18, 2009 6:12 PM

My concern is the potential destruction of the best health care system in the world!

...

...Concerned? Call Sen Baucus’ office:

Committee On Finance
219 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6200
(202) 224-4515


Posted by: wheeljc
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Why?
No one on the Hill is listening to the people.

Change your voter registration to Independent Party , so there is an absolutely clear message that the people are the power and have a voice .

Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 6:10 PM

Look up socialism rightards. Just because faux news repeates it over and over and over does not make it any more true than anything else they "report" on that chanel. They are a PROPAGANDA ARMof therepublicon party. Period. If rush or sean or karl or newtered said President Obama was "allegedly" descended from Hitler and Idi Amin you idjits would be posting it on these boards tomorrow.

Posted by: John1263 | June 18, 2009 5:28 PM

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Just in case you have a difficult time reading and understanding. the definition of socialism
Socialism refers to any one of various economic theories of economic organization advocating state or cooperative ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and a society characterized by equal opportunities/means for all individuals with a more egalitarian method of compensation based on the full product of the laborer.

Obama has taken control of the Banks, the American auto industry, determining pay scale, firing an IG for uncovering corruption asociated with one of his cronies. Now wants to have a government health care system. If it walks, quascks, and looks like a duck it must be a duck.

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 6:07 PM

Today's Gallup poll shows Obama has an approval rating of 61 percent. ...


Posted by: cdierd1944

Thank you for remionding us that Mickey Mouse, Minnie and friends, as well as the paid acorns (illegal use of taxpayer money) are still voting.

The people just aren't buying "the polls" crap anymore.

Obama fits all the NPD sociopathic profile, and Congress is going to have to medically remove him, and process Pelosi out, to survive.

They need to quickly swear in Biden and move to a new cabinet , team and plan.

Daily, people are moving their voter registration to Independent Party to join others enmasse, for a voice to pull the electoral college out from under the Hill, so they have to listen.


Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 6:05 PM

I think history will clearly identify this period as an economic depression caused by the breakdown or lack of regulatory commissions oversight. The policies and procedures put in place thus far by the Obama Administration are of the likes not seen in many Americans lifetime and therefore are subject to much criticism, and skepticism. I believe strongly that the demise of Chrysler and GM would definitively had such a negative effect on the economy that would put a recovery virtually out of sight for years. The monies the US has made available to foreign car manufacturers, be it through legislation, or special arrangements, needed to shared with domestic car manufacturers as well. It hadn't been. This was b/c of domestic mfrs. having union employees. Since the 1980s republicans have been successful in the demise of unions. Why not kill another industry. Yes it may be said we participate in a global economy these days, but the US should never had killed off the manufacturing and textile industries. We purchase more foreign goods which in essence means we send more monies outside of the US than we do circulating within the US. The bad part is that the black market circulates more monies faster. And that represents the ultimate demise of this country!!! Nothing like drugging them up, add the potent called fear..if that's not enough show them fear...and that'll bring them in line.

I'm tired of that bs! The Republican Army here is trying anything and everything to put a crack in the Obama Administration's armor. Time will tell the true story. I doubt our economy under his administration will fail as it has under republican administrations. The deficit we are assuming here will have to be lowered for future generations to expand their possibilities. But the Gekko ala Reagan 'greed' motto is dead. Excess is not the wave of the future. It's belt tightening time now. Modifying behavior is probably going to be the hardest shift we as consumers will have to make. Growing a economy means job creation in new markets and ideas. This can happen once this nation has a financial structure benefitting the masses instead of the well-connected.

Posted by: ewjazzed | June 18, 2009 6:01 PM

Obama's approval rating is nearly as high as Jimmy Carter's was in June 1977. He is a shoe-in to get reelected - like Carter.

Carter gave us double digit unemployment, inflation, and humiliation in Iran. Sound familiar?

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 5:59 PM

ahashburn

Do you seriously think the crisis we face can be fixed in 5 months? Do us all a favor and give Obama a chance to make things happen. All this hatemongoring is counter-productive in our (Dems and Reps) attempts to fix our this nation

Posted by: ragnark999

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Crisis crisis crisis just doesn't sell well anymore.

Strong and enduring "Smiling bulldog Biden" standing there with that grimaced smile, and sidelong look while Obama the little mutt yapped crisis crisis crisis next to him was priceless.
Biden has made an impressive show of a hard working man who holds a politicians prowess to protect his VP status until he can bit the little pipsqueeks head off.

Obama = No Confidence

Biden = US allegianced Constitutional Potus = Confidence.

Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 5:54 PM

My concern is the potential destruction of the best health care system in the world!

I believe that the White House is muddling with something they know little to nothing about, and trying to rush a bad policy through before the public knows what hit them!

A survey by the Physicians' Foundation has uncovered what it calls widespread frustration and concern among primary care physicians nationwide, which could lead to a dramatic decrease in practicing doctors in the near future. The survey examined the causes behind the doctors' dissatisfaction, the state of their practices and the future of care.

The resulting findings show the possibility of significantly decreased access for Americans in the years ahead, as many doctors are forced to reduce the number of patients they see or quit the practice of medicine outright.

An overwhelming majority -- 78 percent -- of physicians believe that there is an existing shortage of primary care doctors in the United States today. Additionally, nearly half of them -- 49 percent, or more than 150,000 practicing doctors-- say that over the next three years they plan to reduce the number of patients they see or stop practicing entirely.

"Going into this project we generally knew about the shortage of physicians; what we didn't know is how much worse it could get over the next few years," said Lou Goodman, PhD, President of The Physicians' Foundation. "The bottom line is that the person you've known as your family doctor could be getting ready to disappear -- and there might not be a replacement."

To test the above, I have asked my local physicians their plans. The answers were shocking: one is planning on leaving practice and start operating equipment for other physicians -- to rid himself of mal practice insurance, and bureaucratic paper work from the government. Another one is looking into leaving his medical practice for 'moral reasons' if 'Obama Care' comes about. He reminded me that a physician's first obligation is "to do no harm'. None that I spoke to are recommending the medical profession to young students due to government interference; bureaucracy; possible use of a board of bureaucrats to determine cost effective treatment; and the lack of TORT reform from the politicians -- many of whom are lawyers.

My sensing is that Obama is already having an 'unintended consequence' on our health care system: A SHORTAGE OF PHYSICIANS!! Now that is change we will believe in within a few years!!


ASK YOUR OWN PHYSICIANS THEIR PLANS, AND THEIR MOTIVATIONS!! YOU ARE GOING TO BE SHOCKED AT WHAT YOU FIND!!

Look at our medical schools!! Are they filled? If not, why not???

Concerned? Call Sen Baucus’ office:

Committee On Finance
219 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-6200
(202) 224-4515

Posted by: wheeljc | June 18, 2009 5:54 PM

Finally, all the Neoconservatism garb about Obama making us weaker in the world by bowing to foriegners is BS. It is arrogant thinking like that that has lead to our declined status to the rest of the world. We went into their country and we should respect their culture, thus if it is culturally right to bow in their country we should do it as to not be seen as an arrogant a$$. Honestly do you not respect the wishes of your neghbors when you enter their house or do you walk in and act pompous?

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America does not bow to anyone. Showing respect is one thing but placing yourself below another is unacceptable. America is and never will be "below" any nation. This is the same reason America did not tip our flag as we passed Hitler in the Berlin games in '36. Obama has no respect for America, he has given several cases for this. Refusing to place his hand over his heart during the national anthem. Saying "I will not weat THAT pin", refering to the American Flag lapel pin. Bowing to a muslum King. Apologizing to the muslums for 911. So yes he has disrespected all Americans. You can make light of all these discretions, but Americans are proud of our heritage, of every life lost across the world fighting for the freedom of peoples we don't know. Obama disrespected this and it is unforgivable.

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 5:53 PM

Today's Gallup poll shows Obama has an approval rating of 61 percent. His approval rating has been fairly consistent for a long time. I don't put much credence in a poll from the WSJ given their clearly right wing partisan position and anti-government theology. People may not like the fact that the government saved GM but they would have liked it less if GM had been liquidated. The GOP is fighting for its ideological life and will stop at nothing to bring the government's role down to an ineffective level as we experienced during 8 years of the Bush administration.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | June 18, 2009 5:49 PM

OPPOSITION TO INANE OBAMA POLICIES HAS REACHED CRITICAL MASS

With Obama attacking the entire concept of Capitalism though “regulation” of the Health Care Industry, their insurers, and the entire Financial industry, the forces opposing Obama’s policies have now reached a critical mass.

This is a great opportunity for a prescient Lobbyist or Publicist to approach all the industries outraged by Obama’s trip to socialism, and coordinate the Anti Obama campaign.

With proper coordination among those enemies of his policies, Obama can be trapped and neutralized politically very easily, without necessarily using the Republican Party. Look at the NRA template. Obama is not really very bright strategically, he has a tactical cunning, but he has made numerous miscalculations.

Even the US Senate slapped him 90-6 over Guantanamo closing–those who knew him best loathed him most.

DEPRESSION OBAMA–we know whose its Daddy...

Posted by: JaxMax | June 18, 2009 5:48 PM

JSKEVV,
The Obama plans are destroying the Country into his own little dictatorship.

His misplaced allegiance is showing like an ill fitting slip under a tight dress.

He has no armor except his lies, and is terribly arrogant in asking youth to join his military to go to a war we do not support in the Middle East.

Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 5:48 PM

"The reckless fiscal policies of the past have left us in a very deep hole," Obama said last week. "And digging our way out of it will take time, patience and some tough choices."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/13/AR2009061302035.html

Most people are smart enough to stop digging if they find they have dug themselves into a hole. But apparently not our President.

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 5:45 PM

Yes ladies and gents - Transparency we can all believe in:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/06/treasury-department-
challenges-independence-of-tarp-inspector-general.html

His Lordship O lies like a dog on rug that has been there for 20 yrs. But hey, all you O'ites just remember that when he bites your hand.

Posted by: zendrell | June 18, 2009 5:44 PM

ahashburn

Do you seriously think the crisis we face can be fixed in 5 months? Do us all a favor and give Obama a chance to make things happen. All this hatemongoring is counter-productive in our (Dems and Reps) attempts to fix our this nation

Posted by: ragnark999 | June 18, 2009 5:44 PM

I joke about the "GOP is dead" because Dan Balz just wrote his obligatory the "GOP is dead" article. In the same addition of the Post, Obama and Emanuel are cautioning against proceeding on certain issues because they fear the 2010 elections. My point was if the GOP is dead, then somebody should tell Obama and Emanuel because they could then proceed full speed on their entire agenda. And in this article, Balz is saying there are cracks in the armor. I'm having trouble putting these conflicting ideas together.

Posted by: hz9604 | June 18, 2009 5:42 PM

Harry Reid has been Senate Majority leader and Democrats have controlled all the Committee chairmanships since the end of 2006. Once again, the Dems posting on the thread are fibbing the truth.

Obama and his Senate Democrats thought they were elected to stop the Iraq surge, and hand Iraq over to Al Qaida.

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 5:41 PM

The question that comes up is not so much how much more government Americans will be willing to tolerate, but how much more taxes will Americans be willing to pay to maintain the government they already have, much less some additional level of government spending. Even if every Federal government department were gutted with a 25% spending cut, deficits would balloon as far as the eye can see due to existing entitlements and tax loopholes. This also assumes a rise in overall tax revenues as the economy recovers. This is what has most serious people concerned. There doesn't seem to be any focus on this problem in the Obama administration, or if there is, they're keeping a mighty close hold on it.

Posted by: ripvanwinkleincollege | June 18, 2009 5:41 PM

What armor?

Obama is looking increasingly like Don Quixote.

Posted by: Jerzy | June 18, 2009 5:41 PM

Posted by ragnark999:
"Face the facts W was responsible for the deficeit and Obama is only trying to fix bush's mistake."

He certainly has a funny way of going about fixing the deficeit he inherited by spending even more money to make the deficeit larger. Isn't that exactly what people were doing the last decade or so, spending money they didn't have and rolling up huge sums of credit card debt? Obama says that was bad but is doing just that with the Federal Government!

Posted by: ahashburn | June 18, 2009 5:37 PM

Democrats did not control congress in the last two years of the bush administration. They controlled the House. The senate was a 49-49 tie, with two independants giving the Dems committee chairs and leadership, but not a majority. As we have seen, even with 59 in the senate a party of no can stop just about anything in that chamber. So asserting that Democrats are somehow responsible or anything that happened under bush and the gop is prima facie absurd.

And look up socialism you fools. The closest thing the United States has ever had to a "socialist movement" ended in 1912. President Obama is not offering anything even close to socilalism. He, like FDR, has opponenets who use that label knowing that the morons who would begin to listen to a conservative politician or pundit do not have the slightest idea what socialism is. Or better yet, why they would oppose it.

The happiest and most equal, nations on earth, with the best health care systems, longest and most healthy lives, almost no poverty, exrordinarily low crimes rates, hapen to be socialist. Not that it would work in our political culture, but look it up. Y'all are being played for SUCKERS. Again. By the same people who suckered you last week, and will sucker you again tomorrow if you don't pull your heads from your posteriors.

Posted by: John1263 | June 18, 2009 5:34 PM

Why is it that liberals posts tend to be laced with obscenities?

"The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.
- George Washington

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 5:33 PM

He's starting to look like he hasn't got a clue as to what he's doing, and if things get much worse then they already are; he may be the LAST president we have as one country. The United States is over. Time for the States United to arise and the first thing We The People will mdo is to kick out the below the border illegal aliens and their jackpot babies.

Posted by: simplecitizen | June 18, 2009 5:31 PM

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. "
- George Washington

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
- George Washington

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 5:30 PM

Look up socialism rightards. Just because faux news repeates it over and over and over does not make it any more true than anything else they "report" on that chanel. They are a PROPAGANDA ARMof therepublicon party. Period. If rush or sean or karl or newtered said President Obama was "allegedly" descended from Hitler and Idi Amin you idjits would be posting it on these boards tomorrow.

Posted by: John1263 | June 18, 2009 5:28 PM

"One more thing. The Bush deficit was approved by a Democrat Congress, so in essence Obama inherits a Democrat deficit, at the very least the Dems are as much to blame."

How can you make such a ridiculous statement? You do realize that the Dems only won the Congress in the last 2 year of Bush's administration; well after it was to late to try and fix things. Face the facts W was responsible for the deficeit and Obama is only trying to fix bush's mistake. The worst part about this the Republican's is that the continue to be combative and refuse to try to work with the Dems to fix the issues plaguing America. If you would shut up and contribute maybe you will find the truth... Obama is doing the right things.

Finally, all the Neoconservatism garb about Obama making us weaker in the world by bowing to foriegners is BS. It is arrogant thinking like that that has lead to our declined status to the rest of the world. We went into their country and we should respect their culture, thus if it is culturally right to bow in their country we should do it as to not be seen as an arrogant a$$. Honestly do you not respect the wishes of your neghbors when you enter their house or do you walk in and act pompous?

Posted by: ragnark999 | June 18, 2009 5:28 PM

The firing of Inspector Generals who are getting too close to their cronies is Chicago-style machine politics at work. The attempt to suppress Talk Radio and free political speech is Chicago-style machine politics at work. The use of special interest groups like unions and others is Chicago-style machine politics at work.

There is a reason that Illinois Governors go from the State House to the Big House. It's Chicago-style machine politics. That is Obama, Emanuel, Axelrod, et al.
.

Posted by: hz9604 | June 18, 2009 5:26 PM

Noice that the lones of attack that conservative reagaintes republicons are using all endanger the economic recovery or focus on making sure we do nothing about global warmin, dependance on foreign oil, or health care. Some platform. Try to scare people into doing really destructive things. What a great plan.

Posted by: John1263 | June 18, 2009 5:26 PM

If the GOP is dead then God help us. The Democrats will make us a socialist nation for sure. I truly believe Obama is the best thing that could happen for the GOP. Once all those that voted for him come to realize him for what he is, a GOP presidential candate will win by a landslide in 4 years. I just hope this country can recover from a disasterous 4 years.

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 5:21 PM

If the GOP is dead, then why does it matter? How can there be cracks in the armor if the opposition is dead?

Posted by: hz9604 | June 18, 2009 5:15 PM

"The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves."
- George Washington

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 5:14 PM

President Obama has moved this country into a socialism that will bankrupt us as a nation and is fascistic in approach. The Czars are going to report directly to the President and by pass the cabinet and the Congress. The President has the mesmerized Democrats and those not mesmerized but afraid of his ire to back these changes that make us more like Russia and Cuba and less like America. The only plus is that he is not giving in to the far left on Afghanistan and Iraq...yet.
We are heading down a path that will take our individual rights away and reward slackers and punish hard working Americans.

Posted by: mharwick | June 18, 2009 5:09 PM

The Dems imagine that they can cover their $2 trillion structural deficit behind the one time 2008 TARP charge of $700 billion. Once again, they are assuming that Americans are stupid.

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 5:09 PM

Great Orators of the Democratic Party


'One man with courage makes a majority.'
- Andrew Jackson

'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.'
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

'The buck stops here.'
- Harry S. Truman

'Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.'
- John F. Kennedy


And from today's genius Democrats...............


'It depends what your definition of 'IS' is.''
- Bill Clinton

'That Obama - I would like to cut his NUTS off.'
- Jesse Jackson

'Those rumors are false .... I believe in the sanctity of marriage.'
- John Edwards

'I invented the Internet'
- Al Gore

'The next person that tells me I'm not religious, I'm going to shove my rosary beads up their ASS.'
- Joe Biden

' America is--is no longer, uh, what it--it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was...uh, and I say to myself, 'uh, I don't want that future, uh, uh for my children.'
- Barack Obama

'I have campaigned in all 57 states.
- Barack Obama (2008)

'You don't need God anymore, you have us Democrats.'
- Nancy Pelosi (2006)

'Paying taxes is voluntary.'
- Sen. Harry Reid


'Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No one is more faithful, true and honest than he.'
- Hillary Clinton (1998)


HOW LUCKY CAN WE BE TO HAVE SUCH BRILLIANT MINDS IN CHARGE OF OUR ONCE GREAT COUNTRY?

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 5:07 PM

That's all these small minded piss-ant Republicans can do is to "look for cracks in Obama's armor". Instead of working with President Obama and the majority of Americans who want his policies to succeed, the GOP will continue to cater to the 28% right wing-nuts who just can't quite get over the fact that John McCain lost, and rightly so. Yes,Yes,Yes!...Palin 2012....keeping swinging to the right GOP. More Democratic election landslides to come!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 18, 2009 5:07 PM

Personally, I don't seem to have any more government in my life right now than I did in December. I don't know about y'all.

Obama did order General Odierno to give Stephen Colbert a haircut last week, though. Did you catch that? That was pretty intrusive. Colbert wears it well, though. Now if they can teach him to do real pushups ...

Finding cracks, is it? Yeah, smoking crack, maybe. Chasing crack, I've heard. Finding cracks ... wow. They must have a research team on him or something. I see the problem. He's too ... um ... too ... uh ... yeah, he's too. Too tall for you.

Dudes ... watch and learn. The man got game.

Posted by: pressF1 | June 18, 2009 5:06 PM

Last autumn, Obama bragged about helping author TARP - which tripled the 2008 deficit.

Now he refuses to take responsibility for the deficit quadrupling since his Democrats took over Congress 2-1/2 years ago.

Democrats imagine that Americans are naive fools "clinging to guns and religion." They will be surprised again next November.

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 5:05 PM

Agreed FACTS ARE FACTS
What’s driving Obama’s unprecedented massive deficits? Spending. Riedl details:

President Bush expanded the federal budget by a historic $700 billion through 2008. President Obama would add another $1 trillion.
President Bush began a string of expensive finan­cial bailouts. President Obama is accelerating that course.
President Bush created a Medicare drug entitle­ment that will cost an estimated $800 billion in its first decade. President Obama has proposed a $634 billion down payment on a new govern­ment health care fund.
President Bush increased federal education spending 58 percent faster than inflation. Presi­dent Obama would double it.
President Bush became the first President to spend 3 percent of GDP on federal antipoverty programs. President Obama has already in­creased this spending by 20 percent.
President Bush tilted the income tax burden more toward upper-income taxpayers. President Obama would continue that trend.

President Bush presided over a $2.5 trillion increase in the public debt through 2008. Setting aside 2009 (for which Presidents Bush and Obama share responsibility for an additional $2.6 trillion in public debt), President Obama’s budget would add $4.9 trillion in public debt from the beginning of 2010 through 2016.

http://blog.heritage.org/2009/03/24/bush-deficit-vs-obama-deficit-in-pictures/

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 5:04 PM

The problem is not that Obama has a crack in his armor, he never had an armor. The problem is that Americans have no patience.People want a fix and if its not a quick fix, or more like a patch, they get angry. Some in here are angry and their anger makes them easy prey for the fringe of republican party.When anger sets in and commons sense dissipates, you get some of the posts we get in here.The president has no choice but to make the choices he has made. The fact is, the fiscal deficit was already huge before Obama, Medicade, Medicare,Social Security, our infrastructure was already heading south. Our power grid is ancient, our military contractors have been able to rob the American people blind with no penalty.Yes we may be going broke but its not Obamas fault. What would you do in his place? Give tax breaks? Cut spending? We have heard this before and no one has ever done it. How about energy issues, what would you do? Let me guess, nuclear power as McCain use to say..Guess what, it takes 5-10 years even before one can be made to operate? Do you want a nuclear power plant in your backyard or on your street? I thought so..Lets talk about Iran since they are on the news..What would you do? Attack Iran? So lets see, 2 wars not enough..maybe you would put an embargo on them, guess what, one is already in place.
How about Drill baby drill..We all know oil is getting to be a limited supply so Obama investing in the future, as green energy may be our way to energy independance.
The problem is, people whine but have no solutions and we have tried the republican way, lets give Obama atleast his time and if we don't like it, we vote him out.

Posted by: Realistic2 | June 18, 2009 5:01 PM

"The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. "
- George Washington

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 5:01 PM


FACTS ARE FACTS:

"The first is that President Obama’s agenda, ambitious as it may be, is responsible for only a sliver of the deficits, despite what many of his Republican critics are saying. "

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/business/economy/10leonhardt.html?_r=1

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | June 18, 2009 4:59 PM

Glad to see this is a forum for all readers. Aren't liberal rags supposed to be anti-censorship? Oh yeah, only for those who are aligned correctly...

Posted by: thepearl0369 | June 18, 2009 4:59 PM

One more thing. The Bush deficit was approved by a Democrat Congress, so in essence Obama inherits a Democrat deficit, at the very least the Dems are as much to blame.

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 4:56 PM

The right wingers and neocons should occasionally take their heads out of their arses to save the last of their brain cells.

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | June 18, 2009 4:56 PM

Didn't we all see this coming between November 4th and January 19th? Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Geeorge Washing ton saw it, so I know we all did.
Here goes (the strategy):
Let him get into office and immediately blame him for not fixing the wars, economy and worldwide alianation with the USA. Kinda like blaming the current Detroit Lions coach, brand new, for last years 0-16 record by the last coach. That's the USA: divide, conquer and blame.

GW Bush
Created 2-3 wars, found no weapons of mass destruction, caused the trillions of spending for the wars, inherited a decent economy that was robust 5 years be4 his time and left the Great Depression II, and protected us with 9/11 on his watch. And Obama or McCain was to fix 8 years of failure in 6 months? Or 8 years?

Posted by: kedavis | June 18, 2009 4:55 PM

To give credit where credit is due: This was as sensible and fair a piece of political writing as I've seen in months. Too bad it's such a brief piece. If only our discourse could start on premises like these and continue to hit such an appropriate tone as we dig into the details.

Posted by: ChrisDC | June 18, 2009 4:53 PM

I love how all the liberals blame Bush for everything. Obama inherited all this deficit, well step back and take a look at the facts. The deficit under Bush was a little over 400B, in five months Obama is pushing our deficit to over 1.75 Trillion and talking about another Trillion in socialized medicine. Obama likes to blame Bush in every speach but it is a rouse as he plays hide the marble under the cup. Meanwhile America is growing weaker by the day.
Someone on here said they feel safer with Obama at the helm. Well I can't say the same. Obama will fold like a cheap tent when push comes to shove. Under Bush other countries knew what they would suffer with an attack on America, with Obama we are going to be a pushover. We will be a mirror image of Obama, waffle and weak.

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 4:53 PM


pkhenry whined: "The inability to think rationally is what makes liberals incapable of governance."
_______________

...says the guy who expects Americans to just forget the past 8 years of criminal incompetence, failure, backfires, embarrassment, weakening of America in the world, braindead ideology, moral hypocrisy and moral retardation, fearmongering, war crimes and economic catastrophe due to the proven-dead-wrong conservative "philosophy" of irresponsible deregulation and unsustainable tax cuts for the richest Americans?

Your philosophy failed because it sucks. It's dead. It backfired in every way. You know it.


Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 18, 2009 4:52 PM

The Federal and State governments are no longer for or by the people but rather are merely a class of people there to make sure that they continue to reap the benefits of their position. Many, mostly educational elites, believe that they and only they and their co-politicians have the intellect to rule the country. They do not listen to their constituents but rather tell them what they should do. They do listen to the people that pay their way back to the Congress year after year. Term limits for both politicians and their staffers is the only way to return the government to the people. And that will never happen.

Posted by: staterighter | June 18, 2009 4:51 PM

17 months from now (Nov 2010) after the Whig party gets "thumped" yet again,
and there is a clear Dem majority in the Senate - pieces like this either won't exist or will be too irrelevant to even read.

Then in 2012 if they're still bull-headed enough to run a hillbilly attention wh@re like Palin or a proven loser like Mitt, the hole may be so deep they may never recover.

When will republicans learn to stop saying "No," throwing spitwads from the sidelines, and instead come into the 21rst century with some realistic non-partisan & practical solutions?
If it ever happens, I might actually consider voting for them. But if they keep this partisan obstructionist garbage up - no way!

PS - ixnay on the "tax cuts" mantra - no one is listening, it's dead, it has never made fiscal / mathmatical sense, and it helped create a $ 1-trillion deficit.

Posted by: daveque | June 18, 2009 4:45 PM

I think the fundamental divide is over the relationship of the citizen to the government. Lefties like Obama seem to equate Utopia with having citizens in a dependant relationship on their government for all of their basic needs. Conservatives rightfully point out that such a dependent state is an undesirable state, since our job as children is to become independant functioning adults rather than transfer our dependency from our parents to our government. This is what is fundamentally wrong with the "I am my brother's keeper" philosophy because when you are your brothers keeper, he is in a dependant childlike state and not an independant functioning adult member of society.

This philosophy of the left of dependence on the government tends to lead to greater government control at the direct expense of liberty. For instance if the government, rather than you, is responsible for your health care, then you have to forefeit more of your income to the government, and you must surrender more of your choice on health care to a government that will make decisions for you.

This kind of dependant existance was anathma to the framers of our constitution, which valued liberty highly and opposed tyranny in all forms, including soft tyranny in which we live in a guilded cage.

Motivation is a serious issue when you abandon value as the basis for reward and replace that with need as a basis for reward. When you have to produce something of objective value to obtain commodities like homes, food, health care, clothes, you have strong motivation to work, and make that work valuable to those which employ you. When you are entitled to having all your needs met regardless of whether or not you produce anything of objective value, it is very easy to spiral into a pattern of sloth much as we have seen in societies such as the former soviet union, in which workers would show up drunk for work and produce shoddy goods.

The one thing our government has provent to be particularly inept at is removing freebie giveaway programs once instituted. Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare are in debt to the tune of $100 trillion, and there is no way to pay those off, and there has been no substantive reform to address the insolvency of these programs. So if you give Obama, Pelosi, and Reid the go ahead for universal health care, count on it never going away no matter how expensive, ruinous to our countrys financial health, or how abusive or ineffective the program may be. It is a one way door which once stepped through, never reopens.

Republicans need to abandon big government spending notions and return to their roots of fiscal conservativism if they wish to meaningfully distinguish themselves from the Democrats. Right now we have Democrats, and Democrats Light. What you sign up for is the degree of reckless spending.

Posted by: Wiggan | June 18, 2009 4:42 PM

Reporter writes:

"How much more government will Americans tolerate?"

This is a weird question and not a real issue for the
president because it's so esoteric to most Americans.
It is a republican talking point and works for party
members and the faithful.
But the real concern of most americans is how they
are going to pay their bills, plan for retirement, put
the kids through school, etc.
If Obama's numbers are dropping, it's due to uncertainty
having to do with the above mentioned issues.

Posted by: printthis | June 18, 2009 4:39 PM


TIMNGUYEN1 SCREAMED!!!! "BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S APPEASEMENT FOREIGN POLICIES WEAKEN THE U.S.!!!

Coward liar Barack HUSSEIN Obama blah blah blah blah blah blah oink fart blah blah blah yawn oink blah.
__________________

Aren't you embarrassed? Do you really expect people to 1) read your hysterical rants; or 2) care?

I trust Obama much more than any Republican candidate you've produced on issues of national security and foreign policy. And guess what: so do most Americans.

Your desperate fearmongering isn't working. Your bogeymanism has weakened and humiliated America and we have rejected you. This makes you ANGRY!!!! and DESPERATE!!! because fear is all. you.have.

Clearly you haven't got any...you know...ideas or values.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 18, 2009 4:39 PM

Jefferson once said that "[i]f we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy."

Well, right now I am pissed.

Posted by: zippyspeed | June 18, 2009 4:36 PM

The problem is, the public has to agree with the cracks. The public has to believe they would really be better off with someone of the Rush Limbaugh or Newt Gingrich stripe than they are with Barack Obama. I don't see that happening any time soon.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | June 18, 2009 4:34 PM


TIMNGUYEN1 SCREEEEEAMED!!! "BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA WANTS TO TURN AMERICA INTO ANOTHER BANKRUPT SOCIOLIST CALIFORNIA!!!"
___________________

Don't you realize your shrieking hyperbolic hysterical outrage makes you look ridiculous.

Aren't you embarrassed?

And your goofy HUSSEIN!!! outs you as a dumb desperate right-wing nuthole who should not be listened to.

America has been a "socialist" country for generations -- like ALL developed nations.

I bet you'll take your social security, right? Stop SCREAMING and start thinking.


Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 18, 2009 4:33 PM

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S APPEASEMENT FOREIGN POLICIES WEAKEN THE U.S.!!!

Coward liar Barack HUSSEIN Obama "Apologist in chief", how can he keep his nonsense promise during his campaign, that is, negotiating with U.S. enemies such as North Korea and Iran, which have never respected any treaty with U.S., especially when North Korea just launched many missile and nuclear tests and planned to fire missile toward Hawaii, not mentioning illegally arrested and sentenced two American journalists Laura Ling and Eunu Lee to twelve years of labor, while Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an extremist who called for Israel to be wiped off the map and denied the holocaust, was just re-elected by fraud. Is Obama going to bow to Kim Jong Il and Ahmadinejas as he did to King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia to gain his peace deals? Is he willing to convert to Islam, his Kenyan father and Indonesian step father's religion, to meet Osama Bin Laden's requirement that in order to end the Iraq war, U.S. troop withdrawal is not enough, Americans must reject their democratic system and embrace Islam? Just recently, Obama said that he would support Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy with rigorous inspections, giving a green light to Teheran's ambituous uranium enrichment program, which can be used for its discreet nuclear bomb development program as well, without suffering sanctions and economic isolation as it currently endures. Does Obama want Iran to become another North Korea using its nuclear power to terrorize the U.S and its allies? Worst still, Obama refused to show support for pro-democracy protesters and denounce the brutal regime for the deaths of seven demontrators, fearing to be seen as interfering in Iran's internal affairs so that he could not pursue a nuclear deal with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader. In fact, Obama sided with the regime, citing that there was not a bit of difference between the two candidates, a moderate Mir Hossein Mousavi and hardcore extremist Ahmadinejad. Is he going to turn a blind eye to another Tianamen Square massacre committed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard? As for a Palestinian state demanded by Obama, it will undoubtedly soon become a TERRORIST state under control of terrorist militant group Hamas, which is the most powerful and popular force with its goal to destroy Israel and which won a majority seats in the current Palestinian National Authority in 2006 election and ousted Fatah militant group of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas of Gaza in 2007. Last but not least, Obama ordered to stop waterboarding tactic used by CIA, even it worked well on terrorist suspects like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-describer planner of 9-11 attacks who provided CIA with valuable information, preventing more 9-11 attacks and saving thousands of American lives.

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | June 18, 2009 4:31 PM

1. It may be time to change some handles. Maybe from Hillary08 to Hillary12. Not that it'll matter then either, it would be just as futile as Palin12.
2. Presidents of our country do not create jobs, they don't get people back to work. They can only assist in fostering an atmosphere that allows private industry to take acceptable risks in growing its business, expanding consumer base, requiring more products/services, which, finally, requires more employees to meet demand. That means the small business people have to decide it's profitable. Which we wont when we see $1T of debt and endless decades of deficit looming over us. It's was as much a Reagan and Carter and Nixon and Johnson and Kennedy and Eisenhower (not intended to be a comprehensive list, shut it) issue as it is a Clinton/Bush/Obama one. Businesses only really hire when business is good, and it isn't right now.
3. Instead of continuing to cry about GWB and whining about failed policies and WMD and OBL and Prop 8 and Nancy and Leon's little lovers' spat, take a cue from your own little freak show. Move On. The President said it's time to work together, let's do that. But it doesn't mean one side has to give up on it's ideals, and it doesn't mean that one side needs to do all of the compromising.

While we are at it, can someone please tell me why it should be okay for a hard-working taxpayer in Florida to have to pay for the $75 p/hr for a lineworker in Detroit? Or for the past-her-prime stripper - sorry, dancer - to have an augmentation? Or for SSI-D benefits for someone who never actually contributed to SSI? Anyone?
Charity, by definition, is not something that can be imposed.

Posted by: thepearl0369 | June 18, 2009 4:29 PM

let's see,
obama blew off the anti war crowd

he blew off the equal rights for gay crowds

he stepped up the killings in pakistan, didn't bring the troops home from iraq, and started bombing villages in pakistan.

he's let those who created the war off scott free

he's allowed the corporations and ceo's who've shredded our economy keep their jobs, get new bonuses, while the workers have been fired , laid off , or had their wages cut.

he's back down on closing Gitmo


he's nothing he says he stood for, has created new regulations that protects the powers that be, and basically acted like a tv celebrity one year short of "celebrity rehab"

(full disclosure: i never supported him because he has no beliefs of his own)

and yet he's wondering why he's dropping in support

well DUH.

Posted by: newagent99 | June 18, 2009 4:27 PM


Criticizing Obama on policy and principle is fine and expected.

The problem is, Republicans and conservatives have made complete FOOLS of themselves with their constant hysterical outrage, goofy conspiracy theories, childish sore-loserism, mindless obstruction and rabid hate speech.

It's totally embarrassing. They have really gone off the deep end. Maybe if they begin getting traction on some issues, they can drop their hysterical screaming fanatic idiot routine.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | June 18, 2009 4:26 PM

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA WANTS TO TURN AMERICA INTO ANOTHER BANKRUPT SOCIOLIST CALIFORNIA!!!

No surprise that California, one of the richest but also most liberal state, especially in fiscal term, is the first state to go bankrupt. Now Californian socialist model with its highest tax rate, strictest enviromental protection rules, and very generous welfare and health care systems is copied by Obama administration with its ambitious, costly health care reform for everybody including 12 milliions illegal immigrants who would be naturalized under Obama immigration reform.

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | June 18, 2009 4:26 PM

YOU FIRED FROOMKIN?
YOU ACTUALLY FIRED FROOMKIN?
PATHETIC.
HE WAS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR RAG.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | June 18, 2009 4:26 PM

ajackson's quote below is typically liberal.

He demands respect for the office of the presidency, and then in the same paragraph trashes it.

The inability to think rationally is what makes liberals incapable of governance.

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 4:18 PM

Hey ajackson3 when Obama starts acting like the president of the greatest nation on earth I will address him as Mr. President. His agenda is more of placing himself as King or dictator and thus has earned no respect from me. My forefathers fought and died for the freedoms he seems to be trampling on. You bow to a Saudi King, you disrespect all of America and deserves no respect and you are a moron if you follow this socialist into marxism.

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 4:16 PM

Dum dum dummmmmmm... that's how I feel like the end of this post should end. So hilarious.

The vast majority of the team Obama has assembled are veterans of Washington's vulture culture. They knew what they were getting into and they know the obstacles, the news cycles, the tolerances of the public.

On domestic and economic policy, Mr. Bush - our MBA POTUS - bankrupted us. He hasn't been in the press much because he has no standing to say one way or the other what's best for the country.

On foreign policy, Bush can argue as he pleases, but the seeds Obama has planted with our allies have already sprouted and grown taller in five months than those that Bush planted in 2000 - which wilted and dried up long ago. (Think: Tony Blair catapulted to obscurity.)

And that's the name of the game, because Gitmo is a sideshow. Torture also is a sideshow. Do it or don't, send the nasties to our less squeamish friends overseas... the current long-term objective is to win a hard-nosed fight to keep nuclear states from failing, stop non-nuclear states from becoming nuclear, and end the grip of Islamic extremism and rabid anti-Semitism on the Arab world. We need our allies to help us do this.

I wish Bush would have proposed bright ideas for what Obama should do. His dogmatic adherence to the worn-out playbook of right-wing ideology will get us absolutely no where... where we were nine months ago - humbled, bankrupt, hopeless and fighting amongst ourselves.

Posted by: BertinDC | June 18, 2009 4:15 PM

The stimulus bill had a graph promising a peak of 7% unemployment if passed. It is now close to 10%.

Obama always seems so sure of himself in his own contradictions and failures.

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 4:15 PM

Thank God that Obama is our president in these troubled times.
Any republican that wants to criticize him should do two things:
1. Offer an alternative plan that was NOT tried during the past eight years (a TOTAL failure..)
2. Explain exactly WHICH of the problems that we face is Obama's responsibility and NOT caused by the incompetence of THIER governence.
3. It's easy to run your mouth. We've witnessed plenty of that over the past 16 years as you carped an cajoled about how all of Clinton's ideas would "fail" (they didn't), and then ran your mouth about what YOU were going to do: "Greeted as Liberators", "Mission Accomplished", "Shock and Awe", "Bring It On", just to mention a few of the MORE disasterous.
YOU RAN YOUR MOUTH A LOT - But the results SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
Obama's not perfect, and he's out on a limb, but at least he's got a plan and it AIN'T MORE OF YOUR STUPIDITY! LOL....

Posted by: Tomcat3 | June 18, 2009 4:14 PM

Further more Mr. Balz and all those who echo his sentiment, when MANY things are wrong, you address the MANY things are EVERYTHING WILL GET WORSE! What is this continued jibberish about President Obama doing too much at one time? He has a cabinet that has a staff. If they are competent, they can handle multiple big issues. We do so all the time at the agency I support as a contractor. Not something new here people! Geez!

Posted by: ajackson3 | June 18, 2009 4:14 PM

the far right never once questioned the deficit while they ran the ship aground. Now suddenly deficits matter. without oversight and regulation there is no free markets only the big guy wins. when the big guy take the money and runs. Americans lose again. Obama is doing a pretty decent job considering the depth of the mess, but bailing out the Titanic with a dixie cup is no easy job, with trillions in dixie cups. The same tired slogans and rhetoric still work on the same peole they always work on, but many more Americans are waking from the decades of sleep to see the ship of state take over by pirates and their lobby groups and pirate think tanks, design to keep them rich and Americans sleeping poor slobs who foot all the bills.

Posted by: jpenergy | June 18, 2009 4:12 PM

8 years of Bush incompetence have addled the brains of his supporters. The worst ever president who brought disgrace to America should hang his head in shame. Pres. Obama is the inheritor of a very poorly managed country which now has to regain its standing.

Posted by: mstratas | June 18, 2009 4:11 PM

Oh great day Dan Balz! Obama this, Obama that! By-the-way, it's President Obama. He was elected by the people and deserves to be addressed appropriately. We addressed a moron and his master, Dick Cheney, for 8 years appropriately, address this man.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Republican talking points you have cited and re-cited here. The budget is looming large. He is only trying to save jobs, homes, create health care for ALL, improve schools, fight two "conflicts", one legitimate one, do something about global warming and FIX THE FREAKING ECONOMY!!!! It has been less than half a year and you sound like all has went south. You people kill me.

The country went belly-up under G.W. I hope you were this critical with him.

Posted by: ajackson3 | June 18, 2009 4:09 PM

Contradiction without any substantive ideas does not make a political party, unless it spells GOP

Posted by: richmonet | June 18, 2009 4:07 PM

A no news day for 44, obviously.

Republicans are irrelevant. No one cares what they "think", do, or say.

Meanwhile, the events in Iran are directly related to Obama's Presidency. They are calling the wife of the opposition leader "Michelle Obama".

All over the world they saw what happened: no one thought Americans would elect an almost foreign born, almost Muslim, half African to the office of President...no one. So now, they say, if the American's can run off the criminals, the war lord religious zealots they have for leaders, why not us?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 18, 2009 4:06 PM

Awwwwk!
Obama must fail!
Obama must fail!
Awwwwwwk!
Ima bird.
Ima bird.
Ima pretty boy!
WAKKKKKKKKKK
Obama must fail!
Obama must fail!
Where's my cracker?
Where's my cracker?

Posted by: Tomcat3 | June 18, 2009 4:06 PM

Oh please. Obama's approval continues to glide along in the low 60's where it has been for months. A couple more points of Republican disapproval is all.

Health care is being hashed out as we speak.

Entitlement reform is coming, but not until the economy improves.

Unemployment numbers are going to be bad but they would be much worse without the stimulus.

As for Iran, half the Republicans want one thing and half want another. Then there are the neocons who were proclaiming Amadhi the winner on day 1.

Go find a real story Balz.

Posted by: Nissl | June 18, 2009 4:01 PM

yes that is right dogsbestfriend anyone that does not agree with the marxist / socialist Obama is a tea bagging racist

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 4:00 PM

I'm a independent and five months into his administration I strongly support President Obama. Yes, I'm not crazy about big government either but so far I've been impressed by his measured approach to both domestic and foreign crises. After 8 years of Bush, this administration is model of governmental ability and competency.

So far.

Sorry Republicans, I'm pretty sure you'll be out of the white house until at least 2016.

Posted by: mikem1 | June 18, 2009 3:59 PM

"Obama wants to choose your doctor..."

Posted by: Phil6 | June 18, 2009 3:11 PM

_________________________________________

The Republicans don't want you to have a doctor...

Posted by: ScottFromOz | June 18, 2009 3:55 PM

Too inexperienced to be a good president from the start. It shouldn't be a big surprise to anyone who had a little bit of an open mind regarding Obama. I just hope he can grow into the job during the next year. Too many people have had blinders on the past two years.

Posted by: StJohn1 | June 18, 2009 3:54 PM


The Obama Opposition:

-- Racist scum who can't tolerate a black man as President

-- Wall Street crooks who are opposed to any regulation that puts an end to their LOOTING of USA

-- NEOCON scum and the Rapture crowd who don't like the even handedness of our current policy towards the Middle East.

-- Health care industry who doesn't like the profit margin squeeze that will result from any type of healtchare reform.

Bottom line: the enemies of the state!

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | June 18, 2009 3:53 PM

A $2 trillion deficit is not a crack. It is more like a chasm.

Posted by: pkhenry | June 18, 2009 3:53 PM

MESSAGE?!?!?!?!?

THEY HAVE A MESSAGE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

ROTFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: treetopflyer | June 18, 2009 3:50 PM

Obama did nothing in the Senate, why would anyone expect him to do anything in his presidency?

Posted by: Ratzoe | June 18, 2009 3:49 PM

Posted by: mstratas | June 18, 2009 3:31 PM
Pres. Obama has been on the job less than 6 months and already achieved many good thngs for the US - foremost is the renewed respect for America. Let's look and watch for the long haul not the weekly responses of people who still support Obama big time.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Do you mean the respect he "earned" for America in the muslum nations by bowing to the Saudi King??? or how about the respect he earned for basically apologizing for 911 to the arab nations?? I bet all those innocent American families that lost loved ones in the 911 terror attacks by muslums were glad Obama apologized to the muslums.

Posted by: rosecoloredglasses1 | June 18, 2009 3:49 PM

Wait are you saying that in the 5 months Obama has been in office he has not completely fixed all the problems America faces. Wow! What a failure he should have saved our economy in his first week of office. Anymore time than a week is utterly ridiculous.

Republicans,
Seriously guys you all need to give the man a chance. He has ONLY been in office 5 MONTHS! That is not nearly enough time to fix the numerous problems that the Bush administration created. And yes Obama definitely inhereted these problems.

Posted by: ragnark999 | June 18, 2009 3:46 PM

As a voting, working, taxpaying American I must say the following to the MSM and NEO-CONS of the world:

We suffered eight years of gross incompetence and gross negligence - and outright crime against the constitution of the United States up to and including TREASONOUS outing of covert CIA agents working to keep America safe from Iranian WMDs.

1. Those people and their supporters failed, and their opinions and ideas are failed. That a new administration is in office doing exactly the opposite and succeeding does not somehow give the former failed ideas veracity today, a mere 5 months later.

2. President Obama is supported by 80% of Americans.

3. The "Honeymooon" is going to last his ENTIRE two terms in office because he is doing the exact opposite of the failed neocons: Science, logic, statesman's responsible behavior, common sense, and a notion that honesty, rule of law, and one's actions in office matter.

4. Get it?

Posted by: onestring | June 18, 2009 3:44 PM


What the heck?

This article is full of baloney. The Republicans have been a bunch of whiners ever since the day after election day. They and their friends in the MSM, Fox, etc. have been throwing every half-baked "opposing viewpoint" they can think of, hoping to God something, anything will stick.

The real goal of articles like this, the GOP and their MSM friends is to make Obama fail or at least look like he's failing. And if the country goes down at the same time, well, that would just continue the "accomplishments" of the Bush administration, wouldn't it?

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | June 18, 2009 3:44 PM

Obama's brain, bounces around in his head like a BB in a boxcar.

June 8th Obama quote: We will create or save 600,000 jobs over the next 100 days!
{That's 6,000 jobs per day} Hasn't happen, wont happen !!!!!


June 17th Obama quote: We will see 10% unemployment.

So which is it, 600,000 Jobs or 10% or higher unemployment.

If Obama doesn't know then who in the he11 does ?

The bottom line is.
Obama, like his "Bots" are clueless!!!!!


The Republicans are going, too take back the White House in 2012,,,,"Yes We Can"

Posted by: dashriprock | June 18, 2009 3:43 PM

Pres. Obama has been on the job less than 6 months and already achieved many good thngs for the US - foremost is the renewed respect for America. Let's look and watch for the long haul not the weekly responses of people who still support Obama big time.

Posted by: mstratas | June 18, 2009 3:31 PM

Don't get stuck on stupid lib. He hasn't done anything protective, unless you consider talking bad about the US on foreign land. Wake up lib, the community organizer is way over his head!

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 18, 2009 3:42 PM

The problem is that the opposition party, despite continual attempts by people like Dan Balz to prop up the opposition, has nothing to offer, never had it and never will. The opposition's success, aided by the corporate tv and print media, has been based on fanning the flames of hatred and fear mongering. In fact, the GOP' s position is Iran is in the same vein, obsequiously being reported by Dan Balz. For GOP, there is nothing better than to have Iran blow up. That way they can blame Obama and use Iran as a vehicle for riding back to power. They have no sense of patriotism or other compunctions. It is shameless power politics. Of course, Dan Balz will never say it.

Posted by: kevin1231 | June 18, 2009 3:40 PM

Republicans have nothing left but attacks, lies, and failed policies.

Posted by: Independent4tw | June 18, 2009 3:39 PM

It's been an interesting 5 months for the Bamboozler-In-Chief.

Half of his time has been spent backtracking, flip-flopping or just plain ignoring campaign promises. The other half has been spent doing what he does best - photo ops (Obama eats a burger! Obama goes on date! Obama gets a puppy!)

Reality is going to really suck for those who were hoodwinked by his rhetoric.

Posted by: klick99 | June 18, 2009 3:33 PM

Pres. Obama has been on the job less than 6 months and already achieved many good thngs for the US - foremost is the renewed respect for America. Let's look and watch for the long haul not the weekly responses of people who still support Obama big time.

Posted by: mstratas | June 18, 2009 3:31 PM

This is what happens when you elect a failed "affirmative-action" community organizer as president. Leaders lead, followers SPEAK!

LIBERALISM.....Where failure is an option!

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 18, 2009 3:30 PM

You mean, the mainstream media, with the help of the RNC, has finally begun to shape the narratives it will use to try to destroy this administration --taking the country down with it.

This article is such a crock.

Posted by: monk4hall | June 18, 2009 3:28 PM

The real voice of the Republican Party at this moment is the Washington Post.

Obama is not God--that's a Republican charge.

Obama is working to save the country, not trash it--the Republican charge.

Desperate and without ideas now that their holy cows (wisdom of free markets, small government, mindless testerone in foreign policy) Republicanism has been melted down into lead by reality. The Big Mouth Machine still goes on.

The Wash Post is the big echo of the Big Mouth, in almost all major articles and opinion pieces. Obama's popularity and rock star status at home and abroad has not affected this. The Post is there kicking for the lame and diseased underdog. This does not count as serious criticism or brains, though it may sell a few more papers. Fred Hiatt's editorial role is way, way over his intellectual ability at this historical moment.

Posted by: walden1 | June 18, 2009 3:26 PM

I know this will be perceived as racist and it may be.

There are a few white males - who never really wanted the status quo to change - and see it slipping away so they keep saying "Pres. Obama is slipping in the polls; Opposition gaining ground (who knows whom and what they're talking about); policies not liked but Pres. Obama well liked; problems with his party; etc. etc. etc." However, when you look at the polls I think anything about 50% is good. Are we to believe a Wall Street Journal poll - not me.

Posted by: rlj1 | June 18, 2009 3:26 PM

The real voice of the Republican Party at this moment is the Washington Post.

Obama is not God--that's a Republican charge.

Obama is working to save the country, not trash it--the Republican charge.

Desperate and without ideas now that their holy cows (wisdom of free markets, small government, mindless testerone in foreign policy) Republicanism has been melted down into lead by reality. The Big Mouth Machine still goes on.

The Wash Post is the big echo of the Big Mouth, in almost all major articles and opinion pieces. Obama's popularity and rock star status at home and abroad has not affected this. The Post is there kicking for the lame and diseased underdog. This does not count as serious criticism or brains, though it may sell a few more papers. Fred Hiatt's editorial role is way, way over his intellectual ability at this historical moment.

Posted by: walden1 | June 18, 2009 3:23 PM

I don't know what kind of Kool-aid people are drinking, but there is still an unbelievable number of people actually still support Obama.

Here's why you shouldn't:

Obama is using the website My.BarackObama.com to push his Socialist agenda forward.

Note that this is a website that is funded by tax-deductible contributions, making it a public forum protected by our 1st Amendment right to free speech.

The website invites viewers to either create their own event in support of Obama’s healthcare agenda, or join events that are already in the works.

I created a “GIGANTIC TEA PARTY” event for conservatives and independents who think like me, and want no part of the Obama Kool-aid.

I was given a terse warning from the webmaster indicating that this was disrespectful, and that they took my event down from the website.

They further said this would be my only warning, and if I persisted in my actions, they would take away my access to the site.

I wrote a letter stating this is a 1st Amendment violation of free speech, and proceeded to set up another event, which I am trying to publicize.

You can go to my own website for the whole story and the link to the event, as well as a link to a petition I started to get Obama to back off.

Please help me if you can!

The website is: http://examiner.com/x-13822-Chesterfield-County-Conservative-Examiner

Carolyn Troiano
wtroiano@verizon.net
politcat@verizon.net
13613 Blue Heron Circle
Chesterfield, VA 23838
804-647-9946

Posted by: CMcK-Troiano | June 18, 2009 3:22 PM

Obama has been in office right at five months and has tackled a huge agenda so far. For the most part, he is getting it right. What the polls didn’t show is that a lot of people support most of his polices and dislike one or to two. It also doesn’t show the extent the disloyal opposition is willing to go to destroy his presidency, even if they have to finish the job of ruining the country that started in 2001. Cheney is mostly trying to avoid prosecution and Bush wants to clean his image up for the revisionist Republican historians. Like it or not, Obama is president and the Democrats are running the show. Polls mean nothing in America. The people are as whiny and mercurial as teen agers with a crush. The stimulus package is just getting in place after the state politicians completely politicized it, and it will still create jobs. Obama had very few options except to spend huge amounts of money to try to get the ship sailing straight again The Republicans would rather sink the ship than see Obama succeed. Such is the depth of their loathing and contempt for the working people of the United States who dare to oppose their agenda.

Posted by: ElectricBill | June 18, 2009 3:19 PM

The veneer is starting to crack and the foundation is beginning to crumble...

Posted by: Phil6 | June 18, 2009 3:17 PM

Cool to see the simpering GOP trolls here marinating in their powerlessness.

Delightful! Keep it up! Everyone LOVES poor losers!

Posted by: JC505 | June 18, 2009 3:17 PM

Obama biggest problem is that he does not spend enough time educating the public on the why he has taken certain actions and the positive results of them.

Advertising works and Obama needs to start channeling more funds there in a better managed way to get results. For example the economy is turning around - Obama needs to go out an demonstrate why it is doing so -- Europe is still trying to find away -- America is swinging back. The difference -- Obama's programs.

Obama is the best pitchman ever in this country, if he wants to move opinion on his policy he needs to spend less time taking general interviews and more time pitching progress.

Posted by: Brigadere | June 18, 2009 3:15 PM

Obama wants to choose your doctor...

Posted by: Phil6 | June 18, 2009 3:11 PM

Obama most certainly has this electorate figured out...he can SAY whatever is popular with the people, and the people will ignore what his actual actions are. In other words, rarely has Obama's rhetoric matched his policymaking, but because Americans are failing to look at the substance of his actions, Obama is sailing by with great poll numbers.

Problems Obama "inherited"? Get real! The problems he inherited were, in many ways, of his own making. He voted for EVERY large spending bill put before him since entering the Senate in 2005. So to say that the deficit coming in is "Bush's fault" is being disingenuous....it is the fault of EVERYONE who voted for it - most notably, the people who are now deriding that deficit as being a remnant of the last administration.

Posted by: boosterprez | June 18, 2009 3:04 PM

The Democratic party is convincing Americans that the country is under attack, by them. The unemployment is going to go double digit, they are spewing trillions of taxpayers dollars in every direction but at taxpayers, and nothing has improved.
Read the attached article and register to comment or vote it up. Keep up the pressure on this Administration, Congress and their cohorts. This is serious, especially if you are young. It is young Americans who will live with these deficits and have to pay them.

Read attached and register to vote up or comment.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/274378

Posted by: lclifton | June 18, 2009 3:01 PM

Barry Soreto aka Barry Dunham aka etc etc
apparently meets all criteria for NPD sociopathic dual profiles, and in need of infinite medical leave from the Oval Office.

The Congress with a "Heart for the ill" , will by-pass impeachment (since it didn't remove Clinton), to save thier own necks and seats and sing Kumbaya for being so kind.

Posted by: dottydo | June 18, 2009 2:59 PM

fairfaxvoter:
A regular (by the book) bankruptcy would not have closed all dealerships, all the factories shuttered, all the jobs gone there and in the supporting companies and vendors. It may have taken more time to do it right, but there still would have been the satisfaction of what was salvaged. Given the 8 years of "hell" your side thinks it went through, I'm frankly a bit surprised that your think giving ANY President more unlimited powers in the answer. You may live to regret this.

Posted by: JakeD | June 18, 2009 2:56 PM

Like every elected official, at times President Obama has faced choices between what would clearly be most popular and what he believes to be the correct thing to do in the public interest.

An example is the issue of General Motors, Chrysler, and, yes, Ford. I include Ford because Ford's CEO, Mulalley, has repeatedly stated that his company also would go under if GM and Chrysler did, since the parts suppliers could not be sustained by Ford alone.

When he was interviewed by Steve Kroft (sp?) some weeks or months ago, President Obama or Kroft noted in passing that helping the auto industry was enormously unpopular and polled very badly. It is obvious that Obama decided to take the hit of doing something unpopular in order to do what he believed (and I strongly believe) was best for the country: push the Big Three through a quick bankruptcy (in two cases), lend them a lot of money, and get the U.S. car industry back on its feet.

The result is predictable. We see car dealers literally crying as they lose dealerships they have had in the family for 90 years, though they correctly blame GM or Chrysler, not the taxpayer. But we don't see the other car dealers thanking us, the taxpayer, for keeping GM and Chrysler in business and keeping their car dealership in business as a result. If Obama had not acted, all the dealerships would be gone, all the factories shuttered, all the jobs gone there and in the supporting companies and vendors. But our natural human focus is on the genuine tragedy of what was still lost, not the satisfaction of what was salvaged.

Obama would also benefit from making heroic statements re the Iranian reform movement right now (you don't even need a poll to prove that) but every foreign policy authority I've seen has said not to, since that would undercut the reformers' legitimacy and seem like outside interference. So once again, he has chosen what he thinks is right, instead of what would be popular.

The net effect of many such decisions to spend political capital and polling points on doing unpopular things that you believe to be right, is going to be that you have slightly less political capital and are lower in the polls. I would rather have a president who knowingly makes that choice rather than one who is only concerned about his political standing and not the country's well-being.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | June 18, 2009 2:35 PM

obama's poll numbers are down on every single poll including the CBS one, but the same people who stuck their beak in the sand are here claiming otherwise.

been there done that..... obama is now exposed as the lightweight he really is... and even most of the democrats are finally admitting it.... the few of you democrats hanging on by a fingernail will come around... IMO.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | June 18, 2009 2:23 PM

EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND PUNISHMENT MATRIX THREATENS OBAMA AGENDA.

WHEN WILL POTUS RECOGNIZE THE REAL ENEMIES WITHIN?

***

"When you see the abuse of power, you've got to speak."

-- VP candidate Joseph Biden, Aug. 27, 2008, Democratic National Convention


***

THE BUSH-ERA EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK:

AN IDEOLOGICALLY-DRIVEN SOCIAL PURGE THAT VIOLATES THE HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS OF INNOCENT BUT 'TARGETED' U.S. CITIZENS...

ON THE STREETS OF NYC, DC, PHILLY, BOSTON...

...AND IN CITIES AND TOWNS ACROSS AMERICA.

And federal citizen volunteer programs fund the "community gang stalkers" who are terrorizing their neighbors as police look the other way...

...harassing, vandalizing, destroying their livelihoods as their health is degraded by widely-deployed microwave radiation ("directed energy") weapons -- the long-anticipated (and feared) weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum.

And Congress and the mainstream media are largely unaware.

A parallel array of federal "programs of personal financial destruction" slowly decimate the family finances of "target" families -- surely a factor in the mortgage meltdown that precipitated the global financial crisis.

And Congress and the mainstream media are largely unaware.

When victims complain, they are told there is "nothing to investigate."

True -- because federal and local authorities KNOW ALL ABOUT IT.

Will Congress, the national press corps, and Team Obama wake up and realize that democracy and human rights are being stolen at the GRASSROOTS?


http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | June 18, 2009 2:22 PM

dont think its a case of obama's opponents finding their voice," - rather, many democrats are finally willing to admit that they erred in not scrutinizing, vetting obama.

they are finally separating POPULARITY from ability, leadership and skill. all the warning signs of the actions we are seeing from obama were there all along and we all saw it.... more and more democrats are now faced with the fact that obama's decisions are also screwing up their own lives, imo.

next time simply choose the person most qualified for the job with a proven record of patriotism and accomplishments no matter WHAT party they belong to.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | June 18, 2009 2:16 PM

Many of President Obama's plans so far are temporary (TARP, GM and Chrysler, etc...) and were necessitated by the Bush Administration actions last fall (and over the previous 8 years) that got us into this mess. Now what is happening is that the GOP message of BIG GOVERNMENT is starting to have a little effect and it is doing so, because not enough of the media has the presence of mind to bring up the fact that the Republicans in Congress and Bush got us where we are today when the GOP babbles on about BIG GOVERNMENT. As the economy starts to improve, President Obama needs to make a point of reminding us of how he is unwinding the temporary plans put in place, as well as to point out the good permanent things he is putting in place to prevent them from happening again. Maybe the American people need to remind the Media (Print as well as TV) about the situation we were in last fall, and the failure of the media to remember and point out the failures of the last 8 years.

Posted by: JSKEVV | June 18, 2009 2:11 PM

We now see just how large and wide reaching the extent of the permanent damage BUSH did to the US and World economies. Don't blame Obama, he's just trying to fix the huge mess of years of BUSH deficits, debt, corruption, deregulation, neglect and greed. The one thing I would like to see Obama do more than anything else is get Americans BACK TO WORK. Jobs, that is the one answer to solving the most of our problems. When Americans are working, everyone prospers, everything is paid for, everything gets fixed. With no jobs no money is being made or spent and this effects everything.

Posted by: Hillary08 | June 18, 2009 2:11 PM

LOL, so I clicked on the link offered by lClifton curious to see which poll the article was referencing and how it butchered it (Because realistically, if you acutally look at any polling data cited by the TV news pundits to tell us how unpopular Obama is becoming, it inevitably tells you the opposite...) and the article is no longer there... literally 15 minutes after this joker posts the link and the article is gone... could it be that the site realized how poorly researched and disingenious it was and pulled it? could be....

I like the way the title of this article acts as if there has been a distinct silence from the opposition regarding the President... I mean I haven't heard anything bad have you? Maybe that's just a by-product of the recent Pew survey that cites 57% favorable news coverage of the President... damned liberal media... OH BUT WAIT, the 57% comes from the statistically unscientific smaller polling sample? When you expand it to wider coverage of all news the number goes down to 37%? with 40% of all news stories qualifying as neutral?

So thank goodness the critics of Obama have finally 'gotten their groove back'... maybe now they can really go after him for not being born in America.

GO CONSERVATIVES GO!!! (Quietly.... into that night....)

Posted by: KwameJones | June 18, 2009 2:04 PM

rooster54 factual evidence if you would.

It is real simple the American public can turn on anyone in a split second as has been historically proven. President Obama continues to grow the Federal Government you will see his numbers hit rock bottom before the end of the year. As far as the Democratic controlled congress there numbers still have not improved and continue to slide. Outside of a few the American people do not want Big Government again history proves this.

Posted by: mburton325 | June 18, 2009 2:02 PM

Obama is plummeting in polls. The majority of Americans now reject his policies. Real change is coming - for the Democratic Party.
The following is a good read on his decline:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/274378

Posted by: lclifton | June 18, 2009 1:44 PM

So, Republicans are finding their voice, and it sounds like Bush?

Good luck with that.

Posted by: nodebris | June 18, 2009 1:01 PM

Cheney, and now Bush, patronizingly say that therapy won't work in fighting terrorism.
Since these two pathetic overpaid lying leeches have been wrong about 100% of the time, I'd say let's try using therapy.

Posted by: rooster54 | June 18, 2009 12:57 PM

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